This is, by far, my favorite set of musical instruments for young children. We were given this band in a box as a gift. I have loved every minute of owning this set!
Melissa & Doug produce top-notch quality products. The Band in a Box is made of wood and painted in bright colors. There are 6 different instruments each the perfect size and shape for toddler hands to hold and manipulate. The set includes a tambourine, a clacker, a triangle, mini-cymbals, maracas, and tone blocks.
Sammi loves the clacker, the cymbals and the maracas. She wants to love the triangle, but has a hard time getting a good ring out of it. Probably the least used instrument is the tone block. It's not as intuitive or loud as the others. We turn on some upbeat, catchy music, choose an instrument and march around the room. It's a great way to burn some energy and learn about rhythm.
One day I was nursing my newborn daughter. Her eyes were closed and she was settling in for sleep as she filled her tummy. I was excitedly anticipating her nap so I could rest my own eyes as well. When she finished eating I put her in her bed, as usual. Before I even made it across the room, I heard her little voice cooing and giggling in a very awake, alert kind of way. I picked her up and tried to rock her back to sleep but to no avail. She was awake and I wondered, "What do I do with her now?" So I present you with a collection of activities to fill those awake times because babies grow up!