Musical instruments are a wonderful thing to introduce to kids at any age. There are some really great ones for babies and toddlers that give kids a great start to a lifelong love of music. Here are some listings for good and unusual offerings. I like these because they actually produce musical sounds, not noise. That may prevent my grandson’s parents from giving me evil looks when I give him a toy that he can use to create lots of sound.   All toys are rated on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest rating.

rattle

Fisher Price Rattle and Rock Maracas Musical Toy  4.3 rating

Soft bottoms for easy grip.  Colorful beads with rattle sounds are just the right size for little hands. Recommended for ages 3 month and up.

drumPlan Toys Round Drum  4.6 rating

With its timpani-like shape and cheerful geometric patterns, the Solid Drum is a perfect introduction to the world of music. With tuned areas on the drum surface that make different sounds, the drum provides an introduction to percussion music and rhythm for young children. The drumstick is sized to fit little hands, and the head has been coated in rubber to soften the sound of the drum. Recommended for 18 months and up

concertina

Plan Toy Concertina 4.0 rating

As you squeeze and pull the concertina, different sounds are played.  Recommended for ages 19 months and older

hape instrumentHape Early Melodies Mighty Band 4.6 rating

Great multi musical instrument for babies and toddlers. An all-in-one melody-making music machine, with a xylophone, a drum, a cymbal, a guiro, a clapper and drumsticks. Recommended for 24 months and older

ukeleleHape Uklele 4.4 rating

Sturdy ukulele for young fingers. Fully playable and tuneable. Teaches young kids about strumming, rhythm and other musical techniques. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

glockenspielGreen Tones Papa Bear Glockenspiel 4.6 rating

This glockenspiel (xylophone) carries five precision tuned bars in C pentatonic scale which creates a pleasing soundscape no matter which notes are played. Recommended for ages 3 and up

accordion for kids

Woodstock Chimes Kid’s Accordion  4.4 rating

Authentic sound; comes with playing instructions and 8 easy-to-play songs. The accordion is one of the world’s most popular musical instruments, and kids everywhere just love them. This accordion has true authentic sound and a 2-octave range. Key of C. Recommended for ages 3 and up

pan fluteWoodstock Chimes Pan Flute 5.0 rating

An easy to play flute that has wonderful tone. Download songs to play from Woodstock Chimes. This bright blue flute is in tune and more than just a toy even though it is bright blue,  Recommended for ages 3 and up

lyre

Camden Rose Spring Lyre, Pentatonic, 7 String, Cherry w/ Storage Bag 4.0 rating

To hold, cradle the Spring Lyre in your left arm and strum with your right hand, or pluck individual strings with both hands. The soft, open tone stimulates listening and free music making in young children. Beautifully handcrafted. Recommended for ages 5 and up.