7 Fantastic Musical Instruments for Toddlers

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Your first thought may be along the lines of, “oh no, something else that makes noise?!” The short answer, yes!

But before you run away, hear me out! Your kiddos most likely quite enjoy banging and clanking things together. The mere act of it can be exciting, but add in the resulting sound combinations and it is just downright fun (not to mention the benefits your children can gain from such play).

If you have the question “why musical toys?” lingering in your head… hop over and read “What’s the Scoop on Toy Musical Instruments?” It will offer some helpful insights.


7 Fantastic Musical Instruments for Toddlers

There are a plethora of musical instruments out there, this is a small collection of some great ones to start your toddler off learning music on the right note 😉 


3 in 1 Musical Instruments Toys -Electronic Piano Keyboard, Xylophone, and Drum Set by Fisca



  • Beat Drum Set with 3 options to play.
    • Whack-a-mole Game with 5 levels.
  • Electronic Xylophone with 4 options to play.
  • Piano Keyboard with 5 options to pay.
  • Lots of fun lights and sounds!
  • Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)
  • 9.8 x 6.3 x 7.5 inches


  • Gives your little ones another opportunity to learn colors, numbers, and animals.
  • Improves eye-hand coordination.
  • Encourages creativity, let them create their own beats and rhythms!
  • Has lots of buttons to push, lights to see, and ways to play.
  • Develops gross and fine motor skills while playing keys, holding sticks, and hitting drums and cymbals.

Toddler Musical Instruments by Ehome


  • 22 pieces
  • 15 types of instruments including things like a xylophone, maracas and a whistle.
  • Safe for kids to use.
  • Comes with a storage bag for a handy home when they aren’t being used.


  • Provides a chance to shake, tap, beat and blow!
  • Improves social skills, have some friends over and let your toddlers practice sharing these fun instruments.
  • Helps them recognize a sense of accomplishment. As they figure out how to use each instrument they will feel excited and want to try something else.
  • Increases coordination.

Renfox Kids Musical Mats 


  • Music Mat
  • 8 instrumental sounds; piano, violin, accordion, horn, xylophone, guitar, oboe, flute
  • 10 Keys
  • Play back Mode
  • Adjustable volume
  • Requires 3 AA batteries
  • 43.3 x 14.2 x 0.4 inches


  • Increases social skills through working together with other children to play the piano.
  • Supports body movement as toddlers touch, crawl, hop and walk on it.
  • Introduces new instrument sounds.
  • Inspires creativity, especially when they can record their song and hit the playback button!
  • Older children and some adults have been known to enjoy playing with this as well (nudge, nudge!)

Drumroll Please- Toy Drum Kit for Kids by B. Toys


  • 7 instruments;1 tambourine, 2 drumsticks, 1 whistle, 1 stick with castanets (clackers), drum, shaker egg
  • Drum doubles as a storage container, everything fits inside!
  • Easy side handle to hold onto.
  • 11.6 in x 9.8 in x 9 in


  • Stimulates creative thinking.
  • Improve concentration as they focus on figuring out and playing the different parts.
  • Encourages imaginative play.
  • Strengthens hand-eye coordination.

Hape Pound & Tap Bench Xylophone and Hammerspiel 


  • 3 colorful balls that can be ‘pounded’ through the holes to make music on the xylophone below.
  • Slide out xylophone that can be played separate from the rest.
  • 2-sided wooden mallet to be used multiple ways.


  • Allows toddlers an opportunity to practice color recognition, matching the balls to the color of the holes on top.
  • Strengthens hand-eye coordination.
  • Teaches cause and effect as they learn that hitting the ball will then push it through the hole and they will see it fall below.
  • Introduces children to the wonders of music!

Rofaku Drum Set for Kids 


  • 3 drums
  • 2 cymbals
  • Colorful buttons to select
  • 2 drumsticks
  • 1 microphone
  • Adjustable volume
  • Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)
  • 15.9 x 8 x 6.7 inches


  • Develops motor skills.
  • Gives toddlers a way to express themselves.
  • Sharpen listening skills as they hear different sounds depending on what/how they hit.
  • Can help to reduce stress! (It’s always a good thing to have more stress-reducing tactics on hand)
  • Jump start your toddler’s musical talents.

Little Rock Star Guitar by Early Learning


  • 1 Guitar
  • 3 musical play modes
  • 5 note keyboard
  • Requires 3 AA batteries (these are included, but you may want to have more on hand for hours of playtime!)
  • 15 x 1.5 x 7 inches


  • Supports brain development.
  • Improves listening skills.
  • Allows toddlers a chance to explore the shape of the instrument (head, neck, body, etc).
  • Offers colorful buttons to push and delightful sounds to hear.
  • Helps build self-confidence.

Final Thoughts

Now the hard part is narrowing down your options! There are tons of fun and engaging musical toys for your little ones. You know your children the best, so you can connect them with the toys that will stimulate their learning minds. If you’re not sure which one to pick, maybe choose a few for them to try out and see where it takes them!

Though these instruments are geared towards toddlers, you will likely find your older children will have fun playing and learning with them as well! Grab a drumstick, pass out the shakers and make some music!

Which musical instruments have your children enjoyed? Are there any you would recommend? Please share in the comments below!

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8 thoughts on “7 Fantastic Musical Instruments for Toddlers”

  1. Hi Heidi! We have tried everything from drums, to guitars, to ukuleles, to electric pianos, to more electric pianos to.. you get the point. And I would have to say the biggest success have been the xylophone! Especially with our daughter, who is a year old. But our 2,5 year old loves it too, and he’s usually a little too impatient for most instruments.

    So if I had to make a recommendation, it would be that!

    • That is awesome you’ve had all kinds of different instruments! Thank you for sharing a great recommendation, the xylophone sounds like a hit with both kiddos!

  2. Hi Heidi,

    My friend has two little boys, one is 3 years old, and one is 6 months. It is the older one’s birthday soon and I was thinking of buying him a guitar.

    His Dad and me are guitar players ourselves, so the “Little Rock Star Guitar by Early Learning” could be my way to get his little rock star career going. It looks great and not too expensive either.

    I’ll let you know how he gets on with it. When the younger one gets older I might get him the drum kit, and I could have a little band on my hands 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, I love your site.

    All the best,


    • Hi Tom!
      That does sound like a great way to help him find his inner rock star haha. I’m sure he would have a blast playing alongside you and his Dad! I would love to hear how things go over the next while with building your little band .Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your fun plans! These little instruments can be a great way to start them out right. 🙂

  3. Great review

    I have been contemplating buying some toys for my aunt’s baby and I didnt know any toys to buy and I think these toys are the best option for me because they are unique.

    I know most kids love playing music.
    I like Rofaku Drum Set the best as it looks cool and the price is reasonable


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