The 5 Best Music Toys for Toddlers – to Unlock Their Inner Rockstar

Exposure to music through play is a fun way to nurture your child’s development. Choose music toys that will enhance your toddler’s love of song.

 

My children loved music from an early age. Whether it was singing along to the Sesame Street theme song or asking me to turn up the radio in the car, their love of music never waned. At playtime, my toddlers were always drawn to toy instruments and other musical gadgets.

“Music contributes to what experts call a rich sensory environment,” says KidsHealth.org. “This simply means exposing kids to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds – experiences that can create more pathways between the cells in their brains.”

Musical toys provide toddlers with a way to express themselves. Even if your toddler is not able to express himself verbally, you may hear him sing, dance, or simply sway to the music. With the repetition of songs, music toys can also encourage the use of words and memorization.

Help your child discover a variety of instruments, melodies, and beats through play. We’ve compiled a list of the best music toys and instruments appropriate for toddlers.

Best Music Toys for Toddlers

Music Toy Features

Choosing toys for toddlers may seem simple, but it’s important to take into account what features each toy offers to your developing child. Look for the following features when purchasing music toys for your toddler.

Cognitive

Music toys can also enhance your toddler’s cognitive abilities. Games that are quick in play and incorporate activities can help a child feel a sense of accomplishment. Children also learn through repetition. Toys that play the same set of songs over and over allow toddlers the chance to practice what they have learned.

Communicative

Electronic toys that emit words, such as songs, encourage children to say letters or words and communicate in a verbal manner.

Sensory

Music toys may incorporate simple sounds or may come in the form of musical instruments or keyboards that play pieces of songs. These types of toys create auditory stimulation that heightens attentiveness.

1. B. Parum Pum Pum Drum

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Support your little musician with the colorful B. Parum Pum Pum Drum bug-themed music set. This quality set includes all the toy instruments your toddler needs to shake, rattle, and roll.

This adorable set comes with silly centipede drumsticks, a busy bee maraca, jingle bell ants, and a clacker. You also get two shaka-shaka eggs and a cute caterpillar tambourine. The drum has a large handle and patterned carry strap that makes it easy for little hands to carry.

Get the entire family together to create a musical parade. Each instrument is designed to help your toddler develop his music and motor skills. After play is over, the eight-piece instrument set fits conveniently inside the toy drum.

Things to Keep in Mind

While the drum itself is great, there is little difference between the instruments as several require the child simply to shake it. Nonetheless, toddlers will love using their imagination to make music with the vibrant instruments.

Who’s it Best for?

The B. Parum Pum Pum Drum is recommended to children ages 18 months and up. It’s also fantastic for families with multiple children as this is a toy that can be played with together.

2. VTech Record & Learn KidiStudio

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With its frustration-free packing, the VTech Record & Learn KidiStudio is a favorite among parents and their kids. This toy was a 2014 Toy Award winner and has been tested in the Engineering Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute for its educational, social, creative, and physical benefits – as well as its fun factor.

If your toddler is a rockstar at heart, this music toy will have him rocking and rolling for hours. While at first sight the music toy may look like just another keyboard. Let me assure you it’s much more. The light-up keyboard contains numerous buttons that add variety to your toddler’s tunes.

Encourage your toddler to tap along on the drum or use the scratch disc like a real DJ. The KidiStudio also includes 20 melodies that your child can sing along with, including hip hop, rock, techno, and jazz styles. There is also a real voice-changing microphone.

Things to Keep in Mind

One of the biggest downfalls of this music toy is how the microphone distorts the voice of the person singing into it. However, my toddler didn’t mind and continued to play with it happily without issue.

Who’s it Best for?

The VTech Record 7 Learn KidiStudio is designed for children ages 36 months to 6 years. It’s an excellent option for parents who want an all-in-one “band” that doesn’t leave separate instruments thrown across the house.

3. Hohner Kids Easy Grip Maracas

Best Music Toys For Toddlers Hohner

Most of us remember playing with maracas as children. Now your little one can make music of his own with the Hohner Kids Easy Grip Maracas.

“Because shaking something uses large motor skills instead of the fine ones that develop a bit later, playing maracas is something almost all toddlers can do,” according to What to Expect.

For just under $8, vibrantly colored maracas will help your toddler create fun sounds simply by shaking his hands. The maracas come in a pair, and measure 5-inches high, the perfect size for young children.

The Hohner Kids Easy Grip Maracas are BPA free and have passed the CPSIA/ASTM F 963-08 Toy Safety Standard.

Things to Keep in Mind

Be aware that colors may vary, so you won’t know what color you get until they arrive at your door. However, all the colors are cute and vibrant so it’s definitely not a deal breaker.

Who’s it Best for?

This music toy is perfect for children ages 3 and up. At their low price, they’re also the perfect gift from parents and caregivers on a budget.

4. Hape Mighty Mini Band Wooden Percussion Instrument

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Little hands will love making different musical sounds on the Hape Mighty Mini Band Wooden Percussion Instrument.

The all-inclusive 5-in-1 percussion toy is a best-selling set that provides hours of entertainment. The bundle includes everything you need to create fun percussion, rhythm, and melodies, including a wooden drum, guiro, cymbal, xylophone, clapper, and two drumsticks.

The Mighty Band Percussion Set won the Play Advances Language Award in 2013 and is constructed with wood sourced from environmentally-sustainable forests.

Things to Keep in Mind

You’ll likely discover that the instruments are slightly out of tune. While this can be slightly annoying for parents, most toddlers will enjoy making sounds regardless.

Who’s it Best for?

This toy is best suited for children ages 24 months to 5 years. At just over $30, it’s also an affordable instrument for parents who value quality-made toys.

5. Toy Electric Guitar by Dimple

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Introduce your toddler to music the right way. With its bright colors, the Toy Electric Guitar by Dimple is a fun way to increase your child’s hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and musical theory.

The interactive toy guitar contains more than 20 buttons and controls, including tempo and volume controls, mode and demo buttons, eight notes, three musical modes, and much more.

The Toy Electric Guitar also contains a hand motion detecting pad that detects your toddler’s moving hand. A shoulder strap keeps the guitar securely in place.

Things to Keep in Mind

The Toy Electric Guitar requires 5 AA batteries which are not included. Be sure to pick some up before gifting this music toy to your little one.

Who’s it Best for?

This toy is fun for ages 3 and up. It’s also the perfect introductory toy for children who are interested in playing real instruments.

Music is fundamental to a toddler’s development. Interactive music toys with sounds and songs will keep your child entertained while flourishing his love of music.

Brandy Dishaw

Brandy is a content specialist and proud mother of two children. She enjoys writing engaging content on parenting, children’s health, and educational topics, and has been published on websites like Modern Mom, Yahoo! Shine, and Livestrong.com. With more than a decade of experience as a writer and mom, she combines research and personal experience to provide her audience with insight to the world of parenting.

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