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The Wheels on the Bus Sing Along Travel Kit

The Wheels on the Bus Sing Along Travel Kit

Fall 2010 DVD
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Producer: New Video

Any parent who's ever tried to soothe a cranky kid on a car trip knows how important it is to have a stash of fun activities on hand. Scholastic Storybook Treasures has produced a ready-made kit filled with music, DVDs, an activity book . . . even a box of crayons!

Bright, uncluttered animation has read-along captions and pleasant music performed by talented singers. While it's all very upbeat, nothing is frenetic; it's all meant to relax and entertain traveling toddlers, not wind them up even more. Animated stories on the DVD include The Wheels on the Bus, as well as There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, Dem Bones, and Giraffes Can't Dance, among many popular others. It all adds up to almost 2 ½ hours of viewing, but kids can be entertained for even longer than that if they use the bonus features, which include Spanish-language versions of the stories and a read-along option.

The enclosed activity booklet is nicely designed with sturdy pages, and has over thirty pages of easy, age-appropriate and fun activities. Everything comes packaged in a sturdy box with a plastic handle and Velcro closure-and do note that there's a warning on the box that says Not for children under the age of 3, although that warning is because of the choking hazard posed by the small detachable handle and the enclosed crayons, not because of the subject matter on the DVDs.

The Wheels on the Bus Sing Along Travel Kit is a great value and a solid source of educational fun on the go.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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