“ Brand: ELC „
My mum bought this ELC Chunky Keys Keyboard for my 18 month old niece this Christmas. It's made of sturdy fire-engine-red plastic, with detachable legs that slot in to give it an upright appearance, and then come away from the main body of the keyboard to aid storing it away (the ELC website also suggests it can be used on a table sans legs). We kept the cardboard box it came in for this reason, as carrying the keyboard upstairs (where everything is chucked in the spare bedroom) is impossible - the legs fall off as if they have gangrene.
The main functions of the keyboard are pretty obvious. There are 9 keys so not all the notes are there... but my niece can overlook this technical aspect of her toy pretty easily. The keyboard's features are way too advanced, in my opinion, for a child: for example, there is a 'demo' button which plays various songs - 80s songs, Mozart's Horn Concerto (no horns included), Vivaldi's "Spring" and arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite, and the appropriate keys light up as the song plays, supposedly teaching your child to play piano - in reality, not even I can keep up. There is also a recording function that allows you to 'save' your tinkling on the ivories, which we were all pretty impressed with. There are also three tempo buttons to speed up or slow down the demo songs as necessary, but even on the slowest setting - I'm all butterfingers, let alone Greensleeves.
As a present, my niece loves it, as do my younger cousins - they mash the buttons, they slap the keys, they try their hardest to keep up or disregard the demos altogether. My niece even shimmies on top of it to straddle it like some kind of rock star. My sister-in-law has even asked if she can take the toy home for my niece to continue her journey into becoming Mozart (little does she know, she already has the scatological humour down...).
Personally...the demo or the sound of a child jangling on electronic keys is very grating after a while, and I find it very annoying to put away because it falls apart so easily. However - the children love it. I'm not sure it teaches them very much about music - but who cares when they're having such fun?
This toy needs 3 AA batteries to run, these are not included.
Made for children 12 months+
According to the ELC website it is 1KG in weight and it helps to stimulate creativity and improve hand-eye coordination.
It is currently listed as £24 on the ELC website; it is also currently out of stock.
At a Glance This fun mini keyboard has light-up keys, nine demo songs, six rhythms and a tempo adjustor. Features and benefits for ELC Chunky Keys Keyboard Requires 3 x AA Batteries batteries (included) This fun mini keyboard has eight white and five black jumbo light-up keys for your young child to press, plus nine demo songs to enjoy, six rhythms and a tempo adjustor. It also comes with detachable legs so you can use it on a table and store it away easily.Requires 3 x AA batteries.Suitable from 12 months.