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My daughter acquired many toys in the past 17 months and one of them is this Tomy Melody Maker I am about to review. My daughter (Sofia) has been lucky enough to receive this toy as a Christmas present from one of my friends when she was 10.5 months. This was the first time I came across this toy.
***What is Tomy Discovery Melody Maker?***
The name does give it away - literally it is a melody maker. Very clever quite simple musical toy to entertain your child and teach them about musical instruments and sounds they make. There are 5 instruments which upon being placed on the platform/ stage start to spin round and round whilst playing they own melody. Just add more instruments on or take them off to create an orchestra.
***What does it look like and what's included?***
The whole melody maker reminds me of shape of a star or a flower. It comes in one piece however I would say it is separated to two parts, bottom part with storage pocket for instrument and stage that it attached to it. Bottom part can be twisted anti-clockwise to reveal little pockets where each of 5 instruments can be stored. To close it again simply turn it clock wise, this can prevent from instruments getting lost. Each pocket is also marked with the picture of the instrument and also there is an inprint of the instrument at the bottom of the pocket. I have made this into the game by getting Sofia to match the instrument into the correct pocket. This is very beneficial in learning colours and developing sorting skills.
Melody maker is very bright, colourful and cheerful toy. Colours include bright green, orange green, blue, yellow and white. Certainly is very eye catching and it would be hard to miss it when passing by it.
Melody maker includes 5 instruments: drum (bright green), saxophone (yellow/pink), violin (white/orange), trumpet (blue) and last but not least piano (pink). Each instrument is right size for little hands, not too bit but not too small to worry about your little one swallowing it. What I like about these instruments is they are like little characters which each of them having eyes. Makes them look little cheeky. They are quite simply designed but in my opinion this is enough as it is quite clear what instrument they are representing. My daughter previously used them to chew on when she was teething and by inspecting each instrument, I can safely say that they do not show any sign of being chewed on.
Melody maker has also got two volume settings so you can maybe turn it down if it gets bit too much or switch it of altogether. Toy also has separated on/off button.
According to my very fine measuring skills, melody maker is around 14 inch in diameter. Exact measurements are 33 x 33 x 10 cm.
This toy is quite heavy for a baby or toddler to carry around, Sofia is 17.5 months and she does struggle when she tries to carry it around, toy weights just under 1kg.
You will require 3xC batteries which came with the toy already installed in it, I didn't need to change them yet and they are still going strong.
***How to play?***
It is quite simple. Just turn the melody maker on and start making music. Placing instrument characters on the stage makes is spin round and round the stage whilst making the sound of that particular instrument. Adding instruments on the stage one by one will then join in the music creating little spinning orchestra.
When we first opened this toy, Sofia was nearly 12 months old. I didn't open it straight away as she had loads of toys from Christmas that were more appropriate for her age. When we did open it, she initially just stared at all the instruments spinning around and didn't really get what to do with it.
As we played with the toy more and more, she started to get a gist of what to do and what the toy is for. She is now fully confident with playing with the toy and gets full enjoyment from it.
Sofia always puts one instrument on the stage and turns the toy on. The instrument then starts spinning and playing melody she then adds the rest of the instruments on whilst they are spinning. She quite often puts it on and off; she loves the fact that they stop spinning/start spinning just by pressing the button. She often wriggles her bum whilst playing with the toy so I would guess she likes the music too. It is not her favorite toy and she doesn't play with it on a daily basis but when she does, i can see she thoroughly enjoys it. She is now very good in putting correct instrument into its assigned pocket. Only think i would say is that it does not keep her entairtained for very long time (this may just be my daugher and maybe other kids will be entairtained for hours).
This toy is aimed for babies of 18 months of age or older. She did play with it earlier and did enjoy music so younger babies will probably enjoy it but I feel that now that she is a bit older, she understands it better and gets more out of it.
I have never seen this toy in the shop before but then I was not looking for it. It is widely available on-line through and you might be able to find it in Toys r us maybe. I have seen it on Amazon retailing at around £30 and also on Tomy website, currently on offer for £10 so definitely worth looking around.
Melody maker certainly is a very unique toy. I would probably never buy it for my daughter however she did and still does enjoy playing with it. It has some developmental and learning qualities as well. Other kids that visited were also entertained by it. I would recommend it if you get if for £10, to my opinion it is not worth spending £30 on it.
Giving it 4/5 stars as I think toy at full RPP is overpriced.