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Looking for the ideal educational learning toy for a toddler? Need something to stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity? Why not get an activity table such as a musical learning table. Musical learning tables, such as the LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table are made for children as young as three months up to 3 years old, though parents have found older siblings up to age five enjoying these fun tables. Mixing sound, mechanical motion, colors and more they provide visual and hearing stimulation and promote motor skills development.
Activity tables are designed to teach letters, numbers, opposites, shapes, colors, greetings, and first words, but the biggest developmental benefit for infants and toddlers is likely the sensory response your child gets from pressing musical buttons, lights, and moving parts. Developmental activities that help children understand how the world works are the best kinds of learning at the youngest ages. Three of the most popular musical tables include the LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table, Chicco Music 'n Play Table, and the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Table.
Of the three, the LeapFrog table is the most popular of the three, with parents citing the entertainment value of the toy, its musical variety, and bilingual Spanish and English options. Personally, we like the Chicco table a lot because the play surface is two-sided. You can flip over the table and use it for building blocks (blocks are included) when your little one inevitably wants to move on to something else. It is also easy to store things — the blocks are stored under the table, making clean up fun and easy.
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The fact that these kinds of tables are easily taken apart can be a minus and a plus. On the downside, if your little one likes to take things apart, you will forever be putting the tables and legs back together. On the other hand, this makes the tables portable. In fact, with the Chicco Music ‘n Play Table, you can take it apart in just three pieces, which is really convenient. In fact, the legs are not critical, and if your son is like ours, the table top will often be played with on the floor. (This is also helpful from a safety perspective if your toddler likes to climb on top of things!) (The LeapFrog also has removable legs, but there are four separate legs).
You could also try out actual pianos, like the color coded Melissa and Doug Learn to Play piano that features 25 keys. You can also consider an inexpensive electronic keyboard, which our 2 year old has and loves a lot. While you are at it, you might pick up a whole band, like the wooden drum set Musical Band by Plan Toys, the Rockin Riffs Guitar by International Playthings, and a wooden Percussion Set (featuring tambourines and shakers). You can get all these toys from eBeanstalk. Use the code FREESHIP$65 to get free FedEx shipping on these toys and more from eBeanstalk.com.
You might also check out the extremely cool table top Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Musical Instruments Sound Puzzle. The sound of a Guitar, violin, xylophone, piano, drums, harmonica and brass instruments will play their sounds when your child plugs in the correct colorful puzzle pieces on the wooden puzzle board.
Other toys in clude the Bilingual Talking Garden Activity Table by Chicco, which can be used to teach the alphabet, numbers, spaces, colors, textures, and first words. There is also a musical table mode where babies can play music, her sound effects. The table uses flashing lights to stimulate interactive play.
You can also try the Xylopiano by IPlay, which combines the xylophone and piano into one toy to spark your child’s interest in musical learning. The Xylopiano features colored sound cars that will help teach your child to play simple tunes and read music!
Check out more bestselling musical toys, such as the all-in-one electronic keyboard and play along song book called Play Me Another Song Piano Book, which has 12 songs, color and number coded to atach the keys, including Row Your Boat, Happy Birthday and more. You and your child can also create your own tunes on the piano’s 23 keys. This is one of Destiny Baby’s favorite toys, as we praised this fun piano book in an earlier review.
Looking for the ideal educational learning toy for a toddler? Need something …