I was fortunate to grow up in rural places where open fields and chicken coops were my playground. I’ve been a city girl for many years but I still think these toys would be great for any kid, city or not. Why not crochet up the entire barnyard?
When these instructions were written in the 1940’s polyfil wasn’t available so they used cotton batting because it’s all they had, except for scraps, of course. Use what you are comfortable with as long as it allows for firm filling.
The free pattern can be downloaded as a PDF file here.
To read the poem, click on the image to enlarge.