Product Type: Little Tikes baby toys
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Little Tikes Rhythm Maker Drum - okay for my little drummer girl!
Little Tikes Rhythm Maker Drum
Member Name: karlsm93
Little Tikes Rhythm Maker Drum
Advantages: Good basic drum, colourful
Disadvantages: Strings too short, too expensive full price
My sister has, since Christmas, been doing a clear out of toys which her children have grown out of. One such toy that she offered to my little girl, before it headed to a car boot sale was this Little Tikes Little Music Maker Drum, which my daughter seemed to instantly be drawn towards when my sister brought it to my house in a box with some other toys. I never asked my sister how much she paid for it, but it currently retails on amazon for over £20 which I think is far too expensive for this toy, and would be much better sourced second hand, as like all childrens toys it has a short lifespan.
My daughter who is a year and half loves all things music related, so I can understand why this appealed. She already has an ELC musical drum which makes noise when you tap the top, but this is an actual proper drum with drumsticks, which are attached to either side of the body of the drum. Like most Little Tikes toys, the colours used are bright and attractive, in this case, a red middle, with blue and yellow edging, and yellow drumsticks (mine is slightly different from the picture shown above).
There are two 'skins' on this drum, so it can be played on either side, like a big bass drum (only a lot smaller). The two drumsticks are attached on the middle of each side so they are equal distances from either skin of the drum. I do really like the fact that these drumsticks are attached as they would inevitably get mislead as they would carried around the house and set down elsewhere. My criticism of this product however is also related to the attachment of these drumsticks. The string that each drumstick is attached by is quite short, so it makes it quite difficult for a young child to be able to get hold of both drumsticks and play them at the same time. I know from a health and safety point of view this is probably to stop a child getting strangled by a long string, but I think it could have been a little bit longer, just to allow more free movement of the string and drumsticks. It definitely restricts the ability to play the drum, and I find my daughter, who I would say has good motor skills for her age, only tends to reach for one drumstick and when I try to encourage the other, when she can;t get it in place easily, with her free hand she gives up trying to use both, and goes back to using the single drumstick. Now, that doesn't hinder her enjoyment of it, but I think it is a slight design flaw.
THis is not an all singing, all dancing drum, and instead it is simply a basic drum with drumsticks and for this reason I think it is excessive to be charging over £20 for this product. I certainly wouldn't have paid that money for it, but since my daughter got it for free, I am happy with it, but I would also say, that it is a drum at the end of the day, and once it gets drummed for a while, it is set aside for other toys as its usage is limited, even for a child who likes music.
All in all, a good basic drum, not worth the money and in need of longer strings to allow more movement with the drumsticks by a child.
Summary: A good drum but some issues
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