• By Amanda Blackburn.

Who owned a Xylophone when they were a child?

I always wanted one, and have memories of nursery school music sessions where I sometimes got to have a go. I used to always want to be passed the Xylophone but often ended up with the boring old triangle, or even worse the maracas. So when award-winning Learning resources asked very kindly if I would like to review their Learning Xylophone, I was only too happy to test it out with the children that I child-mind, although I had a good play on it myself first and was still able to play Twinkle Twinkle little star.

The bright and colourful chunky Xylophone has been very well made for children ages 2 - 6. It’s chunky and eye-catching and will encourage little musicians to have a go whilst will also take being stood on and thrown around without breaking. The little girl wasn’t very keen on sharing this and kept picking it up and running off with it, she dropped it a few times on my garden decking, it didn’t even mark and I can tell this Xylophone is built to last. I will definitely recommend this to my local children’s play centre and to all my Childminder friends and nursery workers.

Xylophones have great educational benefits, I have listened to these below;

Develop gross motor skills (by holding the sticks and hitting)

Colour recognition (different coloured pieces)

Problem-solving (put the pieces back together, make different shapes and take apart)

Number recognition (each piece features two numbers 1-8) you can also get the perfect pitch in you put the pieces in the correct number order.

Understanding of sounds (each plate creates a different sound when hit with the drumsticks)

Imaginative play ( the xylophone can be pieced together in different ways to create and experiment with sounds)

The xylophone is a semi-circle layout and measures 33cm D. The set includes eight musical plates on four xylophone pieces and two drumsticks. It also Includes multilingual packaging and an activity guide.

Learning resources also offer 8 colour coded music sheets which you can download here.

The nursery rhymes included to download are;

Are You Sleeping

Pop Goes the Weasel

ABCs Song

London Bridge

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Old MacDonald

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Learning resources have been creating toys for over 30 years. Their toys are well made not only by being sturdy and hard wearing but also because they have been carefully created with children in mind. Children learn so much through play and Learning resources toys spark understanding, build educational skills and empower children to take on the world!

We were sent the xylophone to review as always all thoughts and opinions remain our own.


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