Wooden Instruments and Other Music Toys
There are such a great array of musical toys for kids of all ages starting with infants who can get exposed to classical music through Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes. Toddlers enjoy hands-on (and I mean Hands-On) playing and manipulating instruments. Preschool kids can make their own band either with clever toys or with friends. There are even authentic wooden instruments for young elementary school kids to try out before they start lessons.
I also have some stocking stuffer ideas of small instruments that also make great goody bag gifts.
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Electronic Music Toys for Infants and Toddlers
Symphony in B, $78
Geared for preschoolers, this toy makes your child the conductor of an orchestra. 13 instruments on the toy can be used (up to 6 at a time) to create 15 glorious songs. This is a great way to introduce young children to the instruments of an orchestra and will perhaps inspire them to choose their favorite one to learn eventually.
Munchkin Mozart Music Cube, $19
Perfect for toddlers, each side of the Music Cube introduces an instrument: harp, French horn, piano, flute, and violin. The cube teaches how sounds can be combined to make eight Mozart pieces.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, $9
The stroller set can have its own musical device which they can use to choose from seven classical melodies.
Music Blocks, $38
The five blocks with 6 sides each make up a myriad of sound combinations enabling your child to compose endlessly.
Make Your Own Band Instruments for Kids
Those kids who like to sing will enjoy the record and playback feature along with a microphone! Pick out a few easy piano songs for toddlers to encourage them to play and sing along to some tunes they recognize.
Melissa and Doug Band in a Box, $19
If you are enjoying Mommy and Me music classes, you can extend the fun by recreating at home. This set is especially fun to pull owoutn during playgroups!
Wooden Drum, $20
This brings back memories. We had this drum for years! It makes a nice sound and compliments any musical toy set you might already have.
For kids who want to play guitar, the smaller size and less stringed Ukelele is a nice place to start. It’s priced less than a small guitar and is an authentic instrument. This one is made of high-quality wood construction with an authentic Hawaiian sound.
Drum Kit, $117
How brave are you? We were gifted this set when my son was young and he used it for years, eventually taking each piece apart to use for creative play. While he just banged on it as a toddler and preschooler, we had a friend who knew how to play drums try it out and it is capable of sounding good. It’s very popular during play dates as you might imagine!
Winfun Symphonic Toy Piano, $49
It looks like a grand piano with 37 keys and its own seat. Those kids who like to sing will enjoy the record and playback feature along with a microphone!
Musical Toys as Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
Wood Block Instrument, $3.50
Toddlers love to make music and this woodblock makes a high-quality sound. Use it to tap along to music or combine with other instruments and playgroup friends for musical fun.
Eggshakers, $2 each
My kids loved egg shakers but were devastated when they came apart. This one is sturdy and produces a nice sound.
We had this one in our music box collection and it was a favorite because it makes a deep rich sound. Kids love percussion instruments and this one is great for being portable as well!
It’s important that the Triangle dangle in order to get a nice sound.
Wrist Bells, $2.60
Jingle bells that kids can hold in their hands or wear on their wrists.
Rhythm Sticks, $6.50
I know that you must think that you can make them yourself! It’s just two sticks without splinters. You can but if you don’t have the time or the patience to sand, these are a nice set.
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