Musical Toys For Kids
Posted in Kids and Drums on February 20, 2016
Babies can develop their gross- and fine motor skills, as they first pat with their hands on the playing surface, and later on learn how to hold and handle a mallet.
They love to listen, they love rhythm, and toddlers can play a simple puls beat within a few days.
Remo provides a large variety of musical toys for kids. Built of high quality they provide excellent sounds for many years. They are quite affordable, beautifully styled, easy to handle and to clean.
Newborns have been surround-sounded by mothers heartbeat for nine months nonstop, so they love listening to drummed pulses and rhythms. The big 22″ Buffalo Drum is great for them, they can lie outstretched on the playing surface, while you play on the free space at the side with your hands or with mallets.
What a great massage! Make eye contact with your baby while playing and you will know if it is all right. After a while you can put the Fruit Shakers into their hands.
Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers
If you want to start with one drum for the beginning, I´d recommend the Kids Floor Tom. Ideal in size and handling, they have an awesome sound, not to compare with those junk drums available in supermarkets, which just produce noise. Toddlers can start their first climbing actions with the drums in the playing process.
Simply place a Buffalo Drum and a Kids Gathering Drum (22″ x 8″), which is a great family drum, together, and they will climb on them as they want. The big 22″ Gathering Drum even can stand my 176 lbs Make sure your child climbs barefoot or with soft shoes, if you don´t want them to slip and to fall.
From many Workshops in Kindergarden I have experienced that pre schoolers need a lot of room for exercises, they love to run. A great deal is to put your drums together in a way that kids can play them circling around. If you have got more drums, you can also make the opposite: Build a free space in the center, so that one child can play the drums from there. The other kid(s) can play them circling around at the same time.
If you don´t have many drums, you might think about the lollypop drums, available in 3 sizes, which would cost about $40 – 50 all together. They sound quite well, and if you care about them (don`t strike them together or throw them onto the floor too often), they will provide joy for a long time.
The Kids Tubano is an outrageous sounding drum. Patting your hand into the center of the playing surface will provide great bass sounds. Kids play them in standing position.
Bongo, Konga, Djembe, Paddle Drums
For a good drum set to begin with, I´d recommend you the Kids Bongos, the Floor Tom, the Tubano and the Gathering Drum. To add one more I´d recommend the Kids Djembe or the Kids Konga. The Bongos can be played with hands or fingers. To produce a nice sound with mallets, you will need smaller mallet heads than those of the Remo mallets.
Boys and girls will also have fun with all instruments recommended above. Because of their great sound they can deepen their play and their rhythmic, listening and communication sense. In the warm weather I can recommend the paddle drums, played with little softballs, like family tennis with a great sound – pure outdoor fun for the whole family. Start with the 2-pack, where the balls are included.
There is one thing, the musical toys for kids mentioned above don´t like: too warm temperature. Make sure you don´t keep them at a temperature higher than 22 degrees Celsius. The colder, the better. They even stand zero degrees. Do not store them on a floor with underfloor heating! These drums are pre-tuned, which means you cannot tune them. Too warm temperature will scale down their pitch rapidly.
Although some drums like the Buffalo Drums still sound great with a little deeper pitch, the day will come when they don´t sound anymore, because the pitch has fallen too deep. Make sure you keep them not too warm and you play them regularly, and you will explore the joy of sound for many years.If you have questions or need any further information, simply leave your comment below. I´ll be glad to help you.