My daughter is OBSESSED with music (and noise in general), and currently her instruments of choice are two metal mixing bowls she drums on with bamboo spoons, but she also really loved a little piano at a friend’s house. We are celebrating her in June (when she’ll be 18 months), and I’ve been thinking about getting her some baby/toddler instruments! Any ideas (preferably that won’t cost me $1M)?
I bought a set of Schylling Musical Hand Bells for my niece for Christmas, and they have been a success. Each bell makes an actual note (the note is labeled on the handle with a sticker, which may need to be replaced by permanent marker), so an older child can use them for reals after using them for just-shake-those-bells-any-which-way play as a younger child.
My brother is very musical (I am more the sort who gets completely stumped as soon as flats/sharps are introduced), and I remember him asking for Music Eggs one Christmas. They’re a….rhythm instrument, I think.
I think of Melissa and Doug as a Reliable Toy Brand, and I see they have two basic musical instrument sets, each about $20: the Melissa & Doug Band in a Box (maracas, hand cymbals, tambourine, triangle, two wooden noisemakers)…
…and the Melissa & Doug Beginner Band Set (xylophone, kazoo, castanets, harmonica, jingle stick).
And there’s a piano, which gets closer to the million-bucks cut-off, but sure is cute.
I also think of Alex as a reliable toy brand, and their tub toy instrument set has appealed to me—I think mostly because noise drives me crazy, and I like the idea of restricting it to bath time. Ahem.
I give the kids a toy to play with in the cart, and this cat piano at Target has made many a shopping trip go more smoothly. I don’t think it’s $30 at Target; I think it’s less than that, but maybe I’m misremembering.
I don’t know if the Plan Toys xylophone would be better than a regular xylophone, but it sure is gorgeous looking. …Oh, man, I’m reading the reviews and most of them are pretty terrible. Let me search by customer rating this time.
Okay, apparently this glockenspiel is the way to go: great reviews, a full octave of notes, and also the fun of saying “glockenspiel.”
I’m not familiar with these, but they appeal to me: the Hohner Mini Orchestra. I like the look of them, and that each is a hand-held thing.
Or this Hohner set looks nice too, and has the advantage of having a little more variety and being a little less expensive. But maybe too babyish for an 18-month-old? I can picture getting this and the previous set for a baby, but still having them in use when the baby was a toddler and preschooler.
I asked my brother for suggestions, and he mentioned that a kazoo was surprisingly successful: my niece, at age 2, could get actual music out of it.
Do you have any musical instrument toys to recommend for the baby/toddler/preschooler age?
(All photos from Amazon.com)