Product Type: Chad Valley baby toys
Newest Review: ... has worn is the writing which was on the top of the drum which used to state Chad Valley but now is unreadable. This drum is well worth... more
Drum away but quietly please
Chad Valley My First Drum
Member Name: emmad5689
Chad Valley My First Drum
Advantages: Brightly coloured, easy to play, different modes of play
This drum was actually bought for my eldest daughter who is now 5 when it was her second Christmas so she got it when she was about a year old. I seem to remember buying this in one of the 2 for £15 offers that Argos put on making it £7.50 although full selling price is currently £9.99.
The drum comes in two colour combinations, there is the bright blue drum like the one pictured above but there is also a bright yellow version which is the one that my daughters have. The drum is made of hard plastic and has a couple of buttons on the front of it and then a slider to turn it on and off and control the volume. The drum also has a carry handle incorporated into the main part of it making it easy to carry around although for young children the drum is a little too heavy for this.
The three buttons are different shapes and colours, there is a blue drum, a green musical note and a red circle on the yellow drum. The buttons do different things as you would expect, one makes the drum beat as a drum when it is hit, one plays songs which are easily recognisable and the third button sets the drum so that as your child hits the top the drum will play one of the musical tunes one note at a time so it seems as if your child is playing the tune.
There is a battery panel on the back of the drum which is secured with a small screw making it safe for little ones as they cannot access the batteries, the drum takes 3 x AA batteries for it to work. The drum is meant for children aged 18 months and upwards which my eldest daughter was when she got the drum however my younger daughter was playing with the drum before she was 18 months.
The top of the drum where your child hits is white in colour but can be seen through too and when your child hits it light flash underneath the drum panel which is added reward for young children. My daughter have both found the drum easy to play with and it doesn't need much force to flash and make a noise meaning that it is easy for a young child to play with.
The drum is very robust and has now lasted 4 years in our house and it is still going strong, it is pretty good on the battery life and doesn't need the batteries changing very often. Both my girls have loved this drum and now they also have a trumpet they pretend the eldest likes to pretend the two of them are in a band. The drum is very easy to clean simply rub it over with a damp cloth, the only part that has worn is the writing which was on the top of the drum which used to state Chad Valley but now is unreadable. This drum is well worth £10 and I would recommend it and so would the girls.
Summary: A great first drum
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