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My nan bought this for our son when he was about 12 months old. I really liked it from the start as its a proper musical instrument instead of something electronic. My son has an electronic drum that plays tunes and makes horrible banging noises so this xylophone was a pleasant break!
As with all Little Tikes products it is made of strong and sturdy plastic (I have accidently stood on this and it happily takes my weight). It has a chunky red base with a handle at one end and wheels at the other end. There are 8 brightly coloured xylophone keys on top which are held on securely. It has a plastic yellow stick (not sure if that is the technical term!) which is attached to the xylophone with a short cord, I assume so it doesn't get lost. The stick clips in to one end of the xylophone when not in use.
It comes with a card with a few songs on with colour coding so that your child can learn to play tunes, this slots in to the top of the xylophone. The keys are big and the sound quality is good. The wheels and handle mean it can be picked up by the handle and pulled along by the wheels which also adds a bit of extra fun.
The xylophone is suitable from 12 months but your child would need to be much older before they would be able to get the hang of reading the music cards. The stick is of a good size and my son also enjoys turning the xylophone over and running it over the groves that are on the back which make quite a nice noise!
The stick is attached with a cord but after a few weeks we did untie it and remove the cord as it was just too short. My son got annoyed if he tried using it the wrong way round and the cord wouldn't reach, and as a toddler he tended to want to hit it from quite high up and the cord just doesn't allow much movement and is very restrictive. Although I do understand it is probably that length for safety reasons. We do keep his toys in the same room so we can usually find the stick for it and doesn't often get lost, but aside from that it is a great quality product and will last for years. I don't know how much it was purchased for but I believe it was around £15-£20 which I think given the brand and quality this is a good price.
One of my daughters all time favourite toys has got to be this xylophone, she was bought it when she was one and a half and now at nearly four is still not ready to pass it onto her sister. You can buy the toy in many places such as Asda, Tesco, Mothercare and other toy shops and it sells for about £10.
The xylophone is made of bright red plastic which is curved to hold it off the floor, at one end the plastic is shaped for a handle and the other end has two blue wheels so it allows the child to take it with them wherever they are going. On top of the red plastic is a piece of white plastic which is curved to hold the 8 notes of the xylophone, at the end of the white plastic is the little tikes logo.
As I said above there are 8 notes on the toy, each one is made of metal and is a different colour, there is two different blues, two different greens, yellow, orange, red and dark red. Each of the metal plates is a varying length starting with the dark blue being the longest and each one shortening in turn until the last note which is dark red. There is a card holder which reading up on this is to be used for a note card but for some reason we didn't get one with the toy and hadn't realised at the time it was supposed to have one so never queried it, there is also a yellow drum stick type object attached to a bit of string to play the notes.
When playing with the toy the 8 different notes are different as you would expect them to be but they are also different depending on whether the note is hit hard or softly. The drum stick is very robust but also no good for babies as we found out when our decided it was a good thing to eat, our eldest tends to get annoyed that it is attached to such a short bit of string but obviously this is so there is no chance of it being a strangulation hazard. This toy is very robust and over the years it has been bashed around no end and there is barely even a mark on it, this toy will last for many years to come and my baby has even started to enjoy it and laughs when you play it for her.
This probably would have been an even better toy had we got the music sheets and been able to show our daughter how to actually follow the notes but it has still been a firm favourite for over two years now so it was a very well spent £10.
I purchased this xylophone for part of my sons 2nd Christmas as he loves anything musical or generally anything that makes noise so I though this was a great idea and needless to say my son agreed. I bought it for £10 from Asda which I think is a good price for this.
The xylophone has a total of 8 chimes each of which are a different colour and decrease in size from left to right. The beater which it comes with is yellow and is attached so it cant be lost which is great as my son seems to lose pieces of toys all the time. There is a handle at the side and wheels at the bottom which makes it easy for children to pull along with them from room to room or my son takes it with him to go to his granny's.
Music cards are provided and are all colour coded which makes it a lot easier to play the songs, all of which are well known such as twinkle twinkle little star. The xylophone encourages children to be creative and musical as they play and think up different tunes to amaze everyone with. I would recommend this to anyone who has a child who likes making a lot of noise and if they are like my child they will find other ways to make noise with it such as my son turns it around and runs the beater up and down the perforated part at the back which i must admit it can get very irritating. But overall a good price for a good muscial toy.
For Christmas last year we were struggling to find something for our 13 month old son. As he is the youngest of three there aren't many things that we don't have so Christmas and Birthdays can be a bit of a chore.
Like most young children, especially boys, he liked anything that made a noise. I personally couldn't face yet another battery operated flashing singing all action toy like so many others that we have. I went searching for something a bit more traditional and originally looked at some wooden xylophones before I found the Little Tikes Tap a Tune xylophone.
The little Tikes Tap a Tune Xylophone first caught my eye because of its bright colours and because Little tikes is a name I have grown to trust for well made long lasting toys. I first saw the xylophone on www.amazon.co.uk but as it was only available through Amazon Marketplace at that time I would have had to pay quite high postage to receive the item. Unfortunately I was unable to find the xylophone in my local Argos and the only other toy shop we had at that time was Woolworths which was sadly going into melt down and had been stripped bare when I tried to shop there.
I eventually found the Xylophone on www.johnlewis.com priced at £9.95 and as everything from John Lewis is delivered Free I ordered it straight away. The xylophone is still available (July 2009) for this price on the website.
I received the Xylophone in a couple of days and was pleased to see it came in a nice sturdy box with an open front, much easier to wrap! The xylophone is made of the hard plastic that you would expect of Little Tikes and is bright red. The keys on the top are metal and each is a different colour. There is a small yellow hammer attached to the base of the xylophone by a short piece of cord. Because the keys are metal the xylophone makes quite a nice sound compared to some of the wooden ones I have seen. The xylophone has a carry handle and wheels but it is a little small to pull along like a trolley although the handle is useful. The whole thing is very well made and easy to wipe clean. It is very sturdy and has been pulled from the toy box by the short cord many times and it is still in one piece. On the back of the box you also get a few short tunes to play and each note is represented by the colour of the key so you can play the xylophone more easily.
My son was unimpressed with Christmas last year to say the least. He enjoyed the toys once they were placed in front of him but wasn't interested in unwrapping and left this to his older siblings. The xylophone was a particular hit and he still plays with it regularly seven months later.
My older children and 5 and 3 and they both also enjoy the xylophone although I would say that they are a little too old to receive it as a gift themselves. The manufacturers specified age range is 12 months and over and I would say that this is about right. There are pieces that may come off like the hammer and the keys but they are quite large and would not cause a choking hazard. I think that the xylophone would have to take a lot of punishment before it started falling apart and don't think that a child of 1 or 2 years old would be able to cause such damage.
The only negative things I would say about the xylophone is that the cord that is attached to the hammer is quite short and my children do find this frustrating as they cannot get a good swing at the keys. The other thing is that there is nowhere on the xylophone to attach the hammer when it is not in use. I think a small clip or even a little trough into the side of the xylophone would have been beneficial as the hammer is always left hanging from the side. When the xylophone is in the toybox the cord does get tangled onto other toys which causes much huffing and puffing and bashing about when my son is trying to retrieve something from the box. I felt that the colour coded tunes on the side of the box were very useful and I'm sure they would have been very beneficial had I not thrown them away on Christmas day thinking that they were packing material. The music is printed onto the back of the box and I at least remembered to cut the piece out and keep it but later in the day when trying to find my living room under the mountain of toys I mistook the piece of card for rubbish and threw it out. I think a little book would be too easily damaged but maybe a small piece plastic with the music stuck on the front would be better. On the top of the xylophone there is a small gully that would hold the music in place.
On the whole a very well made interesting toy that I would recommend to anyone with a young child who likes to make a noice.
Colourful chimes produce a full octave of tones. Wheels and a handle let the child use it as a fun pull toy too. A moulded-in recess on top holds music cards, and there's an easy-to-hold striker.