Children love to make music and it’s a great way to develop coordination skills. This is a super toy which cleverly incorporates six of toddlers’ favourite instruments – drum, tambourine, bell, scratchboard, rattleball and xylophone, plus a beater. It’s all cleverly arranged in one piece in the shape of a guitar and it’s really easy for a child to carry around. The toy is suitable for 18 months upwards – I am always pleased to find toys for this age group, as at this age children often fall between baby toys and those for 3+. Your little one will love exploring sounds and rhythms as he or she experiments with making their own music. Bright colours will appeal to children, and these are used both in paint and for the plastic elements.
The toy is sturdily made and toddler-proof, with no sharp edges. Hape is the world’s largest producer of wooden toys, and use of natural materials wherever possible. Plastic parts are ensured durable enough to last for generations in order to encourage toys to be passed down rather than thrown away; the classic and timeless design of the toys makes them perfect to hand down to a future generation. An ideal toy to introduce your young one to the concept of music making; all the different elements mean it will offer many hours of satisfying play. Buy from Smyths Toys. Price September 2018 – £24.99.