One great way that you can foster the love of music for a toddler is with a toy like a drum set.
When I was a kid, my mom used to make me a drum by stringing yarn through an empty container of Quaker Oats, which I would wear around my neck and play with two spoons. I was quite happy and, in fact, eventually grew up to be a music teacher and a professional pianist.
Today there are tons of more elaborate drums out there for toddlers and preschoolers. I decided to give a few of them a look-see and see what I thought of them.
Light-Up Alphabet Drum for Toddlers
Personally, this wouldn’t be my first choice for a toddler’s drum. In the first place, it’s too busy for my tastes — between the light and music and letters, the concept of drumming seems like it would easily get lost. Also, the drum makes a very low sound when it is hit, even on the loud setting, and you can barely hear it over the music that automatically plays on the Music and Dancing Modes.
5-Piece Toddler Hand Drum Set
Wood Drum and Mallet Set for Toddlers
Plastic Drum Set for Toddlers
“My First Drum Set” for Baby or Toddler
Actually, I think this is a great little toy. It comes with centipede drumsticks, a “busy bee” maraca, jingle bell ants, a caterpillar tambourine, and two egg shakers. The drum itself has a big handle and a carry strap so you can wear it around your neck and march — and even better, the drum works perfectly as storage for the other instruments!
Toddler Drum Set with Stool
If you’re looking for a toy that best simulates the look and feel of a real drum set, then this is the toy for you. Complete with working microphone and volume control (yay!!), you can play along or along with music. There are several different “sound effect” settings, like a xylophone or bell, or of course you can just stick with a regular drum sound.
My First Drum Set for Babies and Toddlers
Want to give your baby an entire percussion set? Then check this out: it comes not only with a drum and drumsticks, but also maracas, a flower tambourine, and castanets. There is even a small electronic bee keyboard with lights and sound effects.
I love this set because the instruments are easy for little ones to grab and there are so many different sounds and different ways they can make them. I could picture babies as young as three or four months old enjoying this set.
Drum for Baby and Toddlers that Lights Up
This drum is good for babies ages about nine months and up. It has three different play modes and a colored light display that comes on when you play it. It requires two AA batteries, which are included.
Amazon reviewer GraysMommy points out something fascinating that I never would have thought of: this could be a wonderful musical instrument for deaf babies, who can “see” the sounds they create when they play the drum.
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