Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone Review
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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

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

We don’t like

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 Classical Xylophone and see what makes it different from the other similar xylophones that are sold on the market.

Fisher Price Classical 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 classical toy that has never gone out of fashion. The classical Xylophone has now received wheels and appears in a 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.

Product description

Product description

This product is the good old well-known xylophone that has been upgraded with four easy-rolling wheels for mobility. The product dimensions are 11.3 x 5.5 x 6.3 inches and it weighs only 1.65 pounds. It comes in cardboard packaging that is a recognizable for the Fisher-Price classic toys. There is no need of assembly since it is a single musical instrument that can be used as a pull along toy because as part of the xylophone there is a plastic mallet attached to the xylophone. In general there is no safety warning for this product but still it is a product that is recommendable for 18 months +.
Age range

Age range

This classical toy is intended for kids starting from 18 months up to 5 years of age. This xylophone is an ideal toy for a growing kids for years to come. The bright colors and simple design with rolling wheels make it an appealing toy for toddlers and the easy colored patterns that are to be followed in order to play a song, make this product perfect for older kids. Its proven durability makes it perfect for toddlers who like to drag, drop and pound this toy. 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 love for musical instruments to youngsters.
Style and Design

Style and Design

This classical xylophone has just got a modern touch with added four red rolling wheels. The eight bars one larger than the other or put in order from the smallest to the biggest are with their classical design in the eight colors of the rainbow. The key bars are attached to an ivory colored base that gives to the xylophone a vintage look. The colors of the bars, mallet and the wheels are bright and eye-catching. 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.
Materials

Materials

The Fisher Price Xylophone is made of high quality materials that will last even with heavy use by infants and toddlers. The bars are made of metal and the rest of the xylophone is made of plastic. The string is strong and you should not be afraid that it will be torn by heavy pulling. The paint that is used for the colorful bars is safe even for younger babies which makes it suitable for use at recommended age. The material is important because if you are buying this xylophone for younger kids it is a great product since it is strong and durable and it does not break even if it is thrown or dropped many times.
Physical development

Physical development

This xylophone toy features eight key bars in the colors of the rainbow and a mallet that you can be sure the child will not lose because it is attached to the xylophone with a string. In order to satisfy the needs of the youngest ones who like to be on the move all the time Fisher-Price has added a string and wheels to the xylophone so now they can pull the xylophone along with the them. The increased mobility of this toy for the toddlers means its more frequent use. 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 strengthens fine motor skills.
Entertainment features

Entertainment features

The xylophone is a great way to introduce kids to music and instruments. Kids just have to follow the colors and randomly tap on the key. The bars are great source of teaching colors to kids too. The 8 keys reinforce kids’ creativity and motivate them to create music especially when they get older just by following the colors ‘pattern your loved ones can make a real music piece. By tapping on the keys with the mallet kids learn about the cause and effect relationship and by playing their own tunes they develop their musical creativity and at the same time enhance their listening skills by listening to the different sounds that are produced by the tapping onto the bars. 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. The xylophone is 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.

Durability

Durability

The kids can drag, drop or pound this product and it will continue to look as good as at the beginning. The kids sometimes just love to bang on the keys and they get excited from the noise and no matter how hard they bang on the keys the bars are firmly attached to the baseline and the product has been proven to be durable and there have been no claims for broken or damaged key notes. It is a really keepsake toy that can be used for long years. 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.
Safety

Safety

This product is recommended for use of 18 months to 5 years. Although there are some complaints on the length of the string still we have to mention that the length as it is out of safety reasons. Many of the customers that have used this product say that for the convenience they cut off the string so the child can maneuver with the mallet much easier. If the string was longer it may represent a choking hazard for the child since they can potentially wrap it around their neck. The product is not recommended for younger kids because kids younger than 18 months may put the mallet into the mouth and there is a danger of the wheels falling off.
Price

Price

This is a great sturdy and durable product for such an affordable price. This product that your child will use from the period when he/she is a baby to 5 years or longer is sold at more than reasonable price. It is definitely a valuable product to have at home since it is great for kids and we all know that kids love making noise and music. The parents will appreciate the non-annoying level of music produced by this Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone and its ability for reinforcing the auditory, cognitive and motor skills.

The bottom line

If you are looking for a perfect musical instrument that will be used by your baby but it is just right for older child up to 5 years too one of the best options is a xylophone. Fisher Price is one of the top popular brands in general for toys but for xylophone too. We reviewed the Fisher Price Classic Xylophone and found out the reasons behind its popularity. One of it is definitely the simplicity. 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.
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