Little Tykes Xylophone: Encouraging Budding Musicians
Jun 10, 2010
Pros: Bright colors, encourages music, fun
The Bottom Line: Tap-Tap-Tap, Ting Ting Ting... budding musicians will love the Tap-a-Tune Xylophone.
Although most parents discourage the gifting of loud musical instruments, we more than welcome it. Most people who know my 2-year old know he absolutely LOVES music. So it was inevitable he receive some sort of musical instrument for Christmas. Since we already have the Tap-a-Tune drum and maracas, the Little Tykes Xylophone seemed like a good addition to our collection.
Part of the Little Tykes Tap-a-Tune series of instruments, the Xylophone is a play xylophone that is a good start to learning a little music. This particular one is set in a plastic frame that has wheels added to it and a handle at one end. I don’t know too many walking toddlers who are short enough to hang on to the handle and wheel this around so that seems a little silly. The back of the xylophone is ridged like a wash board to make even more interesting music. The plastic mallet is tied to the base with a cord and there is a molded area to store it as well.
The actual Xylophone is made of metal keys that are color coded in bright colors. These correspond to notes in a music book that helps kids “play” the songs. I believe we quickly lost the music book. The keys make a good clang noise and my son always enjoys banging on them to see what sound they will make. The ting-ting noise will get a little grating after a while, but most of the time he looses interest in it before that happens.
In our house the Little Tykes Xylophone gets a thumb and a half up…. It’s fun for my little guy for sure and that’s the part that matters. The base itself is large, especially with the wheels, which makes it a little more difficult to store. This isn’t a toy they pull out everyday, but it is one that is among the favored toys. Sometimes it just gets dragged around and others it’s banged on for the sake of hearing the noise. But the most precious days are the ones when it gets pulled out and experimented with.
Amount Paid (US$): gift Type of Toy: Baby Toy Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months
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