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Most kids love music. Buying them toys that allow them to make music can be a fun way for them to learn about how sounds work.
Your child likely has a song or two that they really enjoy listening to. Some kids will like a lot of different songs. Perhaps your kids like to have dance parties, or perhaps your kids just like to listen to the same song over and over. Whatever side your child falls on, kids are naturally inclined to enjoy music.
Letting your kids listen to their favorite songs is a great way for them to get some energy out, or else help them fall asleep. Music is a simple way to entertain your kids. Considering that your kids enjoy music, getting them toys that make music allow them to explore where their favorite sounds come from.
Getting toys that are really loud can often be a headache for parents, especially if you live in an apartment as you want your kids to be quiet. However, getting kids a toy that they can use to make sounds is a great way for them to learn about music to some degree.
One of the first toys that works well for young kids is a xylophone. These are one of the best toys that your child can play with as it will teach them a little bit about how different notes sound - while they likely won’t understand that they’re moving up and down the musical scale, it’s a great way for them to start hearing the sounds. As your kids grow up, they can use a xylophone to create simple tunes as xylophones are tuned, similar to a piano. You can show the kids how it’s done (just search YouTube for some basic tutorials if you’re not sure how).
If your kids continue to enjoy music as they get a bit older, then there are some fun toys that would work well for them. VTech makes both a set of drums and a guitar that are meant to help kids learn more about music, and how to follow a pattern. While the toys are geared towards helping your kids to learn about music, they can also be used to just pound the keys (or hit the drums) to make noise. If you don’t like loud toys, then these may not be ideal for you. However, any toy that is meant to allow kids to make music will be loud.
As your kids get older, you can consider putting them into music lessons. Many kids do piano lessons, but there are other instruments that they could learn as well, or you could do voice lessons with them if they’re so inclined. While kids may find that they don’t enjoy making music, helping them to learn the basics of reading music, and how beats work can be great lessons for them to learn so that they more fully appreciate the music they listen to.
At some point, your kid will either outgrow musical instruments or else they’ll throw themselves into it fully. Whichever side your kid falls on is totally fine, but giving them the opportunity to figure out if they enjoy music or not is best done while young. Buy your kids an instrument or two when they’re young, and let them discover for themselves.