“ Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months / Type: Activity Toys „
I have taken both my Daughters to a music group since they were 6 months old and both thoroughly enjoy this activity however each week when they had to put away the instruments there were always tears. I decided to buy some for at home and purchased this set from the Early Learning Centre for £13.00 however as I am a member of the birthday club I had 20% discount voucher. What is it? The set comprises 4 plastic instruments with a handle and includes a rain maker, bells, and two tambourines and also they have changed the design so all the instruments fit together to make one large tambourine. Why Buy? These instruments are brilliant they last and last I bought ours five years ago for my eldest first Christmas and they have been passed to my younger daughter and still going strong each Christmas the music box is also used with my Husbands Brass band the children join in with Jingle bells and all love doing so. This toy is excellent for children to use their senses and defiantly one our family would recommend a good well made robust music set.
Now i'm sure my mum loves me, but the question was, had i annoyed her that particular day we went shopping? Probably, as the first thing she did was go into the Early Learning Centre and finding my 8 month old daughter (well she was back then) the noisiest handheld items she could! She succeeded very well. But of course for a baby, the noisier, the better. These are actually a really good set. One has two sets of metal cymbal type parts, one has a few plastic cymbals, one has like a drum with beads inside and the last one has jingle bells. The actual casing of the instuments is a moulded tough plastic, they all have handles which are the perfect size for small hands (like a 6 month old). Also they are quite light and easy for any child to wave around and create some sort of noise with. All four instruments are seperate colours, making them visually stimulating for any child. As the child gets older (as i found out) sometimes i'd sit there for an hour or two when my first daughter reached about 2, she'd say, "gween one pweeeeese". My children are now 9, 7 and 5 and they still use these instruments, as they are all really into music (my dad is a musician) they love shaking these to the beats of the music, so babies can probably start to learn rhythym from a very early age too. So maybe one day you'll have yourself a little Mozart!
I have a set similar to this, but the pieces are triangular and link together. I bought these as an impulse buy for my son. They were out on display, but had no packaging (usually the product is packaged) For this reason, the shop assistant reduced it by £2.00 on her own accord. My son's favourite piece seems to be a blue triangle, with a yellow section covering a set of cymbals, which he seems to regularly use to disturb a quiet library or bus. There is also an orange triangle, with a clear section filled with beads, to imitate a maracas, a green section with bells, and a red section with plasticy bits which make a clacking sound. The items fit together, but seem to come apart very easily. This doesn't seem to concern my son though,as it still makes a noise, so he's still happy. They usually retail at £12.50 in the ELC or mothercare, and seem to be a hit with everyone. For the price, they get a lot of use and enjoyment. My son enjoys them, and I often find myself joining in the games. A worthwhile buy, as long as you're not hoping for peace and quiet.
Overview I bought these for my daughter this Christmas when she was just over a year. I must admit it wasn't a well thought out purchase but more of a "oh my god what else can I get her?" moment. However, despite initially being ignored as she was much more interested in learning to climb things she has now become to really like them. They are a set of 4 percussion musical instruments each with a large hand grip suitable for small children. One has bells, one is like a tambourine (but enclosed so little fingers can't get hurt), one has coloured beads in and sounds like the maraca's and one is kind of like a plastic tambourine. Each one of the triangular instruments can be attached together to be used in pairs or all together (makes a square) or they of course can be used individually - useful when you have several children over to visit as well. They make sounds easily and are loud enough to be heard but not too annoying for the parents around, so they have yet to be banished to the cupboard where all annoying or noisy toys end up. I find my 2 like to either make music together with them holding one in each hand or bang along with the beat of one of their favourite songs. Its one of the few things that they really do do well together! Packaging / contents/ availability These are available at the Early Learning Centre, either at one of their many shops or online at www.elc.co.uk . They cost about £12.50 but there are often online deals or if you sign up to their birthday club you get 20% off before your child's birthday which makes quite a difference. As they clip together they are easily transportable and storable. Use Their website says they are suitable for children aged 1-3 but I think the upper limit on that is a bit restrictive. I can see these being useful for years to come. Advantages * Fun, educational * Colourful Disadvantages * None Price / Value for money They aren't particularly cheap but have proved more popular than I first imagined. Also they appeal to many age groups and never go out of fashion like many toys. Overall I like them. Not sure I'd pay full price (I used a 20% off voucher) but definitely worth having if you need a stocking filler etc.
***E.L.C Musical Activity Set.*** From 12 months.Price:£10.00 What a great little set of noisy instruments these are! If you nip down to your local E.L.C;you'll find these amongst the whistles,bells & castonets! They are nicely boxed up in what looks like an "open" flat-pack,but you can clearly see what you're buying-which is very important & also makes a nice change. The set contains four shakers that are made out of nice chunky plastic,that have very easy to grip handles & each shaker has a different sound. One has the classic "jingle" bells,8 little bells on 2 rows-very jingley! One has tiny plastic colourful beads,securely encased in a thick,clear,plastic cylinder which can be rotated-makes a kind of "rain" sound. Another has thumb-like cymbals,again securely fixed to the shaker. Lastly,one has a row of clackers-very noisy!-no good for those "headache" days! Each shaker is a different colour. At £10, i think these are a very good buy & are indestructable & very safe.I do believe there is a slightly different version for 6 months plus, where the thumb-like cymbals are more encased,however these will last for ages & give your baby heaps of fun.My 13 month old daughter loves them. Put them out of site though if you're feeling tired & delicate!