If you grew up in the 1980s playing with Fisher-Price’s now iconic Little People Barnyard Playset (remember the mooing sound effect when you opened the barn door?) prepare to be just a little saddened at the company’s modernised version of it.
Tiny fields of imaginary wheat have been replaced with an iPad dock and the Little People Apptivity Barnyard companion app. Available sometime this fall the playset still includes a handful of Little People characters and animals, but they’ve been ‘enhanced’ with capacitive nubs on the bottom allowing them to interact with the iPad’s touchscreen display. Admittedly some of the mini-games were kind of fun, particularly recklessly tearing around the farm with the little tractor, but it’s hard not to be nostalgic of a time when kids just relied on their imaginations.