11 best musical toys to grow your child’s love of classical music

13 March 2020, 17:38 | Updated: 13 March 2020, 17:53

Musical toys
Musical toys. Picture: Selfridges & Co/John Lewis/Munchkin/Jojo Maman Bébé

By Helena Asprou

Is your tiny tot a mini Mozart in the making? From magic pianos to croaking frogs, here are some of our favourite toys to help get them started.

Musical toys are the perfect tool for introducing your little one to new sounds and instruments, and for improving their communication and brain responses.

Here’s our selection of some of the best toys around to begin your child’s musical journey...

  1. Mozart baby cube

    Mozart magic cube
    Mozart magic cube. Picture: Munchkin

    With this smart educational toy, you can bring the whole orchestra to your child’s fingertips. It teaches how sounds combine to create eight Mozart masterpieces, and features the harp, French horn, piano, flute and violin. Its sides even light up to the tempo of the music.

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  2. Music box record player

    Music Box Record Player
    Music Box Record Player. Picture: Fisher Price

    First introduced in 1971, the Fisher-Price Music Box Record Player has been a hit with children for decades. Complete with five double sided records and a turntable with a “needle”, it comes with ten timeless melodies for kids to enjoy.

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  3. Wooden kazoo

    Wooden Kazoo
    Wooden Kazoo. Picture: PlanToys

    With its bold colours and fun sounds, this sustainable wooden kazoo found in the Royal Opera House shop will be sure to keep your little ones entertained. Plus, it’ll only put you back £10.

  4. Croaking frog

    Croaking frog
    Croaking frog. Picture: Aussel

    Carved using the wood of acacia trees found in northern Thailand, this colourful guiro frog has been designed with grooves to make it croak as kids brush the mallet across its head and back.

  5. Mini drum kit

    Mini drum kit
    Mini drum kit. Picture: Argos

    Is your child showing signs of a natural sense of rhythm? If so, get them drumming and experiment with beats using this triple drum set, complete with a mini cymbal and two easy-grip drum sticks.

  6. The Snowman and the Snowdog tonies

    Snowman tonies
    Snowman tonies. Picture: Tonies

    Take kids on a magical adventure with these Snowman and the Snowdog-themed tonies. They magnetically attach to a ‘toniebox’ and allow little ones to choose between audiobooks, music and interactive audio.

  7. Magic touch piano

    Magic touch piano
    Magic touch piano. Picture: Baby Einstein and Hapes

    Who doesn’t a love a tiny magic piano? This adorable toy from Baby Einstein and Hapes comes with three sheets of music and allows budding pianists to create their own tunes or play along with classic melodies, without the need for buttons or keys.

  8. Rainbow recorder

    Rainbow recorder
    Rainbow recorder. Picture: Luna & Curious

    With its bird-like sound and rainbow design, tiny tots will love learning to play their first recorder. A firm favourite with composers like Bach, recorders are light, easy to carry around and children can spend hours playing solo or together in a duet.

  9. Djeco animambo set

    Djeco animambo set
    Djeco animambo set. Picture: Jojo Maman Bébé

    This vibrant set of wooden instruments from Jojo Maman Bébé includes a tiny tambourine, maraca and castanet. Perfectly sized for small hands, they’re an ideal first collection of instruments for your baby to shake, click and bounce around to.

  10. Piano dance mat

    Piano mat
    Piano mat. Picture: Selfridges & Co

    Pre-programmed with five pieces of music, this cute piano dance mat from FAO Schwarz lets children play the piano with their feet and record their creations. A popular choice with parents, it’s a fun and easy way to tune your child’s musical ear.

  11. Mini trumpet

    Mini trumpet
    Mini trumpet. Picture: John Lewis

    If you’re keen to share your love of brass with your baby, this tiny trumpet is ideal for budding musicians. It features several pre-set tunes, buttons and comes with two modes, easy play and rhythm.