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      03.02.2014 11:42
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      Excellent toy

      I got this VTech bus for my little boy for Christmas. He is 20 months old and he absolutely loves this bus! It cost me £19.99 from Kiddicare, although after I had bought it, I did see it elsewhere a lot cheaper, the cheapest being £13 in a supermarket! This bus is worth every penny, it does so much, it is one of the best VTech toys I have bought.

      I actually bought this bus originally because my son loves his vehicles and driving them around the house, so I thought I'd get a bus to add to his collection! He also loves pressing buttons, and this bus has a total of 44 buttons for him to press! He loves just sitting with it on his knee pressing all the buttons. There are two different sound settings to choose from too, low and high.

      The bus is a decent size for a toddler, it has a handle on the bag to pick it up easier with. The bus is red with black wheels, and my son loves turning it upside down and just spinning the wheels, he is fascinated with wheels. Most of the buttons are on one side of the bus. There is the alphabet, and numbers 1-10, so this bus will be great when he is learning letters and numbers. They don't mean anything to him at the minute, they are just buttons for him to press! There are 4 different settings to have the bus on too, so when you press the letters and numbers, depending on which setting it is on, they play different things.

      To help with learning letters, you can set the bus to the letters setting, and for example when you press the letter 'b' it says 'b is for ball', so it is quite simple for young children to understand and learn from.

      My sons favourite setting is the music one. Each letter plays a different tune, and he loves dancing to them! The music is catchy and fun, and there are so many different tunes on there to listen to. There is also a phonics and quiz setting on the bus too.

      On the top of the bus the buttons have a igniton sound, break sound, and horn. If you press the GO button, it changes where the bus is going to on the front, for example, it has the destination as school or zoo, which I think is a nice little extra, which also changes the words of the music to fit where the bus is going.

      There is lots for children to play with on this bus, my son loves it, and it has been thrown about quite a lot recently, and it is a really strong and well made toy. I am pleased with this bus, it is worth what I paid for it, and can see it being played with for years to come, and would highly recommend it for both girls and boys!

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      02.04.2013 08:08
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      Alot of learning in a fun way

      I bought this toy for my daughter for Christmas last year, mainly because I do try to buy my kids as many educational toys as possible, and also because it was at a reduced price. To be honest, its only now she is interested in it ( shes coming up to the age of 2 ), but I think this purhcase was one of my best for the following reasons:

      VTEC is a well known brand in regards to childrens toys.Anyone with kids will have purchased in their lifetime at least one from this brand, and I have bought plenty over the years.

      The bus is well made, very solid.Lets face it, toys get bashed and thrown around.This has gone throught he same abuse by my children and its going strong.No visible marks, dents etc.

      Of course alot of tyos will be aimed at girls or boys ( in regards to colour ), but this is aimed at both.Bright colours such as red and yellow mean regardless of sex and age of child it can be played with by anyone ( even parents! ).

      The great features are the fact the toy is not to big.It has a handle at the back of the bus, so can be carried around easily. Volume can be adjusted. The buttoms on the top are quite chunky for little hands and the letters and numbers on the side are just the right size for them to a. seeand b. press. The bus has four learning systems to it: Phonics, Letters, Quiz and Music. This ca easily be changed by a slider on the side of the bus.

      The thing I love the most about this product, is the fact my son and daughter are at different ages and stages and they both enjoy it and are learning from it.My son is learning to read and write, so the phonics and letters aspect is brilliant. My daughter loves the sounds and the touchy feely aspect of the toy.Both are having fun but learning at the same time.

      Fab product

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        12.09.2012 23:55

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        An excellent all round toy

        Vtech playtime bus is a very durable, engaging toy for young kids. I phurchased one for my daughter 2 years ago and it is constantly being played with. When my daughter first had it at 18months she just enjoyes the engine noises and horn, but as she gradually grew older she has learnt her letters and numbers from it. The quiz element is very good, it really keeps toddlers learning. The learning element of this toy is excellent as it keeps children occupied from 1 -3 years. The fact that it is a moving bus and plays music too is a bonus. I have found that is one of the top 10 toys that I have got for my children.

        It is a very strong toy as it has endured being banged into cupboards and being riden on! I also found that this toy has very good battery life, in the 2 years it has had its batteries changed once!
        The one feature which I would change is the size of the letters on the side, they are slightly too small for clumsy toddlers and hard for them to read.

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        16.07.2012 16:30
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        great toy

        My sister and my nephew recently moved back home with me and I have to say that since he has been back the toys seem to be multiplying everyday and there is always something new that he has to play with as everyone spoils him rotten.

        The Vtech Playtime bus was one of the many presents that he was given for Christmas as they were on special in Debenhams for £15, which I thought was an absolute bargain.

        This bus is great it is interactive and teaches phonics, shapes, letters names and numbers through the different modes of play. The bus has a button on the top which you press to change the destination of the bus there is the school, the zoo and the train station and as you change the destination the bus sings you a song about the destination. There are sound effects of the bus and a range of different buttons to keep you child amused for hours with a range of different sounds.

        The bus allows you child to learn while having fun there are numbers and there is the alphabet on the side of the bus and when you child presses the button it say the letter, shape or number that has been pressed. There are passengers that can be pressed that have certain sayings.

        It is recommended for children aged 1 to 3 years old and if he gets bored he likes to also push it around the front room. It comes with a range of melodies so you do not have to hear the same ones over and over again as well as bus noises.

        The bus also comes with batteries included, which is very rare with the toys of today as you normally can never find the batteries that you need. The batteries have now been in the bus for over 7 months and they are still as good as new and do not need replacing any time soon.

        The only disadvantage is that my nephew likes to change the destinations and every time he does there is a song sung for the new destination, which can become very annoying over and over again after half an hour. The great thing is that there is a volume control button so you can turn the bus off or have it on a low or loud setting, I obviously opt for the quieter level.

        This is a very durable toy and can be pushed and crashed around the front room and it still looks as good as new and had no signs of damage. My nephew is still a little young to be saying his alphabet but hopefully over the coming months this will help to aid in his learning.

        For the small £15 price tag that was paid for this bus it is well worth every penny and a definite must have for any child, especially as it aids their learning and development as they grow and use this toy. Another great product from VTech.

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        28.12.2011 12:25
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        Fantastic Fun

        Having been impressed with our previous toy purchases from VTech, we decided to purchase the Playtime Bus for our 9 month old son. VTech seem to make really great interactive toys, and this seemed no exception. The bus is suitable for babies aged 12 months plus but, with no small parts, we decided our son could benefit from it at 9 months. We purchased this for £17, which is a reasonable price - it can be found for anything up to £25.

        THE TOY

        The toy is effectively a large push along bus, about 40cm in length and 15cm in height. The wheels work as they should so baby can simply use this to push along if desired. The toy is electronic and has great educational benefits through phonics. On one side of the bus are raised letters of the alphabet and numbers, that baby can push. There are also characters sitting in the bus and the windows showing them can also be pushed. All the characters on the bus are in the form of stickers stuck to the outside of the bus - there is also a large one forming the front window.

        Above the front window of the bus the destination is shown - this is on a roller and there are three different destinations in total - the zoo, train station and school. These can be changed using the 'go' button on the roof of the bus. There are also three other push buttons on the roof - a green square, blue star and orange triangle. Each has a different function depending on the mode in which you play and they have a drawing on eg keys or a foot on a pedal.
        There is a sliding switch on the side of the bus that you can move up and down to select the game mode. There are four options to choose from - phonics, music, letters and quiz.

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        My son was quite excited when he first got this toy - it is bright red in colour with a lot of features to be explored. He loved to push it along the floor and watch as the wheels spun round. There is a handle at the back of the bus that aids this. At first, he was a little nervous when we turned the electronic features on - there are two sound settings and even the softest is very loud! Once he had got used to the sheer volume, he got a little bit more confident and began exploring the different push buttons.
        The bus plays various different songs, including a song about each of the different possible destinations. There is also a quiz feature that is too advanced for my son, but I love that I can see this bus lasting him through several stages. His 3 year old niece loves this feature and when it asks questions like 'find the number 1' or 'which letter makes a s sound' she loves to try and find the right answer. A great feature of this quiz is that it does not make the child feel silly if they are wrong, but invites them to try again and gives a clue, for example it is on the second row. This is a really fun and interactive way to introduce children to their alphabet and numbers.

        The buttons on top can also be used to teach children shapes and colours as the voice says things like 'green square' when these buttons are pressed.

        MY OPINION

        This is a fun and very versatile toy that is suited to both boys and girls alike. It is great when used as just a bus to encourage imaginative play and develop motor skills pushing it around. At 9 months my son is too young for a lot of the features and, to be honest, even at the suggested 12 months lower limit recommended on this toy, he would not benefit from them. I am glad we purchased it for him at such a young age though as he clearly loves the toy and will learn a lot from it, just by seeing the letters and numbers each day.

        He really loves the songs that the bus plays too and these are a good way to introduce him to language, as the words are sung so clearly. The toy really does make learning fun and, as a parent, I like to see the developmental and educational benefits in any toy I buy my son. This bus has both in abundance but retains it's fun factor and appeal to the children.
        The bus is exceptionally loud, even on the quieter volume setting, especially when playing the music. I find that I can generally 'block out' my son's noisy toys and just hear them as background noise (it's a skill many mums adopt!) but I am completely unable to do so with this toy, it is really very loud! The songs can be quite repetitive too, so we tend to only have the sound on in short bursts at the moment!

        In summary, this is a really great toy that can teach your child so much and will last them well as it is suited to various ages and stages. It can help your child with numbers, letters, colour and shapes as well as manipulation skills via button pushing. It is also sturdy and well made. This is a purchase that I am very glad we made!

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          30.05.2011 17:29
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          A brilliant way to teach children

          For my eldests first birthday we bought her this bus and for all she has always enjoyed playing with it she is still getting enjoyment out of it now at nearly 4, as she learns more at school she understands the bus more.

          The bus is made by Vtech so you know immediately it will be a great toy with educational values and this toy certainly does not disappoint, the bus sells for around £15 and can be bought in places such as Argos, Asda and Amazon so it is not hard to come buy.

          The bus is made of bright red plastic and has an inbuilt carry handle at the back to make it easy for the child to carry. The bus has stickers on the front of it showing a driver and couple of passengers and then passengers are stuck all the way along the bus on both sides. At the top of the bus there is even a little display like a real bus where it displays the destination of the bus and this alters between school, zoo and train station with the press of a button.

          On top of the bus there are 4 buttons and the speaker, the first button is a raised up yellow circle which tells the child the destination of the bus and changes the display at the front, with each press of the button there is a little tune depending on where it is going such as "choo choo lets go to the station for the train lets go choo choo choo, lets go to the station now" My daughter loved it when I would shout choo choo with the bus and even though she didn't know numbers at the time she understood that if she pressed the button three times then it would come round to the train station song again. The other three buttons on top of the bus are a green square with a picture of a horn which not surprisingly is the sound of a horn, a blue flower shape with a picture of a key which plays the sound of the ignition and finally a orange triangle with a picture of a foot on a pedal which plays the sound of brakes screeching.

          On one side of the bus there is just the picture of passengers as mentioned above on then on the other side of the bus there are lots of buttons to play with. First of all there is the important slider which controls the on/off function and slides along to give two different volumes for the bus. This slider is quite small and when my daughter first got the bus she struggled with it a little although now she works it no problem. There is another slider on this side of the bus which can be moved through four options phonics, letters, quiz and music I will come back to these.

          The four passengers on this side of the bus are on buttons and each one has numerous different sayings such as "I love school" There is also a button for every letter of the alphabet, the constanants are coloured yellow and the vowels in white and then there is a row of blue buttons of the number 1 to 10.

          So to the four settings I mentions earlier, when you put it on the phonics option it sings out fun for everyone and a little tune before asking you to press a key to start. When a letter button is pressed it first says the name of the letter and then if you press it again it tells the child the sound that the letter makes. If you press a number in this setting it simply tells you the name of the number and then plays a little tune.

          The Letters setting states time to learn the alphabet when it is turned on and then when a key is pressed it tells the child the letter name and what word it is for for example a is for apple. I think it is great that between the two settings the child gets the name of the letter, the sound and a word to associate the letter with and I have not found many toys that give all three.

          With the quiz setting you have to press on one of the four characters at the side of the bus and they will Ask the child a question, there are easy questions such as find the letter g and then harder ones such as what letter does apple begin with. This is a setting that my daughter has just recently been able to work and actually be able to answer some of the questions.

          The final option is the music option and each different letter and number simply play a different tune when pressed.

          The bus runs on batteries the compartment for which is on the bottom of the bus and instead of being held with a screw it is held with a little screw looking device but it can actually be opened with the side of a coin or even the blade of a normal knife, I think this idea is good as I often can't find a screwdriver when my daughter is desperate to play with a toy and this generally ends up in a tantrum. We have had this toy for three years and the batteries have never been changed yet so the battery life of this toy is brilliant.

          This toy is loved by my daughter, to begin with when she first got the bus she would enjoy the music, whizzing it around the room and listening to the different buttons. Now she is a bit older the toy is a lot more educational for her as she is learning her letters and the sounds and even beginning to understand what each letter looks like.

          This toy has great educational value and is a reasonable price, you can get a good three years play out of this toy so it is well worth the money and my 8 month old is now starting to enjoy pressing the buttons too. The numbers on the toy don't really do much apart from state what number they are but it is still a little extra that your child can learn from it.

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            02.01.2011 17:29

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            Fantastic toy providing hours of entertainment for your child

            This is an great childs toy. Aimed at 12+ months. We bought this for our son over a year ago in Tesco for £16.99 and it is still one of his favourite toys. We initially bought it as he loves anything to do with cars and buses, so that combined with the learning element this toy provides was definitly a winning combination!

            So my son is now 27 months old and he can pronouce every letter of the alphabet perfectly I do take alot of time to read books and learn him letters - but this toy deserves some of the credit too.

            As well as the alphabet, it has the numbers 1-10 to learn. It provides phonics, letters, quiz and music. The top of the bus has buttons for your child to press which provides bus driving noises.

            The bus needs two AA Batteries - which do seem to last a long time.

            This is one of the few toys my son has not got bored with - which is quite something! So we have certainly got value for money, and he has learned a few things from it too. I feel he'll still be getting the use out of this for up to another year. I would recommend buying this toy.

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            24.10.2010 19:53
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            a toy you need to be interactive with your child.

            My eldest son has had the Vtech playtime bus for nearly two years now. He got it for his first Christmas when he was eleven months old. At the time he was in my eyes very young for it and enjoyed just pushing the bus along the floor. It is a sturdy toy for him. Overtime he has realised it does a little more than that and enjoys sitting on the floor with me and listening to the sounds each button makes. Admittedly it's not a toy he chooses to have out every day but it has been frequently used in the two years we have had it.

            The playtime bus is typical of Vtech with lots of educational buttons and its bright and colourful look to attract those little ones hands. The bus is bright red a good choice as I would think if you asked most children what colour a bus is they would say red! Along one side of the bus are the alphabet and the numbers underneath. Above the alphabet are four smiley children characters that look as if they are on the bus looking out of the window. On top of the bus is the big chunky shape buttons for the horn, brakes and accelerator. They make the bus seem more realistic when my son just likes to push it around.

            The bus is an interactive bus with many different sounds on. I think it is a wonderful educational toy for a young child. The age range is one to three years, I think by the age of three it may be classed as a little babyish as your child will want more imaginative play. My son will be three at the beginning of next year but he doesn't understand the alphabet. I think this bus works to the best of its ability when you spend the time and sit with your child and use the different modes available. He can count to ten though and has been able to for a while now. I'm not sure that is down to the bus though more from us counting the eggs when we buy them in the supermarket, while checking their not broken!

            The bus has chunky button easy for little ones fingers to press. My son found it easy to use as soon as he got it for his first Christmas. It has four modes too it phonics, letters, quiz and music. The music has always been a firm favourite with my son he loves a little dance to it. There are two sound levels to it but I don't think there is much difference to them. When it starts to irritate you (and believe me any of these noisy toys do) turning it down a level doesn't help!

            The phonics mode is pretty much as you would expect when you press the letters you get the sound.
            For letters you press a letter and it will say the letter and give you an example for it, like B is for ball. I have found this useful in my recent task of trying to get my son familiar with the alphabet it hasn't worked yet but we have only tried it a couple of times.
            The quiz is only really for children who know the alphabet so although it may be seem as a bit of a babyish toy by the time your child is over three this quiz would be fun for them. You press one of the four characters and they will say the sound of a letter and you have to find the right one on the alphabet section. Not something we have even tried yet!
            As I have mentioned the music section is my son's favourite. You press a letter of the alphabet and it plays a nursery rhyme or tune. The numbers play a note so you can play your own tune, something my son enjoys.

            The bus has lots of songs and tunes which are catching for a young child. The bus has places to go like the zoo, train station and school. You can press a character to hear a catchy song about the place they are going to. I have found myself singing along to it now and again!

            As all singing all dancing toys batteries are a must. It takes two AA batteries which isn't too bad for a battery powered toy.

            Overall I think this is a great gift for any young child. It offers more than some of the popular toys children want from their favourite tv characters. It is a toy that will grow with them through their first few years of their life's leading them up to nursery school. It is fun and educational something any parent wants for their child.

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            This is an education toy which uses fun to help the child learn. It is suitable from 12 months plus as there are no small parts. Looking at it its looks very complex for a 1 year old so I didn't buy it but it was brought for a gift for my daughter for her first birthday but after seeing the delight she got from it I would definitely recommend it even at this young age.

            The bus is bright red with a handle on the back so older children can hold it when she was younger she would just have it sat stationary in front of her as its quite large and was too big for her to carry around however now she's older its one of her favourite toys that does not leave her side.
            On the right side of the bus is 4 squares to represent windows with a child's cartoon picture in each.

            This is then repeated on the left side with the same smiley faces but this time they are buttons and each one says a different phrase. Underneath these 4 buttons are the letters a - z and beneath that the numbers 1 - 10. The letters are a yellow colour and the vowels e is in a lighter white colour to establish them as different.

            Also on the left side of the bus is the on/off button the sound control and the mode buttons are also located there. There are 4 different modes when you change each mode it plays a cheerful song to keep the child interested.

            * Phonics - this helps the child understand phonics how a letter sound on it's on rather than in a word. Like w double u rather than the way w sounds in weather.

            * Letters- this helps the child learn the alphabet by saying for example a is for apple b is for ball and each time gives a sound effect of the descriptive word.

            * Quiz- The child presses a character button and is asked a question. E.g. which letter does octopus start with to encourage the child to recognise letters. Or can you find the orange triangle?

            * Music-each time a character letter or number is pressed the bus will play a tune. Each plays a different nursery rhyme so as there is so much choice I think this stops it from driving mummy and daddy crazy. The numbers also become a little keyboard for the child to make there own tune.

            On the top of the bus are a round blue speaker and 4 buttons these are all used in the modes above also.
            * A circle yellow button that says go and changes the location at the front top panel of the bus to either school, zoo or train station. Then a song will follow with which ever place was picked that time.
            * A green square button that plays a horn and has a picture of a horn
            * A orange triangle button that makes a sound of a break and has a picture of a foot on a peddle
            * A blue star button that makes the sound of an engine revving with a picture of a key.

            On the front is a panel at the top that has pictures and the word that matches the picture that can be changed from train station school and zoo. Also there are more pictures of characters a bus driver and a lady.

            When it's been sat idle for a while it plays tunes to entice the child back to play with it. Over all I believe it is a brilliant toy and suitable for a huge age range my nephew is 6 and he loves it just as much as my 2 year old.
            Only thing I will say is it is very large for a 1 year old to try and move around but is still very useable by placing it on its side so the bus does not keep moving away from the child.

            I would definitely recommend this toy it's a good aid to teach children and with over 176 responses from the bus from pressing various buttons it will take a very long time to be repetitive and boring for any child. Also it can be used by a wide age range.I was given it as a present but I believe its RRP is between £15 -£25.

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              I haven't had many of the Vtech range of toys for my daughter, as i have a tendency to stick to Fisher Price and ELC toys (as you will have gathered from my past reviews!) However, my friend gave the Vtech Playtime Bus to my little girl as her son had outgrown it. My daughter absolutely LOVES this toy and when she decides to play with it, boy does she play with it!!! So much so it ends up driving me crazy!

              The playtime bus is an interactive toy, and it is great fun. The bus itself is bright red so immediately appealing, on the top there is a yellow circle, a green square, a blue star and an orange triangle which are buttons that make various noises. The front of the bus is just like a normal bus, there is a picture of driver and passenger and down one of the sides of the bus are pictures of children passengers. On the other side of the bus is the on/off button, buttons with pictures of children on, the different game settings as well as the alphabet and numbers. There is a big chunky handle at the back of the bus which makes it so easy for the child to carry around.

              There are four game settings:

              Phonics - In this setting, pressing the letters enables the child to hear just the letter so they learn how the letters sound. I think this is really good in preparation for going to school as that is one of the first things they learn there so anything that gives them a foundation in learning can only be a good thing in my opinion!

              Letters - In this mode the child can press a letter and they will hear the letter as well as a word which begins with the letter. Eg - K is for kite and there is a wind blowing sound, P is for pig and there is an oink sound. This mode is great for learning letters and what words the letters start.

              Quiz - A fantastic mode - the bus asks the child to find something, for example "which letter does the word umbrella start with?" and the child has to locate the U. It also asks the child to find numbers and shapes. This is a very popular game in our house!!

              Music - In the music mode, each letter plays a different tune and the numbers make the sound of certain notes so they child can make up their own tune.

              The yellow circle on the top of the bus has the word GO on it, and when pressed it changes the location of the next stop for the bus - either train station, school or zoo. When this is changed a very catchy song plays eg, "lets go to the zoo, hear the monkeys go ooo ooo ooo, lets go to the zoo right now" That song just gets right in your head and you will find yourself singing it for ages after!!

              This toy is a really hard wearing toy, it has been used by my friends son, and now by my daughter and is still in great condition, it has survived quite a few drops and isn't even marked. Also, it is even sturdy enough for the child to sit on, as my daughter regluarly sits on it and tries to ride it - although of course this isn't the purpose of the toy! I think this is a really good educational toy, and the learning is disguised as the toy makes it fun learning so there's no boredom setting in for the child.

              The playtime bus is recommended from 12months+ which i think is probably about right as they will enjoy pressing the buttons but i think it is too early for the educational side of it at that age. With not buying it personally i have had to look up the price and it seems to sell for about £15-£17 which is a great price and very good value.

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                Overall, a great toy to aid learning for your child

                My son who is now over two years of age has so many toys that we have either bought him or have been bought by friends or family so it's hard sometimes to work out which ones are good and which aren't, however this VTech Playtime Bus is one of my better purchases. I bought it about half a year ago for him for under £17 in Toys R Us and he loves it and I hope he will get alot of use out of it. He already loves pushing vehicles around that have wheels and this is educational too.

                VTech are always great at making children's toys and they have come up with another good one here in my opinion. This bus is large and is just like a London bus. It has a handle at the back of is so it's easy for your child to push along or carry if they so wish. There are various options and a number of things to push and that make sounds which is great for your child and their learning. Near the front of the bus on the side is a switch where you can slide it to select Phonics, Letters, Quiz or Music depending on which option you want. For example if you select Quiz then you can press a character picture of passengers on the bus to hear a question like what letter does apple begin with? The child can then press a letter of the alphabet to see if they get the answer correct or not. Underneath all the passenger pictures are all of the letters of the alphabet and numbers between 1 and 10.

                Phonics option means that your child learns how a letter sounds and really aids learing before at an early age. Set the bus to Letters and each letter is said when you press a letter. Quiz as stated will ask a question for your child to answer. Finally music will play different tunes when you press buttons.

                On the top of the bus are four buttons that play different sounds when you press them which include a bright yellow Go button telling you the next stop for the bus.

                This for me is a fantastic toy if you can put up with all the noises but I think your children will love it from an early age for a few years and will love pushing it around too. It's very interactive and will help learning too. Plus it's not that expensive and the one I bought came with batteries included.

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                19.01.2010 20:49
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                a great grow into it toy

                We bought this for our son this christmas so that he has many years of use out of it after seeing him obsessed with someone elses. It's an electronic toy that teaches phonics, the alphabet, music, by using the sliding choice scale on the side. There are 4 passengers on the bus who all say different things when pressed. The full alphabet and 1 - 0 are also present on the side.

                The first thing my son loves are the sound effect buttons on the top and the fact he can push it around the floor like an ordinary bus. It also has a small handle on the top to make it easy to pick up. He is forever changing the destination by hitting that button constantly, the songs for each destination are very catchy and very stick in your heady!!!

                He's too young to understand or begin learning letters but he loves pressing all the buttons and hearing all the different noises and sounds.

                I'd say this is an excellent purchase from 12 months because it gets a kids attention and keeps it. It also has a lot of potential use as he gets older in teaching him the alphabet while keeping a boys toy appearance. Of all the learn phonics electronic toys I've seen this is still my favourite. It's robust, can be pushed really fast and has some great songs on it.

                UPDATE!
                My son is now 2 and a half and really enjoys using the quiz section on this bus. Depending on what he selects it asks you to find letters and numbers. He knows his numbers so gets quite a few right, letters he has no idea and I'm sure he just likes the noises when he gets it wrong. I think the repetition of using this from a young age has really helped him learn his numbers. Not to mention it's the perfect size to crash into the settee!!

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                Educates ur child

                V tech Learning Bus

                Introduction

                I bought this bus for my son for Christmas, he is 2yrs and half and he loves it. The fact it does learn your child is amazing. This bus learns the child a lot of things ranging from numbers - letters, songs - sounds. And it even quizzes your child, helping them learn what things do what. Let me tell you more about this bus...

                More about the learning bus ..

                MODE SELECTOR

                The mode selector is on the left hand side of the bus, with a little slider to help switch between the modes. The modes are as follows ....

                PHONICS - When selecting this mode and pressing any character on the bus, you will hear what they say, and then if left they will sing a song. If pressing the letters in this mode your child will learn the alphabet. Pressing the numbers in this mode your child will learn numbers from 1 - 10. And pressing the shapes on top of the bus in this mode and all modes you will hear bus sounds.

                LETTERS - When selecting the letter mode and pressing each letter on the bus this will learn your child the alphabet, what the letter stands for like .. A is for Apple, then gives a sounds resembling the apple, same applies for the letters in this mode.

                QUIZ - When selecting this mode your child will learn how to find things around the bus, by pressing on the characters. When pressing the characters in this mode they will ask your child to find something on the bus.

                MUSIC - When selecting this mode your child will learn songs and sounds .. Pressing the characters your child will be able to learn songs, also while pressing the letters. While pressing the numbers in this mode your child can play a musical keyboard.


                The on/off switch is above the mode selector and as 2 volumes. The bus is made from very hard plastic so when dropped it wont break as easily as other toys, and also as a handy carry handle on the back of the bus for easy carrying for your child. The shapes on top of the bus are colorful and makes bus sounds, like horn, the bus starting up, and a skid noise, it also teaches the shapes and colors. There is also a GO button on top of the bus and when your child presses this it will change the destination screen at the front of the bus, to either zoo, school or train station.

                The bus also takes 2 AA batteries to work, the bus itself does power down after a short while by itself, and is easy to turn back on, just press anything on the bus and it will come back on.

                AGE

                The learning bus is for children aged 1 - 3 years old. My son is 2 and half and he loves it.

                AVAILABILITY & PRICE

                You can buy this item from argos priced at £19.99
                Or from toys r us priced at £16.98

                I paid £9.99 from toysrus at Christmas time so was a good bargain.

                LAST FEW COMMENTS

                Well I think this learning bus is a great buy, its hard wearing, colorful and more to the point it learns your child, my son is now singing along to most of the words and also learning the alphabet and some numbers. He loves playing with the bus as a bus, you know driving it around making the broom broom sounds. Over all I think its a great toy to have for your child.

                I hope I have covered everything
                Not wrote a review in a long while.

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                  11.11.2009 15:32
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                  Would definitely recommend.

                  We have had the VTech Playtime Bus in our house for 4 years now and it is still a very popular toy. My eldest son got it for his 1st birthday and he is now 5, my 3 year old and 1 year old still play with it now. We got it for his 1st birthday as that is the age it is suitable from and is seemed a good educational toy. I think VTech are very good at making educational toys and even at 1 year old it is still important to be thinking about learning your baby.

                  The Playtime Bus as you can see is a big red bus with a handle at the back which makes it easyfor baby to push or carry. There are 4 buttons on the top and down one side of the bus is the on/off button. There is also the 4 different options of learning you have to choose from which are; phonics, letters, quiz and music. On the same side of the bus there is also all the letters of the alphabet and numbers 1 to 10.

                  Phonics - If you have the bus on the phonics setting this means every time the child presses one of the letters it will tell them how the letter sounds. I think this is really good as children learn phonics as soon as they start school and it gets them used to the fact that the letter is often different from the sound.

                  Letters - When the bus is set on letters this means when the letters are pressed it will say that particular letter and a word that begins with the letter. For example 'a is for apple, b is for ball etc...'

                  Quiz - This setting is exactly what you would expect from the name, a quiz. I would say this is for older children as the bus will ask you 'can you find the letter h?' or 'can you find the letter that the word ball starts with?' This is for when children are much more familiar with their letters.

                  Music - The music setting is on a different tune will be played every time a letter is pressed, each letter has its own familiar tune.

                  This toy has been great over the years, my boys have played with it loads. They don't always just sit there learning with it, I think most of the time they like to push it around like a bus but either way it has been a very popular toy. As with all toys it is very loud and noisy and will annoy the grown-ups but as long as it keeps the children entertained then it must work. After 4 years it looks good as new and it has been £15 well spent.

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                    25.06.2009 22:22
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                    good for early learning and more advanced learning stages

                    I bought this my son for £20 on his first christmas. The reason that I invested in this was because it had numbers and letters on it that it would speak out to him and help him learn.

                    When we got it out of the box it was great it came with batteries so I didnt have to put any in. I pressed every button on it to see what it did. It had a learning mode that would say the letter as it would sound and how it is said in the alphabet same with the numbers. Then you had the teaching mode that it would ask you to press a certain letter or number or one of the charactor buttons at the top my son of course couldnt do that at the time and the last feature was that it made animal sounds to my son and played music. It also had a button to control the volume of the toy so that it wasnt too loud.

                    This was a good investment and I gave it away in the end to a friend who had a child and wished I had kept it because my daughter would have had some enjoyment out of it and it would have helped her learn too.

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                  • Product Details

                    Interactive talking bus teaches phonics, letter names and numbers through 4 modes of play! Select your destination from the school, zoo or train station to hear a sung song or fun phrase. Chunky buttons on the top of the bus call out shapes while the smiley passengers on the bus say funny phrases when pressed. Features a wide selection of musical melodies in various styles and fun sound effects including horn, brake and accelerator!