When my daughter was younger, I would dread whenever someone gave her a toy that made noise she could control. Of course she would love it, but the incessant squeaking or rattling would begin to make this momma go crazy. However, as she gets older and shows an interest in learning how to sing and play instruments, I welcome the sounds that fill my house. As a matter of fact, early exposure to interactive toys such as instruments is said to help develop a child’s sensory and fine motor skills. They can also stimulate imagination and creativity and build confidence.
Unfortunately, a lot of the musical instruments for kids are more toys than functional. Case in point, my daughter wanted to a guitar. So I went and bought her a little guitar. It was cute and pretty and as soon as she saw it she lit up. However, when she actually began to strum it, it didn’t sound like a guitar. She looked at me like she was doing something wrong. We listen to a lot of music and she can recognize what a guitar sounds like and all she knew as this was not it. Still she happily pretended to strum and sing. She told me she wanted a real guitar one day because this was her “fake one”.
When we received the pBuzz, I was eager to see if this was going to be one of those toy instruments. I am pleased to report that it was definitely a great musical education instrument versus a cute, nonfunctional toy. The pBuzz (brought to us from the Warwick Music Group) is meant to be a fun and easy way to introduce brass playing to children ages 3-6.
The pBuzz is bright and colorful, so my 4 year old was interested right away. My daughter is quite petite and given the substantial size of the instrument, I was nervous that it would be too heavy or cumbersome for her to handle. However, it was very lightweight and she easily picked it up and is able to hold it upright for quite some time.
What I found really great was how easy it is to play. My daughter was able to figure it out all on her own. There are indicators (hand images) to show how to hold it properly. And away she played.
After a few sessions of her feeling comfortable holding, sliding and playing the instrument, I went to the pBuzz website where you can find teaching aids such as various color coded tunes to learn! It’s a wonderful tool to also assist in learning how to follow music notes.
No, its not a quiet toy. No, her rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb doesn’t quite sound the way it should. But she’s learning and having fun in the process. Our house is always loud, filled with music and laughter. And I wouldn’t want it any other way!
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