Have you heard of ebeanstalk? It is an AWESOME toy website! They have 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 was fortunate enough to get selected to try out one of their toys! (I was so pumped!!!)
They sent us the Activity Bus from Plan Toys! Plan Toys rock! They make green developmental toys for kids of all ages! How cool is that?
The package came at a perfect time! The kids were getting a wee bit CRAZY and I was TRYING to make dinner, so I whipped out the bus and the kids went to town! Let's just say, I was able to make dinner in peace! There was no fighting, crying, or WHINING! The kids were totally engaged by the bus!
After dinner, I sat down to play with them and I was super impressed! The bus opens up and becomes a classroom! All the pieces were so cute, and DURABLE! I could tell that it was not a toy that would be broken in a matter of hours!! Each piece was wooden and all of the small details added the perfect touch. All three desks lifted up, the bus door opened and stayed open, the books appeared to have real pages , and the little people were just too cute!!!
The kids and I had fun riding our bus and playing school! Madison enjoyed sitting the people in their desks and arranging the classroom and Anthony loved driving to our "final destinations" :) We laughed and played for quite some time before they moved onto other things....
I think this toy had multiple methods for play and learning.... Adults and kids could model appropriate bus and classroom behavior with this toy, first day of school jitters could be alleviated because the unknown could become familiar , and imaginations are free to run wild with all of the stories that can evolve with this toy!
I think this toy is AWESOME and I am going to look into some of Plan Toys other products! I think this Activity Bus set is a great starter piece and I would LOVE to add to it! I think the toys are high quality and would love to have more of them!