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My daughter received this for Christmas from my friend. I was with my friend when she purchased this and it was reduced from £19.99 in Smyths to just £12.99.
The bus is part of Leapfrog's magic touch range, this means that the slightest touch or slide of your finger will activate the bus. It comes with batteries which meant we were able to try it in the store before we bought it. The bus is for ages 2 and over. It teaches letter names, sounds, vocabulary, animals, instruments and music.
The item is in the shape of a bus, when we open it Christmas day I was suprised at how thin it actually was. The bus is also contoured at the back so it is easily held by your child. The on/off button is on the front of the bus and when this is switched on it makes a horn beeping noise. There is a volume control on the back of the bus which allows you to select a hi or low volume.
The bus has three modes of learning. The first is a star which when pressed puts the bus into alphabet mode. In this mode the bus will say the letter the sound it makes and the object/animal that starts with this letter. The second mode is play mode during which the bus will ask you to find certain letters or animals/objects. In the final mode which is musical mode the animals at the top of the bus and the wheels and the keyboard make different sounds as well as playing music which your child can play along to.
The bus has an English voice.
My daughter loves playing with this, you only have to give it the slightest touch to operate it, and with the keyboard you can slide your fingers up and down to play. The bus is also lightweight so it ideal for small toddlers. My daughter recognises a lot of the animals/objects on the bus and can play with this independently as well as learning. My only complaint with the bus is to me some of the letter could have had different corresponding items, for example G is for Gecko, now my daughter is only 2 so she recognises this as a lizard. You also get X for x-ray fish and V for vacuum again I would have prefer more identifiable items. This aside the bus is good fun, in music mode your child can bash along with the tune.
Overall this is a good toy and I would give it 4 out of 5.
Hop on board for fun with the alphabet, early vocabulary, motor skills and learning songs! Make a movement or touch a sensor to activate the bus and get the learning journey rolling. Switch between 3 modes: Learning, Letter Exploration and Music, which includes fun sing-along songs about the alphabet, motion and more. Teaches: Letter names Letter sounds Early vocabulary Animals and instruments Creative music play Teaches: Letter names Animal names & sounds Motor skills Music Suitable for ages 2 Years +