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Toy of the Week – Early Melodies Pound & Tap Bench
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:47:00 AM
Playtime with your baby can be a fun and educational
experience, and incorporating toys can bring both excitement, as well as a new
tool for learning. Through the use of different baby toys, your child can learn
about colors, sounds, different textures, and the new wonderful senses they
This week there’s a new baby toy that encompasses all of
these, and will both help your baby’s cognitive development, as well as keep
them entertained for a while.
Introduction to Music
The Early Melodies Pound & Tap Bench is a fun
musical toy that can be your child’s first hands-on introduction to music. It
acts as both a percussion instrument and a xylophone, allowing for your baby to
create different sounds based on their desires.
Tapping the balls that lay above the xylophone will send
them plunking down on the keys, causing a chaotic mixture of music. Removing
the keyboard from below, though, allows your baby to hammer away, creating
melodies of their own. Each option gives your child the ability to learn
musical skills, as well as hear and understand the new sounds that they create
with their own hands.
Sounds and Colors
While the Early Melodies Pound & Tap Bench is a
wonderful musical toy, it also acts as a learning tool for other senses. The
xylophone is a mix of colors, with each one representing a different key and
sound. The balls above are also colored differently, corresponding to the color
While the colors present will help with visual recognition, they
will also help the child understand the musical connection. As each color
represents a different note, they will begin to understand the music created
through both a visual and audial manner.
Up and Down the Scale
Unlike a traditional xylophone, this fun musical toy has a
distinctive ladder shape. The higher the ladder goes, the higher the pitch
produced. While this is a logical sequence, this shape will also help your baby
begin to understand the connection between the level of the keys and the pitch
of the notes. This understanding of cause and effect is an important part of
learning in all matters.
The Early Melodies Pound & Tap Bench also greatly
improves another developing attribute of youngsters: hand eye coordination. While
playing any musical instrument can be a boon to the development of this
important skill, this musical toy is specifically designed for such learning.
With this toy, your baby has the ability to pound away with
the hammer as they create a variety of melodies and sounds. As they grasp it
with their newly acquired motor skills, they will have to learn how to strike
the keys correctly in order to produce the sounds that they want.
Additionally, they will encounter a whole new challenge when
attempting to grasp and control the balls above the xylophone. While their
small hands might struggle at first to hold tightly, these different shapes and
tools will help them develop their motor skills and understand the many uses
for their brand new hands and feet.