Product Type: VTech baby toys
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VTech Playtime Bus
Member Name: kat1234
VTech Playtime Bus
Advantages: lots of learning benefits, fun, well made
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 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.
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.
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!
Summary: Fantastic Fun
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