Take a leaf out of Tom Hanks’ playbook in the movie Big and get one of those jumbo piano keyboard mats. Kids love to make sound, after all, and they’ll be thrilled that they can make different sounds by stepping on different keys. Although jumping and dancing on the top of a large vinyl piano is inarguably a good time for kids, it can be an early musical education, too.
We can’t say whether your child will be so inspired by this piano that they’ll become the next Mozart, but it will give them a new understanding about music. These piano keyboards don’t only just make piano sounds, you can switch to saxophone, guitar and a slew of other instruments. You can teach them the differences between the instruments at an early age. One of our picks also has 10 classic songs with an easy-to-follow playing guide, so you can teach your kids how to play an actual song before they’re old enough to choose an instrument at school.
Don’t worry, you will be able to control the volume of the keyboard and the mat won’t be damaged by the endless jumping. You can also roll it up and put it on the highest shelf on the closet when you simply can’t listen to piano sounds again.
1. Kidzlane Floor Piano Mat
This jumbo piano mat makes learning the piano easier for kids. Your kids can learn to play 10 classic songs, including “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Happy Birthday” and “Jingle Bells.” There are even color-coded cards and numbered piano keys that’ll teach your kids what keys they need to hit to play each song. Your kids will be encouraged to play by the rainbow-colored piano keys and can even record their own songs. This sturdy mat is easy to wipe down and stain-resistant, in case any spills happen.
2. Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat
At six feet in length, your little one has plenty of room to play this truly jumbo keyboard. This mat is durable enough to take your child’s stomps, too. Your child can either improvise a piano masterpiece or follow a programmed song. Your child can record their own songs even, and the keyboard is very user-friendly. In addition to the piano, there are seven different built-in instruments to choose from, including saxophone, guitar and violin. This piano mat requires four AA batteries, but it has an automatic power-off system to save energy.
3. Abco Tech Giant Piano Mat
Made out of heavy-duty vinyl, your kids can jump around on these 24 keys with confidence. Your kids can learn to make beautiful music by utilizing the piano’s four different modes: Demo, play, record and playback. They’ll be able to introduce you to their latest compositions. There are eight instruments to choose from, including guitar, piano, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, violin, banjo and xylophone. There’s the standard black-and-white version or a colorful version with a vibrant dashboard.