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For my daughter's first birthday, she received a couple of the items from the Fisher Price Little People range, one of which was this school bus, although my daughter actually received the bus in yellow rather than the red as shown above, but everything else about the bus is identical.
This school bus can be purchased on the likes of amazon for just under £20, although it is widely available in most toy stores. This bus is an interactive toy with flashing lights and songs. The bus comes with three little people - a driver and two children. As well as set seats on the bus, there is also a wheelchair! So Fisher Price could never be accused of discriminating! In order to get the flashing lights, music and speaking to start, it is a matter of pressing down on the driver and you then hear phrases such as 'Watch for the flashing lights' and 'Let's go to school!' , as well as horns beeping and children giggling. The Little People can be moved around the bus and the noises and lights can be turned on simply be pressing down on the button on the drivers seat, so you dont always need to have a person in the driver's seat.
As well as being the side door to allow the Little People to climb onboard, there is a ramp and back door on the bus, so the wheelchair has access! At one side of the bus, there is a stop sign which children can pull out.
WHen my daughter first received this gift, she immediately took to it, moving the people, pressing the drvier down to hear the noises, and pushing it around the living room. A month after her first birthday she plays with this toy most days, moving it around the room, pressing to hear the music and taking the little people in and out. SHe has now discovered as well that she doesn't need to have the driver in the seat to get the noise and singing to start and in fact sometimes presses the seat button continually.
I think this is a very well made toy, like all Fisher Price toys that I have come across. This toy has something that should suit every toddler- boy or girl, moving the Little People in and out, opening the front and back doors and pressing the button to hear the songs and see the flashing lights at the top of the bus. All in all, I am very pleased with this toy and think it is perfect for toddlers.
This toy is just one of several available in Fisher Price's Little People range and is certainly one of the best! My daughter loves Little People and plays with them alongside her ELC Happy Land figures all the time but this constantly remains one of the favourites in her small collection.
The bus sits several Little People in convenient-sized slots, including the driver in the front seat, and even has a ramp at the back for a child in a wheelchair (supplied). Three figures in total are supplied with the bus as part of the set and these include the afore mentioned disabled child, a driver and one other figure but it is perfectly compatible with most other Little People characters. I say most because we have a few with different shaped bases that won't quite fit in the slots for the seats but, as a general rule, you will find most of your other figures will fit in.
The bus is of an American design with a retractable Stop sign that can be pulled open when your Little People are getting on or off the bus. It has big, beady eyes at the front that wiggle about when the bus moves and pushing down on the drivers seat causes the bus to say a number of phrases that include "My Stop Sign is r-r-r-r-red" and sing the songs "The wheels on the bus go round and round" and "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands..."
Why the bus should have a stutter is anyones guess but it does!
This bus can be bought for somewhere around the £20 mark depending on where you shop but, like for most of the toys in this range, prices vary so it is best to shop around before you buy in order to get the best deal!
My daughter loves this and is one of the constant toys that she continues to play with long after she first got it!
Fisher Price Little People Bus
*WHAT IS IT*
This is a toy from Fisher Price that encourages role play. It includes a bus driver who happens to have a red stop sign I his hand.
It is a push along bus that allows you to have the bus driver and four passengers sitting in the bus if you wish (the passengers have to be purchased separately).
*WHAT IT DOES*
It is a red bus that looks very cheerful and happy the headlights are eyes and underneath there is a smiling face on the bumper. The bus has large black wheels with bright bus alloys.
I bought my bus from B&M Bargains for £10 for my daughter for Christmas. What I only noticed after was that it is the American version as the bus driver sits on the left hand side however my daughter is only two so she never noticed this and I don't think that it is overly important.
On the side of the bus there is a blue sign which is red inside with a white hand which means to stop, this can be pulled out and it will make one of two sounds (either laughing children or a croaking frog). When you pull this sign out the two lights at the top of the bus will also flash. Behind the sign there is a picture of a friendly frog with stars around him.
Along both sides of the bus there are brightly coloured stickers with a sun, clouds and a picture of what looks like a moving bus.
The back of the bus has pretend lights and a colour that will pop down so you can pretend your passengers are getting on and off the bus. I have to admit that this door falls off regularly however it is very easy to put it back on.
On the right hand side of the bus there is another door which opens and closes, where you would expect to get on a bus. There is also steps up onto the bus. Failing that the bus has an open top so its easy to place figures into the bus.
Inside the bus is bright yellow and along the sides it looks like there is a ruler, school book, apple, pens, crayons and a school back pack are sitting on benches (these can not be taken out they are for decoration only).
There are four raised passenger seats that have a raised groove sitting out so that the Fisher Price people can fit in them exactly as they have a hole in the bottom of them. The bus drivers seat is at the front, as you would expect and it is blue in colour.
When you press down the seat or put a figure into the seat it will say 'Watch for the flashing lights', sing a song to stop and go and to take things slow, have children laughing, have a horn beeping, say 'everyone sit down lets go to school'.
Underneath the bus has an exhaust and pipes that are raised out of the plastic. Also the batteries are located here if you need to change them. You will need a screwdriver to do this.
The figure that's included is the bus driver he looks rather plump and is wearing a blue hat and trousers with a black belt. He is rather smart looking and is wearing a white shirt and a black tie. He has blonde hair and a smiling face. In his lend hand he is holding a red sign with a hand imprinted on it (a top sign). In his right hand he is holding a cute green frog. To be honest I have no idea what the frog represents but he looks cure. The figure is made out of good durable plastic and is hollow inside so its light-weight.
I have to say I really like the Fisher Price Little People range. I think they are well-made, durable and safe for little ones to play with. After time like most plastic toys the paint wears slightly but it isn't bad looking. The school bus is very well made and is made out of sturdy plastic which means that it can withstand a toddler throwing it about, dropping it and chewing it without any damage being made to it.
I think the bus is a great tool for explaining to a young child that one day they will be getting on a school bus. As I don't drive my daughter will have to get on a school bus so I have found this toy useful for explaining this to her. It is also a great role play toy for both boys and girls as the figures can be used with this bus and they are not targeted to either a boy or a girl.
The only downside is that you need to buy passengers, however as my daughter has the little people farm play set so she uses the figures from this so there are passengers on the bus.
I would recommend this toy to anyone as I feel it has educational value as when your child is older you can explain to them the rules of being safe on the road and use the bus to explain different scenarios. It is a great toy to encourage role play with your child and help develop their imagination.
I think it is a very well made, durable, safe toy for any little one. My daughter got this toy when she was just over 1 year old and she is now 2 and still loves to play with it.
The bus can be pushed along and she pretend people are getting on and off the bus as she pushes it along. I feel it was great value for money only costing £10. I have seen the UK version for £15 and up to £25 in some shops however I feel that the American version does just the same thing and it is not as expensive.
There are different variations of this toy as the one that we brought the eyes do not move and there was only 2 characters received with it. We paid around £10 from Sainsbury's in their yearly half price toy sale at Christmas and as my little girl's birthday in January it is great for stocking up on her presents too. We brought this toy for my little girls first birthday it is recommended for children aged between 1 and 5 and we knew she would just love it
The bus itself is bright in colour and has lots of interactive points on it to grab and hold little ones attention straight away it has a cute smiley face on the front which is welcoming to children. . It is large and bulky made out of durable plastic and perfect for little hands to push along. It is very light and can move freely along both carpet and wooden flooring meaning there are no frustrations for little one while playing.
With the set we receive 2 characters a child figure and a driver both are a fair size for little one to hold easily, the driver sits at the front of the bus in the seat provided and there are 4 different seats at the back of the bus for the passengers to take a seat. As there is a circular bottom to the toys and the seats are also circle with a rim for the passengers to plug in to them this means once they are pushed in to place they are secure and do not move around. They are easy to push into place and take a little pull for little one to get them back out but this becomes easier each time they pull them out.
The whole design is perfect it is large and bulky but light and easy for younger children to hold and push around easily but as it is nice and big it means it also appeals to older children as it is a good size for them to use also which I think is fantastic.
**In play **
The top of the bus is completely open meaning little one can get passengers in and out really easily it also has a door at the back that drops down and a door at the side that opens so there are three different ways for little one to get the characters in and out of the bus. This means there are lots of different ways for little one to play without the bus becoming irritating or boring.
The driver's seat of the bus is how you make the interactive part of the toy come in to play if you push down on the seat or the driver while he is in his seat the bus begins to play or song or says phrases such as watch my lights flash. Also on the side of the bus is a stop sign that folds in and pulls out this again is a fair size and easy for little hands to do and then there is a frog picture hidden behind so when it is open it plays a frog noise and when you close it children laugh.
Finally on the front of the bus are 2 red lights that when you press the seat they either flash to the music playing or when you are pushing the bus along they stay lit the whole time which my children also love. These interactive features may be simple but they encourage fine motor skills and enhance the enjoyment for little ones as there are a few different things for them to explore it keeps them interested and happy. The bus is great to use with other little people accessories my children have a house made by them too and as there are 5 seats in total it means you can purchase more little people figures which are also compatible with this set to fill the whole bus up.
There are no volume controls or on off button but to be honest the toy is not overly loud and not annoying yes the songs can get stuck in your head and you find yourself singing them while doing housework but that is just because they are designed to be catchy to hold little ones attention. It is not a constant noise as the sound only plays if the driver's seat is pushed or the stop sign moved so it is easy to handle.
It is bright and colourful and has stickers on the side of busses children and other school accessories which provide another part of the bus for little one to explore and look at. Although this does get a fair amount of use it tends to be in short periods but very often meaning we have got our money's worth from this toy over and over especially as all three of my children love it.
When we first purchased this toy it had a pull down door at the back of the bus that was easy to pull down for little one but this snapped off after around a month of play and rather than being able to click it back in to play it actually come away so it was in useable again. Although there was no sharp pieces to hurt little one and the bus itself was still fully functional I do think this could have been designed better as it was put there to be used often and therefore should have been more durable.
**Our opinion **
My children love this toy it can be pushed around easily and as it can be used from 1 years of age up to 5 it has a long play life. All of my children still play with this bus 2 years later even my 4 year old son it is very durable and the batteries we received with it are still working fine meaning the interactive parts of the bus are still usable.
It has lasted really well even though it used to get driven into the wall and bashed about a lot there are no signs of wear and tear apart from the back door of the bus has completely broken off and cannot be added back on this does not seem to bother my children at all. As the whole set is made of plastic it is easy to wipe down and keep clean and as there are no signs of wear it comes up as good as new.
It has been well loved and helps encourage fine motor skills and little one to use their imagination you can buy it at supermarkets, Amazon and other large sores that stock toys and it retails for anything between £10-£20 so do shop around. It lasts well and appeals to a large age range while not being bank breaking and it is compatible with other little people sets and I would fully recommend to anyone considering purchasing it.
My son loves this little school bus and it keeps him occupied for a good while.
I paid about £15 for it which does seem quite a lot for a bus but it does also talk and sing and comes with some little people and just seems like something that keeps kids entertained even though it is basic so think it is definately worth the money. My son has loads of toys and yet he always plays with this on a daily basis.
This bus has a driver and when you push down on him there are various phrases and songs. It also lights up at the front. It doesn't seem to do a lot but my son quite simply enjoys running it along the carpet and taking the people in and out of it. It has two doors that open on it and a stop sign on the side that you can pull out. It is nice and sturdy but the doors do come off quite easily so I quite often have to put them back on but they do click back into place really easily too. It is also very easy to push along the floor and goes really well on both carpet and laminate.
It is a nice bright red and is suitable for both girls and boys and is really eyecatching.
I would definately recommend this bus as sometimes the simple things are the best and this is the case for this school bus.
My daughter has a whole range of the Little People toys, and when I found out she was to be receiving the farm for her birthday, I decided to get the school bus - thinking they could take a trip to the farm!
I purchased the pink version of this bus from Toys R Us and it cost £16.99 which is £2.00 more than the red bus! This is something I really don't like, adding on money for the same thing just because its a pink colour. With the bus came a little driver figure and two children figures. The bus is made out of chunky plastic and has big chunky pale blue wheels. On the side of the bus is ABC and 123 (stickers which do peel off quite easily) and on one side of the bus is a door which opens and closes and on the other side is a fold out stop sign. At the rear of the bus is a fold down ramp which I presume is for the child to maybe put baggage in or for them to pretend to walk them into the bus that way - my daughter has never really bothered with that. The front of the bus has a smiley face, the eyes are where the headlights would be and above the windscreen are two lights. It is an open topped bus to enable your child easy access to the little people and this makes play much easier too.
When the bus is moving, the little people sat inside can be seen bobbing up and down to make it look like they are really riding on the bus. The driver sits in the front seat (obviously) and he can be pressed to activate the noises and songs. For example, various different sounds or jiongles are played when pressed - a horn sound occurs, children giggling, and he also has a couple of little sayings too:
"Watch for the flashing lights..."
"Everyone sit down, lets go to school"
The song is an upbeat little tune - "Stop and go, stop and go, onto school lets take it slow!" (and more)
When the noises are happening, the lights will flash in time to the sounds or music.
The voice of the driver is quite an annoying American accent, but thankfully my daughter doesn't press him very often! The song isn't too bad, but I think it is a shame there is only one song to this toy as a range could have made this so much better.
This bus takes 3 AA batteries, and they seem to last quite well, although my daughter doesn't play with it all that regular I would say she does play with around at least once a week and we haven't had to change them yet. It is quite a durable toy as are all the toys in this range we have, it has survived quite a few crashes from my daughter!! This toy is aimed at children between twelve months and five years and I personally think three and over is ideal.
While I think this is a lovely toy, it doesn't hold my daughters attention for very long which is a real shame. I think in the day of so many techonological toys it doesn't really do enough - and compared with the other toys she has in this range it isn't all that great. Maybe when she is a little older she will understand more that it is a school bus and possibly will take them on more "outings".
I would give this toy three out of five stars. Thank you for reading my review :)
Fisher Price Little People School Bus
~ Age Range ~
It is suitable for children from 12 months to 5 Years old.
My daughter is 4 and has had it for a couple of years now.
~ Packaging ~
This School Bus comes in cardboard packaging complete with all the silly plastic twisty ties which take ages to undo.
~ Toy Information ~
This Bus is bright red with a blue trim and yellow interior. It is a push along toy which comes with a driver and 2 passengers which all have the holes in the bottom so you can sit them in the bus or use them with other little people toys.
The bus has a fold out stop sign on the side and also a ramp and two doors, one on the side and one on the back. You can put the little people figure into the bus either through the doors or through the bus roof.
If you sit the driver or one of the little people figures in the drivers seat the bus says a few phrases including ''I'm rrrrrrrreally happy'' and "my wheels are round". It also plays the tunes either 'if you're happy and you know it' or 'the wheels on the bus' and makes brumming and beeping noises. When you do the sound effects the bus has two lights at the front which light up and flash to the music.
The bus requires 3AA Batteries, ours were included and have not run out even though there is no off switch.
~ My Summary ~
I think this toy is very durable with the exception on the door on the back of the bus which sometimes gets pulled off by accident but it fits back in again easily. My daughter has dropped, crashed and bashed this around on many occasions and it is still in great condition after 2 years. If it is ever looking a bit on the grubby side it is very easy to clean with a damp sponge.
The bus pushes along with ease on solid floor and also on carpet which is great as other push along toys my daughter owns don't work at all well on carpeted floors.
My daughter loves her bus and still plays with it all the time, I would say it is one of her favourite things to play with. She uses it to give all her puppy in pockets and plastic animal a ride in not just little people toys! I have no doubt my baby will also play with this when she is bigger.
The only slightly annoying thing with this toy is that it does not have an off switch to stop the sound and the previously mentioned problem we have had with the back door.
I would definitely recommend the Fisher Price Little People School Bus to a friend it is a brilliant toy.
~ Price and Where to Purchase ~
The Fisher Price Little People School Bus is widely available in toy shops or online in places like amazon, Toys R Us and Ebay for no more than £15.
This was a Christmas present for my daughter (she's 2) last year. It's made by Fisher Price and is part of the Little People range.
You get the bus, and 3 Little People & 1 wheel chair (I think anyway, we've got that many Little People now that I get confused). I think you also get a piece of luggage with this set.
The bus is a decent size and has an open top to easily allow the child to put passengers in and out. The back door also drops down, to allow the wheel chair to be 'wheeled' in and out. My daughter hasn't actually cottoned on to the fact that it's a wheel chair and wheel chairs can't be removed through the roof... The side door also opens.
Inside the bus there is space for 3 passengers plus driver (you can press the driver down and various tunes, noises will be activated). The plastic inside the bus is moulded with various things such as satchels, books, crayons etc. This is to highlight that it's a school bus.
The outside of the bus is bright red with blue trim and big black wheels. He has a set of eyes at the front which move up and down when the bus is wheeled about. He has red two lights above the windscreen which light up and flash in time to the music, jingles when the driver is pressed. There is also a fold out stop sign on one side of the bus.
There are various songs, jingles that the bus will say when you press the driver.
"I'm rrrrrrrreally happy" and then he whistles the tune of 'If you're happy and you know it' then makes a brumming sound.
He also says:
"My wheels are rrrrrrrround" and then the tune of 'The Wheels On The Bus' is played.
Another one is:
"My stop sign is rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrred" followed by lots of brumming.
"My lights are bbbrrrrrrrrrright" brum brum.
I find his voice quite irritating and the bus gives the impression he's one of those 'people' who are always cheerful which I also find annoying. The tunes that play (wheels on the bus and if you're happy and you know it) are played too fast so you cannot sing along to them without sounding like an idiot. But I suppose the idea isn't for you to sing along, just to listen and enjoy...
So is the bus any good for my daughter?
Well she's had it for nearly a year now and it still does get played with. She has 2 planes, an SUV and this bus, all from the Little People Range(all Christmas presents) and she has to play with them all at the same time. She doesn't actually use this bus as a 'bus' but more like a guest at one of her Little People tea parties. But the functions of the bus, such as the 2 opening doors and the button to press are easily accessible for her and she has no issues with activating anything on the toy. The wheels also turn freely so she can wheel it around on the carpet with ease.
I don't think she is very keen on the sounds of the bus (i.e. the annoying voice and silly tunes) because she does not often activate them as she does so frequently with her planes & SUV. So I think this is a major downside to this toy (or not because it means I don't have to listen to it) because it obviously doesn't appeal to her musical taste. Perhaps it is aimed more towards the male gender.
The bus is still in new condition even though it has been played with quite regularly since last Christmas, it's had its fair share of knocks and falls so I can say it's a well made toy and very durable. But what else can you expect from Fisher Price?
It takes 3 x AA batteries and these came with the bus and are still actually in the bus so the battery life is good. But this might be because my daughter doesn't use the noise function very often.
Currently available on Amazon for £16.13.
This was a toy we bought for our son for his birthday but due to him getting a lot of toys we have only recently introduced it into his toy box and it does appear to be a winner with him.
Who is it for
Suitable for children 1 year plus
Requires 3 "AA" alkaline batteries (included in ours that we got at Boots).
What it does:
The red bus contains 3 little people and a wheelchair- my son loves the people but hasn't really understood or played with the wheel chair component
The red bus has an open top, which is great for ease of putting the people in, and allows my son to put his bears into the bus to be driven around in it to
The side and back door both open. I don't know if it is my son being rough with it but the back door is forever falling off. It is easy to re-attach but it does annoy me that it keeps happening.
The stop sign can be pulled out to open- this a feature my son hasn't really got to grips with yet
When pushed the eyes at the front of the bus sort of roll though this a good feature because my son generally pushes this from the top he doesn't see the eyes move.
The musical/ noise bit-when you put one of the figures into the drivers seat it will make various noises and songs including Wheels on the Bus" and "If You're Happy and You Know It!"
The lights on the top of the bus light up- I am not sure if this even registers with my son.
Where can you get it-
It is available on line for Amazon, Boots ebay and the cost seems to be £14.99 at most of the retailers
Value for Money
My son has only been playing with this for the past month but hasn't got tired of it yet and his bears seem to enjoy the ride!
The two problems I have with it is that there is no off button and I am not sure if this will then impact on the battery life and the back door forever falling off
This is yet another toy which my youngest daughter received for Christmas. It is from the Little People Range which is made by Fisher Price. We bought it on a 3 for 2 deal before Christmas in Boots but by itself it was priced at around £15.
My daughter has loved all the Little People toys so far and we have a fair collection. This toy is suitable for 1-5 years so at 19 months she is the perfect age but even my 6 year plays with it just to a different extent of course.
This School Bus comes in cardboard packaging which is easily recycable, the only thing I don't like about the packaging is all the pointless plastic straps which hold the toy in place and take so long to take off the toy.
As well as the red School Bus you also get three Little People Children and a driver for the bus which all have their own slots on the bus to sit in. If you press down on the driver while he is in his seat he says a few phrases such as "my stop sign is red" and "my wheels are round" and continuing with various tunes. It is easy enough to put the figures into the bus as the top is open but if you really must use a door there is both one at the front and at the back.
This bus really moves about when you push it and has put up with many knocks in this house so it can definitely put up with the pressure from little ones without fear of it breaking.
This toy requires 2 AA batteries but we have never had to replace them yet.
This is as you can imagine one of those noisy toys which unfortunately for us parents can not be turned off.
Stop and go, stop and go; on to school take it slow. Lights, sounds, talking and a fun sing-along song help little imaginations roll merrily along while they learn about stop and go.