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This drum was actually bought for my eldest daughter who is now 5 when it was her second Christmas so she got it when she was about a year old. I seem to remember buying this in one of the 2 for £15 offers that Argos put on making it £7.50 although full selling price is currently £9.99. The drum comes in two colour combinations, there is the bright blue drum like the one pictured above but there is also a bright yellow version which is the one that my daughters have. The drum is made of hard plastic and has a couple of buttons on the front of it and then a slider to turn it on and off and control the volume. The drum also has a carry handle incorporated into the main part of it making it easy to carry around although for young children the drum is a little too heavy for this. The three buttons are different shapes and colours, there is a blue drum, a green musical note and a red circle on the yellow drum. The buttons do different things as you would expect, one makes the drum beat as a drum when it is hit, one plays songs which are easily recognisable and the third button sets the drum so that as your child hits the top the drum will play one of the musical tunes one note at a time so it seems as if your child is playing the tune. There is a battery panel on the back of the drum which is secured with a small screw making it safe for little ones as they cannot access the batteries, the drum takes 3 x AA batteries for it to work. The drum is meant for children aged 18 months and upwards which my eldest daughter was when she got the drum however my younger daughter was playing with the drum before she was 18 months. The top of the drum where your child hits is white in colour but can be seen through too and when your child hits it light flash underneath the drum panel which is added reward for young children. My daughter have both found the drum easy to play with and it doesn't need much force to flash and make a noise meaning that it is easy for a young child to play with. The drum is very robust and has now lasted 4 years in our house and it is still going strong, it is pretty good on the battery life and doesn't need the batteries changing very often. Both my girls have loved this drum and now they also have a trumpet they pretend the eldest likes to pretend the two of them are in a band. The drum is very easy to clean simply rub it over with a damp cloth, the only part that has worn is the writing which was on the top of the drum which used to state Chad Valley but now is unreadable. This drum is well worth £10 and I would recommend it and so would the girls.
This drum was brought as a gift for one of my younger daughters last Christmas. They retail at around £10. For your money you get the Chad valley name which is always of good durable quality and will with stand the rough and tumble of young children. This is a bongo style drum meaning it has a hard top that you hit with your hands not a stick which I think is better as young children have a habit of putting the sticks in there mouths and losing them, so no risk of that with this toy. The top of the drum lights up when played with too which also fascinates young children and keeps them interested join playing with it for longer. It has three different modes which are operated by the three large buttons on the front of the drum, they are a decent size which made it easy for my daughter o use The age on this is 18 months plus. I have a 3 year old and a 14 month old who both love to play with this toy, they will it there a lot longer with this than other musical toys we have and I am sure that is due to the variety on this toy and the lights too. My 3 year old is obviously more controlled with plying with it and understands what the three buttons do and how to play but my younger child also loves to sit slapping the top of the drum and giggles when it lights up or makes a noise. I would defiantly recommend this toy as it is one they will enjoy for many years, it will last the rough play of young children and it isn't too hard on batteries either like other toys we have owned.
My father in law got this drum for my little girls second Christmas, she was 18 months at the time, it cost him £9.99 from argos and is for 18 months and over. The drum was in a plastic bag within a cardboard box that had pictures of the drum on it and instructions for use. It requires 3 x AA batteries which are NOT included. It has 3 modes of play, one being a drum beat when you hit it, the second being a musical tune when you hit it and the third being a tune being played which you can still play your own tune over. The drum itself is approximately 20cm high and 15cm depth which is plenty big enough for an 18 month baby, it has a switch on the front for switching the drum off and for the volume control, low or high. The high setting is quite loud! The front of the drum also has 3 large colourful buttons, a music note shaped button which you press for musical notes when hitting the drum, a drum shaped button for drum beats when hitting the drum and a swirly circle button which you press for a tune to be played. The drum contains flashing lights which respond to the drums beat, much to my little girls delight, I think this actually entertained her more than the noise she could make! It has a built in carry handle which is the perfect size for little hands but also sits very sturdily on its own, it is made of strong plastic and is very robust, my little girl has thrown it across the room several times and it is still going strong, she is now three and does still get this out of her toy box now and again, more to use as a step than a drum nowadays! I have tried to get her to pass it on to younger family members but with no luck as she loves it so much! All in all this is a great toy, it has provided hours of fun for my daughter over the past 2 years and with no signs of wear or tear will no doubt go on to give another little family member lots of fun and smiles in the near future...if I can get her to give it up!