Jump to content


decent instruments for toddler/preschooler

Recommended Posts

I would like to get some decent quality instruments for my little crowd. I have a little tikes xylophone that I HATE. The sounds are so off key:banghead:

Have ya'll found any that have good tone?

Also I would like some percussion as well. . .but I really hate to get something cheap that's going to just fall apart. I know there's good stuff out there, but reviews are so mixed that it's hard to know what to get.


What says the hive:bigear:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This is one of my favorite stores (it's local to me but I've ordered from their website as well). https://www.johnsmusiccenter.com/ Personally, I've gotten the most out of a small hand drum, afuche cabasa (a multi-purpose shaker type instrument found on their site under small percussion), a couple of wood blocks (found under small percussion), a shaker or two (we made our own out of those plastic eggs you can get at Easter time), recorders (I like Yamaha). I would absolutely love to have a glockenspiel, xylophone, metallophone (found under Orff instruments) but they are way too expensive for me.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If you want a barred instrument, Sonor makes a "Kinderglockenspiel" that was designed for the Kindermusik program. It's a nice quality instrument, and not terribly loud because instead of having a full resonator box, it has a frame support.


Boomwhackers are well tuned and fun to play around with-and inexpensive.


For percussion, Remo, LP, and CP are good brand names-they're all professional percussion companies, but LP and Remo both have kids' lines.



For wind instruments, Peripole makes a good recorder that's hard to overblow.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

:thumbdown:okay.. .so I'm deducing that a good xylophone/glokenspiel is going to be currently out of my price range for now.


Sooo. . .I'm looking at some of the ideas. I really like the idea of the handbells. I have a really loud cowbell that I use to call everyone in for mealtime, and they always want to play with it, but can't because it's too LOUD. Makes me think they'd like it. I want to get a variety of instruments so we don't have fighting. . .

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We have these hand bells and they have a nice sound


We also have a steel drum that the kids like to play with.


Bongos and a lap harp came from Goodwill


We have some First Act wood instruments and tambourine


I don't buy recorders! The have the most annoying sound to my ears.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...