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Learning Town Barn Buddies

Learning Town Barn Buddies

Fall 2006 Toys
Ages: 0 - 3 yrs.
Manufacturer: LeapFrog Enterprises
Price: $14.99
The Barn Buddies includes three blocks and a little barn that has “drop zones”. The three blocks each represent a farm animal: a cow, a duck a pig. When a block is placed into the insert on the top of the barn, the imbedded voice says something about the animal, such as “Pig, pink pig, oink oink.” Each time the child “pats” the block, it cycles through three attributes. When dropped through the silo, other sounds are heard.

The blocks rounded edges and the use of only one shape (a square), allows the younger child to become successful at placing the shape into the drop zone at a faster pace than most shape sorters. The barn is small enough and light enough for a young child to move and manipulate independently.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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