The Busy Farm Read & Build set from Duplo contains a board book, and 15 Duplo pieces. The story follows Farmer Ted, and the animals who live on his farm. Each double page tells you a bit of the story, along with showing you how to build one of the animals.
First, you make a Rooster (5 pieces), then you make a Pig (3 pieces), next up, you make a Sheep (4 pieces), finally, you make a Cow (3 pieces).
Sam is 17 Months old, and couldn’t build the animals himself, but he has definitely learnt plenty from the Busy Farm set. We have had hours of fun saying “Can you find a white piece?” He can now find the Brown or Red piece first time, with no prompting required. Not bad for a 17 Month old, who only said his first word this week!
I have read the story to him a few times now, and he definitely associates the story to the duplo now, too. The story kind of rhymes when spoken, but the spellings don’t rhyme. The font is a little on the small side for youngsters to self-read, but it is easy enough to run your finger underneath as you read it out loud to them.
The Busy Farm set is aimed at children aged 18 Months to 4 Years. I feel this is a fair age range as far as building the characters goes, but not reading the book. younger recipients who receive the book would definitely require some help to read it.
With an RRP of just £12.99, I think Busy Farm is excellent value for money. I cannot recommend it highly enough, and will be purchasing the rest of the Read & Build sets for Sam, as well as a few extras for other children’s Christmas Presents. They make excellent stocking fillers, and are perfect for leaving at grandparents houses. The book and pieces all go back into the packaging too, so you can keep the pieces safe when not in use.
I give it 5/5 as it is something Sam has played with every day since he received it.
The Busy Farm Read & Build Set is now available from Toys R Us.
Written By MotherGeek