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My daughter had a little musical phase and she has various "instrumental toys" such as keyboard and microphone stand with a stool, some maracas and in comes this lovely drum! She got the drum as a gift some time ago, and played with it sporadically and then it lived in the bottom of her toy box. However, now she has chicken pox it means we have been housebound for the forseeable few days and she has had much fun in thrashing toys around her room and re-discovering this drum! The drum is a colourful, playful toy with a green rim and red and yellow pattern around the cylindrical outer design. It looks and feels quite sturdy and has a string around the sides to go around the neck of a child like a proper drummer. To be honest, I am not too fond of this string as when she got this she was 2 and I was (like most parents!) a paronoid and worried mum about it getting caught and choking her as she can be quite rough and careless when she plays. Due to this I did end up cutting the string off so this wasn't too much hassle. The surface of the drum is plastic that is really soft to the hand but can still create a decent noise on impact. This drum came with 2 drumsticks to hit it with, but of course as with most toys she has since lost one and rather than hit the drum with the one she has, she much prefers to just hit it with her hands, creating a nice beat and "la la la-ing" at the top of her voice lol. The drum costs £13 on the website which I think is a bit steep but as a gift we won't complain! It says its for children aged 3 years and over, but I think children as young as 1 will enjoy bashing away on this drum as it is good for some hand-eye co-ordination and creating some music fun. My only concern would be the string attached to it, but remove this flaw and young children will have just as much fun with is as well as older kids. I even have a go myself banging on this from time to time and this gives us some fun entertainment! Overall I really like this drum and I think it is a nice fun toy, and may even make a good christmas present for a child :) It doesn't make too much noise and the child will have a fun banging away pretending to be a rockstar!
To be honest this is quite a basic toy and I did wince a bit when I made my mum and dad buy it for my little girl for her birthday recently as I wasn't sure she would get that much out of it but I am glad in the end we got it. I did think £13 was a bit steep for a drum like this and a bit expensive as Early Learning Centre toys go actually but it is well made and a solid, durable toy drum so I guess the price is justified. The drum is bright and colourful and quite eye-catching. It is green not he top around the rim of the drum portion and then it has a red and yellow diamond pattern around the drum. It has a good look to it I think, a very authentic drum look and as if it should be in a proper marching band with all the colours. The drum also has attachments on it that are just staid but look like the ones on a real drum that you can use to tighten the tension and get a firm drumming surface. The drum surface then is that tight plastic that will vibrate when hit with the drumsticks. This gives quite a plastic noise in my opinion but it is still quite a good strong drum noise and definitely ones kids will like. I decided to get my little girl a drums as she loved to drum on things and even used an un-open tin of Quality Street she found at her Grandparents house as a drum so I thought she would like this. Plus, she likes to listen to and make music so if this sparks her interest in music a bit more then all the better. The drum comes with two yellow drum sticks which are plastic but make a nice noise when you bash them on the drum. As they are plastic they will not do much damage if they are used to drum on anything else. The drum has a string attached to it which allows your little one to put the drum over their head and hold it in front of them and to use it like they were in a marching band which my little girl thinks is hilarious. All in all, a nice basic plastic instrument that will hopefully bring music to your house.