One of the first senses children pick up on is sound — both the ones they hear (i.e. your voice or the booming bark of your family dog) and the ones they make themselves (cooing, laughing, babbling). Over time, this translates to your child identifying musical tunes and finding little diddies that resonate with them. Whether that be a catchy track off a Laurie Berkner album or a captivating earworm like Baby Shark, kids have rhythm, and if your little one loves banging together pots and pans or starts bopping up and down when their song comes on the radio, you might consider adding one of the best music sets for kids to their toy collection.
Of course, not all of us are naturally born musicians, but none of that matters when you’re a toddler that just loves making nose for the sake of, well, making noise. Though all the banging and clanging might hurt your ears, the best music sets for kids benefit children in so many ways. Tonal toys fine tune your little one’s cognitive skills, their hand-eye coordination and some even offer a bit of exercise (flailing drumsticks around for a half hour or so can be quite the workout).
So rather than introducing your tot to just one instrument at a time, the best music sets for kids give your mini me a chance to explore different areas of music so they can discover their niche for themselves. Your child will love experiencing a variety of sounds, and you’ll love the joy that radiates from their face as they bust out some serious tunes (pro tip: also invest in some earplugs before checking out).
A version of this story was originally published in January 2020.
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1. Stoie’s Wooden Backpack Set
Little ones just starting to dip their toes in the music space will have a ball exploring, shaking and dinging these wooden set of instruments. The bundle comes with 18 pieces, including a vibrantly colored xylophone, maracas, egg shakers, wrist bells and a triangle, so the whole family can create music together. Instruments are made from wood and other safe materials and are decorated with non-toxic paint, and each purchase also includes a stylish backpack for no-fuss storage and travel.
2. Toyerbee Musical Instrument Toy Set
Enhance your child’s sensory skills with this dynamite music set for kids. The theme of this bundle focuses on percussion (instruments that create music by being struck or scraped) and shaker instruments to strengthen your child’s sense of rhythm, hand-eye coordination, motor skills and STEM learning, among other developmental benefits. It features 15 wooden instruments: a tambourine, whistle, castane, a pair of maracas, rainbow bell stick, xylophone, and a triangle with a striker, all of which hold the power to keep your child occupied for hours. Your purchase also includes a zippered travel case so your little musician can continue making music on-the-go.
3. ShinePick Toddler Musical Instruments
Honestly, we’d opt for this pick just for the harmonica, but there are so many great elements to this music set that make it worth singing its praises. For example, in addition to the harmonica, the set offers your tot a variety of instruments to make sweet music with, like the triangle, a smiley-faced tambourine, sleigh bells and a kazoo! All of the instruments are also made of the highest quality non-toxic paints and environmentally-friendly materials so they’re safe for your child and Mother Earth, too. The entire bundle comes packed in a transparent travel bag so your little one can lug their entire band here, there and everywhere so that family and friends can join in on the fun.