Growing up in the countryside I am all too accustomed to the joys of farm life. For this reason raising kids who are essentially growing up in inner city Dublin, is a funny contrast. As an accolade to my roots, I have always made a point of teaching the boys all the excitement country life has to offer. Our trips to the west are always the welly wearing, mud rolling, tractor spotting kind. Nothing fills me with more pride than Luke differentiating between a John Deere and Massey Ferguson tractor when out for a drive! Needless to say, when it comes to play time, my boys love nothing more than a tractor and farm animal scenario. Earlier this month all their farm life dreams came true when the epic Farm Field toy from arrived at our door. We’ve been manning the farm field pedantically since it’s arrival and the boys continued excitement for this beautifully handcrafted toy isn’t surprising.
About the Farm Field
How the field came to be is a heartwarming story that gave me all of the feels. A son who needed a pasture for his farm animals to graze and a creative Dad who was more than happy to oblige. Roscommon Dad Padraic just so happened to have an artificial grass company. This came in handy when crafting hedges, fields and gateways for miniature play. The Field is a simple concept, but that doesn’t make it any less brilliant. The beauty of it is, it gives kids an opportunity to create all sorts of incredible imaginary adventures. Crafted by hand in Ireland, the concept has gone from strength to strength. What started off with a simple field, has now expanded to a range of toys including:
Small World Play & Language Development
I am a firm believer in low-tech, traditional and simple toys which capture kid’s imaginations. When I choose toys for the boys, I am mindful of buying things that will encourage pretend play. Encouraging small world play and supporting our children’s language development go hand in hand. Small world play gives kids an excellent opportunity to expand their vocabulary, organise ideas and develop sequencing skills. As children explore through imaginary play, it allows them to develop their narrative skills and helps them in becoming effective story tellers. As far as I’m concerned, The Field Toy range is the epitome of imaginary exploration. Literally a field of dreams, where all and any sorts of adventures can come alive. We’ve had traditional farm life, to car rallies, and zoo expeditions to green quicksand situations during playtime with the field. Little imaginations aren’t confined to a ‘right’ way to play, and so seeing what inspired ideas kids can come up with is both fascinating and impressive.
Professionally as a speech and language therapist, I feel the range of field toys are perfect for therapy or teaching environments. I can’t think of a classroom or clinic that wouldn’t welcome these beautiful grassy pastures. I am so delighted to be able to use the field with clients to work on expanding their vocabulary, describing skills, story telling and imaginary play skills. Language learning and play time are inextricably linked, and the field toy makes for an incredible tool to support the development of both.
Tiny Human Verdict
Without a doubt, the field has been one of the most played with pieces of kit that has entered our house for as long as I can remember. It is sturdy, robust and hard-wearing. The boys have been known to get a little wrapped up in play and ended up sitting in the field, along with the dog. We’ve played with it on the floor, we’ve played with it on the table. We have played with it under the table. We’ve even played with it outside. What we love about it is it’s simplicity and the opportunities it gives the boys to come up with mad scenarios and games. They love the gates – opening and closing them – repeatedly. Never would you think a few hinged gates could bring two little boys such joy, but there you go! The Field Farm is easily stored under a bed or the couch – meaning you can slide it out of site without disturbing your grazing animals (which it seems, is very important!).
The Field Farm pictured retails for €79.99 and would make for a fantastic Christmas gift for any little farming enthusiast. There are different sizes and styles of field available from the website to suit every budget.
Fancy Winning A Farm Field of Your Own?
The great news is I have a Farm Field to giveaway to one lucky winner! This would make the perfect Christmas or birthday present for a little person with a big imagination! To enter, simply leave a comment below with your favourite brand of tractor!!
Alternatively you can enter by commenting on the Life With Tiny Humans Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag friends and family and share the love!
The closing date for entries is Saturday 13th October and the winner will be announced on Sunday Oct 14th 2018.
We were kindly sent our Farm Field to try out for the purpose of this review. As always, all opinions, images and thoughts are my own.