Both Mike and I played instruments (violin for me, french horn for Mike) growing up and my mom is a wonderful pianist. I want our kids to play some sort of instrument in the future, but for now we enjoy going to toddler music classes and listening to music at home. We have several baby/toddler instruments but they are plastic and they never held the kids' attention for long.
A new company called Green Tones recently sent us several of their Eco-Friendly Wooden Musical Instruments.
Green tones® is a new award-winning line of eco-friendly wooden instruments & toys designed by HOHNER Musical Instruments (est. 1857). Combining sustainable materials and HOHNER’s heritage of creating quality musical experiences, we provide a safe and engaging music playtime that stimulates cognitive ability. We believe every child is born with innate musicality and through proper nurturing it grows with your child.
We received the Mama Bear Drum, the Baby Bear Shaker, and the Race Car Whistle to review.
Grace was so excited when we pulled them out of the box and couldn't wait to open them. She said "mama, picture please!"
She first gravitated towards the Race Car Whistle. She rolled it along until I showed her how to use it as a whistle. I honestly found it a little hard to make much noise with, but after two tries, she was able to produce a perfect whistle. She now uses it constantly! I love that even though Connor isn't able to use it as an instrument, he is able to play with it simply as a toy car.
I showed them how the drum and the shaker worked and I have to say that the drum is the definite winner out of all of the instruments. Both kids love it and Connor has some amazing rhythm already, we might have a drummer on our hands!
Normally they give me the shaker to shake while they play the drum. We use them multiple times a day to sing songs and to play along when we are listening to music.
Like I said, we have had plastic musical instruments in the past with little to no lasting interest in them. But we've had these for several weeks now and both kids still want to play with them daily. Grace is actually using the whistle right now. I cannot even explain how well made these toys are. The wood is solid and smooth and I love that all Green Tones toys are made from sustainable rubber wood. Unlike flimsy plastic instruments made for toddlers, these are built to last and have survived Connor's rough play. I am really hoping to add the Papa Bear Glock to our collection soon!
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