Best Musical Instruments for Kids of All Ages

The hills are alive with the sound of music! Looking to scale back a little on electronic toys? Then it's time to make some noise with cool musical instruments designed to bring harmony to the home without driving Mom and Dad completely crazy. Music plays a significant role in stimulating brain development, coordination and creativity in babies and kids. In celebration of the 33rd annual Music in Our Schools Month, we've taken note of the best instruments guaranteed to bring music to your ears. Whether you have a pint-sized percussionist or a budding Beethoven, get ready to rock!

Best Musical Instruments for Kids Fisher-Price Tambourine and Maracas Gift Set photo

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Fisher-Price Tambourine and Maracas Gift Set

Shake, rattle and roll, baby, with this Fisher-Price Tambourine and Maracas Gift Set. It's never too early to get into the groove of performing great music, and babies will get a good handle on building their fine motor skills. Perfect for a playpen or crib-side concert! Recommended for littles ages 3 months and up. ($13; target.com)

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Boomwhackers Chromatic Set

Ready to take a whack at making some entertaining sounds? Then strike up a tune with this Boomwhackers Chromatic Set. These five perfectly tuned percussion tubes can be struck against any solid surface to create a cool vibration. The set consists of five sharp notes and five flat notes. Babies will love the colors, and kids will love the sounds that they make. Recommended for ages 12 months and up. ($17; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone photo

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Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone

When it comes to this colorful Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone, your tiny tot will want to play it by ear. The musical pull-toy features eight keys and an attached mallet that won't get lost during a performance. Perfect for fine tuning hand-eye coordination and tapping into strengthening motor skills. Recommended for little ones ages 18 months and up. ($15; walmart.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Goplus Classical Kids Piano with Bench photo

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Goplus Classical Kids Piano with Bench

The key to making beautiful music? A really great piano! This Goplus Classical Kids Piano features 30 finely tuned piano keys for making beautiful music. Look out, Lady Gaga! Designed for kids ages 1 to 7. ($80; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Schylling Musical Handbells photo

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Schylling Musical Handbells

Looking for an instrument with a nice ring to it? These colorful, melodic Schylling Musical Handbells come with eight beautiful handbells, each playing a different note for a full octave range to entertain the entire family. Designed for kids ages 3 and up. ($35; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Drum! Click! Clack! 6-Piece Musical Instrument Set photo

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Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Drum! Click! Clack! 6-Piece Musical Instrument Set

Strike up the band and get ready to party with this Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Drum! Click! Clack! 6-Piece Musical Instrument Set. This magnificent musical set features six wooden instruments including two mallets, a Kokiriko, guiro shaker, spin drum and an agogo, which all work to help little ones improve hand-eye coordination and listening skills. Designed for kids ages 3 and up. ($22; target.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Nino Percussion Plastic Jingle Stick photo

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Nino Percussion Plastic Jingle Stick

Your kiddo will definitely get a fair shake when playing this Nino Percussion Plastic Jingle Stick. This handy tambourine-style instrument will hardly play second fiddle when added to the musical mix. Constructed with durable plastic and chrome-plated jingles. Designed for kids ages 3 and up. ($14; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Union One Earth UB1 Bongo Drums photo

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Union One Earth UB1 Bongo Drums

Nothing like dancing to the beat of your own drum, and kids will quickly get into the rhythm of playing these Union One Earth UB1 Bongo Drums. This set features quality wood shells with natural hide heads. Prepare for a banging good time! Designed for kids ages 9 and up. ($31; target.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Toy To Enjoy 3-Piece Musical Instrument Set photo

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Toy To Enjoy 3-Piece Musical Instrument Set

Kiddos, nothing wrong with tooting your own horn, and thanks to this 3-Piece Toy To Enjoy Musical Instrument Set, you can also play a saxophone and a clarinet with color-coded keys to ensure you never hit a bad note. Great for developing memory and motor skills. Designed for kids ages 3 and up. ($30; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Westco Finger Cymbals photo

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Westco Finger Cymbals

No need to clash with anyone while playing these Westco Finger Cymbals. Your musical genius will love clanging this pair of easy-to-hold wooden knob cymbals. Crafted to create awesome sounds, this musical instrument is way more fun than banging pots and pans. Designed for kids ages 3 and up. ($15; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Hape Toys Vibrant Guitar photo

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Hape Toys Vibrant Guitar

Listening to your little one strum a soft tune on this Hape Toys Vibrant Guitar will surely tug at your heartstrings. The six-string guitar comes with a guitar strap, two picks and an extra string. Great for strengthening hand-eye coordination and promoting musical creativity. Recommended for ages 4 and up. ($70; saksfifthavenue.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Nino Percussion Kids' 4-Piece Plastic Shaker Percussion Set photo

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Nino Percussion Kids' 4-Piece Plastic Shaker Percussion Set

Time to shake things up with this Nino Percussion Kids' 4-Piece Plastic Shaker Percussion Set. The 4-piece fruit-shaped set comes with an apple, lemon, banana and orange. Finally, you can have your fruit and play it too! Recommended for ages 3 and up. ($25; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Remo Kids Percussion Lollipop Drum photo

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Remo Kids Percussion Lollipop Drum

This Remo Kids Percussion Lollipop Drum is guaranteed to be a big hit with the kids. The colorful 8-inch percussion set features a pre-tuned graphic drumhead and an easy-to-hold mallet. Talk about making sweet music! Recommended for ages 3 and up. ($15; amazon.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids Hape Kids Wooden Drum Play Set photo

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Hape Kids Wooden Drum Play Set

Gimme a Beat! Your little drummer will delight in playing this Hape Kids Wooden Drum Play Set. This awesome percussion set comes with two drum heads, a pair of cymbals, drumsticks and rhythm makers. Even Mom and Dad can join in on a jam session! Recommended for ages 3 and up. ($57; walmart.com)

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Best Musical Instruments for Kids ammoon Wooden Cabasa Hand Shaker photo

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ammoon Wooden Cabasa Hand Shaker

Add a little Latin flavor to your musical lineup with this ammoon Wooden Cabasa Hand Shaker. This percussion instrument has a comfortable grip handle, perfect for little hands to hold while jazzing things up a bit. Recommended for ages 4 and up. ($16; amazon.com)

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