Musical Toy Instruments For Kids and You

musical toy instruments for kidsWelcome to a carefully crafted list of musical (toy) instruments for our up-and-coming kid prodigies and our musically established kidheads who like the sound of cheap plastic instruments.

It’s good to start young. Musical involvement has been a proven to be a supporting factor for growth of intelligence in a child. Even a cheap and funny musical toy instrument for kids can leave an early positive imprint in a child’s life. I still recall swinging a sound tube in kindergarden or spending hours pressing keys and buttons on my casio keyboard. Here I am 25 years later earning a living through music. Tadaa!

Even for grown music producers and musicians toy instruments for kids can be a valuable source for unique sounds. Seeing these goods always spark my creativity and activate the childlike curiosity and willingness to experiment.

I’ve used a rating system (not to be taken too seriously) to evaluate each toy instrument in: Difficulty (how difficult it is for a kid to learn the instrument); Annoy Meter (how annoying the instrument is for the parents.); Uniqueness (How likely it is that the instrument is already part of the common household); and Smashability (Well, that speaks for itself hopefully). I hope you find something worth while.

  • Toy Key Instruments

  • String Instruments for Kids

  • Electronic Instruments for Kids

  • Percussion Instruments for Kids

  • Wind Instruments for Kids

Toy Key Instruments

The keys instruments are the timeless classics when it comes to musical toy instruments for kids. It’s a great place to start exploring melodies and harmonies. Keyboards and piano instruments suit themselves for absolute beginners but likewise musical prodigies gravitate to this marvellous invention.

Kids Accordion

age 3+
notes 2 octaves
materials plastic, metal
Difficulty 60%
Annoy Meter 40%
Uniqueness 80%
Smashability 20%
Sale
Kids Accordion
298 Reviews
Kids Accordion
  • From the Woodstock Music Collection, here's a fun-yet-sensible introduction to the accordian
  • Detailed playing instructions and eight easy-to-play songs
  • This music machine is just the right size for young hands, has an authentic accordion sound and 2-octave range in the key of C
  • Includes detailed playing instructions and 8 easy-to-play songs

Toy Piano

age 3-5 years
notes 2 octaves
materials solid wood
Difficulty 70%
Annoy Meter 20%
Uniqueness 30%
Smashability 40%
Sale
Toy Piano
1,209 Reviews
Toy Piano
  • Brightly-painted upright piano with solid wood construction
  • Features 25 keys and 2 full octaves
  • Easy-to-play, illustrated songbook (English lyrics)
  • High-quality materials ensure durability and safety

Toy Keyboard

age 3-5 years
notes 3 octaves
materials plastic
Difficulty 70%
Annoy Meter 40%
Uniqueness 30%
Smashability 40%
Sale
Toy Keyboard
1,722 Reviews
Toy Keyboard
  • 32 Mini Keys
  • 8-Note Polyphony
  • 50 Play Along Tracks
  • 5 Drum Pads

Kalimba

age 5+ years
notes 10 notes
materials wooden, metal
Difficulty 30%
Annoy Meter 10%
Uniqueness 70%
Smashability 20%
Kalimba
18 Reviews
Kalimba
  • Made by solid mahogany resonance box and carbon steel keys, to make sure the sound is better.
  • So easy to use, you just need to use two thumbs play to make a great sound.
  • Small size and come with a portable bag for easy carrying and storage.
  • 1(E), 2(C5), 3(A), 4(F), 5(D), 6(C4), 7(E), 8(G), 9(B), 10(D), international standard C tune.

Melodica

age 5+ years
notes 2.5 octaves
materials plastic
Difficulty 80%
Annoy Meter 40%
Uniqueness 60%
Smashability 20%
Sale
Melodica
188 Reviews
Melodica
  • 32 piano style keys, easy to play and learn.
  • With the short mouthpiece, you can hold the instrument with one hand (slide your hand under the strap) and play with the other.
  • With the long bendy straw mouthpiece you can set the melodica on a table and play it like a small keyboard.
  • Comes with a bag for easy carrying and storing.

Toy Xylophone

age 1+ years
notes 1 octaves
materials wood, metal
Difficulty 30%
Annoy Meter 30%
Uniqueness 10%
Smashability 60%
Sale
Xylophone
773 Reviews
Xylophone
  • GREAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT FOR TODDLERS - A toddler toy that also functions as a classic musical instrument that's perfect for your little ones. Long lasting wooden base and bright vibrant multi colored keys marked C to C notes, kids will always be excited to play. Introduce your beginner musicians to music by learning to play this adorable musical toy. PRODUCT UPDATE: Small Fish xylophones come with a nontoxic mallet to reduce the risk of choking and to provide a much better sound.
  • PERFECTLY AND ACCURATELY TUNED KIDS XYLOPHONE WITH A SAFETY CERTIFICATE- Each key in this toy xylophone, matches their assigned notes for a great learning and musical experience. No half scales and too high pitches. Still stays in tune no matter how many times it's used. Ideal educational toy for 1 year old, 18 months old and preschooler boys and girls. It has met and exceeded the ASTM International Toy Safety Standards guarantees that it has a top notch quality.

String Instruments for Kids

String instruments often have a slightly more challenging learning curve compared to key instruments. Once the fingers relax from the initial cramp phase playing a string instrument can be the most rewarding instrument for a kid.

Ukulele

age 3-6 years
notes ~3 Octaves
materials wood
Difficulty 80%
Annoy Meter 40%
Uniqueness 40%
Smashability 60%
Sale
Toy Ukulele
618 Reviews
Toy Ukulele
  • Perfect introduction to teach kids about the world of music
  • Sturdy ukulele for young hands yet fully playable and easily tunable
  • Teaches young kids about basic rhythm, strumming, and other musical techniques
  • Encourages children to develop auditory and creativity skills

Mini Violin

age 7+ years
notes ~2+ octaves
materials solid wood
Difficulty 90%
Annoy Meter 70%
Uniqueness 60%
Smashability 10%
Mini Violin
1 Reviews
Mini Violin
  • Wooden Material.The violin made of wood,looks like real violin.
  • Beautiful Gifts.You can send it to your children,your friends,your parents and your love
  • Small Size.The violin is 14cm,it is suitable for your house decoration.
  • Easy to use

Mini Harp

age 3-8 years
notes ~2+ octaves
materials solid wood, nylon
Difficulty 70%
Annoy Meter 20%
Uniqueness 60%
Smashability 20%
Sale
Mini Harp
74 Reviews
Mini Harp
  • Creates lovely music with a pleasant soft sound
  • Well suited to little hands with a desire for realistic sound
  • All nylon strings for comfort and safety
  • Includes playing and tuning tips as well as five songs to begin playing, two picks, and a tuning wrench

Electronic Instruments for Kids

Do you want your kid to be a electronic music producer? Better start introducing electronic toy instruments from a young age. 

Cube Otamatone Unicorn

age 5+ years
notes ???
materials plastic
Difficulty 60%
Annoy Meter 50%
Uniqueness 90%
Smashability 30%
Cube Otamatone Unicorn
38 Reviews
Cube Otamatone Unicorn
  • BEST SELLING - One of Japan's best-selling musical toys, now in a magical multicolored "Unicorn" edition!
  • FUN & EASY TO PLAY - Slide your fingers along the stem to vary the pitch and squeeze the cheeks for vibrato
  • CREATE YOUR OWN SOUND - Play in a low, medium, or high pitch - get together with friends and create a harmony!
  • GREAT FOR ALL AGES - Kids, teens, and adults all love the otamatone! Whether you're brand new to music or an expert musician, the Otamatone offers a fun, silly new way to make music!

Karaoke Machine

age 5+ years
notes
materials plastic
Difficulty 20%
Annoy Meter 70%
Uniqueness 80%
Smashability 10%
Karaoke System
2,478 Reviews
Karaoke System
  • Top loading CD Player plays music CDs plus CD + Graphics
  • Bluetooth for wireless digital audio streaming from compatible devices
  • USB connectivity to record your performance or to play your saved songs
  • 54 LED Disco lights with dimmer setting lets you control the party ambience

Percussion Instruments for Kids

With percussion instruments you can never go wrong. Even the least musically inclined toddler can derive pleasure from smashing some drums and you never know, you never know! 

Drumkit for Kids

age 3-18 years
notes unpitched
materials plastic
Difficulty 30%
Annoy Meter 80%
Uniqueness 40%
Smashability 90%
Drumkit
161 Reviews
Drumkit
  • THE ULTIMATE JAZZ DRUMS SET FOR YOUR KIDS:Do your kids love music? Do you wantto help them develop theirmusic skills from a very young age? Toyvelt presents you with the 12-piece kids'drum set, a jazz instrument kit that includes 5 snare and bass drums, a cymbal, a chair, a comfortable kick pedal, 2 drumsticks, and a sturdy stool.Thismay be a toy, however, it is so realistic and well-madethat it looks like an actualprofessional drum set!
  • FUN AND EDUCATIONAL AT THESAME TIME:Your kids are going to love making music with theirnew jazz drums! However, this drum set will not only develop their music skills. Jazz drums are perfect for stimulating children's creativity, motor skills, and eye-handcoordination. In other words, apart from learning how to make music, your child is also going to develop otherperformanceabilities and cognitiveskills that are essential for their future life.

Percussion Set for Toddlers

age 1+ years
notes unpitched
materials wood, metal
Difficulty 10%
Annoy Meter 60%
Uniqueness 20%
Smashability 90%
Sale
Percussion Set
174 Reviews
Percussion Set
  • 【A complete rhythm instrument set】:15 types 22pcs musical toys, including shaking, tapping, beating and blowing instruments. Ideal and creative birthday present or Christmas gifts for kids, boys and girls.
  • 【High quality musical instruments】:Made of high quality non-toxic material, safe and reliable for young children.

Percussion Set for Kids

age 3+ years
notes unpitched
materials wood, metal
Difficulty 20%
Annoy Meter 60%
Uniqueness 20%
Smashability 90%
Percussion Set
2 Reviews
Percussion Set
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED? - 6 Bells Rhythm Clapper, Claves, Egg-shaker, Wood-maracas, Tambourine, Triangel with Metal Beater, Hand-bell with 7 Bells, Xylophone with wood beaters.
  • FOR CHILDREN - Our product are made of safe and reliable materials, make sure it healthy for young children ages 3 and up. High quality construction, smooth and safe finish that's built to last for long time play and fun. Perfect size for preschool and early elementary children in group or individual play.

Cymbals for Kids

age 3+ years
notes unpitched
materials brass, wood
Difficulty 10%
Annoy Meter 80%
Uniqueness 40%
Smashability 90%
Cymbals
101 Reviews
Cymbals
  • Medium size - 5" with wood knobs
  • Played like marching cymbals or individually
  • Pair of wooden mallets included
  • Includes Sing-n-Play songs and activity card

Bongo Drum

age 3+ years
notes unpitched
materials leather, wood
Difficulty 20%
Annoy Meter 60%
Uniqueness 40%
Smashability 90%
Sale
Bongo Drum
80 Reviews
Bongo Drum
  • Brand: Remo
  • Product Code: KD540001
  • bongo with 5 inch and 6 inch drums
  • Acoustic on Shell

Conga Drum

age 3+ years
notes unpitched
materials leather, wood
Difficulty 20%
Annoy Meter 60%
Uniqueness 40%
Smashability 90%
Sale
Conga Drum
613 Reviews
Conga Drum
  • Multicultural-themed covering
  • Bright-blue molded feet and bottoms
  • 6"W, 12"H

Thunder Tube

age 5+ years
notes unpitched
materials plastic, leather, spring
Difficulty 20%
Annoy Meter 50%
Uniqueness 90%
Smashability 70%
Thunder Tube
355 Reviews
Thunder Tube
  • Electrify your soul - Your hand will feel the electricity in the sound you generate
  • Thunder tube creates its song by gently shaking the drum
  • A unique sound that exists somewhere between a gong and a dijeridoo
  • 2.32" Diameter

Rain Maker

age 5+ years
notes unpitched
materials wood
Difficulty 10%
Annoy Meter 50%
Uniqueness 70%
Smashability 30%
Sale
Rain Maker
127 Reviews
Rain Maker
  • sturdy construction will stand up to use in the classroom, home, or band over time
  • much clearer sound than plastic or poorly made imitation rainsticks
  • twine dyed in bright Chilean color combinations wrapped around one or both ends of rainstick
  • clear coated for smoother, more water and stain resistant, and durable finish - easy to clean

Egg Shakers for Kids

age 3+ years
notes unpitched
materials plastic
Difficulty 20%
Annoy Meter 30%
Uniqueness 30%
Smashability 60%
Sale
Egg Shakers
85 Reviews
Egg Shakers
  • HIGH MATERIAL: These egg shakers are made of high quality plastic material, non-toxic, lightweight and durable; They are suitable for children ages 3 and up
  • PACKAGE INCLUDED: You will receive 18 pieces maracas egg, 6x red, 6x blue, 6x green egg shakers. The size is about 4*6 cm/ 1.57*2.36'', suitable for your baby's little hand to shake
  • APPIICATION: The musical egg shaker are an ideal early learning toy, great for toddler to feel the rhythm, and also suitable for schools classroom music
  • LEARNING TOYS: Kids shakers are a fun and easy way to learn about the foundations of rhythm and can be played with other percussion instruments like bongos, or congas, or just shake your own fun rhythm

Crow Sounder

age 5+ years
notes unpitched
materials wood
Difficulty 30%
Annoy Meter 50%
Uniqueness 50%
Smashability 60%
Sale
Crow Sounder
114 Reviews
Crow Sounder
  • The "caw-caw" of this handsome crow comes from the great echo in it's hollowed-out wooden tube
  • Use the hardwood mallet to tap it or scrape it
  • Includes songs and activities specific to this instrument
  • Ages 3 and up.

Sound Tube

age 3+ years
notes unpitched
materials plastic
Difficulty 30%
Annoy Meter 60%
Uniqueness 70%
Smashability 70%
Sound Tube
9 Reviews
Sound Tube
  • Set of 12 noise makers
  • Size: 30"
  • Assorted Colors
  • Whistling sound tube design

Wind Instruments for Kids

Who didn’t learn to play the recorder in second grade? If your kid is a clown better buy him a kazoo though! Musical toy wind instruments, how much better can it get?

Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet

age 3+ years
notes ~1 octave
materials high quality plastic
Difficulty 80%
Annoy Meter 70%
Uniqueness 50%
Smashability 20%
Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet
154 Reviews
Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet
  • Musical play set, 3 instrument a value set for kids. all 3 are about 16.5'' long.
  • Contains a trumpet, clarinet and saxophone Silver color.
  • Simple color coded and numbered to learn quicker & instruction for a few most famous songs incl.
  • 11 color coded songs for the trumpet and saxophone and 3 Fanfare tunes for the trumpet.

Metal Kazoo

age 3+ years
notes depending on vocal range
materials metal
Difficulty 20%
Annoy Meter 70%
Uniqueness 40%
Smashability 40%
Sale
Metal Kazoo
35 Reviews
Metal Kazoo
  • Hum into the kazoo to make a sound. The resulting sound varies in pitch and loudness with the player's humming.
  • Colors include: gold, silver, blue, green, red, purple.Size:4.7 inches
  • Kazoo is One of the easiest instruments to learn to play.Kazoo is One of the easiest instruments to learn to play.You do not have to learn music theory and score, not even have to practice.
  • These kazoos have been safety tested and are approved for children age three and up.

Soprano Recorder

age 5+ years
notes ~1.5 octaves
materials plastic
Difficulty 70%
Annoy Meter 70%
Uniqueness 10%
Smashability 19%
Sale
Soprano Recorder
1,168 Reviews
Soprano Recorder
  • Recorder is 12-3/4" long
  • Double holes; C-C#, D-D#
  • Three piece construction
  • Easy to play with a soft pure tone

Dog Slide Whistle

age 3+ years
notes 1+ octaves
materials plastic
Difficulty 40%
Annoy Meter 50%
Uniqueness 80%
Smashability 50%
Sale
Dog Slide Whistle
133 Reviews
Dog Slide Whistle
  • Safe design with a puppy shape that will appeal to kids
  • Enhances gross and fine motor skill development
  • Comes in assorted colors
  • BPA free, lead free, phythlate free
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