Little Tikes Tap a Tune
Piano and Drum Giveaway
An invitation to play
One of my favorite ways to introduce music to the very young crowd is through creating a musical environment that invites a child to play with sound. Whether that means leaving our boomwhackers out, placing pots and pans out on the table like a drum set, or simply owning a piano, I love it when my children engage in musical exploration on their own terms. Musical toys are a fun way to do this too. I handpicked two Little Tikes Tap a Tune instruments that can help.
Meaningful music exposure can begin with infancy.
Little Tikes is a well known and respected maker of children's toys. While I don't actually own either of these toys, I am very familiar with them as I have volunteered in a few childhood nursery settings that own both of these toys. They get hammered, thrown, banged with various other toys, and have held up surprisingly well- a sturdy, classic toy. The little piano's four notes create a major triad, "Do-Mi-So-Do", and are in tune. I've had a lot of fun playing simple accompaniment rhythms on the little piano while singing to small children. The drum has a surprisingly rich tone for a toy and can be played either by hitting the drum head or sliding the handles on the grooved sides like a guiro. Lots of fun! Good luck.