One of my fondest toys growing up was a Little People farm. There were no flashing lights or battery-powered anythings, but I just loved to hear the “moo” sound when I opened the barn doors.
That farm still lives at my parents’ house, and my kids play with it just about every time we visit.
They have a Little People farm of their own at our house, but it’s 35 years newer and takes batteries. It was one of The K Man’s first birthday gifts, and although he’s just on the other side of interested when Miss Q and I play with it these days, that kid still plays with the one my parents have. Go figure.
Miss Q is now at that stage where imaginary play is a joy to watch from the sidelines. It takes a lot of effort not to dive right in with her as she prances her Little People farmer to the top of the silo to declare it’s breakfast time for all of the animals, but I force myself to let her play independently sometimes.
It’s so good for her budding imagination if I just leave her to it from time to time. She still mumbles quietly sometimes, but when I listen closely, I hear distinctions between her Little People characters’ voices and very detailed narratives. No shocking plot twists yet, but I’m confident they’re coming.
We’ve been playing with the same cast of characters for years now, so I was thrilled to hear that Little People recently introduced some new Little People Friends! There’s Eddie, Mia, Sofie, Tessa and Koby (all of them just as cute as the next).
Miss Q has had a great time introducing her new friends to her farmer and barn animals. They’re usually thrown over the barn, but her idea of “fun” is generally a little more, um, spirited than some kids. We’re getting there.
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