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I bought this for my Grandson when he was about 8 months old. He has enjoyed playing with it a lot and now a year on still enjoys bashing away at it to create as much noise as possible. It's great quality and I'm glad I bought it him. +++ What is it? +++ This is shaped roughly like a grand piano and is made from a very robust plastic and is very durable. On the top it has a xylophone type design with 4 metal bars with white clips holding them in place. These vary in size, gradually getting smaller and are blue, green, yellow and red. Beneath them, there are keys that are made to look like the keys of a piano. These are big and the same colour as the block above it. +++ What does it do? +++ The idea of this is to encourage children to see about how when they press a button it makes a noise. Each button makes a noise- a nice chime like a xylophone. When you press each one in turn it actually sounds like the noise of a train announcement starting in a train station! You can also tap the bars at the top to create noise like that too although it doesn't come with a beater but of course you can create your own with something- we often use spoons. +++ Fun for children +++ It does seem to be fun for children and I think this is because it's a noisy toy and all children love noisy toys but also because it's very easy to use. The keys are easy to press even for little children. My grandson was able to press the keys down by himself as soon as we bought this for him. They are chunky enough for his fingers to press the right one and light so he doesn't have to apply much pressure. He used to chuckle away as he made it make the noise. He also likes to hit it with a wooden spoon to get the sounds that way too. It's nice to watch him play. +++ Education +++ Yes it's an educational toy. You can teach children about colours as these are big and bold. You can also teach children a bit about music by just talking about how one note sounds higher than the other. They will learn skills like listening too and how to use their hands carefully to press the key they wish. It's nice to see them learn like this. +++ Quality +++ This is a very robust toy. It has been dropped, knocked over and well loved but still remains in very good condition. The bars have never come out of their spaces and there are no scratches or anything upon this. It is well cased with the robust plastic which makes it really very apt for the age group it is intended for. +++ conclusion +++ This is a very good toy. It's nice and chunky so good for young children and colourful so it is appealing for them. Children enjoy noisy toys and this certainly is one although the chimes it makes are not excessively loud so it isn't like some of the very noisy toys that you can buy. I am pleased we bought this, my grandson has had lots of enjoyment from it and it's nice to see him learning too.
We bought the red Little Tikes Baby Tap a Tune Piano for our daughter when she was just 5.5 months old from Toys 'r' Us and now a year later it is still played with almost daily. It was one of her first musical toys, and probably one of her favourites, even now. The Little Tikes Baby Tap a Tune Piano is a durable, plastic mini 'piano' although it sounds more like a xylophone. It requires no batteries, which is a big plus if you're not after electronic toys. The piano has four keys in different colours and go from low to high notes, they are smooth and rounded. They are very easy to press, our daughter got the hang of tapping (or rather bashing) them almost instantly. There are no loose parts on this toy, and it's quite light, my toddler has no problem picking this out from her toy box. Although this toy is bulky, it is very small, a perfect size for little ones. It has survived being thrown around the place, the keys have been bashed to no end over the last year and still going strong! A very sturdy little toy. I have a feeling this toy will last for years to come, and I have every intention of keeping this for future children. I would definitely recommend this to others.
My son had the Little Tikes Baby Tap a Tune Piano from the age of about 4 months old and he played with it until he was about 2 years old. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it, but it is currently available on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) for £12.66 which I think is a really good price for a toy that will last for a significant length of time. Although my son is now 3 years old and isn't really interested in it any more, but the toy is still in really good condition and so I am able to pass it on to someone else who will appreciate it. The Little Tikes Baby Tap a Tune Piano is a little piano with just four keys that a child can tap away on and make noise. There are four keys of different colours, namely green, blue, red and orange - and each has a corresponding metal xylophone type bar on top of the piano. The keys do make a slightly different sound but they are all high pitched tinkling sounds that seem to appeal to small children. The noise made is sufficient enough to be evident to the child banging it, but it is not so loud that it would be too intrusive to anyone else. The Little Tikes Baby Tap a Tune Piano has no loose parts on it and so there is nothing that be lost or present a choking hazard to a baby. It is also very sturdy and there are really no parts that can come loose. It is a major bonus that there are no batteries needed either. It is predominantly made of plastic and so if it gets sticky then it can simply be wiped over without any issues. Overall, this is a good traditional style toy that my son really enjoyed for a time. What child doesn't like making noise?
This is a fun little piano that uses sound, music and colour to entertain. The body of the piano is made out of a thick red plastic and i like the fact that it is made in the shape of a grand piano so even though it doesn't actually look like a real piano you get a sense that they are trying to make it look a bit authentic. Little tikes say the piano is suitable for kids aged 6 months to three years. I definitely agree that six months is a great age to start playing with this toy as because it sits horizontal on the floor its easy for a crawling baby or a baby who like to spend time on their tummy to just lay there are tap away at the keys. The music and the tapping effect definitely keep my little boy entertained for quite a while and he loves the sound that he is actually making all by himself. My girl at two and a half does like to bang the keys now and again and to play a bit of a tune but its just for a few moments and there is not enough on this basic piano to keep her entertained for longer than that. To be a bit more exciting you need a toy with more aspects to it but for little babies this is great. The piano has four keys, blue, green, yellow and orange. The keys are very easy to press and only need the slightest of touches for baby to make a sound so its great in that respect. On the top of the piano are the musical bars like you would find on a xylophone. These go in scale and note order, blue being the largest note going down to orange which is the smallest, highest note. And basically, that is all this piano consists of, its simple, yet fun and effective. Its quite a sturdy toy and because it has quite a wide base it stands up easily and will not fall to the side. If it gets thrown (don't ask!!) it does make quite a bit of a noise but hopefully that will not happen in your house). The piano is fairly cheap, it costs in the £10 region and is a nice way of introducing music to your little ones.
When our youngest celebrated her first birthday we struggled a bit when searching for something for her. We have four children and so being the youngest means she has a lot of handed down things. I hadn't really decided on anything when I stumbled across a set of Little Tikes musical instruments at Asda's online store. Amazingly we had managed to get to child number four with relatively few musical instruments. We did have some fancy wooden ones but as they barely made a sound they had been sent off to the charity shop years ago. I thought the instruments looked colourful and inviting and as they were Little Tikes I also felt confident that they would be well made and robust. They were priced at £7 for a set of instruments which included two maracas, a drum and the Tap-a-Tune piano. I ordered the item online and had it delivered to the store and when I went to collect my order the same set of instruments was £15. The Tap-a-tune Piano is made of bright yellow plastic and has keys like a piano and metal bars like a xylophone. When you strike the keys they hit the underside of the metal bars and make a sound but you can also use an object to hit the bars themselves. I was really pleased with the look and quality of the toy and after seeing the in store price felt I had got a real bargain. The recommended age range for this toy is age 6 months and over. I would say that this is about right as a younger baby would not be sitting up properly in order to play with this toy. Initially my daughter seemed to like the Tap-a-Tune piano and played with it quite a bit, not every day and I wouldn't say it was a favourite but she did seek it out to play with it. Unfortunately the new toy soon became neglected in favour of other things that made more noise or were more girly. My daughter is now fast approaching her second birthday and the Tap-a-Tune piano has long since been forgotten. I recently took it to the charity shop and I don't think it has been missed at all. Unfortunately although the toy is well made and colourful it just doesn't offer enough to hold a Childs interest. There seem to be so many toys that have flashing lights or speak and makes noises that a more traditional simpler toy like this just doesn't do enough. I could quite happily live without all the noisy toys but my kids all seem to love them. I would recommend this toy because it is well made and does offer some entertainment value as well as helping with hand eye coordination. Unfortunately it might not hold their interest for very long so I would certainly look around for an offer or bargain price.
I bought this along with the drum and maracas in a set for my seconds sons first Christmas, he was only 2 months old at the time but I couldn't resist. I paid £15 for the set from Woolworths. My eldest son had a little toy drum kit already so I couldn't give him this one as well! This little piano is made of a really strong sturdy yellow plastic, it's really tough and has taken numerous throws down the stairs over the years, the little keys are brightly coloured in green, blue, red and orange and once pressed they hit the little coloured metal key on top to make a ting sound. The metal keys are housed on a sturdy white plastic block which is inset into the yellow base. It's chunky yet still small enough to sit on a little ones lap for them to bash away at the keys to their hearts content. The notes are harmonised and follow each other in succession. Little tunes can played on it and even I find myself tinkling away! The best thing about this however is that it is baby powered, no batteries required! It has served my children really well over the last 8 years and my 4 year old still plays with it now, as well as throws it down the stairs. It is very sturdily made and shows no signs of wear at all.
One of the toys my daughter received for her second birthday was this little tikes piano. It costs around £10 from argos but it was included in a music gift set that contained a drum and some rattles. It is made of durable plastic and very well mad as I have found all little tikes toys are. It has 4 keys at the front of the toy which are each a different colour blue green yellow and orange. On top of the toy are the chimes which are connected to the keys and these all have the same colours on them. The toy itself is quite chunky but not too big so that little one can pick it up and move it around themselves. It has been dropped so many time by all 3 of my children and still there is no scratch or any apparent mark to the toy. It is easy to be cleaned a quick wipe with a cloth and it comes up nicely from sticky fingers. The keys are very light and easy to press. They can be pressed down separately or together and each one plays a different key. The sound is more xylophone rather than a piano but all the same it is not loud but loud enough to keep the child interested. Age range recommendation is 2+ apparently from the box we received it in but I tend to disagree. My son used it from around 6 months knowing he had to hit the keys to make sound. There are no small parts so there is no danger for younger children. My eldest boy just about to turn 4 also loves to have a go on this piano he loves performing to us all his latest song. Another well made and loved toy by little tikes.
I have recently been donated some toys for my baby daughter. I like the fact that people give me toys for my children because they get to experience all the toys on the market most of the time. This toy has got to be the most annoying toy for me but the most amusing for all of my children. This is a very simple toy, it is in the shape of a small piano that is made from red plastic with plastic coloured keys and metal coloured bars that make the sound. There are 4 keys one blue, one green, one yellow and one orange, the metal note bars are also these colours which are matched with the keys. When you hit the coloured keys they will send a bar up to the bar keys to make it make a noise. You can not see this mechanism but that is how I assume it is working. The sound from this toy is like a xylophone but with less keys which I think is very good. We have invested in children's xylophones over the years and they have always come with a stick for the child to be able to make the music, this is all done internally in this which means my young children are not able to put anything in their mouth. This is a very safe toy for babies and gives the same effect of a bigger version. I would like this to be made with more keys and think that this would be very good in a full sized xylophone. There is no chocking hazard which is the best thing about this and it is very light to handle although it looks very heavy. It is very brightly coloured and I am in the process of teaching my daughter colours which this is helping with. My older daughter keeps banging it most of the day so the sound does go on abit in our house. This has no need for batteries which is good and I have found that it is £9.99 bought on amazon. This is being played with a lot at the minute and wished that I had seen this sooner and bought it when my other children were young. I think this is a good toy for children due to teaching them sounds and colours. I have found that all children like to play with this and my house is turning into a recording studio with all different instruments being played at the same time. This is a good toy for babies and is very safe. I would recommend this to all parents for young children but they can make a lot of noise with it so good luck. I wished they made it with more keys and it could have also been developed to look like a piano that a child could sit at and play.
One afternoon at a boot sale at a local school, my mum spotted a stall full of brand new looking toys! Always one for a bargain she was straight off for a look and a few minutes later she came back with a Little Tikes Baby Tap A Tune Piano which looked as though it had never been played with, and cost her the unbelievable sum of just 50 pence!! The piano is small and chunky with four "xylophone" bars and has four brightly coloured chunky keys to press which makes the noise. The four colours are green, blue, red and orange and go down in size from the left hand side starting with the green. The surround of the piano is yellow so it is bright and appealing to children. With the keys being big and chunky it is easy for your child to play and make the "music" as they can just hit the keys with their little fists! My daughter was just over six months old at the time of receiving this toy, and now at almost three she still really loves to play with it! The first time she was introduced to the piano, she showed very little interest so I would sit and tap the buttons to try and encourage her to play with it - she was more interested in things she could chew at this point!! A good few months later she decided to have her first real play with it, and she has never looked back - anything that makes a noise was very popular with her once she hit 12 months!! I can't believe how much of a hit this was with my daughter, she would happily sit and bash at the keys for long periods of time and would "sing" along and giggle all the time she was playing. While it was lovely to hear at first, it did start to grate on me a bit after a while, and she seemed to play more when we had company!! The piano is a great quality, we have had it over two years now and it is still in fantastic condition and to say that we didn't have it from new I am so impressed with it. There has been no fading in the colours like you can get with some toys, the sound is still as good as it was the day we got it so I cannot praise it enough. Cleaning the piano is extremely easy, it just simply wipes clean and recently my daughter decided to put it in the washing up as she said it needed a wash and I am happy to say it didn't affect it in the slightest! You can find the piano for sale on Amazon for £9.99 which I think is a cracking price for a toy that has brought so much enjoyment for my daughter and I am sure it will for your children too! I would say this toy will last years, and when my little girl decides she has had enough I will be passing it on to my friend who has just had a baby and be happy in the knowledge that it is still really like new! Fantastic from Little Tikes, yet again!! Thank you for reading my review :)
Musical instruments are great for little ones with you can put up with the noise. I found this when we were buying instruments for our song when he was 9 months old and now 11 months he still plays with it. It is a very light plastic baby piano he can pick it up easily it has round corners with brightly coloured keys that he can press and the sound that comes out of it is quite pleasant considering it is a noisy toy. I love musical instruments I think they are brilliant because they don't need batteries and the baby can make there own noise from it and the louder they can be the more they enjoy the toy. When I am in the mood I give our son a plastic stick to bash the xylophone keys on the top of it only if I am playing beside him because I don't want everything in the house to be hit. The sound when you hit the keys on the top doesn't sound very good but he likes it. The toy is very strong and can be dropped and hit without it breaking and is easy to clean it was £10 when we bought it expensive for a musical toy but worth it because it will last years.
This is one of the toys my daughter recieved when she was much younger, that is still going strong and now lives in the 'visitors' toy box ( the box I bring out when my friends with toddlers come round for a coffee). I believe my daughter was around 6 months old when she first recieved this , and if I'm honest, she initially showed very little interest, instead enjoying such varied activities as sucking on her own toes, putting things in her mouth, or making a mess . As this was not small enough to fit into her mouth, and was not capable of making a mess, she showed very little interest until 18 months old, when her new fascination was noise! At this point, she discovered that while this toy was not messy or gummable, it certainly was noisy. A small, brightly coloured object with four 'Xylophone' style metal bars, and four brigh chunky keys to hit the bars, it was a simple matter for her to bash her chubby little fist on the keys and create plenty of noise, assuring her of the adults full attention. She would quite happily sit and bash away at this for hours, and she was even more delighted to discover that hitting the metal bars with sticks would also produce noise. This toy then became a social activity - she would take the keys, and I would be presented with some kind of bashing implement, and told to 'make noise'. With my daughter having very little concept of an actual tune, what would follow was several minutes of bashing around loudly until I could distract her with a biscuit or something and salvage some small amount of sanity before developing a full blown headache . Whilst listening to this may have given me a headache , cleaning it didn't. It was easy to wipe clean, which came in useful after a particularly energetic 'tune' from my daughter led to her vomiting all over it. Lovely . At least it all came off easily with a quick swish in the sink and a going over with a baby wipe. My duaghter tired of this by the time she was four - still playing with it occasionally but by this time much prefering things that could talk to her AND make noisse. Nevertheless, the toy was still going strong, with nothing but a slight fading of the yellow base to indicate it was anything other than new . Reluctant to throw away a toy that was still in excellent working order, I put it away 'for the next baby', which has so far failed to materialise. However, having recently made several new friends all with toddlers, this now gets regular airings when they come to visit, and it seems to be very popular with kids still . Sometimes, it's the simplest designs that are the best - and it doesn't get much simpler than this . This toy has lasted for ages, and I honestly can't see a time when it will become un-usable. It's sturdy and well made, easy to clean, and simple to use. In short, it's perfect, and at just under a tenner, it is excellent value too . 5 stars .
Ping a Ting Ting. Ding a Ling Ping. That's what this little piano sounds like. Instead of the usual head frying noises that you find from some other children's instruments. I knew that getting our one year old some musical instruments for christmas was really playing with fire, I don't have a huge amount of tolerance for lots of household noise. I think I maybe expect too much of the kids; that they should be mini Tchaikivskys rather than noise makers. Ok, I'm not that bad, but I do like things to sound nice. However, as I play some instruments myself, I hope to pass this love of music on to my children. The Little Tikes piano is the first musical instrument my daughter has met and she loves it. We purchased a Little Tikes music kit from Tescos in a special offer. It was £15 for the piano, some maracas and a drum. The piano is by far the favourite. Both children love it, even though it is really for small kiddiwinkless of 6m+ Actually, every time my three year old passes it, he can't help but tinkle the keys on it. I have to admit that I'm quite partial to giving it a little tinkle myself. If you are wondering why we all seem to like the piano, it is because it makes a little high pitched noise that really sounds like something beautiful. Almost like angels dancing. If you push the keys hard the noise is a little louder. If you press them gently then it's like a flower singing a song. It is just lovely. It's just so hard to describe. The piano sounds more like a xylophone than a piano really, and there is a good reason for this, as it has a xylophone on the top of it. According to other reviews, there should be a stick to tap the xylophone keys, but we didn't get one so I must investigate that. We use a stick from the drum that was in the pack. Now, here's the bad part, although the keys sound very nice, and much nicer than most other musical toys that we have at home, you don't have enough keys to teach the children a song. But as a starting instrument for children, you could certainly do a lot worse. Even if they are banging on it, it doesn't bother my ears too much. It is robust. It needs to be with my two, it has been repeatedly dropped and stood on, and used as a step to reach things they should not be reaching. But every day they will both still play with this little bright piano at some stage. It has been a very good purchase for us and I would recommend it to any parents out there with children 9 months until around 2 years.
My little girl used to love this when she was a baby, as it is bright and colourful, allowing her the chance to make pleasant tunes (well, she thought they were). I was given this by a friend, and Lucie used to get a lot of enjoyment out of it. There are four, bright keys, which when pressed play different notes. There was also a stick to allow her to use the top pieces of metal at the top as an xylophone. I think this is great for children aged 6 months - 12 months, as it is colourful and noisy, which are the two main things children love. It allows you to try and teach colours early, and to encourage early efforts at tunes. Another key advantage is that the piano is small, so it does not take up too much space. Made by Little Tikes, it comes from a brand I can trust. The only disadvantage for me was that after about 12-14 months, Lucie did not seem as interested in this toy. I would say its useful period is a little over 6 months. However during this time, it will provide lots of amusement as fun. For example, Lucie would press buttons, as I used to sing nursery rhymes. This is hysterical at 9 months old.
The Little Tikes Baby Tap a Tune Piano is a simple, fun toy aimed at babies. I bought this for my son when he was 7 months old, and it has provided hours of entertainment. I purchased it from Tesco for around £10. The piano has four chunky, easy-to-press coloured keys which produce different sounds (going up or down the scale) when pressed. The toy is well designed for babies and has smooth, round edges - there are no easily removable parts. It is designed for ages: 6 to 36 months and is an ideal first instrument for little ones. The piano is small so easy to store. It is mainly made from plastic so can be easily cleaned by wiping over with a damp cloth. My little boy is now 2 and still plays with his Little Tikes piano. He has begun to follow instructions to press the different coloured keys to produce simple tunes (rather than selecting at random!) - so it's also great for teaching/practicing colours. He sometimes uses a drumstick (from another toy) to tap the metal plates so it can be used like a xylophone too.
This was one of the first toys I purchased for my daughter. Having a keen interest in music myself, I wanted to introduce her to child friendly instruments as soon as possible in the hope that she may to gain a love for music. This toy is made by the reputable Little Tikes brand and can be picked up in the majority of toys stores for around £10. They are very bright and come in a range of different colours. Our little tikes piano is predominantly red and the piano keys are blue, green, yellow and orange and they produce a xylophone type sound when pressed. It is nice and chunky making it easy to carry. There are no removable parts which also helps to make it a nice enjoyable safe toy. It is very hard to make any kind of known song from the keys and believe me I have tried, this is because the last button is in a completely different key to the first three, making even Twinkle twinkle little star impossible. This is slightly annoying as it would have been nice to have shown my daughter how to play some well known nursery rhymes on here. We have now had this toy nearly three years and it is still in as new condition, despite numerous occasions being dropped or banged on the floor. It has not inherited any bumps or scratches and is a really hardwearing toy. The keys are very light and easy to press and my son used to enjoy sitting it on his lap whilst he was in his rocker and pressing the keys whilst rocking. He was six months old when he first starting doing this and was able to press the keys with ease. The toy itself is made from a hardwearing plastic which also makes it easy to wipe clean as well as being very durable. Overall this is a fantastic toy and I shall be buying another of these for my nephew for his birthday. I would highly recommend this toy as it can also help children to recognise colours as well as building up an early appreciation for sounds and music.
This adorable colourful little piano is just the right size for little ones! Press the colourful keys to hear the musical notes which go up and down the scale! Tap a Tune Piano features four easy to press keys with smooth, gently rounded corners! A wonderful way to develop a sense of rhythm!