Fisher-Price® Little People® Teaching Emotions through Play: When Monkey was little I spent a lot of time working on his emotional intelligence. To me that it more important than academic smarts which I knew in time would come. It was interesting when he got his end of term report to find that he was graded as above expectation in twelve out of seventeen areas. Many of areas he’s is excelling in are focused around the softer skills an understanding of his world and the people within it. Like many other parents I was a very proud mummy. I like to think that a small part of this is down to all the work we did with him around emotional intelligence.

I am yet to even start this journey with Kipper (second child syndrome) so I was pleased when Fisher Price got in contact and asked if we would like to test out one of the new toys – Caring for Animals Farm which retails at £34.99. Its the perfect starting point for Kipper on the emotional intelligence journey as it helps him start to learn and understand about taking care of someone else.

The Caring for Animals Farm is run by Farmer Jed and gives Kipper the opportunity to take care of the animal friends, from feeding the chickens to tucking in the horse (yes there is a blanket attached). Press the button to open the stall doors or hayloft that activities phrases and sounds. Press the button again to ‘hatch’ the chicks, or turn the silo to rotate the corn crop. Ring the metal bell to let the animals know its dinnertime, and feed the corn to the chickens to stimulate emotions and self- expression.

So how did Kipper get on? He really enjoyed exploring the farm, especially the corn and food slices which he held for almost the whole time we played with it. I did encourage him to put them in the stable door slots so as to feed the animals which he responded with ‘ahhhhh’. Which is our code for being gentle.
The bell was also a great source of amusement and he loved being able to open all the gates and press the buttons. There is a little weather vain on the top which the animals can fit on and Kipper liked the chicken to be put on the top. The corn silo operates by turning the top which Kipper managed to do without any direction. This surprised me since he is at the lower end of the intended ages range which is 12 months plus.  It was like he knew how to interact with the toy and enjoy all of sensory-stimulating fun, the bright colours, songs & sounds.
From my perspective as a parent I like how it folds in on itself as it means that it is easier to store. It also has a little green handle which means that its easy to carry around, especially when you had a small toddler in tow. It comes with five characters Ted the farmer, pig, cow and calf, horse and a hen. Each time he pressed a button something would happen, such as the barn doors opening or a fun sound. He realised that it was him that was making this happen and would keep pressing. It was lovely watching him make the connection. To learn through play.

And perhaps this is the most important thing for me, watching him learn and interact. I can see how this will help him to explore to care for the farm animals. Fisher Price Little People commissioned a study into emotional intelligence and rather worryingly found that; Children as young as three are hindering their emotional intelligence by spending too long staring at screens instead of socialising with youngsters.

Why is emotional intelligence important? It enables people to communicate effectively and relate authentically to others. It also helps us to manage our feelings and moods. By learning this at an early age it means that children should develop the vitally important life still of being able to cope with the full range of emotions. A spokesperson speaking on behalf of Fisher Price Little People said:

The new Fisher-Price Little People toy range for example, helps engage children in lessons of kindness, sharing and caring for others through play, from different facial expressions to engaging music and themes. 

The other toys in the range include – Animal Rescue, Travel Together Airplane and Sit with me School Bus. They are all available online and at all good retailers. The lovely people at Fisher Price have very kindly agreed to giveaway a Caring for Animals Farm to one of my readers. To be in with a chance of winning please enter via the Gleam application and note the T&C below.

Fisher Price Little People – Caring for Animals Farm RRP £35

  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive a Caring for Animals Farm
  • The competition will close on 31st August at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

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We were given the Fisher-Price® Little People® Caring for Animals Farm for the purpose of this review all words and opinions are my own.

 

 

127 Comments

  1. We love Little People and you know you can rely on a brand like Fisher Price to have great toys. I love that it showed you what he was able to do on his own and where you needed to guide him. Perfect that it folds in for storing x

  2. Chris Andrews Reply

    if l were lucky enough to win this my grandson would be delighted

  3. I’ve been a fan of Fisher Price toys since my own children were small, and now I have grandchildren I love them just as much. They are a manufacturer who really understand what children want and need, and the appeal and play value of their toys outlasts just about any other brand.

  4. Martina Pichova Reply

    That’s a cute set – I can imagine enjoying playing with it myself (but it would be great for my daughter) .

  5. Jayne Townson Reply

    Nice prize, my little nephew would love this, thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Diane Carey Reply

    It just so happens that yesterday I was looking at this as a birthday present for my granddaughter’s 1st birthday. Our family are animal lovers. So this would be great for introducing her to being kind etc to animals

  7. lara latchem Reply

    What a fab prize. my little one would love this i am sure

  8. christine shelley Reply

    A new one on me emotional intelligence! This product seems brilliant

  9. LAURA MILTON Reply

    MY SON IS OBSESSED WITH FARM ANIMALS (ESPECIALLY COWS) SO WOULD ADORE THIS GIFT

  10. paula cheadle Reply

    fantastic giveaway, my grandson would adore this, as he loves animals

  11. Fisher Price have such good toys, lots of play value and hard wearing too

  12. Tracey Mitchell Reply

    My grandchildren would love this especially as we are animal mad.

  13. Arabella Bazley Reply

    It’s adorable. I think the first proper playset a child gets after bricks should be farm animals and they get such pleasure seeing them in real life too.

  14. Kayleigh Watkins Reply

    Fisher price toys are fantastic, they have a wonderful range, I had fisher price toys when I was younger and my children have had them through the years, this would be perfect for my Mollie for Christmas xXx

  15. Judith Allen Reply

    This would be a good present for our friends’ b/g twins.

  16. Jeanette Leighton Reply

    Love to win for my baby Charlie who has just turned 1

  17. Jodie A Green Reply

    we love little people! such a quality brand! this would be perfect for my youngest 3

  18. My girls love little people. They last so well, we still have some from when my sons were little 🙂

  19. Amanda Noble Reply

    I would love to be your lucky winner as my little nephew Connor would adore this fabulous prize

  20. Sarah Glover Reply

    My Daughter would love this! She has a brilliant imagination and loves animals!

  21. Laura Walker Reply

    I think there would be a fight over this with my son and neice!

  22. emma walters Reply

    my little girl would love this after our farm stay this summer

  23. Sophie Durcan Reply

    Love Little People toys – my son has lots of figures and they’re really easy to hold for little hands!

  24. Christina Palmer Reply

    My Grandson would love this. Fantastic giveaway thank you for posting

  25. Edward Guerreiro Reply

    This is a really lovely prize. My niece adores animals, and I know she would play with this so much.

  26. How lovely. I like the children to learn about animals and their care from a very young age.

  27. STACY SORRELL Reply

    Great Giveaway, Good luck everyone, this would make a lovely gift for my youngest

  28. I really love the Little people range from fisher price! The toys are a good size for little hands and they are always lovely characters. The animals look fab and my little boy would certainly love them!

  29. Heather Morrison Reply

    My nephew would definitely enjoy this. He loves the farm so much x

  30. sophie williams Reply

    Love this, my youngest has just inherited some old Little People toys that we found in the loft from her brother and sister (age 8 & 9) and it’s so sweet to see them all playing together with them.

  31. Hayley Todd Reply

    This is a fabulous set! We love the Fisher Price Little People range. The wide variety of sets are great and you can create a whole town with the sets!

  32. Rachel Craig Reply

    What a great toy, as children love animals. Also we want children to be aware of where our food comes from, etc.

  33. Carly Belsey Reply

    My daughter is plane mad, she would be over the moon with this. Thank you

  34. Danielle Graves Reply

    This playset looks great, I love how chunky and robust it is.

  35. Catherine Gregory Reply

    Be perfect for my little boys first Christmas. Thank you

  36. Adrian Bold Reply

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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