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10 of the best toy farms

Rev up your tractors, move your hay bales and get ready to milk the cows: we find the best farm playsets for toddlers, preschoolers and older children

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Farm playsets are great learning and imaginative-play toys – with loads for tractor-driving, barn-door-opening, animal-naming, animal-feeding, animal-shepherding fun.

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We’ve hunted down the best farm toys from for children all ages from 12 months and up. We looked at plastic sets and wooden sets, and assessed everything from all-singing sound-and-lights farms to farms with clever, detailed accessories to simple farms that offer great play value for money. And we chose the ones that stood out from the crowd for quality, novelty, detail and price.

Here’s our pick of the best toy farms for toddlers, preschoolers and older children…

1. Playmobil My Takealong Farm, £29.99

Age: 3+

What is it: A 28cm x 38cm 17-piece toddler farm set, with a carry handle on the roof. Comes with farmer, 5 animals and other accessories including a water trough and a kennel. Inside the roof, the loft is also a shape sorter for the animals’ food, as well as a storage area for all the other pieces.

Why we love it: The chunky, rounded animals and accessories are easy for little hands to grab hold of and the shape sorter in the loft is a lovely touch. We like that toddlers can open the farmhouse up by themselves and – you never know – stow everything back inside before they pick it up and cart it around.

Available from: Amazon and Playmobil

2. Le Toy Van The Farmyard, £69.95


Age: 3+

What it is: A 58cm x 42cm x 24cm rubberwood farmyard set that includes a large barn with hay loft, a milking parlour, a stable, and a pigsty. Comes with movable fences. Animals and play figures sold separately. Requires some self-assembly.

Why we love it: It’s a super high quality, easy-to-assemble wooden set, really charmingly painted in (non toxic) muted colours. It’s a shame that it doesn’t come with any characters or animals, but the detailing is gorgeous (even the loft has painted floorboards). We particularly like the loft ladder and the pigsty.

Available from: Le Toy Van and Amazon

3. B toys by Battat Baa-Baa-Barn Musical Farm Set, £44.99


Age: 3+

What it is: A 47cm x 22cm x 32cm plastic animal farm with sounds and lights, opening doors, a spinning windmill, a sliding mouse, and a bat lurking under the opening loft roof.  Comes with a moveable cow, sheep, pig and horse, a carry handle and 2 rattle balls to roll down the silo tower. Requires 2 AA batteries (included).

Why we love it: There’s so much going in in this set! The animals sing when you place them in the right place, the chicken jumps when the mouse slides by, there’s a friendly bunny lurking behind a door – and there’s loads of flashing lights and music fun. The animals’ colours might be a bit garish for some – and, although we like the silo tower with its rattle balls, you’ll have to watch that you child doesn’t stick the animals down it, as once in, they’re pretty hard to get out.

Available from: BToys and Amazon

4. Schleich Large Farm House, £79.99


Age: 3+

What it is: A 70cm x 45cm x 33cm farmhouse and stable with a loft winch, detachable roofs, opening windows and an outdoor area with modular fences. The farmhouse has a kitchen, dining area and bedroom. Comes with 2 farmers, a cow, calf, donkey foal, dog, cat, pig and mouse, as well as multiple accessories and a sticker sheet. Requires some self-assembly.

Why we love it: It’s pricey for a plastic playset but the quality and play value is top-notch. We particularly like the detail in the accessories – that include everything from hay bales and carrots to mattresses, duvets, an oven and plates – and the fact that the male farmer figure had moveable arms and hands that grasp both the pitchfork and the wheelbarrow.

Available from: Amazon and Toys and Learning

5. Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Barn, £46.99

Age: 3+

What is is: A 34cm x 28cm x 19cm 2 storey wooden barn that opens up and has sliding doors and a carry handle. Comes with 7 plastic animals, a wooden ladder and a folding fenced pen.

Why we love it: It’s nice and sturdy and a good size for a portable playset. We like all the little rooms for the animals inside and we’re quite taken by the turkey (you don’t see those often in play  farms!) but we wish it had a little latch to keep it really firmly closed when you fold it and pick it up.

Available from: Amazon and Uber Kids

6. Eichhorn Farm, £45


Age: 3+

What it is: A 33cm x 45cm x 18cm,  25-piece beechwood farmhouse-and-stable set with a colourful baseboard, windows and doors that open, 10 fences, 11 plastic farm animals and 1 plastic figure.

Why we love it: We like the painted vegetable plot and pond, and the stone-edged path between the farmhouse and stable – lots there to spark some super-imaginative farm play – and there are plenty of animals to move around. The base is a little bit flimsy, though – so, although it’s sold as suitable from age 3, we think it’s better for an older child.

Available from: Amazon

7. Big Steps Play Old MacDonald Farmhouse & Tractor Set, £39.99

Age: 12 months+

What it is:  A plastic farmhouse, with a moving tractor that makes engine and horn sounds, plus a trailer. Comes with 5 moveable animals, who make noises when put in the right place, a tree with fruits that play music when pressed, and a farmer who sings as he drives. Requires 5 x AA batteries (demo ones included).

Why we love it: We like the strong sound and sorting element in this chunky, good-value toddler set, rewarding your child with a moo, oink or a neigh when they put an animal in the right spot in the farmhouse. We love the little mouse peeking from the barn roof and how all 5 moveable animals can fit nicely into the trailer so you can take them together for a little ride.

Available from: Smyths Toys

8. Lanka Kade Farm Building Blocks, £24.95


Age: 12 months+

What it is: A Fairtrade rubberwood, farm-themed, 49-piece building block set, including a horse, cow, sheep, pig, dog and 2 farmer figures. Painted with non-toxic paints.

Why we love it: The wooden blocks are cheerfully painted and grabbily chunky and, as well as the animals to identify and move around, there’s lots of scope here to build and balance, colour-match, sort – and knock down. We really like the windmill.

Available from: Babipur

9. Country Farm Playset with Sounds, £29.99


Age: 3+

What it is: A 32cm-high plastic US-style farmhouse, with a ranch (both with opening doors), 4 figures, a tractor, a water pump, a winch for hay bales, and farm animals that make noises. Requires 2 x AA batteries (demo batteries included).

Why we love it: This set packs a lot of punch for its price, with nice extra features like the water pump and a tree. We really like the winch – great for to be had moving hay bales off the tractor and into the farmhouse roof, and the button-activated animal sounds are good.

Available from: Smyths Toys

10. ELC Happyland Farm, £49.99


Age: 2+

What it is: A 30cm x 49cm x 17cm plastic playset with 5 sounds that includes a farm building and stable block with opening doors, a tractor and trailer, 4 characters and 7 animals, and 6 fences. Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: The sounds are fun and the rounded animals are perfect for little hands to grab and hold. We like that the pony comes with a rider and jumping fences. And the little chicken in the hayloft is cute!

Available from: ELC

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