From rattles to drums to flutes and more, musical toys come in a variety of styles. Choosing the best musical toy will largely depend on their developmental level and what they're interested in. Little singers will love a microphone, while other kids may focus on a specific instrument. Once you've figured out which musical toy best suits your child, make sure to also consider ease of cleaning and volume control. We researched popular toys with these features in mind.
We love this set because it allows budding musicians to try out a variety of instruments. The 16-piece set includes maracas, a tambourine, shaker eggs, claves, wrist bells, finger and hand castanets, a wooden sounder, a triangle, and a large jingle bell. The set is recommended for kids between 3 and 6 years old and will help them develop rhythm and other musical skills.
The wooden instruments are made with high-quality materials that will stand up to wear and tear, and they have soft and smooth surfaces, so you don't have to worry about your kid getting splinters or cuts. Reviewers note that they are loud, so this toy is best used in a space where noise is welcome. When it's time to clean up, all of the instruments fit in the included carrying case.
With this guitar, kids 4 years old and up can strengthen their fine motor skills while jamming out. The colorful string instrument is made from high-quality beech wood and steel, measures 8.5 inches by 5 inches, and features four strings with tuners.
Babies as young as a month old can start exploring music using this cube. When it’s turned on, lights flash as a steady tempo is played. Then, each time the baby touches a side of the cube, more music is added in with or removed from the tempo. The cube features music from a harp, French horn, piano, flute, and violin.
This wooden llama is full of different instruments. On its back is a five-note xylophone and the tail doubles as a maraca. There’s also a washboard, clappers, spinning gears, and two mallets.
The adorable colorful llama doubles as a storage container so that you can neatly stow away the instruments. This single toy is full of ways for kids as young as 12 months to explore. It’s also really cute! After the toddler stage passes, little ones start getting really interested in building and putting things together, which is why this tubular set is such a fun musical toy. It comes with 72 pieces that can be put together in a variety of ways to create different horn instruments.
Each configuration has the potential to make a totally different noise from the last, so kids between 3 and 10 years old can make endless unique designs. A tambourine is a simple instrument, but it sure is a lot cuter with a unicorn face. Made from wood, MDF, and metal, this musical unicorn features water-based paint that is totally safe for little ones. The whimsical toy is made for kids as young as 12 months old and is a part of a set with a matching unicorn xylophone (sold separately).
Kids love music and playing in the water. This toy combines both of them. It comes with five flutes that can be filled with different amounts of water, leaving them each with their own unique sound.
Playing around with different notes is fun on its own, but kids as young as 3 years old can also use the included waterproof music sheet to guide them as they play “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring,” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and more. Kids between 3 and 6 years old can play music, dance, and learn math skills with this toy. It plays the sounds of 15 different musical instruments in five different styles. The toy starts out by playing a tempo, which the child can control, and then can play the sounds of up to six different instruments at a time.
Your child can then change up the music by adding and subtracting instruments to compose their very own masterpiece. Even better, this toy can be played in either math, music, or activity mode, offering your kiddo all the more fun.