We've had this drum for quite a few years now, it having been a present for our eldest son initially. He's now 8, and although things such as this do occasionally interest him, it's only if he happens to be next to it and wants to bang something! Our second son however is pushing on 16 months, and this seems to be the ideal thing for him to play with.
Sometimes the simplest toys are the best ones. While Lamaze may seem to have the monopoly on all singing and all dancing soft toys at the moment, this relatively simple drum is of high quality and can serve to develop motor skills all on its own. It's a 16cm drum that is a light coloured and very smooth wood. Around the sides of it are red and blue triangles in various different sizes, and the top has a curved pattern on it that makes different sounds depending on where on the curve you hit the drum with the stick.
The stick is a short thin wooden one, made of the same wood as the drum it seems, with a yellow hard rubber ball on the end. It's stuck very firmly and has never come off of ours. There's nothing more complicated to this toy at all. Nor does it make too much of a loud noise used. Of course, it sounds like a drum and to this extent there is a noise that comes out when you hit it, but it doesn't make anywhere near the amount of noise that you'd expect from most drums. It's as if the design also incorporated some form of muffler to minimise the sound even when the drum is banged pretty hard.
It didn't take long for either of our boys to get the hang of it, which was no surprise really as it's imply banging a drum. Once they'd seen us have a go it was a case of copying. Our nearly 16 month old is just about grasping the hang of it and our 8 year old has been helping him. It's lovely to see them both playing with something so simple. I do sometimes wonder whether the combination of loads of different elements of a toy can be a bit confusing as opposed to helping development, if I'm honest. Sometimes it's borderline. This though is as simple as you can get.
It helps basic motor skills by improving hand eye coordination and teaching kids about force. The rubber end to the drumstick gives only a little resistance, so he is learning about the bounce reflect this gives off whenever he makes contact, which is not every single time! Moving the hit around the drum will produce different noises, and as he gets better at aiming we should see him aim at the various different points on the drum to get the slightly different pitches of sound. Our eldest did, and we do a bit to show him, but I'm sure he'll pick it up quickly enough.
This drum has excellent design quality. It barely has a scratch on it after a number of years of use, and there has been no damage to it in terms of it affecting the sound quality when used. So, no visible or invisible damage that we're aware of, and it's going strong where some of the more complicated toys we've had for our eldest over the years have been long gone. This one has stood the test of time though. The company, Plan, certainly seem to make some of the best quality products, although this is also reflected in the price. It currently fetches around the £15 mark, so be aware that although it's an investment that'll last, it's also one that'll cost you a bit to start with. Recommended.
My son was given the Plan Toys Solid Drum for his first birthday last month. I love the look of traditional wooden toys so this was a lovely gift. It was just about one of the only wooden toys he didn't already have which was lucky.
- The Drum -
This is essentially a hollow wooden drum. It is 16 cm in diameter. The light coloured wood is lovely and smooth and the side of the drum has an attractive, colourful triangle pattern in blue and red. The top of the drum has a wiggly cut out line which divides the top into different drum sounds. The bottom of the drum has three black rubber feet so it doesn't move about too easily when it is set down on a surface. The drum stick is made from the same wood and has a yellow rubber ball on the end to hit the drum with. It looks really attractive, cute and a little old fashioned. The quality is very good.
- Making Music -
My son was instantly interested in the drum and after watching us hit the drum with the drum stick he knew exactly what to do when it was his turn. The sound of the drum is a nice woody sound and has a few different notes depending on where you hit the drum stick onto the drum. My son will sit for a while happily bashing the drum and when we clap him he gets really excited and throws the drum stick! We already have a wood and metal xylophone and plastic maracas so this adds nicely to the set so we can all make music together! There are also many musical instruments available in the Plan Toys range. I think it is quite educational as it teaches the child about musical instruments and improves motor skills.
- Age Range -
This toy is recommended from 19 months. This seems a bit random to me, usually toys say 12, 18 or 24 months. Also I don't see why this wouldn't be suitable from 12 months, if not younger. My son was certainly interested and able to play with it at 12 months. I carefully checked the drum stick to see if the ball at the end could be a choking hazard if it came lose but I think this would be near enough impossible.
- Price and Availability -
My cousins said they bought this in a toy shop but I can see it is also available from Amazon priced at £15.07 including postage. I think this is reasonable price to pay as the quality is very good.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this wooden drum as it is a lovely, fun, high quality, attractive toy. It makes a lovely gift.
A sweet first drum for toddlers to develop their motor skills and co-ordination, and to enjoy rhythm and varying sounds. With rubber tipped drumstick and rubber feet for stability.