by Tamsyn

September 24, 2016

Little Tikes Tap a Tune
Piano and Drum Giveaway

finger puppet idea

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.

Learn more about the Little Tikes "Tap a Tune" set the winner will receive on Amazon

About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. I love I’m a Little Teapot the kids love to make all the motions and clap with this one! I would use the puppets to dance with the music and for the kids to make up stories to go along with them!

  2. We have a lot of musicians in our family so this would be great for the little ones to start their love of music on. Adorable!

  3. My grandaughter will be 2 next month and is already taking music classes. She started when she was 1. She would love some toys that make music

  4. My oldest son had that piano when he was younger and my youngest son would love it too! I’m definitely going to put it on his Christmas list!

  5. I love letting my kids play music it is entertaining plus seeing them use their creativity. You are my sunshine and twinkle twinkle little star is our songs.

  6. As a teacher, I know how important it is to teach the arts to kids. Introducing our children to it at an early age is fantastic!

  7. Family music time is our favorite!!! My husband plays guitar and keyboard for our little girl. I’m not as musical, but I like clapping or drumming out a rhythm for her

  8. I love Little Tikes! I also think music education is very important for kids! I homeschool mine and incorporate it into our curriculum daily.

  9. My oldest grandson just started renting a trumpet to take lessons. His little brother who is almost 1 year old would probably love pounding on these toys to keep in time with big brother.

  10. I am a music lover and see that love growing in my grandchildren. We have another baby coming in a week or so and these would be great in a few months!

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