The best things about toddlers? They don’t know that their sense of rhythm (and sometimes fashion) will be considered cringey in future years (aka middle school). They will bust a move anytime or anywhere, drum circle or not, seriously – dropping it low in line at Chipotle, doing a cha cha waiting for the light to change at the street corner, or breakdancing in the crib. Couple this with the incessant banging and hitting that is toddlerhood, and you have the makings of the cutest beginner rock band yet.
Toddlers love drumming for the same reason we all do, the transformative effect of the rhythm. Well that, and the fact that they’ll do anything to get us to pay attention to them. Just when you thought you could have a minute to fold laundry or prepare dinner in peace. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Whether you’re looking for a quick distraction so you can finally take a pee break, or you’ve decided that it’s time dad got payback for the day you’ve endured, check out our favorite picks when it comes to drum sets. Each of these junior drum sets will provide your littles with hours of entertainment. We promise that some even come with the blessing of volume control!
Best Baby & Toddler Drum Toys
If your house is going to turn into a zoo anyway, why not bring the elephant and join the fun? The VTech Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums’ cute and compact design even has a bass pedal that moves the elephant’s trunk adding animal fun to the multiple game modes. Don’t want to hinder your little one’s creativity? Put it in freestyle mode and let them show off what they’ve got!
The Little Tikes Tap-A-Tune Drum is the perfect drum for those little ones who are just getting the hang of their hand-eye coordination or enjoy using your cookware as their entertainment. This durable instrument, complete with two large drumsticks, will withstand all the banging and shenanigans your infant can drum up (pun intended).
Looking to ignite those synapses on a deeper level? Hey you might as well get something other than a headache out of all the racket they’re creating! Enter the Ohuhu Multi-Function Toys Kids Drum Set which also features a piano keyboard and a xylophone. This educational power house not only allows for creative expression but also teaches colors, numbers, and sounds.
What’s up croc?? Please excuse our #MomJokes. This crocodile-themed music band set (including a drum, xylophone, guiro wooden block, and bell) will have your LO making beautiful sounds and developing a sense of rhythm at an early age. For double the fun, enlist a BFF or sibling to add to the commotion (err, music) making. If you’re at all familiar with HABA toys, then you already know that they like to utilize bright colors and high-quality craftsmanship in each prototype. The all-in-one design is a real space saver, especially when you already have what feels like a bajillion toys in the playroom. The drum fits neatly in the crocodile’s base—while the mallets can be concealed in the alligator’s mouth. Says one Amazon customer, “The Symphony Croc was the perfect gift for my daughter. She loves to play music and this was the perfect gift for her. Made of great quality and is durable!”
Best Toddler Drum Set From Walmart
Jam packed with lights and sirens (and volume control) the Best Choice Kids Electronic Toy Drum Set even includes an adjustable sing-along microphone and a stool. The microphone is really the true star here (more than your own little one) with professional sounding acoustics (professional in a kids world). Rumor has it, you might even get the dishes done while your kiddo rocks out.
Best Drum Set for Beginners
Fact: Little kids love multiple-piece instrument sets that are cute and come in bright colors. This zoo animal-themed set (consisting of a drum set, percussion, tambourine, trumpet, maraca, harmonica, and flute) is no exception. Oh, what fun—right?! When it comes to early childhood development, this toy will allow them to sharpen their fine motor skills and breathing skills as well as their hand-eye coordination. The best part? At the end of the day, you can stow away all the toys into the drum which doubles as a convenient storage box. Shares one mama, “My 18-month daughter had the biggest smile on her face! We had my parents over this past weekend and unveiled this set for the first time. I get excited when my little girl likes something, but OH MY her face lit up so bright! She banged on the drum with joy, and we all chimed in with an instrument. Superb little assortment for the price.”
Even though this VTech KidiBeats Drum Set has four ways to play, it’s so not annoying, you won’t even need to take the batteries out! We love the 9 preset melodies and four different electronic drum options, providing hours of entertainment or battles amongst siblings.
Not everything needs to be electronic. There is nothing cuter than watching the joy on the face of your little one when he figures out how to make noise the old fashioned way; on his own. The B. toys – Drumroll Please – Toy Drum Kit is designed with bright and fun colors and different textures, and 7 different instruments, perfect for developing imaginations. Even better, when the little drummer is done, it all packs back up into the drum with space saving intuition.
This high quality Rhythm Club Bongo Drum from Remo has a soft suede top for little hands to beat to two different types of drum sounds. The rubber base allows it to easily stay in place (aka not push it across your hardwood floors), but keeps it light enough for a toddler to carry around. This drum is truly more than a toy, it’s a durable, long lasting musical instrument.
Best Electronic Drum Set For Kids
Toddlers are nothing if not inquisitive. The Rabing Kids Drum Set has this figured out. Let their inner music mogul shine while engaging their curiosity with five options for play: flashing lights, sound effects, songs, rhythm, and drum simulation. Oh and did we mention the microphone and the little plus or minus button? Yes, volume control.
Best Junior Drum Sets
This set is perfect for the future Ringo Starr. Recommended for kids aged 3-6, the Mendini by Cecilio Junior Drum Set includes three drums, a cymbal, pair of wooden drum sticks, a padded stool, and comes in five different jewel tone options, offering something for every little diva!
If storytime drum circles are more your style, then the warm (translation: NOT ANNOYING) tone of this Remo Kids Percussion Floor Tom Drum will beat to your tune. Compact and styled with a cute rainforest print theme around the base of the durable drum, your kids will be free to monkey around all day long.
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