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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Learn Colours and Numbers with Bernie's Number Bus

By now I'm sure you're all aware of our love of play and learning through play. One of the most enjoyable parts of being a mum for me is getting to spend time playing with bub, re-living the childhood I never had. Now that she's almost 3, in less than a week... eek where did that time go, she's very much into imaginary play and is constantly acting out weird and wonderful scenarios with her toys. I'm being very selective with any new toys we add to our collection lately, they have to have an educational purpose or be great for imaginary play, and if they're great for both then even better. I'm also on a quest to replace the majority of her plastic toys with wooden ones. Now that she's a little bit older, and has a better appreciation for her toys, investing in wooden toys that'll last for years {and we can pass down to her siblings} makes a lot of sense. Plus wooden toys have nostalgic charm and are awesome for open ended imaginary play. Of the course the ultimate goal would be to replace her plastic toys with toys that combine all three and are wooden, educational and great for imaginary play, but they're sometimes hard to come by. However, I'm happy to report that our latest addition is just that.

Bernie's number bus is an adorable wooden replica of the famous red double decker London bus, designed by UK toy company Indigo Jamm. The bus comes with 6 numbered and coloured wooden peg people who sit as passengers in the top and bottom levels and can also be removed for playing outside of the bus. The roof and top level of the bus are removable so kids can get the peg people in and out {and in bub's case fill Bernie back up with all sorts of other treasures}. Bernie provides hours of imaginary play and the peg people mean he's also great for teaching numbers, counting, sequencing and colours. Plus he's super cute {which lets face it is sometimes just as important when selecting toys}.


Bernie's number bus by Indigo Jamm


My aunty has lived in London since I was 3 months old and we visited when I was 12 years old. It was the best holiday I've ever been on and I immediately had a homely feeling when I arrived, like I belonged there, it sounds a bit cliche but I've never had that feeling anywhere else. Ever since that trip I've had a huge affinity for London and there's nothing more iconic than the red London bus. I love that this toy reminds me of my time in London and the fun we had exploring the city. Bernie brings the iconic London bus to life in a bright, fun and friendly version kids will love.

HOW BERNIE'S NUMBER BUS HELPS KIDS LEARN


I also really love that Bernie is helping to reinforce developmental skills for bub while she plays. Each time she opens the lid and removes and replaces the peg people into their holes she's using her fine motor skills as well as her cognitive skills and hand/eye coordination. The fact that the peg people are colour coordinated with their seats also makes it easy for younger kids to recognise and learn colours. She already knows her colours, but even if she didn't it would've been easy for her to identify where each peg person is meant to go just by matching them up. Because she already knows her colours I usually add them into our play by saying things like "what colour is number 1?" or "what colour are these seats? "just to reinforce them.



We also use Bernie to reinforce numbers and to practice sequencing. The peg people are a great way to introduce and practice number recognition with younger children. Older children {like bub} can practice putting the people into the seats in the correct order from 1-6 to reinforce sequencing while counting aloud. Of course in addition to all the educational learning opportunities Bernie provides, there's also unlimited hours of imaginary play. Bub is constantly taking him on trips around our lounge room and making the peg people talk to each other as they go on their journeys. She also likes to pretend he's a real bus and stops at different points to pick up more passengers {usually Little People princesses and toy cars} and deliver them to their various destinations.


What I love the most about Bernie's number bus is that it's a toy that really evolves along with your child as they grow. It's recommended for toddlers 12 months and over, but as they get older instead of getting boring, it becomes even more exciting as they learn colours and numbers and can use it in different ways. Bernie would make a great gift for a first birthday that you'll know will still be well loved years later. Bub's nearly 3 and she loves him and I don't see that changing anytime soon. As a side note, I also love that all the edges are curved which makes it much safer for younger children {unlike some wooden toys}.

WHERE TO BUY INDIGO JAMM TOYS


Indigo Jamm is a popular UK based brand, however their toys are stocked all over the world. In Australia you can buy Indigo Jamm from Tiny Paper Co, Entropy Toys, Lucas Loves Cars and many other independent toy boutiques. You can also get some Indigo Jamm products from Amazon. Bernie has kicked off a true addiction to Indigo Jamm toys in our household and we now also have Toby, Freddie, Rocky and Colin.




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  1. I love all the toys you keep showing me but if I bought these for my kids they would laugh (way too old). And I don't even have any little nieces or nephews anymore. I will live the new toys through you instead #teamIBOT

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  2. I love Bernies number bus!! As a mum with a nearly 3 year old there is a lot of oooone,twoo, phreeee going on. This is a fantastic way to incorporate that love of numbers. I would love to win Bernie. He is actually my fave of the Go Go Pepe Toys with Colin's Camper Van as a close second.

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    1. Colin is my second favourite too x

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    2. CONGRATULATIONS MEGAN! You have been chosen as the winner, I'll be in contact to organise prize delivery :)

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  3. That bus is divine! Definitely my favourite. It looks like the Skybus, and the kids always love seeing the Skybus when we're on the Tulla! x

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  4. The constructions vehicles are my favourite. Lewis has grown up with a natural obsession with trucks and diggers, to the point of crying on the way to daycare if we didn't see one. I used to want to cry because I was leaving him in someone else's care and all that would make him happy was seeing a truck on our way their. The construction set reminds me of his passion for trucks and diggers and our early morning trips to daycare drop off. The trips that will soon start up again once maternity leave has finished.

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  5. Oh I used to have a bus like that as a kid! I loved it so much!
    My kids would be a little old for that but one of my best friends had a baby yesterday, and this would be a great gift.
    My favourite toy (apart from the bus) is the Honey Bake Carlos Gelato. Miss Ava would love that.

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    1. How cool that you had something like this as a kid! Lucky you, I would've loved a London bus.

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  6. What a super cute bus. Angus would love it.

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  7. Oh I love the double decker bus! I'm such a sucker for it but aren't all the toys spelling quality on the Go Go Pepe site? My boys would love the magnet fish game or Pirate ship!

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  8. I love love love the bus. It is such a cool toy that I'm sure would never get old with the kids.

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    1. I don't think he's going to get old around here any time soon.

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  9. You can never go wrong with an educational wooden toy - they are the kind of toys that you keep for your eventual grandkids to play with (well, my mum has!). This bus looks so sweet. Go Go Pepe have such a lovely selection of toys xx

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    1. Yep I definitely plan on keeping all our wooden toys for the grandkids.

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  10. I love the "I'm Toy - Melody Mix" for my music loving grandson (who has better moves than Drake hahaha). So many gorgeous toys to choose from at Go Go Pepe

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  11. I feel the same way about London, Toni, even though I only visited it for the first time last year. Maybe it's because my grandmother was born and lived in Islington as a child. Anyways I can't wait to go back! As for my fave toy from Go Go Pepe - I'm not really in the market for toys these days - so I'll say the bus is my favourite, and if I win it, my 3 year old nephew will be the lucky one to get it!

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    1. London just has a really homely feel to it, doesn't it? I really want to go back again too but it might be a while before I get to.

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  12. Love the London bus! It's a real stand out. Freddie Fire Truck has also caught the eyes of my son Lucas. He would go nuts over Bernie's London Bus and I'm sure it would end up in his bed at night if he was fortunate to win it. Thank you Go Go Pepe Toys and Finding Myself Young.

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    1. I'm surprised he doesn't end up in bed at night here too.

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  13. Le Toy Van - Barbarossa Pirate Ship! I know my little one would go crazy for his very own ship, and I think it's pretty awesome myself.

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    1. The pirate ship is AH-mazing isn't it? Its definitely on our wishlist here too.

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  14. What another great product review! Wooden toys are so beautiful and this one is no exception! Love it!

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    1. This is one of my favourites of all the toys we have.

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  15. Djeco - Dinosaurs Jigsaw Puzzle 100 piece because it will challenge the brain every single time a child plays with it.

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  16. Love the Colin's Camper Van - Indigo Jamm for my little girl who loves to camp!

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  17. Thanks for your reviews, and you are so kind

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  18. I can't look past that Firefighter Builder - for one thing the boys love Fireman Sam more than anything, and they also love sorting and tools and bits...breaking stuff and putting it back together - this toy looks like it has it all (and would maybe save some of the things in the house that aren't supposed to be in bits!)

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    1. Breaking stuff and putting it back together haha sounds just like my daughter + she loves Fireman Sam too.

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  19. Favorite would be the http://www.gogopepe.com.au/automoblox-c9-car-red It's stylish and sleek.

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  20. That bus is so stinkin' cute, my nephew in particular would love it!!! (And it's his birthday in a couple of weeks, wink, wink). I know my girls would love the Seedling My Princess Crown kits, they are of course obsessed with princesses, so any kind of sparkly princess-themed craft/make/do activity is right up their alley.

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    1. Seedling has so many great craft kits, we've done a few here too.

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  21. What a beautiful website. So mant lovely toys , puzzles. I really like the Construction Vehicles Play Set - I'm Toy, fantastic!!

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    1. Sooo many awesome toys, it's so hard to just pick one :)

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  22. Automoblox C9R Red/Black Sportcar is gorgeous. I think my partner will be fighting for ownership of this one!

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  23. I am a sucker for a wooden toy! I think that my favourite toy on the website would have to be the 'Construction Vehicles Play Set' : http://www.gogopepe.com.au/construction-vehicles-play-set-im-toy... I think I might even mark this for my little boy's second birthday!

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    1. Oh you definitely should, there's so many other toys I want to get too ;)

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  24. I love all the toys but having grown up and lived most of my life in London, the bus is of course, my favourite! I was so sad to see that those routemaster buses have been replaced with a modern equivalent and they're just not the same! My godson would love this! Even though he was born down under, his parents are from the mother country and I love buying him British themed gifts to keep him true to his roots! This bus would be just the ticket! Ha - see what I did there?!

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  25. So cute! I would have to say this toy is my favourite because I have been eyeing it off for ages! I have wondered how you get the people in the bottom so you have answered that question in this post. Now I, I mean we, want it even more!

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    1. It's so cool hey, the people are one of my favourite parts.

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  26. The Djeco Animambo Xylophone is my favourite toy because my baby loves playing music!!

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