Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher Price Little People School Bus
Member Name: xmum2threex
Fisher Price Little People School Bus
Advantages: Great fun
Disadvantages: Back door comes off
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.
Summary: Great fun
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