10 of the best toy farms

Get set for a world of animal-based fun with our pick of the best farm toys on the market

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In this busy, fast-paced world, a farm toy makes a wholesome choice that will give your child hours of imaginative, role-play adventures to help them reconnect with nature.

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We’ve hunted down the best farm toys around, for ages from 12 months and up, including both plastic options and eco-friendly, ethical wooden toys. Our selection also lists toys that offer that little bit extra – from interactive musical elements to building skills.

Here’s our pick of the best toy farms for children…

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1. Big Steps Play Old MacDonald Farmhouse & Tractor Set, £34.99 – best for baby sensory play

Age: 12m+

What it is: Plastic farmhouse, tractor (realistic engine and horn sounds) with trailer and 5 animals; animal makes noise when animal is put in correct place; tree fruits play music when pressed; farmer sings as he drives. Batteries included. 

Why we love it: Like the Lanka Kade farm blocks below, this can be played with from 12 months, so little ones can get in on the farm action, too! Similar to the Battat Baa-Baa-Barn Musical Farm Set also in this round-up, it has a strong musical element, rewarding your child with a moo, oink or a neigh when they put the animal in the right place.

There are also musical tree fruits and a singing farmer! We also love the animals peeking through the windows. A very sweet, good-value set.  

Available from: Amazon and Smyths Toys

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2. Country Farm Playset with Sounds, £29.99 – best for value

Age: 3+

What it is: Includes a plastic farmhouse, ranch, 4 figures, a tractor, a water pump, winch for hay bales, and lots of farm animals. 4 buttons make animal noises. Requires 2 AA batteries.

Why we love it: This set packs a lot of punch for its price you get a lot yet its one of the cheapest sets in this round-up.

Kids can feed the animals water from the water pump, transport hay bales on the tractor before using the winch to store it in the farmhouse roof, press the buttons for the animal sounds and more!

Available from: Smyths Toys

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3. LEGO Duplo Farm Adventures 10869, £54.99 – best for motor skills

Age: 2-5

What it is: A farm set with Duplo bricks to build a farmhouse with upstairs bedroom and toilet, and a barn with a bell and string function to make it go up and down. Includes 3 LEGO DUPLO figures: a farmer and 2 children, plus a sheep, cow, goat, rooster and a rabbit. Accessories: tractor, picnic bench, slide plus waffles, a trough, milk bottle, hay brick and a pitchfork.

Why we love it: More than a farm set, being Duplo, this has a building element, too. The bricks are just the right size for little hands to create the farm with a little help from Mum or Dad.

Then they can pull the string to make the bell go up and down, feed the animals, put them to bed and then hang out in the farmhouse.

Available from: Lego, Smyths Toys and John Lewis

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4. Le Toy Van The Farmyard, £69.95 – best for sustainability 

Age: 3+

What it is: Made from sustainable rubberwood, this farmyard set includes a large barn with hay loft, a milking parlour, a stable, and a pigsty. Comes with movable fences. Animals and budkins characters sold separately.

Why we love it: If you want to avoid plastic, this charming farmyard is made from sustainable rubberwood, like the farm blocks by Lanka Kade.

Along with the Schleich and Brushwood farms, its one of the most expensive in this round-up, but the design and quality of Le Toy Van toys mean this will last and last. The only downside is that it doesnt come with any characters or animals, so youll need to buy these separately.

Available from: Le Toy Van and Amazon

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5. B toys by Battat Baa-Baa-Barn Musical Farm Set, £63.87 – best for interactive features

Age: 3+

What it is: Measuring 47.5cm x 22cm x 32.5cm, this plastic interactive animal farm includes a cow, sheep, pig and horse, and 2 rattle balls. Animals sing 1 of 4 songs when put inside the barn (different animal voice according to creature). Lights come on when barn door is opened and flash to the music; windmill spins; slide the mouse and the chicken jumps; put rattle balls down the silo and out the sliding door; press the haystack to see a mole appear; lift a roof patch to see a bat; lift a door and meet a bunny. Includes a handle for transport and 2 AA batteries.

Why we love it: All the fun of the farm is in this set packed with interactive mooosical and light features, and a surprise around every corner.

We particularly love the singing animals, and that its super-portable, too. Although its more expensive than others in this round-up, we think the interactive elements make it worth the spend.

Available from: Cheshire Cat Crafts and Amazon

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6. Schleich Large Farm House, £79.99 – best for quality

Age: 3+

What it is: Plastic farmhouse including kitchen, dining area and bedroom, plus stable. Includes winch for transporting hay and feed. Roofs detach and include secret flap, windows open and close. Outdoor stable area with modular fences and paddocks. Includes male and female farmers and cow, calf, donkey foal, dog, cat, mini pig and mouse, as well as multiple accessories and a sticker sheet.

Why we love it: When it comes to true-to-life detail, Schleich is hard to beat but you might also want to consider the similarly priced wooden set by Brushwood.

Schleichs plastic set has plenty of opportunities for some down-on-the-farm role play and we can see the movable winch being a hit. Its one of the more expensive farm toys on our list, but the quality is exceptional.

Available from: Schleich, Amazon and Toys and Learning

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7. Eichhorn Farm, £24.84 – best for traditional style

Age: 3+

What it is: This 25-piece beechwood farm building set includes colourful baseboard, 2 farm buildings with windows and doors that open, 10 fences, 11 plastic farm animals and 1 plastic figure.

Why we love it: Like the Brushwood play set below, this comes with a colourful baseboard with meadow, vegetable plot, pond and flower design which really sets the scene we predict hours of farmyard fun with this pretty set, which also hits the spot for value, too.

Available from: Eichhorn and Amazon

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8. Brushwood My First Wooden Farm Play Set Farmyard, £74 – best for realistic detail

Age: 3+

What it is: A flat-pack wooden farm set that slots together in 5 minutes to make the buildings; large store with hay loft, cow house with wooden cubicles, milking parlour with rails and walled farmyard with swing gate. Take the roof sections off and they turn into 2 paddocks with a pond, island and small wooden bridge. Selection of bales included.

Why we love it: Dont be fooled by the name this is one for serious farm fans. Perhaps the most realistic and detailed of all the farms in this round-up, there are plenty of different farmyard scenes to enact with this set.

For detail and price, its comparable to the farms by Schleich and Le Toy Van, but unlike the Schleich set, it doesnt come with any animals, people or farm vehicles, so youll need to buy these separately.  

Available from: Little Farmyard

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9. Lanka Kade wooden farm, £25 – best for ethical buys

Age: 12m+

What it is: Fairtrade rubberwood, farm-themed, 40-piece building block set including a horse, cow, sheep, pig, dog and Mr and Mrs Farmer. Uses non-toxic paints.

Why we love it: Like the Duplo set, this cheerfully painted wooden farm building block set offers the value of two for one building and imaginative play, as kids can make lots of different buildings from the one set. Suitable for babies from one year up, its made from sustainable rubberwood, like the set from Le Toy Van.

We love that the pieces are nice and chunky for small hands to hold, and the fact that its made by ethical, fairtrade company Lanka Kade is great news, too.

Available from: Lanka Kade

 

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10. ELC Happyland Farm, £49.99 – best for imaginative play

Age: 2-5

What it is: This set includes 1 farm building, stable block, tractor and trailer; 4 characters and 7 animals; 5 sounds; 6 fences (2 jumping). Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: From ELCs popular Happyland brand comes this charming, well-made farm which features 5 fun sounds to make it even more fun.

We can see little ones loving taking the animals in and out of the pen and barn, driving the farmer around in the tractor and using the dog to round up the sheep.

Available from: ELC and Mothercare

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