Best Musical Instruments for Toddlers

1. Drums (1-3 years old)

Real drums should best be left alone until kids are at least 12 years old. Meanwhile, there are some amazing toy drums out there that could really help kids start grasping the fundamentals of rhythm.

2. Xylophones and Glockenspiels (1-3 years old)

We have no idea why young kids love xylophones and glockenspiels, but they absolutely do – and watching them figure out how to play them is entertaining in itself! This is definitely one of the best musical instruments for kids that are still too young to graduate to larger, chord-based instruments but still show signs of some musical vibe.

3. Handbells (2 years old and up)

You’ve probably seen these before, since they’re a birthday gift favorite for kids with rhythm – most of us have eyed them at some time. It’s easy to see why! Most sets come with a tiny color-coded songbook that shows you how to play kid classics. And most songs require more than two bells, making the extra-hand requirement fundamental to some lighthearted family fun. It’s also a great way to see if your kid is anything close to musically-inclined: rockstar kids will love them, no matter what.

4. Kalimba (4 years old and up)

Ever see a kid discover a kalimba? If not, then you’re missing out. Kalimbas are westernized versions of the African karimbas, thumb percussion instruments (or thumb pianos, as they are also called) that make enchanting, unique sounds. Most kalimbas online can be a bit pricey and we found only one that’s made for kids – but rest assured that bringing one home will be fun, educational and, well, a fascinating conversation piece.

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