My grandchildren had a farm for christmas so I purchased schleich figures and animals to go with it. they love it. schleich are the best as they don't fade or chip and are chunky enough for little hands
In my opinion all Schleich models are brilliant. So many animals for small children are cartoon representations, these, however show the animals as they are, wrinkles and all. Educational value is therefore excellent and play value seems undiminished as the child grows older.