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- Why I Bought - I really like traditional wooden toys as I think it is nice for my son to have a few 'simple' toys that don't require batteries and also I think they look really nice too. My husband agrees and was very keen for our little boy to have a xylophone. We spotted this fish design xylophone in a charity shop a few months ago. It was in great condition and was a bargain price. - The Xylophone - The base of the xylophone is shaped like a fish. It is made from a light-coloured wood and measures approximately 36cm in length. The wood has a fish face, fin and tail printed on it which gives it a fun and unique look. In the centre of the fish there are eight metal painted keys. They range in length with the lowest note measuring 12cm and the highest note measuring 8cm in length. They are painted lovely bright colours including red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The keys are set above a hole space in the fish which creates the perfect sound when they keys are played. The keys are secured in place with varnished wooden balls at each end which I think looks really smart. There are two wooden beaters to hit the keys with. - Music Time - My son instantly loved his xylophone and wanted to have a go straight away. He very quickly learnt how to use the beaters to hit the keys and make 'music'. He plays with this most days and loves it when we play with him. As there are two beaters this toy can be shared so you can make music together. Often we will play a little tune to my son and then he will have a go, he looks a bit confused when his tune doesn't sound quite so tuneful! But he loves having a good bash at the keys anyway. Now he is almost 14 months he tries to have a go using both beaters at the same time but usually gets frustrated and throws one out of the way. The sounds they keys make are really good and there is a clear distinction between the low and high notes. I can play 'Doe a Dear' and my husband can play 'she'll be coming round the mountain' which is sure to make my son laugh and I think we sound pretty good! We also have a wooden drum and plastic maracas so this adds nicely to the set. The xylophone helps teach little ones about music and also helps improve motor skills. It could also be useful for learning different colours. - Age Range - I'm not sure what the age range of this xylophone is. We started using it when my son was just under one year and I felt this was suitable for him at this age, there are no choking hazards etc. I think my son will be interested in this for a couple of years so you do get great value for money. - Price and Availability - We paid £3 for this in a charity shop which I think is an absolute bargain. Having done some research I can see it is available to buy online from traditionaltoystore.co.uk for £24.99 and from viva.org.uk for £5. Clearly two very different prices so it is worth having a look around. I think around the £10 mark would be a reasonable price. It isn't widely available which is a shame. - Would I Recommend? - I would definitely recommend this fish xylophone as my son loves making music with it and we have had a lot of enjoyment out of it. It is a shame it isn't more widely available but it is possible to pick one up for as little as £5.