What It Is
What It Is
Tactile play, put-and-take play, and object manipulations are important components of play, particularly for developing infants. That's why the classic ball, sized right for small hands, is included in many interactive toys targeted to the youngest kids. The Having a Ball Cluck & Learn Barn capitalizes on that play pattern to create an engaging interactive toy for infants. In Silly Sounds mode, drop the chick character balls into the top of Mother Hen to hear animal sounds and see lights. The chick balls will pop out of one of three different openings at the bottom of the barn. In Learning mode, drop the chick balls into the top of Mother Hen to hear Mother Hen count out loud. Press the three light-up buttons to hear animal sounds and names. There are two barn doors that also make noise when you open and close them. Kids can put the balls in the door and take them out. When playtime is over the balls can be stored inside the barn.
Why It’s Fun
In addition to the tactile, manipulative play, toys such as the Cluck & Learn Barn are great ways to help children develop fine motor skills. The put-and-take play, which kids love, is great for developing dexterity and coordination. Kids will like the surprise of not knowing out of which opening the chick balls will come, and the silly sounds, music, and lights will keep kids engaged as they play.
Who It’s For
The Cluck & Learn Barn is for ages 6—36 months.
What to Be Aware of
This comes with three AA batteries, but these are for demo purposes, and Kids II recommends replacing them before you play for best results.
One of the key things for parents and caregivers to remember about this mode of play is that even though it looks repetitive, each time a child places the ball, he or she is making new connections about cause and effect and the beginnings of understanding their role in making things happen.
Bright Starts Having a Ball products are only available at Toys "R" Us.