Musical Instruments for Kids in 2012

If you are looking for a great idea for a Christmas gift this year, you might want to think about a toy instrument. Not every parent may want music toys in the house – especially if they’re loud – but they can be a great way to introduce children to music and the different musical instruments that are out there. Then there’s electronic music with games, apps and software. There has never been a better time to be into music.

To help you out, we have put together a list of some of the best toy instruments out there so that you can get the most for your money. These are not the only music toys for kids out there, but our list should give you a good place to start if you know a child who is interested in music and you want to get them the perfect gift.

Browse below for some ideas for different age groups.

Music Instruments for Babies and Toddlers

We are first going to look at music toys for babies to first introduce them to music as well as something for toddler boys or girls who are musical by nature.

 LeapFrog Learn & Groove Counting Maracas


Ages: 6 Months to 3 Years Old

There are NOT your average maracas. They have three ways for babies to play: Counting, Colors and Music Play learning modes. They can help introduce your baby to colors as well as other vocabulary and counting from one to ten in both English and Spanish. You will need 3 AA batteries which are included, however you might want to invest in some rechargeable batteries when you get this.

You might also consider these:

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube


Ages: 1 to 4 Years Old

If you want something a little more high-tech, this is the way to go. It is not that expensive and is made from durable plastic. You are going to need 3 AA batteries – you should consider getting rechargeable batteries – but it is great fun for babies and toddlers alike. Different sides represent a harp, a French horn, a piano, a flute, and a violin. There’s also an orchestra mode that combines all of them.

If you get this, you might also consider:


Musical Instruments for Young Children

This is still a very good age for children to begin an instrument.

37-Key Elite Baby Grand – Black


Ages: 3 to 9 Years Old

This is about half the size of an adult piano and is available for around $150 online at Amazon. Schoenhut Piano Company has been around a while and now they are concentrating on pianos that are especially made for smaller children – when learning music is a lot easier.  There have been some reviews online that mention the product is made in China – which may be why it’s available so cheaply – but this is something for you to consider. If this seems like too much money, there’s also the Schoenhut 25-Key My First Piano II, for around $70.

Here are some additional ideas to consider if purchasing this.

 Mendini 4/4 MV300 Solid Wood Violin With Extras


Ages: 5+

The really great thing about this is that it pretty much comes with all the basics any budding violinist will need to get started.  While it is normally priced around $200, you may be able to find it for $60 or so if you shop around online or check at Amazon.

It is a 4/4 – full size – wood violin with extras included for students. While it is not professional quality by any means, it is great for those beginning with the violin who need something to practice with.

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Music Toys and Instruments for Tweens and Teens

It is never too late for a child to become interested in music. These are a couple ideas for musical instruments for tweens and teens.

Starcaster Natural Acoustic Guitar Kit


Ages: 8+ Years Old

There’s just something about learning the guitar that some people pick up on at some point in their life. This is a great way to introduce a boy or girl to the guitar. It’s a kit that has everything you need – including a high quality guitar. While not the best guitar out there by any means, it is a good place to start. And while your child may want an electric guitar, this is an easier (and cheaper) way to start and see if they stick with it or not.

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These are only a sampling of some of the musical instruments and music toys for children out there. If you think we missed an important one, leave a comment below and let us know.

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