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ELC / Xylophone on top, piano on the bottom.

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      27.10.2010 13:32
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      I was looking for a xylophone for my daughter when I saw this one in Early Learning Centre with a piano on it as well. I was excited by it as it didn't cost much more than a xylophone on it's own and unlike other similar products had 8 keys as opposed to 4. I saw it in a charity shop and had to buy it! Mine does not have the music sheets with it.

      The Early Learning Centre Xylopiano is a xylophone on top with a piano underneath. The piano keys and bars on the xylophone are corresponding colours so you know the sounds are the same and they are nice bright colours too. Their are two beater sticks which fit into the back of the base which can be used on the xylophone. The whole unit is made from a sturdy plastic that has been abused by my daughter quite considerably and is still intact.

      The music sheets that come with it can also be stored on the back of the base. There appear to be 6 of them which contain simple nursery rhymes and tunes some of which should be recognisable to your child. The notes are proper musical notation although each note is written in the colour that corresponds with the keys on piano or xylophone. The recommended age for this toy is 3 years.

      i bought this for my daughter when she was 1 year old and she loved it. At the moment she doesn't understand the different note patterns but she loves being able to make a noise on it. She will use both the piano and the xylophone and is able to make a lot of noise on it! She also likes it when my musical sister plays her tunes on it and will grab her finger to make her play more.

      The toy is well made and durable and I think it will last a long time. I like that the music sheets are proper music notation as your child can learn about mucis at the same time. Obviously it is limited to 8 notes, none of which are sharps so you can only play in the scale of C. It is very loud and you need to be aware of that as the sticks do allow a large volume to be achieved.

      I would recommend this product. i think it is suitable for much younger children as well as older as they can enjoy the sounds before understanding what they are doing. It costs £15 but comparitively I think this is good value as it would last a long time and other makes are less superior.

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