Saturday, December 13, 2008

Music Toys for Kids on Christmas


WFMW: Here is a l
ist of music toys/gifts I would recommend giving your children this year for Christmas. You can also read here for tips on buying musical toys.

Birth – 12 months:

1. Music Mobiles are great for new babies because they introduce music to your child in calming way. Your baby can look up at the mobile and easily fall asleep to the wonderful sounds! Some popular ones are the Jungle Tales Mobile and the Tiny Love Symphony-in-Motion Mobile.


2. The Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube is a great toy because it teaches babies how sounds are made by letting your baby push the buttons to add and subtract instruments in many different songs. This cube also teaches about tempo through the flashing lights.

3. Drums and egg shakers are fun for babies to use because they expose babies to real-like instruments, and they keep your babies entertained!



4. The Baby Grand Piano--Laugh and Learn is a lot of fun for babies because it is interactive and teaches babies about pitch through the piano keys. This piano will also teach your baby about tempo, colors, counting, and music styles. There is an interactive music book attached to the piano for you baby to flip through.


5. The Toddler Orchestra comes with 2 shakers and a tambourine that are easy to hold and use. All three instruments make a different sound that will keep your baby entertained. The Toddler Orchestra uses the same materials and toning methods that are used in professional instruments.


12 months-3 years old:



1. Xylophones are a fun way to teach your children how to create music by hitting the mallets with a stick. Make sure the xylophone you buy is a full octave and that the notes sound correct because your children will learn from it! Some xylophones I would recommend are the Jungle Jamboree, the Little Tike's Tap-a-Tune, and any other xylophone that works well.

2. Band-in-a-Box or the Beginning Band Set by Melissa and Doug (as seen in the photo to the above) are great gifts to give your little ones this year. They are fun to play with, they are durable, and they come with a variety of instruments to play with.


3. Play Guitars are always fun for kids to play with and to hold. I would make sure to buy a play guitar that resembles a real guitar. Some I would recommend are Elmo's Rock and Roll Guitar and the Big Rock Guitar by Little Tykes because they require your child to make a strumming action with their hand and to push the buttons on the neck to get different sounds.


4. The Phonics Radio is a fun toy because it plays 30 songs and teaches letters and phonics. There is also flashing lights and a volume control.



5. Recorders are great to get for your children because they are easy to blow in. When my son was 1 year old he figured out how to blow in a recorder the first time he played with it! I would recommend buying a recorder by Yamaha because they will last a long time and are durable.



4 - 7 years old:

1. Bongo Drums from First Act are handmade wooden lap drums with authentic skin drum heads. These drums also come with rims that stay in tune! You can also find other styles of bongo drums on amazon.com.


2. A sing-along CD player is a fun way to introduce your children to singing and to karaoke, because your children can sing into a microphone while listening to music. Your children can also sing with a sibling or a friend!


3. Mini piano's or electronic keyboards are fun for kids at this age because they are as close as you can get to the real instrument! Mini pianos come with non-tip benches and music to play.


4. The First Act Electronic Drum Pad is a digital drum set that features 16 drum voices and 30 drum patterns. There are drum sticks provided also! This drum set is recommend for kids ages 6 and up, however, I bought this for my 2 year old for Christmas because I can set the settings for him and let him hit the pads with sticks--which I know he will love to do!


5. The 12-Key Pipe Xylophone is a fun instrument for kids or adults and comes with 12 aluminium pipes. This xylophone is made of solid black walnut and pure maple hardwood, is very durable, and comes with a music book and mallets.




8-11 Years Old and Teens:

1. Music Lessons are a great present to give your children for Christmas. Most parents start their children in piano lessons around 8 years old. For most other instruments parents start their children around 10 years old (although you can start children in music lessons at many ages.) Click here to read about starting your children in private music lessons and how to find the right teacher for your child.


2. Buy a music instruction book and a music instrument is another alternative to private music lessons (although it is better to get music lessons to avoid creating incorrect playing techniques.) You can go down to a local music store and ask about what music books are good to use for your children and what brand of instrument to rent or buy.


3. Rock Band and Guitar Hero are fun music games that are really popular for kids, teens, and even adults! These games are a great way to get your children interested in playing the drums, the guitar, or singing.



4. Everybody loves to get a new CD for Christmas. You can find Cd's on amazon.com. You can also go to lyrics.com to read the lyrics and to see if they are clean.



5. Tickets to a music concert can be a very exciting gift and can make a great stocking stuffer! A good way to find out if your child's favorite music group is coming to your town is to look at the group's touring schedule on their website (all music groups have a website.)



Do you have any other music gift ideas to share with us? Please leave a comment and let us know!

15 comments:

angie said...

Wonderful list! Thank you. Merry Christmas!

CompleteLee Blogger said...

If they already play an instrument, buy them a book of popular songs they know that they can attempt to duplicate on their instrument.

Buy a card that plays music when you open it that describes them. Like "You're Unbelievable", or something similar.

How about a gift card to a music store?

We have really liked the Music Ace CD's that teach basic music concepts on your computer in a fun way. Good for beginners on up.

Pasifik said...

Thank for sharing with us these toddler toys ideas for Christmas!

Happy blogging,

Toddler Toys|Learning Toys|Educational Toys

Jannie said...

This covers it so well.

What are your views on read drums versus the electronic ones pictured here?

Rosemary Bogdan said...

My nineteen year old (who is an avid pianist) loves biographies of composers. For those already playing these biographies can really help you get into the mind of the person whose music you're playing. He asks for them every year.

always_317537 said...

I love your music on your page , didn't want to leave :)

Found you from the UBP 09

Thanks!

organicsyes said...

Loving the music!

Execumama said...

Glad I came across your site on the UBP '09 shindig! I love the concept of your site! I'll pass on the word, too!

Amy said...

Coming over from UBP. Great list.

Renee said...

I tried piano lessons for my girls I think they just arent ready to be that dedicated yet. I should try to play more around them. But I love to have music in my life and I hope it rubs off on them. Very good list of ideas! Thanks!

Trampolines said...

Great post! When I read your article, I really agree with you about this. I hope you will share more with us. Thank you!
R.J.

black leather handbags said...

Thanks for your info, This really have been very useful...

commercial freezers said...

There should be more initiatives like this one. Nice post... Thanks!

leaflet printing said...

Wow! You are the best. Thank you so much for sharing this invaluable info!
Smiles to you,
Chiara

Alica Stonham said...

This is an informative blog by which I have got that info which I really wanted to get. Musical Instruments for Kids