I get a lot of requests for ideas for toys for specific needs, some for speech therapy and some just for gifts to kids and grandchildren. Thought I’d share some ideas for books and toys that can teach animal sounds if you have a little one who is starting to talk or you want to encourage talking:


Fisher Price’s “See ‘n Say Farmer Says” is an oldie but goodie, that speech therapists have used for years to make learning animal sounds and names fun. This classic toy has been updated with a second page to turn to learn facts and have a question mode.

“John Deere Animal Sounds Hayride” is lots of fun and has 4 animals that make their sound when you put them in the wagon—I’ve used this successfully in play therapy as kids always love a vehicle and farm animals. 

The “Kidoozie Funtime Tractor” is just like the John Deere only it has 1 more animal to fit into the tractor trailer. Have fun placing one animal at a time into their matched spot and repeat their sound. As your child plays pretend with the animals, make the associated sound as they are playing with that animal to reinforce learning.

“Aurora My Barnyard Friends Baby Talk Playset” This little barn houses four animals, a pig, cow, duck and rooster. Three of them make their animal sound when squeezed and the duck is a rattle.

Books that feature animal sounds:

“Peek-a-Moo” by Marie Torres Cimarusti, This is a darling flap book that I’ve read to so many kids over the years and they love it. The animal’s sound is in the rhyme to guess the name of the animal. The big bold illustrations delight kids as they learn and listen to the clues.

“Noisy Baby Animals” (My first Touch and Feel Sound Book) by Tiger Tales—I haven’t personally used these but they get good reviews. The small board book filled with photographs of animals make it easy for your toddler to press the button and listen to their corresponding sounds.

Also “Noisy Farm” by Tiger Tales.