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Music is a big part of our house and we want to encourage that type of fun and learning in our kids early on in life. We are quite a musical family. I play the clarinet and piano and my husband plays the saxophone and the piano and my little girl really likes hearing music and playing music as well. We also do some music classes in town where she gets to play with symbols, triangles, shakers etc and she absolutely loves this so we wanted to get her some musical instruments for home.
For an early Easter present from her grandparents my little girl received this Early Learning Centre trumpet. We already have the Early Learning Centre saxophone which we love and this is pretty much similar. The instruments you can buy in The Early Learning Centre in my opinion are great and are always well made and this trumpet is no exception. Ok, its a bit plasticky looking and a bit fake looking but I also like the fact that even though they are toys they still look like the real instrument and so will promote recognition when the time comes to learn about different instruments in an orchestra.
The trumpet is made out of a light plastic and is silver in colour. I don't play a trumpet so I'm not sure but to me it almost looks the same size as a regular trumpet although because it is made of plastic it is very light and makes it no problem for my two year old daughter to hold and carry around with her. There is a mouthpiece at one end which you can blow through and this has a red plastic mouth guard over it. Its easy to make a noise with this trumpet, and yes, it can get rather annoying at times but my daughter loves blowing down it.
The trumpet also has coloured buttons on it for the keys which you can press to pretend like you are playing a real trumpet. Theres even a little hook on the trumpet which you can hold to hold it properly like the real instrument. This is a toy and just a bit of fun but I am hoping it sparks some interest in my little girl and that maybe music will be part of her life in the future.
The Early Learning Centre recommend that this toy is not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts but I am happy to give it to my two year old.
This instrument costs £10 and is available from The Early Learning Centre.