6 Cool Musical Instruments for Kids

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Is music an important part of your homeschooling or learning at home investigations? If not, you might want to consider including more of it. Here are some famous quotes on music that remind me why it’s a vital and enjoyable piece of our learning experience. After the quotes, we have six suggestions for really neat musical instruments for kids as well as adults to enjoy playing.

6 Quotes About Music Related to Learning

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

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“Music comes to me more readily than words.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven

“Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson

“Music is the tool to express life – and all that makes a difference.” – Herbie Hancock

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“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ” – Leopold Stokowski

6 Cool Musical Instruments for Kids

So how can you add more musical experiences to your life and learning with kids? Check out these 6 cool instruments for kids music learning and exploration. 

Steel Tongue Drums: Mindfulness Instruments

Also known as pan drums, these musical instruments offer meditative sounds when the different tongues are hit with drum sticks to produce a range of tones. Reminiscent of the steel drum sounds you might have heard on Jamaican beaches or laid-back parks in summertime, these smaller and sturdier instruments are perfect for creating music and exploring sound with children.

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As a teacher, these space-friendly 6-inch pan drums are perfect for opening circles and group learning time, offering a reminder to tune in and practice mindful listening. If you have particular colour preferences, you’ll be happy to see these steel tongue drums come in a variety of colours.

Kids’ Portable Piano: A First Musical Instrument for Kids

The piano is one of the best beginner instruments for learning musical theory, music notes and scales, reading music, and general musical awareness. Unfortunately, pianos can be hard to introduce to your home learning environment, as the space (and costs) required can be more than your family is able to commit to. 

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One simple solution is to opt for an electronic keyboard that produces the sounds of the popular stringed instrument, without requiring as much space. The smaller size and the battery-operated capability of a foldable keyboard for children like this one allows for it to be stored away out of sight and transported easily for portable piano fun.

Kids’ Floor Piano: Starting Musical Learning On the Right Foot

To make portable, space-saving keyboards even more fun, why not play this floor piano with your feet? Dance away on the keys to create tunes connected to the movements you make, and get some big body movement in, even while you’re stuck inside.

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Of course, if you’re looking for a regular hard-material keyboard that’s suitable for children but still offers plenty of musical learning (and a variety of instrument sounds), this basic keyboard for kids is a great deal

Multi-Instrument Mat

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While some keyboards (like the above) may include other instrument sounds along with piano sounds, it still looks and works like an electric piano. If your child is interested in exploring other instruments in a more truly interactive way to the method of playing the “real thing”, this multi-instrument mat offers a variety of electronic instruments to choose from. These instruments include guitar, harp, saxophone, trumpet, violin, and xylophone, plus drums (comes with two drum sticks).

Water Flutes

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Experimenting with the way that sound is produced when air moves through a column has plenty of learning potential along with fun. These children’s water flutes offer an engaging hands-on way of learning about music and sound, vibration, and more. Tune each of the flutes to the desired notes by adding water to the indicated level, then connect the flutes using the water flute holder to create a pan flute effect for more easily playing songs with the created notes. 

Thumb Piano - Kalimba - Mbira

Oh great, another piano. Think again, musical enthusiasts! These thumb pianos (also known as a kalimba or mbira) is an African musical instrument consisting of a wooden board with attached metal tines. The kalimba or thumb piano is played by holding the instrument in both hands and plucking the notes with your thumbs.

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We hope this has helped to make your life with kids more musical and melodious. Visit our Music section on Learn At Home School Supplies for more musical learning toys and tools to satisfy your play-based learning experiences. Subscribe at the bottom of this page for more early learning in Canada inspiration and information.

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