Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone Review
Modern look of the classic xylophone
Pull along xylophone with four wheels and a string for pulling
The mallet is attached to the xylophone
Durable product made of high quality materials
Simple to play on
Bright and colorful keys
The string that is attached to the xylophone may be too short to hit some keys
How it works
Children of all ages love music and are excited when they are given the possibility to create their own musical piece on a musical instrument. Musical instruments for babies and toddlers are very important for cognitive and auditory development and one of the first musical instruments that your baby is probably going to use is the xylophone since this is a great toy for a baby as well as for an older child because it can be suitable for almost all ages and abilities. Although there are many different types of kids xylophones and many people claim that there is no much difference between them we have decided to have a look at the Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone and see what makes it different from the other similar xylophones that are sold on the market.
Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone is not that classical as the name suggests. Fisher-Price once again proves that they are a company that is always in line with the modern trends and tastes so this time they added a modern touch to the classic toy that has never gone out of fashion. The classical Xylophone has now received wheels and appears in the form of a pulling toy. This fun, colorful toy will produce pleasant musical notes and it is quite easy for the kid to make music just by tapping on the 8 keynotes with the attached mallet.
The Fisher-Price Classical Xylophone is also suitable for this age range because of its small and compact size with bigger bars, which makes it easy for younger kids to hit and guess the right bar key. Babies love hearing the sounds they make and usually the sound of music creates great excitement for them. This musical toy is a great tool for introducing music and nurturing a love for musical instruments to youngsters.
Style and Design
The classical design is styled with the four rolling wheels and a single color string. Kids usually hold the yellow mallet and pull the xylophone as a pulling toy. The string is not very long for a pull along toy but still, it is of a good length for the kids to be able to tap the keys on. Anyway, if the length of the keys was longer it would represent a safety issue. The product has no sharp corners and it is a good size for toddlers to drag it all around.
The enhanced mobility of the toy also means that this primary musical intended toy can be used for strengthening of the gross motor skills. When kids hold the string and pull the xylophone the kids develop balance and coordination. The string that connects the mallet to the xylophone is of a good length for the kids to pull it. This string has double use since it is the same for attaching the mallet to the xylophone and it serves for a pull along toy. The xylophone plays eight different musical notes and the kids can just tap the keys with the mallet. By holding the mallet and tapping on the key bars the kids develop eye-hand coordination and strengthen fine motor skills.
The package of the xylophone contains a musical sheet with musical notes of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star that are represented with colored dots so the kids have just to follow them in order to learn to play the tune. A xylophone is a great tool for improvement of cognitive, auditory and motor skills. The music that is produced by tapping on the keys is pleasant for the ear. It is not too annoying nor noisy but sounds nice with clear sounds. There are some claims that it can be a bit out of tune but again it is a child's toy used as a musical instrument.
The key bars are metal and the base part is made of high-quality plastic. The mallet is also made of plastic and the string that it is attached with to the xylophone is a strong cord. The paint on the keys are with great durability and does not peel off. The product does not use batteries but it is the old classical toy that had been used since 1957 to produce the much-loved nursery rhymes for kids.
The bottom line
It is great for beginners of any age and everyone can learn how to play a simple nursery song just by tapping with the mallet on the 8 colorful keys. This is a strong, plastic model with metal bars that can be used to play a range of songs or if the child is too young to play songs or might not be interested n that at the moment, this product can be used as a pull along toy because it has four wheels and a string for pulling.
Another great feature is that the mallet is attached to the xylophone by a string and this is very convenient because it will be much harder for the kids to lose the mallet. This xylophone with its bright colors keeps the attention of the kids also because it is easy to play on and can be used for entertainment at least for some minutes.
Although this toy may look simple it is definitely a toy that can be used not only as a musical toy but also as a toy that can assist in learning and recognizing the colors based on the colorful key bars, self-expression based on tapping on the keys randomly and creating a unique piece of music, can strengthen the confidence of the child by learning how to play a simple song. It can develop problem-solving and thinking skills as well as motor skills -both gross and fine motor skills by grabbing the mallet, tapping on the right key and pulling the toy with the help of the string. Simple but useful durable product.