Category: Reviews

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Toy Review: Activity Bus from PlanToys

Our review of the Activity Bus from PlanToys, a company that makes eco-friendly wooden toys. Here is the scoop on the toy… more

Finding toys that both parents and children are happy with is not always easy to do. Creative Kids Ideas recently teamed up with a toy website called ebeanstalk. Ebeanstalk is dedicated to selecting quality and safe educational toys and learning baby gifts. The first toy to review was the Activity Bus from PlanToys, a company that makes eco-friendly wooden toys. Here is the scoop on the toy…

Toy Review: Activity Bus by PlanToys


Product Description
The Activity Bus is made of solid wood – chemical-free rubberwood – and creatively designed to turn into a classroom when opened up. Included with the bus are two action figures, three wooden desks, a teacher’s/bus driver’s seat, a chalkboard/map, and school books. All of the items can be conveniently stored inside of the bus for storage.

Here are the details:

  • The school bus (closed) measures about 8 1/2″ long/ 5 1/4″ tall/ 4 1/2″ wide.
  • The action figures are about 2 1/2″ tall.
  • The recommended age is 3 years and up. There are small parts, so I’d advise parents to adhere to this recommendation.
  • The product number for the Activity Bus is 7503.
  • The toy is reasonably priced at $25-35.

Education, Learning and Development Value
The Activity Bus is great for individual role playing or for building social interaction with other children. Kids can pretend to be the bus driver taking the students to school or park the bus and open it up for class time. However the kids choose to use the toy, it offers excellent opportunities for sparking their imagination and thinking skills.

Quality & Durability
The adorable bus and all of its accessories are made from a durable rubberwood. The quality of the items is top-rate and environmentally safe. And there’s no need to worry about lead paint or other toxins with the product. All of the products provided by PlanToys are made from chemical-free rubberwood and toxin-free glue and dyes.

Fun Factor
Creative Kids Ideas believes this rating is best determined by kids, so the creator put the Activity Bus to the test with her four-year-old. The toy was a big hit! One who is typically ready to move on to another toy after a few minutes, she has spent countless hours on the floor playing with just the one toy. That proves the fun factor for us.

Would we purchase this toy or other PlanToys products for children in the future? Yes, without a doubt. This is a toy both kids and parents will love!

The Activity Bus can be found on,, Gifted Imaginations, KangarooBoo, and various other online locations.

Thanks to PlanToys for providing a free sample of this excellent product for Creative Kids Ideas to review.