Inspire a mini muso with the best musical instruments
Letting kids be musical is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. Babies respond to music even when in the womb, so it’s never too early to encourage musical play. Our hand-picked selection of children’s musical instruments and toys will contribute to your child’s development by encouraging creativity and concentration, as well as improve your child’s motor skills, hand-eye coordination and sense of rhythm. We have found a range of musical playthings that are suitable for as young as three months old, so stick your fingers in your ears and take a look.
Shake It Off
Aokiwo Kids Musical Instruments Multipack
This mega pack of percussion contains 33 individual items with 20 different kinds of musical toys, including shaking, tapping, beating, and blowing instruments. It comes in a storage backpack and makes an excellent gift for kids aged three and up.
$31 at Amazon
Little Drummer Boy
VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set
From respected kids’ tech brand VTech and suitable for ages two and up, younger kids can use this drumset and bundled drumsticks to play along to nine different pre-loaded melodies or use it in free play mode to rock out to their own rhythm.
$20 at Amazon
Edushape Halilit Toddler Tambourine
Easy for small hands to hold and play, this brightly colored tambourine is safe for babies 12 months and over thanks to the protective cover prevents the jingles from being accessed by little fingers — or teeth. It’s lightweight and durable.
$12 at Amazon
This Little Ukulele
iEco Soprano Ukulele Beginner Kit
This set contains everything a child needs to start uke-ing. You get a 21-inch soprano ukulele, a digital tuner, a strap, a “Learn-To-Play” booklet, two spare picks, a spare string, a microfiber polishing cloth, and a durable carry bag.
$40 at Amazon
RockJam Portable Electronic Keyboard with Interactive LCD Screen
Older kids will love this keyboard with its 54 full-size keys, 100 sound effects, 100 rhythms, and record and playback functionality. The JoyTunes Simply Piano companion app offers tutorials and song lessons for musical edutainment.
$65 at Amazon
I Can Sing a Rainbow
Small Fish Xylophone for Kids
With kid-friendly mallets, this colorful xylophone is perfectly proportioned for mini musicians. With a wooden base, the metal keys are marked with their notes so older children can learn to play songs. A bonus harmonica is also included.
$15 at Amazon
She Bangs the Drums
Mendini by Cecilio Three-Piece Junior Drum Set with Throne
Recommended for ages three to six years old, this smart-looking junior drum kit comprises of a bass drum, a mounted tom and snare, a cymbal, a padded drum throne and a pair of wooden drum sticks. Sadly, earplugs are not included.
$80 at Amazon
Whistle Down the Wind
Melissa & Doug Beginner Wooden Recorder
A recorder is a classic “gateway” instrument on a child’s musical journey. If they can play this and not make your ears bleed, it might be worth considering extending their musical education. For three years old and up, this is a classic wooden version.
$6 at Amazon
Anyone Can Play Guitar
Hape Kid’s Flower Power First Musical Guitar
With a nod to the swinging Sixties, this fun guitar/ukulele is a great starting point for aspiring string strummers. Suitable for ages three and upwards, this measures a manageable 26 inches in length and has finger-friendly nylon strings.
$40 at Amazon
Key to My Heart
Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat
Recreate that scene from “Big” with this super-fun touch-sensitive playmat that has 24 working keys and boasts guitar, piano, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, violin, banjo, and xylophone sounds. You can even record your sounds and play them back.
$30 at Amazon
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Edushape Baby Maracitos Set
This set of three, five-inch mini maracas are suitable for three months and up, they are basically musical-themed baby rattles. This is because they are very light and easy for little hands to hold and obviously safe for baby to teeth on too.
$12 at Amazon
Ring My Bell
Pack Of Four Metal Cowbell Noisemakers
Make like The Bruce Dickinson and prescribe more cowbell with this set of four, three-inch metal handheld cowbells. Offering a fun way for kids to make some noise, you get four assorted colors in each pack.
$9 at Amazon
Our overall staff pick, the Aokiwo Kids Musical Instruments Multipack, makes a fabulous gift for three-year-olds and up, offering a wide variety of toys and instruments that will introduce kids to the fun world of percussion.
If you’re looking for something musical for a younger child, consider the child-safe Edushape Halilit Toddler Tambourine with its covered jingles, or even younger babies can enjoy holding and shaking the Edushape Baby Maracitos.
Anyone looking to buy a “My First Instrument” type gift set should consider the iEco Soprano Ukulele Beginner Kit. Available in pink, blue, black and wooden tones, it contains everything a little one to start learning to play the ukulele.