Pros: Cost-effective, stimulating,easy to clean, low maintenance!
Cons: Difficult for child to change the mode switch for playing the different sides.
I have an eleven month old granddaughter named Brooklyn. We are getting ready to celebrate her first birthday on October 24th! So I have been surfing the internet and the toy catalogs for gift ideas. Since Brooklyn came up to spend a couple of weeks with me, I decided to take her to Big Lots and let her look at the toys. I wanted to see what toys caught her eyes and what toys kept her attention! Boy, were we in for a long evening!
When I put Brooklyn in the shopping cart, we headed for the toy department. At first, it did not matter what I handed her because she would reach for whatever I held in my hand! So I started to pick up two different toys and see which one she would hang on to. Some of them she would just hold and look at, while others she would laugh at and try to play them. So using the process of elimination, I decided that the last toy she held on to and could easily operate would be the toy I would purchase!
We looked at several brands of toys. I liked the Playskool toys, particularly the school bus, but I felt it was over her abilities and was recommended for ages 3 years and up. We played with several Fisher-Price toys and the one Brooklyn really played with and held on to was the Sparkling Symphony Xylophone. Big Lots had this on sale for $9.99 which I thought was an affordable price. One of the things I liked about this toy was that the batteries were included and there was nothing to be put together! In short, all I had to do was hurry up and remove it from the box, so Brooklyn could hold it in her hands and play the xylophone!
The xylophone came with three "AA" alkaline batteries, so they could be easily replaced when they were used. To change the batteries all you need is a Phillips screwdriver and an adult to change them. This toy is recommended for ages 6 months and up. This xylophone plays five different tunes on each side and even has classical music!
You can play this xylophone on both sides! The first side with the keys plays a song and has dancing lights. You must slide the mode switch to the musical notes for it to play on the keys side. There is a sturdy yellow wand that is attached to the xylophone with a red cord and has a large hole in one end of the wand for a child's hand to fit in and hold it easily. If you press the yellow musical bar on this side, you will be able to hear a tune and watch the dancing lights.
If you want to play the other side of the xylophone, you must slide the mode switch to "O" to play the musical instruments! There is also a musical bar that you can press to hear a tune and see the dancing lights. This side has four buttons shaped for the instruments that it plays. There is a yellow drum and when you push the drum button, it makes the sound of the drum. Then there is a red cymbal, a blue bell and a green musical triangle. All of these instruments may be played alone by just pushing the desired musical button or hitting the musical buttons with the wand.
What makes this xylophone so unique is that it is made of a sturdy plastic and may be cleaned with a damp cloth. Never immerse the toy in water! Another great feature is that it has two handles that circle the toy and Brooklyn can hold it like a steering wheel! I like the vivid bright colors that sparkle as the music plays! The main thing that your child will need help with is switching the slide mode to the proper side that they are playing on. This switch is a small yellow button on the side that would be very difficult for a child to manipulate.
This toy really holds Brooklyn's attention. It is helpful to stimulate her hand and eye co-ordination! The tunes are clear and help to enrich your child's development with classical selections by Mozart and Beethoven; while the other side plays traditional children's songs. I have seen this toy at other stores for $12.99 so I think I got a bargain at Big Lots! I would recommend this toy for anyone in the age group of 6 months and up! I like to hear the sparkling chimes that start before each tune.
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