Skip to content

Kids Can Rock Out After School With These Music Toys

Time for them to put down the books and pump up the jams!

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns



Class at the “After-School of Rock” is now in session! Kids can teach themselves how to play the piano, strum along on a guitar, or rock out on the drums in their off-hours after school. Even the littlest Beethovens and headbangers can get in on the action with musical toys for the post-preschool hours. The afternoon is alive...with the sound of music!

Melissa & Doug Wooden Beginner Recorder

I'm not sure who decided that all school-aged children must learn to play the recorder, but it's pretty much a rite of passage. Seriously, pretty much everyone seems to learn how to play "Hot Cross Buns" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" at some point. Now your kid can follow along with the tradition with the Melissa & Doug Wooden Beginner Recorder and see how many tunes they can master.

Mukikim Rock & Roll It Rainbow Piano

Kids don't need a giant baby grand to learn how to play the piano. With the Mukikim Rock & Roll It Rainbow Piano, they can easily learn to play the piano without all of the fuss. They can simply roll out the portable piano after school and start learning how the keys all come together. The small piano plays just as well as the real thing and even includes various keyboard tones, demo songs, echo/sustain, and a playback feature.

Mukikim Rock & Roll It Code Drum

The best part of this portable drum set? It can plug into headphones! Well, at least that's the best part for parents. But for real, kids will love the ease of this educational drum set. The set uses a series of color-coded patterns to teach kids how to play the drums, making it easier than ever. Don't be fooled by the size of this drum kit, as it still packs a big punch. The set features drum sounds, professional demos, instrumental accompaniment tracks, and a record and playback feature, so kids can play right alongside their favorite songs.

Melissa & Doug Learn-to-Play Piano

Kids are never too young to start a new hobby. Little ones will love exploring all of the sounds of this two-octave, 25-key piano, while older ones will love to follow the color-coded keys to learn how to play nine basic songs. By Christmas break, they'll be ready for a full-blown concert. 

Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box - Hum! Jangle! Shake!

The after-preschool jam session is about to be the hottest ticket in town, thanks to the Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box set. Kids can rock out on the xylophone, go for that kazoo solo, or shake the jingle stick as fast as they can. They'll have groupies following them around town before you know it.

Loog Mini Guitar

They'll be the talk of the school talent show when they show up ready to rock out on the guitar. Kids can use their time after school to learn how to play the guitar with the Loog Mini Guitar. The mini guitar is made specifically for kids. So what does that mean exactly? The smaller guitar has three strings instead of six, so they can nail their finger placement and get the notes right every single time.

Singing Machine Superstar Bluetooth Sing-Along System

Help them earn that solo in chorus class this year. Let the Singing Machine Superstar Bluetooth Sing-Along System get them there. After school, plug in the machine and queue up their favorite tunes. Have kids start off slow to warm up their voice and work up to the belt-worthy hits. By the time their audition comes around, they'll be hitting all those high notes with ease. 

Hape Mini Band Set

It's never too early to get your little ones involved in music — Beethoven was like 12 years old by the time he was composing full concert sets, right? Set your kids off on an early musical journey and let them explore different sounds using a ukulele, tambourine, clapper, rattle, or rainmaker. They can stick to a solo act or invite more toddlers over and form a hit band — all after naptime, of course.  

Skoogmusic Skoog 2.0 Tactile Musical Interface

Sure, your kid knows all about guitars, drums, and pianos, but have they ever heard of a Skoog? This tactile musical instrument is about to blow their mind. Connect it with their iPad and watch the music come to life by twisting, squeezing, or tapping the Skoog. It will let them see — and hear — musical instruments in a whole new light.   

Updated June 2022