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Rock Out After School With These Music Toys

Put down the books and pump up the jams!

Margo Gothelf · 24 days ago

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Class at the “After-School of Rock” is now in session! Teach yourself how to play the piano, strum along on a guitar, or rock out on the drums in your 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! (aahhhhh....) And for grown-ups in the house, hot tip: Maybe invest in a pair of good headphones.

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, just ask your parents or aunts and uncles, and they'll probably tell you how they learned to play "Hot Cross Buns" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" back in the day. Follow along with the tradition with the Melissa & Doug Wooden Beginner Recorder and see how many tunes you can master.

Mukikim Rock & Roll It Rainbow Piano

Think you need a giant baby grand to learn how to play the piano? Think again. With the Mukikim Rock & Roll It Rainbow Piano, you can easily learn to play the piano without all of the fuss. 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 you can play right alongside your favorite songs.

Singing Machine Mic Guy Bluetooth Speaker

Sometimes you just need to belt out a tune — the Singing Machine Mic Guy can help with that. The portable karaoke speaker connects to any Bluetooth device, making singing easy no matter where you are. Sing along after school in your room, at the park, or bring it to your BFFs house for a group playdate. You can even make your own version of Carpool Karaoke on the way home from school. 

Melissa & Doug Learn-to-Play Piano

You're 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, you'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. Rock out on the xylophone, go for that kazoo solo, or shake the jingle stick as fast as you can. You'll have groupies following you around town before you know it.

Loog Mini Guitar

You'll be the talk of the school talent show when you show up ready to rock out on the guitar. Use your 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 you can nail your finger placement and get the notes right every single time. Hey, do you take requests?

Singing Machine Superstar Bluetooth Sing-Along System

Want to earn that solo in chorus class this year? Let the Singing Machine Superstar Bluetooth Sing-Along System help get you there. After school, plug in the machine and queue up your favorite tunes. Start off slow to warm up your voice and work up to the belt-worthy hits. By the time the audition comes around, you'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. Stick to a solo act or invite some fellow toddlers over and form a hit band — all after naptime, of course.  

Skoogmusic Skoog 2.0 Tactile Musical Interface

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