Some toy manufacturers look at a toy design and do everything they can to get the most out of it. Little Tikes is known as one of those kinds of toy makers, and the Little Tikes Tap-A-Tune Drum is proof that there is often more to a toy than meets the eye. Parents will want to take a close look at this toy to make sure they introduce all of its features to their anxious children.
Note: This Toy May Also be Labeled as the "Little Tikes Tap-A-Tune Drum Baby Toy"
This is not an electronic toy, yet it has two distinct different play functions. The drum function is obvious as the design of the Little Tikes Tap-A-Tune Drum clues you in on what your child can do with the drum surface.
There are also two drum stick holders on the sides to make sure your child never loses their sticks. If you look closely at the sides of the drum, you will see ridges done in a pattern. This is the washboard play function that allows your child to create a completely different sound when dragging the sticks across the ridges.
There is nothing fancy about this toy, but its colorful exterior definitely invites hours of play time. The manufacturer has set the retail price for this toy at $12.99, which may or may not be the price charged by your favorite online retailer. This retail price is not inclusive of any sales tax applied at the point of sale, and it also does not include and shipping charges added by the retailer.
There are no small parts to create a choking hazard on this toy, and it is a toy designed to take a beating on a daily basis. Because of its durability and safe design, the manufacturer has set the age range for this toy at one year of age and up. Parents might find that older children enjoy creating sounds with this toy just as much as the younger ones.
This is a deceptively intricate toy that is much more than just a drum. Its interactive features include:
Every part of this toy is designed to be used, but there are still a couple of aspects of this toy that parents should be aware of before purchase. They are:
This is a toy that requires some explanation, and parents should use that as an opportunity to engage their child in play as they explain how the washboard feature works.
This toy requires a minimal amount of assembly, and there is ongoing assembly with removing and replacing the mallets in their holders. Parents should not be afraid to let their child explore this toy's possibilities as this is a toy made from durable plastic with rounded edges and it can safely deliver hours of play time to any child.
If you want to try a percussion toy with some melody, then consider the Fisher Price Classic Xylophone. This is a compact xylophone with eight keys, four wheels, one pull string and one mallet. You will enjoy the look on your child's face when they strike a key with the mallet and it makes a joyous ringing sound. Each key is its own tone, and they are different colors to help your child make their own melodies. This is a toy that has been around for a very long time, and you will see why when your child plays with it for hours.
Little Tikes has a more versatile musical toy called the Tap-A-Tune Piano that can also double as a xylophone. This is a four-key piano that has keys color coded to their respective strike plates on the top of the toy. When your child presses a key, the plate makes a sound. You can also give your child a wooden spoon to gently hit the strike plates like a xylophone as well.
Music is a tool that can help your young child's development in so many different ways. The Little Tikes Tap-A-Tune Drum is a versatile but simple toy that helps you and your child to explore the world of rhythm together.