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We are the owners of a couple of these Tobar drums, my girls were given them as part of a party for one of their friends who was turning 3. I hadn't seen one since my niece and nephew were little but soon remembered the noise that they made.
What is it?
A small hand held plastic drum which when twisted between your hands or fingers bounces the small balls which are attached by string onto the drum. The drum part has a lovely smiley face on it making this toy attractive to young children. Ours are both pink plastic which was a winner with my girls.
Out of the contents of the party bag this item was the most popular. They both needed to be shown how it worked but were soon twisting it to work, or just swinging it around which also had the desired affect of playing the drum which was all they were interested in. 2 of these going make a fair amount of noise, more than you would think at a glance.
My girls have had these for a few months now and they haven't broken which I was half expecting from a cheap plastic toy. We keep them with the other instruments they own and they make a fun addition to music play.
Price and availability
Free to us as a party bag gift but a quick check on Amazon shows them at 34p plus £2.49 delivery, expensive if you only want one but a good option if you can bulk buy.
Would I recommend?
Yes, if you can get these at a reasonable price they were a popular party bag gift and one that I would consider putting in party bags in the future. Their purpose is purely to make noise so not one for the parents!
The Tobar Smile Drum is another one of these novelty toys which come home in a party bag with my daughter when she was about three. It has to be the most annoying party bag toy ever and makes an awful din, enough to drive parents mad. However, my son who was a baby at the time loved the noise of this drum, it would stop him crying, keep him occupied and make him chuckle and gurgle, which was really cute.
Our Smile Drum, which in the adult world is called a Klong Klong, and originates from China, is bright pink. It's made out of plastic, shaped like a racket, with a stretched plasticky material centre for the drum part with a cute smily face on it. There are two balls on elastic strings which bang the drum and make an almighty din for such a small thing.
To use the drum properly you roll the handle part between both hands - actually it is not easy to do, and I find that holding the handle in one hand and twisting by the wrist works better and gives a more steady best. Neither my son or daughter can get a steady beat from it, they just like it to make noise!
Sometimes my kids will get this out and shake it about if we are listening to music, so I suppose it has some developmental purpose there, even if it rarely is to the beat of the music, more so, I think it is just a fun novelty thing to play with.
I think they cost around 50p, so for the use it has had its more than worth this amount and it was a nice party bag toy to get. I'm going to knock a star of for it's irritability factor and also as its not so easy to use, even though it is aimed at kids between 3 and 8 years old. So 4 stars from me.
My son went to a party a few weeks ago of a classmate. He was particularly thrilled when searching through his booty bag to find one of these tobar style drums.
At first, I was unsure as to what this item was. It looked rather odd. it has a hand held bat like appearance, with a smiley face on the centre area. This smiley face area is made from a stretched material. When the handle is roled between the palm of the hands. The two balls which are attached to elastic begin to swing and in turn bang against the stretched area causing a beat.
Although, this should be quite easy to operate. I found it quite a task to become able to make a good rhythum from this toy. My son, was more intrested in swinging it madly around the place. I was slightly worried as this could potentially cause a small child harm if a over excited child looses grip on the handle. I should imagine that if let go at speed this drum could cause a nasty shock if it hit someone.
The bright blue colour of my sons smile drum was very vibrant. I feel that this, coupled with the smiley face, made this drum appear fun and entertaining. As a booty bag toy, I think this is really novel and an excellent idea.
Be warned that the durability of this drum is awful. My son is quite rough and ready. Which did not match with this toy at all. Within a couple of hours the stretched area became broken. Thus making this drum useless. However my son was not particularly bothered. I feel this is because this drum has an inability to keep a child entertained for long.
I believe these smile drums are 74p from amazon. However, I have seen these drums much cheaper in packs of four. These can be purchased from shops such as Wilkinsons and supermarkets. So it is certainly worth shopping around for a better price. I'm afraid that I don't think these drums are worth 74p. I feel they are a great little booty bag filler, but they have little quality and are not at all durable.
In conclusion, these smile drums offer a new experience for people who have never seen or used a drum of this kind before. I feel it is good in that it introduces the concept of this instrument to children. It also allows them to use their musical skills in order to create a rhythum. However, the actual quality of this toy leaves alot to be desired. I have no doubt that workmanship is not high on the agenda with the manufacturers of this toy. I feel, if you are prepared to see this toy as the cheap and cheerful item it is then great. But do not expect it to last for more than a few uses.
This has to be the most irritating toy we have ever had the misfortune of aquiring.
My daughters love this toy but what i wouldnt give to put the thing in the bin to never hear it again.
This toy is a drum shaped like a tennis racket with a plastic middle part and two balls attached to the out sides of the drum on pieces of string.
The idea with this is to hold the handle between your hands and rub your hands backwards and forwards to make the thing move causing the balls to fly into the drum making a noise.
Now i know that i could sit here and say that this toy has a purpose at introducing children to music and co ordinating hand eye co ordination but i would have to be lieing if i said that was what i thought of this toy.
I hate it with a passion, if its not the constant clang, clang, clang of the balls hitting the skin of the drum that irritates me to death this is nearly always followed by a whale from one of the children as they have got there hands a bit too close and the ball has hit them.
Im almost sure my daughters love this toy just because they know how much i hate it but this said i think any child would love this toy and they are very cheap starting from £1 in the pound stores ranging to about £5 in other shops.
When the handle is rotated rapidly between the palms of your hands a loud drum-like noise is produced. Great for hand co-ordination skills