“ Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months / Type: Musical Toy „
The first thing which catches your eye about this is the colourful nature of it
I also really like the chunkiness of it, it's great off little fingers and very robust! It has been dropped on several occasions here and other than a few minor scuffs it has had no damage what so ever.
Although this is quite pricey the quality of the product makes it worthwhile.
The keyboard has 2 sets if keys, large keys at the bottom in various colours which light up and play notes much like a keyboard and when held down they play musical songs
The smaller blue keys play songs as soon as they are touched
Then there are the attractive instruments on the top from left to right there is the drum (there is a red button which when pushed makes the pedal hit the drum and the symbols crash together and apart, then there is the microphone which actually works and there is a bell which when a different red button is pushed moves from side to side then there are the pipes at the end which move up and down when pushed
The toy is great fun! As soon as it was unwrapped our lg loved it and instantly began to play with it and the childminding children had a similar reaction- even the older ones get rocking with this toy ( they often grab the other pretend guitar and similar and make a band)
For the younger children because they are so attracted to this one they have learnt colours and musical instruments with this toy and often in free play choose to sing nursery rhymes into the microphone
So good I can't actually find a negative what more can I say!
All in all a fantastic toy for the cost, great quality, plenty of learning opportunities and lots of fun generally!
As my little man loves all things noisy, we bought him the Early Learning Centre's My First Music Centre for Christmas. He is a big fan of the My First series from ELC having received the My First Work Bench and My First Shop for his 1st birthday, and loved both of these so I thought the music centre would go down well.
Like the other toys in the range, the music centre is very robust and sturdy, and comes in the same lime green colour as the shop. The main bulk of the toy is like a piano. It has five multi coloured keys, which play different notes just like a normal piano. They also light up when pressed. Between these keys there are 4 smaller blue, and each of these plays a different song.
Around the piano there are different instruments arranged across the top - a cymbal, a bass drum, a bell and a horn. These are all operated by either press buttons or levers. In the middle there is a microphone, which you can turn off independently of the rest of the toy which is ideal if you have a screamer!! I don't think my little man has figured out what the microphone is for yet!! Lucky for me!
This toy keeps my little man amused for hours, he likes to set the preset tunes off and then bash the piano keys and drum sounds over the top. I really like the fact that the preset tunes are original, not the normal nursery rhyme tunes, and all have a different music style - some are poppy, some are more old fashioned etc. My only complaint is that sometimes these tunes go on for ages, long after he has finished playing with it, and then I am humming them all day!! Luckily there is an off switch on the bottom, and two volume settings too! The buttons are pretty easy to press, and my little man delights at flicking between the two horn buttons - the keyboard lights up to various patterns whenever the other instruments are activated, which always gets his attention.
My First Music Centre cost £20 from ELC, but we got this during the 20% off toys offer so it was only £16 which I think is pretty good value. It requires 3 x AA batteries which come with it, and as yet have not shown any signs of running out despite daily use. The age range on this is 1 to 3 years, which seems spot on to me. Xander was 16 months when he got this, and seems able to activate everything on the toy. I think as long as your child can sit up unaided, or is happy playing on his front which is my laid back little man's position of choice, then they will get enjoyment out of this!
Available from Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, and www.elc.co.uk.
The ELC My First Music Centre is a great toy for young toddlers.
Big, energetic and capivating, this toy will be a favourite of many children.
The toy consists of a multicoloured keyboard - five large brightly coloured button on the front, each playing a different tune when pressed - and four smaller blue buttons inbetween the other five - just like a real keyboard. There's also a "drum" part of the toy, when the button is pressed will play a drum tune.
In the middle of the toy is a working mircophone which you have the option to turn on and off without turning the rest of the toy off - although baby has to get their mouth really close to the microphone for it to work. A disadvantage for young children who don't know what to do with it.
On the left of the toy is a lever which will activate a bell. The bell will ring a vibrant tune, different to all the rest.
On the far left of the toy is the trumpet, consisting of two seperate levers for two different tunes, picthes and sounds.
The drum, bell and trumpet will move side to side or up and down depending on which one is pressed and will also play on top of the keyboard music - making an orchestra that can be changed and differed each time.
I purchased the My First Music Centre from Early Learning Centre as a gift for my son's first birthday. It is currently available at £20 and is suitable for children of 12 months and up to around three years.
I am a big fan of toys from the Early Learning Centre. Although slightly pricier than other brands I know that I will get a good, sturdy toy for my money which has educational benefits.
The My First Music Centre is chunky and brightly coloured, though not in any way garish. The base is shaped rather similar to a shop till and at the front we have a colourful keyboard. The keyboard has two levels of keys, the bottom level are in various colours and light up when pressed. They each play a regular tone as well as a short jingle if held down for a few seconds. The top level are smaller blue keys which each play a jingle rather than a tone and above these keys are large bold numbers 1-4.
There are various other musical features on this toy. To the left we have a symbol and a red button. When the button is pressed the symbol sounds and if held down it plays a short piece of music. Next to this is a drum and a lever. Again the lever can be pulled once or held down in order to play a drum sound or a short piece of music.
At the centre is a microphone with an on and off switch. The microphone is not particularly strong but does magnify sound if it is near enough.
Next to the microphone is a bell with lever and a horn with two buttons. As with the other features they can be pressed once for a tone or held for a jingle.
My son loves musical toys and this toy is no exception. He is able to operate all of the features himself and gets a great deal of enjoyment from it. It has withstood being thrown around the room on occasions and is still in perfect condition.
I would recommend this to any musical tots!
Magnificent music machine full of inspiring instrument sounds. Cymbals to clang, drum to beat, bell, horn, light-up keyboard and of course a microphone for your mini musician to sing their little heart into.