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6 Fun Toys for the Future Musician in Your House

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I spent more years than I care to admit sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor surrounded by other parents singing songs and playing with random noise-making accoutrements. Why did I subject myself to such torture? Because my kids LOVED it.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that both of my kids lived for making music, and studies show that children who play musical instruments are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

It was high time to add a few kid-approved instruments to our personal collection. Here are some fun items to get your future musician ready for touring the universe.

  • Toys for Budding Musicians 1 of 7
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    Does your little one like to create noise? (Who doesn't?) Here are some fun ideas for your future rockstars.

    photo credit: Sarah James

  • For the Littlest Tots 2 of 7
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    I have yet to meet a baby who doesn't like to shake sleigh bells. This particular shape is easy for a baby to grasp and shake to their heart's content.

    photo credit: Baby Naturopathics

  • A Guitar with all the Bells and Whistles 3 of 7
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    It's a guitar! It's a keyboard! It's everything your noise lover dreams of! Look out, Eddie Van Halen, my baby is ready to rock.

    photo credit: Vtech Kids

  • A Colorful Xylophone 4 of 7
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    My kids both adored xylophones. Something about hitting things with a mallet, and the bright colors of the keys make it appealing to all ages, as well as an attractive display in a child's room.

    photo credit: yoyo.com

  • For Those More Vocally Inclined… 5 of 7
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    Grab a microphone - so many today have built-in music and beats for the kids to experiment with while jamming. This type of toy is probably my daughter's very favorite - she can lip sync all day long, as well as sing her own hilarious original melodies.

    photo credit: Vtech Kids

  • Kicking it Old School 6 of 7
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    A little wooden guitar or ukelele makes a nice introduction to music-making. A smaller shape is much easier for a child to handle, and the noise can be kept at a minimum. (Not such a bad thing!)

    photo credit: Baby Naturopathics

  • When All Else Fails… 7 of 7
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    Feel free to grab some spoons and measuring cups. Your baby will have a blast because, in the end, it's all about making noise and moving to the beat.

    photo credit: Sarah James

 

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