Are you looking for a farm toy for a gift? This list is for you! From toy tractors to toy barns, farm toys are open-ended toys that kids can play with for years.
Talking about farm toys isn’t a normal topic for us. However, when a city girl marries a country boy and they have a baby, the city girl learns a lot about farm toys! This toy knowledge becomes very important near birthdays, Christmas and other holidays when it’s time to buy and give gifts.
Mr. Rogers once said that “Play is the work of childhood” and toys help foster that play. We couldn’t agree more.
Toys are important to any child, and we appreciate all open-ended toys that foster imagination, like legos and blocks. However, studies show that children’s imaginative abilities are most effectively employed when they’re given freedom within a specific topic or scenario. Realistic roleplay modeled after real-life “grown-up” tasks is essential for developing critical thinking skills.
Farm toys fit this to a “T”, especially if a child has exposure to a farm. Through play, a child can recreate what they see in their everyday world. For example, if they recently built a fence on the farm, the child will likely build a fence with their toy farm set.
To illustrate it even further, when Matt grew up and bought his first truck and trailer, his mind was set on a black truck and black cattle trailer. Why? Because that’s what he had in his toy farm set growing up.
Farm toys begin to mold future-farmers ideas for the future.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite farm toys. We’ve tested these with many kids — both kids from farms and kids who live in subdivisions and don’t know anything about farming.
We’re sure there are plenty of other great toys out there, but we’ve also stumbled on some farm toys by major toy brands that we would never recommend. Many of the higher-quality farm toys are by brands you won’t find in common retail stores, but you will find in farm retail stores like Tractor Supply and Orscheln’s.
Shopping tip: How to understand the scale when choosing a farm toy replica
High-quality farm toys are almost always a replica of an actual truck, tractor, or animal. The size is referred to as the “scale” of the toy, and it’s expressed in a fraction or ratio. For example, a toy tractor is 1/20 the size of the actual tractor. Every inch of the replica is 20 inches on the real tractor. Because it’s a scale, the larger the denominator (bottom number of the fraction), the smaller the toy. A 1/87 toy is much smaller than a 1/16 scale toy.
We like and own farm toys of all sizes. If you’re just starting out, you should consider purchasing toys that are the same scale so that your toy livestock aren’t bigger than your toy tractors and barn.
Here are some of our favorite farm toys for kids of all ages:
We have this barn and it is the most amazing toy barn we’ve ever owned (and we’ve owned lots of them). This quality wood barn includes a hayloft pulley tray, ladder, hay bales and more. We’ve spent hours playing with this barn.
If you give a child a barn, they need livestock to fill the barn. We like and own animals of all sizes — If you want animals to fit the barn correctly, make sure you purchase ones that are the correct scale ratio. These animals have years of longevity and can be used in all kinds of play. Kids can use them in sensory bins, art projects, and basically any imaginary play world they dream of.
If you give a child a barn and farm animals, they’re going to need a truck and trailer to haul their animals and hay with. This truck and trailer are also 1:20 scale, so the animals above fit in it perfectly. We know that some families have loyalties to a specific brand of truck, trailers and tractor. There are dozens of toy trucks to choose from, so pick your favorite brand.
A good toy tractor is a great open-ended investment: something to build with, imagine with, and interact with.
All modern day farms have fence, and toy farms do too. Fencing makes it possible for animals to have an outdoor pasture and corral. Toy fencing has to be put together one piece at a time, so it is great for fine motor skills, improving concentration, and creativity.
Farm Toys for Younger Children
Our daughter was given this fun farm toys when she was one-year-old. She played with it non-stop for weeks, and continued to play with it until she was about four. It plays the familiar “Old MacDonald” song when moving forward. It comes with a little farmer and five animals that all make realistic animal sounds when placed in their proper seat.
Farm puzzles are a wonderful addition to any household. We are big fans of puzzles with chunky wood pieces because the pieces can stand-up and be used in other play. The puzzle pieces from this puzzle were put in a toy barn on more than one occasion at our house!
If you’re looking for an interactive barn for someone 5 or under, this is a great one. It comes with a little farmer and animals. One of the many reasons we like it is because there aren’t many bells-and-whistles on it, so it lets the child do their own imaginative play. We’ve owned this barn and accompanying farm animals for over 5 years, and it’s still incorporated into play regularly at our house.
We love books! They’re a great way to teach kids about agriculture and farming. We have a full list of some of the best farm books for kids on our site.
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