“ Brand: Tesco / Age: 18 months / Type: Playsets „
My daughter received the little steps instrument set for Christmas when she had just turned one year old. I hadn't previously seen this for sale and to be honest an instrument set wasn't something i had actually thought of buying her at such a young age. However it turned out to be quite a good present and she enjoyed playing with it immensly.
So what do you get in the little steps instrument set? The "box" that it all comes in is kind of hourglass shaped and this doubles up as a drum, inside the box there is a pair of drumsticks, a xylophone, maracas, a clacker and a tambourine. All of the instruments are brightly coloured and contain all the primary colours which i love, the drum is bright yellow on one side and green on the other with a red base and blue lid. Also the little tambourine has a cute face on it to make it that little bit more appealing to the child. The intruments are all a really good size so it is easy for children of all ages to play and the drum can even be played by hand as it makes a different but just as good sound as when using the drumsticks! The range of the instruments i think is great and all that is needed for your little bundle of joy to make some very loud music!!
The receommended age for this set is 18 months+ which is a good guide, but as i say my daughter had it from one year and she was able to play with it from then on, there are no small objects other than the drumsticks (which aren't small but are thin) so i think with adult supervision this toy can be used from a younger age. The current price of this is £7.00 which i think is a good price for what you get (and to make it better you get double clubcard points too!!) Eighteen months down the line it is all still is good condition which is great as my daughter isn't the most gentle child at times, so i think this is testament to the quality of this set of instruments as being Tesco's own i maybe thought the quality could be a little substandard.
I think it is a fantastic thing to buy as it encourages play with others to make a range of music as well as developing the childs musical skills. The only thing we have added to the set is a recorder as my daughter enjoyed playing with one so i thought i would add that to it to just give that extra little aspect of music. I like seeing my daughter play with this, especially when she says she is Lady Gaga playing the music and singing Bad Romance!!!
All in all a great buy from Tesco!
It has to be said that I am not the biggest fan of Tesco. This is mainly because I feel they are on a mission to take over the planet, between their huge 'Extra' stores that are popping up throughout every major city in Britain, to other 'branches' of their business which appear to cover everything from credit cards and loans to household insurance and mobile phone contracts.... Where does it stop? Global domination?
That said, I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. And the gift that I get from Tesco (which, ironically is the nearest - and therefore most convenient to use - supermarket at my house) comes in the form of Club Card vouchers. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, the Tesco Club Card is a rewards scheme run by Tesco stores, offering 'points' every time you make a purchase online or in their stores.
Even though I only shop sporadically at Tesco, I do manage to accrue quite a few of these little vouchers over the space of a year. I choose to save them up and spend them in my local Tesco store at Christmas time, or when I have a few gifts to buy, as I find them convenient to use in this way and obviously it helps to reduce the cost of my purchases.
In December, I had a few kids Christmas presents to get for assorted family members, two of which were young girls under the age of three. Deciding to get them something from my local Tesco store, I was drawn immediately to the 'Tesco Little Steps Musical Instrument Set', probably due to two important factors - the item looked wonderfully colourful and very eye-catching, and the price was under £10.
Having a closer look, I could see that the instrument set contained a variety of items, such as a little miniature xylophone and a little tambourine. In actual fact there were a total of seven pieces comprising this set, and all looked to be extremely good quality. I could see from the packaging too, that all of the items were made of what looked to be non-flimsy, durable plastic and I was pleased with the colours used for the pieces - all were bright primary colours and it looked to be a very cheerful piece of kit overall.
I got the opportunity to see the instrument set in all of its glory come Christmas morning due to being present when my partners young niece opened the parcel. Her little face immediately lit up when she clapped eyes on the large double sided drum, a sign that I took to be a positive one!
The large drum can be tapped either with your hands - similar to a bongo - or if preferred, there are two little drumstick-type sticks contained within the drum that can be used for this purpose. These sticks also double as an implement with which the xylophone can be hit.
Whilst I am on the subject, the little xylophone didn't seem to strike a chord (pardon the pun) with the parents of the little girl who received this musical set, probably due to it being quite small and only having three or four metal 'bars' on. I, on the other hand, thought that it served its purpose quite well, given that the instrument set is only a miniature version and is aimed at kiddies from age 18 months upwards, I did wonder why it was deemed to be a disappointing addition to the instrument set. I guess it's down to personal opinion in the end!
The items that were nestled inside the double drum also included a 'clacker' type toy made of the same durable plastic as the rest of the kit. This is extremely easy for younger kids to use as it is easy to grip and only requires a 'shaking' type movement to work. Be warned though, this item is extremely noisy!
The tambourine in the kit is again a miniature version of the real thing, as one would expect with a children's' musical set. It is again very easy for younger kids to use and it is easy to grip, with a small handle that is just the right size for little ones' hands.
Last but not least is a bright red coloured maraca that makes a good rattle-type noise when shaken.
The drum itself is easy to open up, and of course this is where the other smaller items can be stored. We all had a good time playing with the various items contained in the kit and having a bit of a sing-along at the same time. I think the musical instrument set is a nice toy to encourage kids to play in a group, and take turns with each of the instruments. Certainly, that is what we succeeded in doing with my other half's niece.
The items are all very easy to use, which of course is a must when little ones will be expected to play with them. I also liked the fact that the durable plastic from which the toys are made should be able to stand up to regular washing, as well as the fact that there were no sharp edges or little pieces that would pose a safety issue.
The picture at the top of the Dooyoo page is fairly accurate, and should give you an idea of the brightness of the colours used in the instrument set, as well as the durable materials used.
All in all I thought that the instrument set was a really good buy, and I would thoroughly recommend it. When I bought it in-store, it cost £8 (although I paid a cheaper price, thanks to those helpful vouchers!), but according to the website at www.tesco.com, it is now available to buy at £7, so even better value really!
I cannot fault this toy at all, and it most definitely gets top marks from me!
I bought this instrument set for my daughter last christmas. She has always loved playing with musical instruments and whenever we go to playgroup or anywhere that has an assortment of toys to play with she is always drawn to the ones that make noise. So I started looking round the shops for a nice music set but found most of them to be rather expensive or not very good quality, until I stumbled across the Tesco Instrument set. I managed to pick it up in the shop for £8.00 which I personally felt was an absolute bargain! At the same time, Tesco also had a Chicco Instrument set for sale at half price which brought it down to £15 and at half the price of the chicco set the tesco set was much better and contained a lot better instruments!
The instrument set contains a tambourine, a clacker, maracas, a little xylophone and a big drum with 2 drumsticks. The best thing I found about this toy is that all of the smaller instruments in this set all fit inside the drum! The top of the drum twists off and the other toys can be stored safely inside. The lid is quite stiff so cannot be removed by my little girl so she does need help when she wants to play with the instruments but I personally find this a good thing as I know that all the parts won't get lost. All of the instruments are very brightly coloured and easy for little ones to play as they are very basic. The only instrument in this set that my daughter doesn't really play with much is the little xylophone but I think that is because it is not quite as loud as all of the other instruments in the set! The instrument set is very well made and 6 months on is showing absolutely no sign of wear and tear. We have bought drums and tambourines for our little one before and she has managed to break the skin on them quite quickly but these are made of quite strong plastic and would be very difficult to break no matter how hard they are hit!
Overall I think that this instrument set is excellent value for money and I would definitely recommend over any of the more expensive sets on the market!
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you find it useful :o)
For our little one's second Christmas we wanted to buy him a music set, as he loves bashing about and making noise! However, when pricing them up, we found them to be very expensive for that you get. I had bought the little stand alone music items from Tesco which were priced at 99p and so I thought I'd make him up one on my own. Then, I saw this in Tesco for under a fiver and thought it was great value for money.
It includes a drum, which also doubles as a container for the other items (my son has lots of fun taking the top off and placing the items in / out) A red shaker, a clacker, a tamborine, a xylophone and two drumsticks which you can play on the lid.
All the items are made out of a durable plastic and are lovely bright colours. They are easy to wipe clean and I have had no problems with breakages.
My son loves this set and has great fun particulary using the drum sticks on the xylophone, as it makes a really good clear noise. The clacker is another firm favourite, as it is really loud!
Overall, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the other sets on the market, this is a good basic buy. It has no fancy buttons or lights, but will keep your little one entertained for months on end- perhaps even years, as I think it will be one of those toys that can be used at any age from toddler onwards.
My daughter received this on her first birthday. I think it is aimed at 18months and above so perhaps she was a little bit young at first, but it didn't stop her from making loud clattering noises with the instruments whenever I got them out for her (what child doesn't like banging things and making a racket?!)
The set comprises of a plastic drum within which the instruments are contained (the lid screws off). The instruments you get are the drum, two drum sticks, a xylophone, tambourine, maracas, and castanets - all very noisy!
While I think the idea is a good one, to get kids into music early on...this set doesn't actually provide any musical talent, even from the most skilled of musicians. Don't get me wrong, the instruments are really well made and have withstood my daughter (plus various older cousins) hammering the life out of the drum, bashing the living daylights out of the xylophone and shaking the beans out of the maracas and castanets for the last year and a half, so they can clearly stand the tests of time...but I don't know, I just find it irritating...probably the noise more than anything.
The xylophone is pretty pointless; it's very small, as you would imagine when all instruments come contained within the drum! It only has 3 notes on it, which are obviously tiny and therefore you do not actually get much of a sound from these...more like the sound of plastic on plastic, not very tuneful at all.
Then there's the tambourine, oh how this has been a lonely instrument...it does not make the lovely jangly sound that a tambourine should...it only has two 'bells' on it and these kind of just make a light tinny rattling sound...my daughter never has got to grips with the point of it and thus it is often left in the bottom of the drum.
The maracas are ace, I have even been known to dance around the room shaking them in time to whatever drivel is on TV...usually something on Cbeebies. They are red and plastic and easy for a young child to hold and shake. The noise is much like the noise I remember from school. These get the thumbs up from me. My daughter also likes them.
The castanets are also very good, they are yellow and shaped like a spoon, with a red and green bit either side, that when shaken give a lovely loud clacking sound. These are pretty noisy but they do what they are meant to do and my daughter loves to shake them, and she often used to have the maracas in one hand and these in the other. Creating a lot of noise, but also having a lot of fun at the same time.
The drum sticks are pretty standard (yellow sticks of plastic) and obviously you have to replace the lid on the drum to use the drum part of this toy. It works just like a drum, the centre of the lid has a clear plastic layer of drum material (????) across the top which is where you bash your drum sticks. This is often not where my daughter bashes the sticks; she usually likes to bash them on anything but the drum! But her cousins (aged from 4 to 11) actually enjoy this part of the toy, I mean come on, every kid likes to think they can play the drums don't they?
I think this a pretty good toy for kids; I just don't like it much. It's a really good idea that all the instruments come within the drum because then when the kids have finished playing, everything can be put away ready for the next time and things don't usually get lost...having said that I can't find the tambourine.
What is difficult though is getting the lid on and off, I haven't met a child yet who can do this themselves, which I don't suppose is too much of a problem as I am usually around all the time anyway, but if my hands are in washing up water and my daughter wants to play with this NOW, well that's annoying.
The instruments also have to be packed in a certain way to make sure they all fit snugly within the drum. Again this isn't too much of a problem, but if my daughter (helpful little soul that she is), is helping me tidy away and she finds she can't fit everything in properly, she gets very annoyed and shouts 'I CAN NOT DO IT MUMMY!' Which is actually more amusing than annoying I suppose.
These are just minor gripes and I am just picking fault because I'm not keen on the toy myself, but it has provided entertainment for the kids in my life and is still going strong now and I suspect it will do for years to come (I'm really looking forward to when my younger daughter gets a hold of it...)
Oh yeah and as I said the xylophone is rubbish, and so is the tambourine so I'm marking it down because of that, not because I don't like it.
This is yet another toy kids will love and adults will hate. My son got this for his second birthday from his grandma and it has quickly become a firm favorite.
The tesco instrument set is a set of musical instruments for children aged 18 months plus and includes a drum with drumsticks, maracas, a tambourine, a glockenspiel and castanets all of which are very loud and very annoying, my son loves it.
They are not the best quality of childrens instrument but are certainly not the worst and they tidy up nicely as all the other instruments fit in the large drum, the drums top twists off and then locks back on with the other things inside.
All the instruments are brightly coloured and are durable.
As with all tescos own toys it offers great value for money at a reasonable quality.
I would recommend this toy to anyone with young children, It keeps them occupied for hours, however with the constant noise it might send you around the bend.
My son loves music. Froma an early age we have atteneded a music group as well as a signing group, plus others and they all revolve around music. There is research to suggest that music, including singing and playing instruments is a valuable learning experience for young children, developing all learning areas, language and literacy, mathematical skills, social skills, physical development etc, and so when he was given this set of instruments last Christmas at the age of 11 months we were delighted as he could now sho off to the extended family his musical talents, as of course my child is going to be the next Tchaikovsky!
There are 5 instruments in this set and they can all be stored neatly away inside the drum which has a removeable lid. In side you will find two drum sticks, a maracca, a tambourine, a xylophone and a clacker.
They are recommended from the age of 18mths so if you do purchase for a younger child please be aware of this, though in saying that as I said before my son was 11months when he had these as a Christmas presents and we have had no problems at all.
The drum is a good size and can be played with teh drum sticks provided or with your childs hands or in many cases when children are learning and exploring tehy will play the drum with anything just to see what sound it makes, this is good and do encourage this activity (of course not with your best china ornaments though)!
All of the other instruments are easy to hold with a good sized handle. All of the intruments are made of plastic and so are relatively robust, but it is adviseable to not allow your child to bang them on a concrete or similar flooring in case they do break. There are no cracks of any sort on any of my sons instruments yet and he certainly likes to bang them on anything he can find. This goes to show that they are durable instruments that are designed to get a bit of a battering!
This is a good set of starter instruments and will last until around teh age of 3-4, maybe longer. They cost £8.97 last Christmas (2007) from Tesco.
Make music fun with this instrument set which includes: a drum with drumsticks, a xylophone, maracas, a clacker & tambourine.