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We have not long had a sort out of all the toys in the loft that we had kept from our first daughter and we found this drum along with other items which have now made their way to the living room. The drum was from the Early Learning Centre and it costs us about £10 when we bought it a couple of years ago. The drum is made of hard plastic and is mainly bright green in colour although there are parts of yellow, orange and blue too. The drum is shaped like an egg timer rather than the usual cylindrical shape. The drum can be used as a drum which Emily really loves which is probably because she simply likes to create noise one way or another, Sophie always enjoyed banging on the drum too. The drum can also be rolled along the ground and it will make a noise from that too, the drum is an egg timer sort of shape so it rolls really well and Emily has suddenly gone back to crawling as she likes to chase it on her hands and knees. There are three different settings for the drum all controlled by the buttons, firstly you can make the drum play four different tunes along with your child hitting the drum, secondly the drum can be played just as a drum with your little one banging it and lastly there is a button which makes lots of different little noises for your baby. Whilst the drum is making a noise it also has lights that light up at the top and bottom of the drum. Both my daughters have loved this drum and it is a toy that they always go back to, Emily is nearly two but I don't see this drum being put away any time soon and Sophie likes to play along with the tunes now she is a little older and understands beat and rhythm a little better. This is a really good toy and well worth the money we paid although I am sure it will have increased in price by now I would still recommend it as so far it has been played with by our children for about 3 years and I think it still has a lot more play in it yet.
With three young children in the household, we've acquired a number of toys and games from the Early Learning Centre over the years. These have, with very few exceptions, proven to be great value, entertaining and educational toys for my boys. Fortunately, this 'Light and Sound Drum' is not one of the exceptions and it has been a permanent fixture in our toy box for over four years and is still going strong. The 'drum' is a particularly chunky and really colourful plastic toy which, as the name suggests, features lights and sounds to capture and maintain a baby's attention. Unlike a traditional child's drum, this toy doesn't need any sticks or beaters to create sound as baby just needs to tap the top of the drum to activate both colourful changing lights on the top as well as fun sound effects. There is a selection of three different modes - music, drum noises and a strange whistling noise- which are chosen by pressing one of three chunky round buttons around the edge of the drum. The drum is recommended for babies of nine months old and over which I feel this is a fairly accurate recommendation, based on my experiences with my two younger sons. It is certainly best suited to babies who are confident sitters and able to reach over without tumbling over. My middle son acquired this when he was just over six months old. He was, however, a fairly early stable sitter and was a very placid, settled baby, happy to sit and play with toys such as this from a very young age. The drum is very well designed so that even if accidentally (or deliberately) knocked over, it doesn't tend to roll very far, making it ideal for an immobile sitter as they are unlikely to push this out of their own reach. The drum is still light enough to allow it be rolled about by a slightly older baby and it makes a fun selection of noises and sound effects if baby does roll it over, designed to encourage crawling and toddling after it. My youngest son was much more active and had less interest in sitting and playing with this toy until he was around a year old and started to enjoy standing and dancing to the music. Now as he is approaching his second birthday, this is still one of his favourite toys and is played with on a regular basis. At the upper age range, I'd imagine most youngsters would have outgrown this by the age of three, although my five year old son will still have the odd boogie to this if his little brother is playing with it. Despite their different personalities and development, both boys loved this simple but entertaining drum. Without any doubt, their favourite aspect has to be the music, which has proven to be more entertaining than the bright colour changing effects on the lid. There is a definite Caribbean feel to the music - it plays some really catchy and upbeat sounding tunes which just make you want to get up and dance! That's certainly the effect that it has on my toddler who loves dancing to his drum and has some great moves perfected. The only issue he has is that he can't quite work out how to operate the different modes, as it involves pressing the correct button and then banging the top of the drum. My two year old often accidentally switches it on to one of the other settings and can't work out how to get the music going again. This can be a little frustrating for him and for me, as I have to keep setting it back on for him. The toy is fairly 'parent friendly' in other respects with a handy volume switch at the base of the drum although, fortunately, this isn't a toy that particularly grates on me even at its highest volume. I do find the tunes going round and round in my head though! There is also an 'off' switch so this shouldn't be accidentally going off all night in the toy box. Lastly, the battery life is pretty impressive, with the three AAA batteries required lasting for several months between changes. As I'd expect from the Early Learning Centre, the battery compartment is firmly secured with a screwdriver, so inquisitive little fingers can't get up to any mischief here. The drum is an ELC branded toy, available from ELC stores and online as well as from other stockists including Mothercare, Debenhams and Boots. The full price is currently £14, which does seem a little expensive for what is essentially a relatively basic baby toy. It has proven to be a very popular, entertaining and robust toy, however, with ours looking almost new, despite considerable use and abuse. It is also fairly frequently included in one of the Early Learning Centre's sales where it can be picked up for less than £10. I'd be reluctant to pay the full price for this but, at the £10 mark or less, this is a product that I'd be happy to recommend to other parents.
We don't have a Mothercare or Early Learning Centre at close hand, but every so often we would visit a bigger town that has a store. A couple of months ago we made a visit to a store and we were keeping a look out for some new toys for our now 10 month old daughter, as at the time, she was quickly outgrowing her baby toys and teethers. At that stage, she was already enjoying banging things and so when we saw this Light and Sound Drum we thought it would be a good buy, although it has been designed for babies of 9 months plus, which she wasn't at the time. It isn't like me to spend a lot of money (!) and at £14 this was a lot pricier than I would usually purchase, however I have picked up a lot of second hand toys for my daughter and I thought it would nice to get her some brand new things, so bit the bullet and paid the price. This light and sound drum is quite versatile, in that although it can primarily be used as a drum for baby to bang on, it can also be rolled along to create noise. The drum itself is brightly coloured as you can see from the picture at the top of the screen. There are three play options on the side of the drum which can be changed by pressing the appropriate button. One button allows baby to 'free play' and batter and bang the drum to create noise and as they hit the drum, the top of it flashes different colours with every movement. A second button plays a selection of 4 tunes when the drum is hit, and the third button creates silly noises for baby to hear when the drum is banged. These lights and sounds also come on when the drum is rolled along the ground. I gave this drum to my daughter when we bought it expecting her to be excited about being able to bang something that would then light up and make noise. However, she took one look and started playing with her other toys, despite me trying to intrigue her by banging the drum and showing her the lights as they flashed. So I decided to put the toy away and bring it out in a couple of months time. Well, a couple of weeks ago I brought the drum out, now she has turned 10 months, and this time I got a totally different reaction. She couldn't wait to bang the top of the drum, and smiled everytime the lights flashed and danced along to the beat. She has also just discovered that rolling the drum produces the lights and sounds as well. This toy has now become quite a favourite and is one of the first ones in her toy box that she will reach out for when she sits down to play, so I am pleased now that we spent the money, when I see the enjoyment she gets from it. All in all, this may be quite a pricey toy but it is a very entertaining toy for baby and helps with hand eye coordination as baby reaches out to hit drum. That fact that it can either by hit or rolled to make noise makes this more interesting that the plain drum. When I see the enjoyment my daughter gets from it, I am pleased we bought it, and in my daughter's case, the age range suggested was certainly appropriate, as any younger, and she just wasn't interested.
Lights and sound drum. My little girl loves music and musical instruments and one of her favourites is the drum. We decided to buy her this drum after witnessing her "playing the drum" on top of a Christmas tin of Quality Street chocolates. It seems a proper drum was needed in order to harness her natural drumming talent. This drum from The Early Learning Centre is so much more than a drum as it includes lights and sounds as well. It was a bit pricey at £14 I thought but has been a well loved toy so in my opinion well worth the investment. The drum is round with two large ends but goes in at the middle, I've completely drawn a blank as to the name of this shape, someone please put me out of my misery but you can see from the picture the shape of the drum. What is great about this toy is that it does so many different things and is not just a drum. As this has working lights and sounds you will need to use 2 AAA batteries with it but we still have the ones that were supplied with the sum and it is still going strong. I find most toys that come with batteries last about a year before they need changing so so far, so good. On the middle portion of the drum you will find four different coloured buttons. One of the buttons is the speaker so that actually doesn't do anything. When you press the blue buttons it activates the drum function so the drum works just like it should as a drum. When you drum on the top of the toy it makes a really nice drumming noise and sounds really good in my opinion. This function also has lights that work when you bang the drum. Both sides of the drum and made of a white plastic and so you can see lights coming through. The lights are all different colours, red, green, blue and yellow and are fun to see so my little girl will keep drumming to see the lights go on. When you press the red button and drum on the drum it will make some sharp whistle noises and again the lights will flash. The purple button activates the music function and when you drum on the drum different tunes will play and again lights will flash. You can also roll this drum along the floor and when my little girl was younger she mostly did this as it was easier for her to just push it rather than attempt to push the buttons. Nowadays she mostly prefers to drum on the top of the drum and push the buttons so this is a toy that has lasted for quite a few months and still brings enjoyment.
I bought this for my daughter in 2010 as a birthday present. Wish I hadn't bothered! I paid fourteen pounds for it and it was the biggest waste ever. I had previously bought some Early Learning Centre toys for her, and had never been that impressed, but I came across this drum and thought it looked robust and solid; as children's toys should be. The first time she dropped it, it stopped working. My husband had to unscrew the while thing and sort it out to start it working again. It uses a lot of battery life, and I found that every two weeks it would run out. I made sure i switched off the toy, and had it on the quieter setting, but this made no difference at all. The toy in itself is a nice idea; it has lots of different sounds and lights on top for sensory development. however, unless it is pitch dark, you cannot even see the lights. Half the time the sounds stopped working half way through a tune; not due to batteries, but due to the toy being rubbish! My daughter, being a small child, would on occasion drop the toy and each time it stopped working. don't understand why ELC makes toys that cannot be dropped when they are aimed at small children! A real disappointment and a real shame all in all; wouldn't recommend it.
When my son reached 6 months and was able to sit up independently we realised that we would need some new, bigger toys for him. He was always throwing his arms about and bashing things and loved different noises, so I know a drum would be perfect. We had a good look around but could not really see anything that met our requirements for him. A lot of the drums that were available came with sticks and were designed for much older babies. Eventually, we settled on a drum that we had seen in the Early Learning Centre - a place I like to buy most of his toys from if possible as I know that they will be safe and well made. The lights and sounds drum is suitable for babies from 9 months (some websites say 12 months), but on examination we decided that there were no small parts and we would let him have it at 6 months for supervised play. The drum takes 2 AAA batteries, which we have not had to change in 2 months when used nearly every day so I am happy with how long these last. It is priced at £14. The drum itself is as pictured. It is made of really bright colours, largely a pea green and orange which seem to make it extra appealing and stimulating to my son. The sides have four different coloured plastic circles on. Three of these are buttons but the orange one has lots of holes in as this is the speaker from which the sounds emanate. The other three buttons can be used to control the features of the drum. The blue button selects the basic drum function. Here the top of the drum is struck and a drum beat sounds, the top of the drum is a clear white plastic and through this you can see the different colour lights flash as you strike - red, green, blue, purple and yellow. The purple button selects the music function. When the top of the drum is struck, one of four different tunes is played and the different coloured lights flash along with the rhythm. Finally, the red button selects the 'silly noise' function. When the drum is struck in this function one of three silly noises plays and the lights flash - these noises all sound like whistles. On the bottom of the drum is a slide button that can switch the drum off or on and select from two different volume levels. The loudest level is very noisy and quite irritating! We tend to stick with the lower noise level! The drum can also be placed on it's side and rolled. When it does this, another tune plays as it rolls and the lights flash. This feature can be used to encourage crawling and walking. The drum is really well made and has withstood a lot of bashing, dropping and rolling from my son and even a few of his older (and therefore more boisterous and stronger!) friends. They all seem to enjoy making a noise and love the noise this makes - therefore I expect this top last my son a while, making it a good investment at £14! My son loves watching the lights on this and is really stimulated by the combination of lights and sounds. He also quickly learnt how to work the drum and enjoys rolling it over to it's side to get the tune to play. It is a really good toy as it is teaching him about music and helping his co-ordination by bashing the top. As he gets older I also think it will be a fun way for him to learn his colours by identifying them as they flash. This is definitely one of my son's favourite toys and always one of the first he reaches for when we get the toys out. I think this is for a combination of reasons - he loves noise, the lights are interesting and stimulating to him and it is a toy that he can easily grasp and hold. It is also quite a simple 'do-ing' toy in that he can perform easy actions and get a pleasurable result. He always looks around the room for recognition when he has switched it to music mode and got a tune playing (he has no idea how he does this but always looks so proud!). I would definitely recommend this for all babies that are sitting up well and enjoy music, obviously the recommendation is from 9 months but our son has enjoyed it from 6. My son gains great pleasure from the bright colours and learning that his actions have a result. For parents, as with all noisy toys, it can get irritating - especially the tunes that the drum plays. I feel that it could benefit from having one or two more tunes in it's repertoire just to give us parent a little more variety! However, you do soon learn to hear things over this and the drum just blends into the background noise. Hearing all the giggles that it provides my son with makes the minor irritation worthwhile.
I spotted this in a charity shop on Christmas Eve 3 years ago! It was 99p! My daughter was 9 months old at the time and this was her favourite Christmas present that year! The drum is nice, chunky and brightly coloured with 3 big buttons around the middle. The top of the drum is made from semi transparent plastic through which different coloured lights appear when the drum is hit. The buttons can be used to change the type of sound that is made when the baby hits the drum, one button makes a drum sound, one plays tunes and the third button makes a sound that is somewhat hard to describe! I think the feature that makes this toy an absolute winner is that the sounds are also activated when the drum is knocked over or rolled around, so no matter what the baby does with it they are rewarded with a sound - this can be great for encouraging little ones to crawl. The sounds also change pitch each time so several movements/hits will create a little tune. We are now reliving the fun this toy brings with my son, who is now 10 months. Even though we bought it second hand it is still in good condition, with only a few scratches here and there. He hasn't really worked out the function of the buttons yet, but is enjoying as my daughter initially did, as something you bash and roll around! The manufacturers recommended age is 12mths+, but both of my children enjoyed it before this age. On the bottom of the drum is an on/off switch with an option of setting the drum to two different volume levels. I have found the battery life of this toy to be excellent.
I went to the Early Learning Centre with my husband on his pay day with our oldest when she was nearly a year old. I did not want to buy anything as she does not play with many of her toys, she prefers to play with everything she should not!! Hubby wanted to buy the whole store (as usual)! The drum caught my eye as it is brightly coloured. I gave it to her to play with and she loved it immediately. She loved the lights that appear on the top of drum when you beat it, so I thought she has to have it. When we got home she played with it ages. The top of the drum lights up and makes sounds when you beat it, there are also 3 buttons on the side that either make sounds or play different melodies for approximately 30 seconds. She especially loves the melodies as she can place the drum on the floor and dance. It also has a button at the bottom to mute and lower the volume - believe me, this is a necessary button!! As well as being fun, the drum teaches her that her actions are making the noises. In the beginning she would press the buttons and then look at me when the sounds came and look shocked. Now she plays away knowing exactly what she is doing. She has had it for 5 months and is not bored of it yet.
When my daughter was a baby she was never much a fan of toys, she would look at them and play with them but she never really enjoyed it. It was for her first Christmas when she received the ELC Lights and sound drum. I can definitely say that this was the toy that would have her fascinated and laughing for hours on end. The light and sound drum is an odd shaped thing, its sort of like the shape of an egg timer. Its design consists of four colours, green, yellow, orange and blue. The colours are bright and attractive and will draw babies into to play with it and examine the fascinating coloured object. Its very basic in terms of what it does but for a babies educational toy it has lots of different functions to aid learning and development. The drum is activated by touch, not with drum sticks however but with babies hands. The idea is to bang on the top of the drums surface to reveal a colour and a funny noise. Every time the drum is hit the colour changes, at least until it comes to the end of the cycle and it starts back at the same colour again. The noises are different every time as well creating move of an interest for babies rather than it being repetitive. There are three buttons that go around the middle section of the drum these are all overly large and easy for babies to be able to press. The idea is to press a different button to here a different type of sound. There is a button with a picture of a drum which plays drum related noises when you hit it, there is one with a swirl which plays noises which could only be described as nonsense however still entertaining and engaging for little ones. The last button has a music note, the noises that come from this are similar to those from the swirl button however the noises have a little more melody and a slight tone to it. The entire drum is made from plastic however the top cover is made from a lighter, thinner sort of plastic, despite it still feeling solid it does not hurt under the hand if you spend a great deal of time hitting it. The drum does not have to be hit hard to activate it anyway, I wouldn't even call it a hit, just a light tap, even for a baby. For me to activate it I just have to touch the top slightly with my finger, giving it a little tap. I don't think my daughter would have liked it if she couldn't active it, I am sure it would have frustrated her. The light and sound drum encourages babies to develop the sensory skills, fine motor skills and there hand eye co-ordination. Despite it looking rather simple it introduces baby to rhythm and colour and allows them to see that they have to act and activate it for it to work and show them the pretty colours. My daughter really loved this toy, when she first used it I almost thought I could see on her face that she was working out that it was activated by her touch. She looked curious but like she was trying to work something out. Real concentration. She would smile the biggest smile when she heard the happy music and saw the flashing colours. As she grew however the toy did start to take more of a bashing. As she discovered her strength so did the poor drum. I'm happy to say though, it is still in one piece and works fine, so there is a definite tick for durability. The drum is designed from 12 months + and I would say it lasts until around 2 years. My daughter stopped playing with hers at around this age anyway. I really like this toy and I can't fault it in any way. It has two volume buttons one on quiet and one on loud but the quiet one is definitely loud enough. It is easy to clean and maintain and the batteries have lasted for the duration that it has been played with. It costs around £10.00 from early learning centre, which for such a good fun and educating toy is a bargain. Highly recommended.