Obviously, living on a farm means that N is obsessed with farms. He watches Tractor Ted, knows more than me about different farming vehicles and what they do (admittedly not hard), and is gradually building up his collection of farming toys.
You’d think they’d fade into insignificance given that he could just go outside and see them in real life, but no, it’s essential to have the right farm vehicles in his toy collection. It’s not really helped because there’s lots of farm animal books, farming based clothing and more. So from the newborn stage, you can never resist an item that reflects your life and I admit he did look really cute in his red tractor sleepsuit.
He was also given a beautiful personalised baby blanket on a farming theme. That’s definitely a keepsake for the future. Even now, we do have some clothes with agriculture based motifs, indeed I’ve only recently bought a wonderful Frugi Land Rover hoody in the sales.
But toys are really what it’s all about. From N’s second hand faded ride on tractor for outdoor play, to the smart John Deere ride on tractor that is indoors only. Then all the various farm models and vehicles he has. The only downside is all the mess from them being left out in his play layout.
The tractor timeline of toys
2 years old
When N was two he was given his first Bruder vehicles. What’s great about most of the tractor toys out there is that they’re all to scale. The Bruder vehicles are large enough to have survived his play, even though they’re plastic. Obviously he had to have a John Deere and trailer, because they’re the tractors we have on the farm, and a Fastrac as well (like the contractor down the road).
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3 years old
Of course, N needed to increase his tractors. He couldn’t live with just the 2 he had, so Christmas came bringing with it a Bruder combine harvester. It seems that combines are the real deal and an essential for playing farms. I was a bit worried that there were more fragile extending arms to be broken, but a year later and it’s still going strong. It’s always the toy that other children head for when they come to play, as well as the ride on tractor.
The only problem with loving combine harvesters was when N was asked by Father Christmas what he wanted for Christmas…a combine harvester (but a real one).
He was also given a telehandler, which has been religiously used to move around ‘bales’. Nothing like a good selection of vehicles to work. And not forgetting, bugging his dad by saying they needed to buy a telehandler and a combine harvester from the shop for on the farm.
4 years old
Ever since N has been really young, he’s loved playing with the old farm toys over at the farm. Many are broken, sellotaped together, missing wheels, but that doesn’t stop him. They’re mostly old die cast Britains farm toys from his dad’s childhood. I love that they’ve lasted so long. All the older cousins have enjoyed playing with them, and I can see them lasting a while yet too.
My brother also collected and played with Britains farm toys when he was a boy, although his old toys are more immaculate. They used to be at our mum’s house, and everytime N goes over there, he’d get them out and play with them…then leave them out. My brother was getting annoyed with putting them away (I just never remember he’s had them out), so instead of buying N a birthday present, the 6 boxes of Britains farm toys were passed on to him.
For his birthday he also got given a Britains John Deere tractor, a livestock trailer just like the ones on the farm, a Fastrac and a baler which is what he really wanted. It’s so funny seeing him playing with tractors of different sizes together, but he doesn’t see it as a problem at all.
N absolutely loves them. I’m not sure I’m enjoying the mess all over the floor all the time. He tends to get everything out, make fields and then refuse to put them away. I’m thinking standing on some of these small farm pieces might hurt almost as much as standing on Lego.
It is fairly obvious that N would be into tractors because of the day to day proximity, in contrast he’s not fussed about cars at all. But I’m amazed at how long he can play with his tractors for. He’ll combine toys from other sets, building an entire farm and making up jobs and activities to play. Hopefully the die cast models will last for years, and potentially still be around for him to pass on to his children.
I’m wondering what he’ll move onto next in his imaginative farming world.
Have you passed on any of your toys to your children?
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