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Whilst my son was driving me mad this afternoon running about the house with one of these flutes blowing away I thought oh there's something I can review later lol.
These were a gift the year before last and to be honest I had never even seen them in the shops and was pleased he had received something so nice and unusual.
What you get is 5 flutes all different colours. Red. orange, green, yellow and blue, just like the above picture shows above actually.
Each flute has C D E F G A B C notes on. Then so the child knows which notes to play the song cards which come with the flutes show which note each flute should play. For example the yellow flute has a yellow G or yellow E and the blue flute has Blue B or blue C. To make the notes sound you simply fill the flutes with water to the level the note required is at.
They fill easily from the hole in the top of mouth piece and the bottom comes unscrewed when you wish to empty them again.
The song cards that come with it are completely waterproof so safe to go in the bath too. To play a tune once you have filled all the flutes to the right notes you simply follow the notes on the song card.
Now these are for aged 3 + and they can happily play with them whistling any noise they want but to play the proper tunes you will need to help them fill the flutes and just tell them which colour flute to play and then the tune will follow. This is how I done it with my son anyway and you can actually tell which tune is being played.
One tune from memory is Old mc Donald had a farm.
Just went to look for song cards which seem to have vanished, flutes are by bath but no cards.
The flutes come with a holder as shown in above picture a bit like a large version of one of those things that you put between your nails when varnishing, you know the things I mean guys lol...
My son prefers to hold them singularly or a couple in each hand rather then in the holder.
After these have been used for quite a while I noticed the clear plastic they are made of started to look chalky from the build up of lime scale possibly. There is no way to clean the insides properly so don't know how this can be prevented. Even though the base unscrews to release water it doesn't completely come off.
Having looked now they can be purchased from John Lewis at £10.95 or Amazon at £9.95.
I think they are a lovely gift and am happy if stay in the bathroom and not be played around the house like earlier today lol.
The plastic is very strong and apart from lime scale they are lasting very well.
The Cuckoo Water Flutes were a ploy of mine to make bathtime more fun for my kids as they hated having their hair and faces washed.
The toy consists of 5 flutes set into a blue plastic holder.Each flute separates easily and the holder is quite sturdy. The mouthpiece of each flute is brightly coloured- red, orange, yellow, green and blue- and the bottom of the flute matches the lid. The middle part of the flute is see-through and has the different music notes measured onto it.
The flutes also come with 3 songsheets which have the music note on them for the children to follow. Each note is colour-coded so you know which flute to use and it is simple for children to understand. The songsheets are waterproof.
The idea of the flutes is to fill them with different amounts of water to create different sounds and music notes. The mouthpiece comes off to pour the water into and is easy enough for a child to do. If the flute is not held correctly then water will drip out of the mouthpiece.
The flutes are a great toy, they can be used for bathtime but my children also take them outside in the garden with a jug of water. Their concentration skills have improved through the filling of the flutes and also it provides great practice in measuring liquids to the exact amount.
My children really enjoy these toys, they are not too loud or grating for adults to listen to and they are easily stacked away, just make sure that they are properly dried by standing upside down to drip dry.
I bought the flutes from Amazon and they were £10.99 about 3 months ago, well worth the money. The age level is 3 years and up but my son is 2 and he loves playing with them.