Plan Toys: Activity School Bus from eBeanstalk

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Recently they sent me a toy from their selection to try out. It was the “Activity Bus” from Plan Toys, a company that makes eco-friendly wooden toys.

At first I thought, "AUGH! SMALL PARTS!" The wooden school bus is a good size, but inside you also have two people, 3 school chairs, 2 little books, a driver's seat and a chalkboard. Aftter a week of playing all the parts are accounted for - except the small school books. So just be prepared that some small parts seem to disappear fast!

Since it is a wooden toy with no bells, whistles or horns I wondered how long it would keep my kids' attention. It is made for 3 years and up. Surprisingly, both boys LOVE it. It's not intended for my 19 month old, though, so we'll skim over that part. But my 3 year old is the perfect age for it and he will sit, play and make the figures talk and learn. It's funny to hear them tell each other to "Behave" and "Be nice". But he loves his school bus!

The parts are withstanding the boys' rough behavior. Even though they are colored pieces, it's not typical paint - so nothing is wearing off or chipping! And the people have posable legs so they can sit or stand on those gigantic feet of theirs.

The school bus opens and it took quite a lot of strength for me to open it the first time. But now it's pretty simple. It rolls on it's wheels nice and smooth. And the little door on the bus opens and closes.

PlanToys are made from rubberwood trees that are too old to produce latex. Prior to PlanToys, these trees were cut, burned and discarded. What a waste! Now a rubberwood tree was used to create a toy my children love! It would be a great gift to prepare a child for going to preschool or prekindergarten - get them excited about school. And there are so many other Plan Toys that you can purchase to make a whole city! It looks like it would be a blast! If you want ecofriendly toys, look for the Fun Car (7505), Ventura Villa (7501), Adventure Playground (7504) and Casa Villa (7502). And the number for the Activity Bus is 7503.


This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Thank you EBeanstalk for providing the Activity Schoolbus for review. Other people may have different experiences with the product. And don't forget to enter my other hot contests so you can win and try buzzworthy products!