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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Music

 


2014 Award
Hape Happy Harp
(HaPe $36.99 Score:)

A charming and not too noisy instrument that kids can play instantly with the sheet music that goes under the strings. The sturdy wooden harp with nylon strings comes with two picks for strumming and several song sheets with familiar folksongs such as Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Happy Birthday, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and more; songs that kids will soon be able to play and sing along to. Although there are songsheet, in time, children will be picking out songs they know and play by ear. You will need to tune this lovely auto harp before you present it. It comes with a tuner, so just keep track of that since it will need adjusting from time to time.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Musical Instrument Set
(Kids Preferred $30 Score:)

Designed for preschoolers, these colorful and mostly wooden instruments are beautifully finished in painterly Eric Carle style. You can buy a set or buy them individually. They not only look nice, they sound nice, too. All too often toy instruments are shrill and intrusive. These are not loud and have a pretty nice sound quality—mostly for keeping a beat. These are fun to use with a group of kids, but also fun for playing along to music at home. Obviously the harmonica and recorder, are the most difficult of the available choices. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Clacker
(Kids Preferred $8 Score:)

Just shake the clacker and it taps out the beat. A bright green handle with yellow clackers on top. There's a Very Hungry Caterpillar on one side and a beautiful butterfly on the other. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Castanet Set
(Kids Preferred $7 Score:)

A pair of painted castanets will fit in small hands as they keep the beat to any music you play. There's an image of the Very Hungry Caterpillar on one and a colorful Ladybug on the other. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Eric Carle Wood Harmonica
(Kids Preferred $10 Score:)

A wooden harmonica painted with the Very Hungry Caterpillar on one side and an I love Music message on the other. Sandwiched between both is a plastic sound bar and a lot of notes that kids will like to try out. This is not easy to play, but preschoolers can easily play to the rhythm if not the right notes. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Maracca – Caterpillar
(Kids Preferred $8 Score:)

These are the quietest maracas we have ever heard...which may be a real plus in the noisy world we live in. Shaped like a small barbell these are painted with the Hungry Caterpillar or the Ladybug. Take your choice or bring home both. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Rhythm Bells
(Kids Preferred $8 Score:)

We love the design of this colorful wooden shaker with big jingle bells attached.A charming rhythm instrument with a quiet but pleasing sound. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Tambourine
(Kids Preferred $12 Score:)

Great for keeping a beat and dancing to music you play. This is a sturdy little tambourine that is attractive with Eric Carle colors and design motifs. On the plus side, it is not overly noisy. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Eric Carle Recorder
(Kids Preferred $10 Score:)

A gaily painted wooden recorder that can be used to play real music, though most preschoolers will simply use it to explore the highs and lows they can play and perhaps pick out a simple tune. This is probably a better choice for slightly older kids, though it is marked like all the instruments in the collection for 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2012 Award
Ukulele Confetti
(Janod $24.99 Score:)

A handsome colorful first ukulele. This is not a toy, but a first instrument with a bright painted wooden body and steel strings. The instrument does not come with music or instruction, though the company plans to put music on their website. This French company is new to American markets. They also make a guitar and a neat xylophone. These are marked 3 and up, but more appropriate for older preschoolers and early school years children.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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