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VTech Playtime Bus
Member Name: xmum2threex
VTech Playtime Bus
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.