13 October 2009

Review: Activity Bus from Plan Toys

A toy website called ebeanstalk has a group of child experts that help select great learning toys and toys for kids of all ages, from baby toys, toys for 1 year olds, toys for 2 year olds, etc. I received the Activity Bus from Plan Toys who makes green developmental toys and this is what I think of the toy.
I actually received the school bus to test out right before I moved, at the end of July. Then I moved. It just got unpacked and remembered a couple weeks ago and HEY HOW ABOUT THAT!

This is a wooden school bus that folds open to make a classroom, including figures, a blackboard/map, school chairs and books. Gabriel loves the way the bus opens up, and he also loves all of the little 'school parts.' He is by nature a child who loves small things that fit into specific places, and this bus fits that aspect of his personality perfectly.

At our house we're big fans of Plan Toys; he has a Plan Toys dollhouse and play kitchen. I love that these toys are maid with all natural, sustainable materials. I like the sturdy build of the toys. Gabriel loves the way the students and teachers have jointed legs that can easily be made to sit or stand. He loves arranging the different pieces and playing school, and the pieces are perfectly sized for Gabriel's hands. My number one measure for a toy is how long it occupies my son, and this one can give me 30 uninterrupted minutes of quiet play. That, in my house, is solid gold.

Gabriel loves to put everything away inside of the bus and store it lined up with his other vehicles, which has been great for encouraging tantrum-free clean-up.

This toy is definitely a keeper. I had my eye on it prior to getting selected for this review, and I would buy it on my own given the chance.

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