Product Type: Tesco baby toys
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Tesco Instrument Set
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Tesco Instrument Set
Advantages: Great price, good quality, fun to use!
Disadvantages: None for me!
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!
Summary: A great toy at a great price!