Unhook the latches to open the barn doors and see who is inside, then close the doors and buckle up the barn again! This beautifully crafted sturdy wooden barn is brightly painted both inside and out. It features six brass-hinged doors with working latches and locks and pictures of farm animals on the inside of each door. There's even a brass handle on top to take the fun wherever kids go! The set comes with four approximately 8 cm tall flocked play figures - a cow, a pig, a goat and a horse - that fit in the barn. Great for fine motor development, as well as colour and animal recognition; encourages creative play.
- Painted wooden barn with working latches and locks on doors that open and close
- Unlatch and open the six doors to reveal friendly animal pictures
- Includes four 8cm tall flocked farm animal figures that fit in the barn
- Helps teach fine motor skills, counting skills, colours, and animal recognition
Age: 3+ years
Size: 27 x 25 x 19 cm
- Help the child identify the animal play figures (horse, cow, goat, pig), and the animals inside each door. Ask him or her to find other animals on the outside of the barn. Talk about the role of each animal on the farm and ask the child to make each animal sound!
- Talk about how baby animals often have different names than full-grown ones. For example, a young pig is called a piglet and a young sheep is called a lamb. Ask the child to find animals in the barn using both the parent's name and the baby's name.
- Help the child to identify the many colours seen on and inside the barn. Point to a colour on the outside of the barn and ask him or her to find something the same colour inside the barn. For instance, you might say, "Here is a yellow sunflower. Can you find something yellow inside?"
- Ask the child to count the number of doors on the barn. Ask him or her to unlatch and open a specific number of doors and then to tell you how many are open and how many are closed.
- Ask the child to unlock the hook latch on the double doors and then to find the flocked animal figure that matches the pictures inside the barn doors (cow). Talk about which cow is "outside" the barn and which are "inside." Have the child put the cow figure inside the barn through the open door and then re-latch it. Repeat this with other doors and animals that match the pictures.
- Help the child to tell a story using the animal play figures and the barn. For instance, you might start by saying, "One morning, the animals were outside when it began to rain. The horse decides to go inside the barn, but needs help opening one of the barn doors. Who does the horse ask for help?"