Product Type: ELC Child Development
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ELC Jingle Bells
Member Name: kama0529
ELC Jingle Bells
Advantages: Easy to hold. Lightweight. Musical. Cost okay. Well made.
My little munchkin, who is now three years old, is at that stage where he's wanting to express himself as loudly as possible. We bought him a number of musical instruments (the toy kind!) so that he could express himself in that way rather than screaming around the house.....and while I think he's benefitted from having the instruments, he hasn't stopped screaming around the house. So now we have his voice as well as his melodic musical tones!
Among the instruments we bought him were two ELC jungle bells which cost me £3.00 each. I didn't feel that £3.00 was a bad price, especially as the ELC tend to make really high quality products, but it was probably slightly more than I would usually have guessed from the ELC. They come in a variety of colours, and we have a blue and a red one which were the colours that he opted for. They essentially are three bells (bigger versions of the kind of bells you see on a cat collar) that are then attached to a handle and so you shake them and they make a jungle sound.
The handle is made of plastic and is bulky enough and lightweight enough for a small child to grip onto. It doesn't take a lot of dexterity to be able to hold onto the handle and shake it about and so I would imagine that most children would deal with this, although the recommendation is to not give this to kids under 36 months (although supervised I couldn't see a problem). The bells are well attached and no matter how much abuse that is inflicted upon the instrument they always seem to stay in one piece. There are no sharp bits not the Jingle Bells and so unless they hit each other with them I can't see how they could inflict any damage!
The sound is okay.....not too irritating and not to loud, but loud enough to make a child feel heard. They are also good just for encouraging musicality and teaching a child about rhythm and different sounds. I do recommend them but I think they need to be bought in conjunction with some other instruments. It's a shame that the ELC hasn't done a musical instrument pack where you could buy several instruments that complement each other at a reduced price.
Summary: Recommended with other instruments.
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