Last year my eldest son who is three and a half years old received this Casio SA - 47 mini keyboard for Christmas. It was an instant hit with both my sons and still is now although it isn't one of my favourites purely down to the noise it makes! I not only find my son's playing on it I find many adults who visit the house having a little play on it too.
This black mini keyboard is an ideal size for little hands with the small amount of keys which are perfect size. The keyboard measures 45cms by 21cms and is 5cms in depth. The size makes it easy for storage and great to take on the move with you. It has thirty two keys in total and comes with a range of other buttons to mix the sound up and play a demo tune. The keyboard comes with an on, off switch and a volume control that is if you can get your child to control the volume properly. My son seems to think the volume slid up to max is the only option! There is a keypad of numbers so you can type in which tone, pattern or song you want. The keyboard has an LC display screen so you can see what numbers you have typed in.
The keyboard comes with ten songs of which a couple my son recognised straight away like Twinkle twinkle little star and Jingle bells. There are fifty different patterns of which you can choose. This puts a sort of base in the back ground and you can play the keys over the top. As well as this you can also change the sound of the keys whilst you have the pattern playing in the background. There are one hundred different tones available like just a piano, organ, bass, strings etc. Changing all these features is quite simple and my eldest son seems to have got the hang of it after been shown a few times. It is a case of pressing the tone or pattern button and then pressing the correct number on the keypad. There are a list with the numbers that correspond to the tones or patterns at the top of the keyboard. This is something my son does need help with as he can't read yet. But he often has fun just making the combinations up himself.
Not only are there all those features there are also five very small drum pads. Which seem to play over any of the features even the songs. My son finds this highly amusing to spoil a nice green sleeves tune! I don't think they really add much to the playing of the keyboard but I guess they are a bit of fun.
The sound quality of this keyboard is great for the size. It is very clear and does give a good sound off. As I have mentioned it does have a volume control so you can have it on very quietly. Even when the keyboard is at its max it isn't too loud although can be a little annoying when you youngest son who is 21 months like to hold just one key down all the time!
The great thing about Casio keyboards is they are made very well. My son's keyboard has been dropped on numerous occasions and is still in one piece and playing nicely. You can be a little rough with it which is great with two boys. You can attach headphones to the keyboard but this something we haven't done yet as my son is quite young.
Overall the keyboard has been a great success the boys love it. We do have a piano in our house and my son's in the past have liked to have a bash at the keys but since they have got their own keyboard they are as happy to go on that which pleases my fiancé as he never got a look in with the piano before. Hopefully this keyboard will help the boy's progress with key control rather than just bashing. My eldest has started to play an actually tune on it.
This Casio keyboard isn't a cheap basic one it will cost you about £30 but it is fully worth it especially if your child likes music. It will certainly last the boys a good number of years to come. Maybe when they show they can actually control the keys and make a tune their daddy might let them back on the piano!