Reviewing: HABA Small Sounds Workshop
The Small Sounds Workshop consists of a drum, xylophone (with beater for either), and a Magic Sound Flute, better known to those of us of a certain age as a Swanee Whistle. All the instruments are made of beech wood and are smooth, safe and light enough for small hands to easily play.
Rachel immediately took to the xylophone and drum. We’d visited a local hands-on science museum about a week before the toys arrived and she’d been fascinated by a drum machine and a much larger scale xylophone, so these couldn’t have been better timed, her eyes absolutely lit up. The Magic Sound Flute’s ball handle makes an excellent second beater and Rachel quickly mastered drumming and playing the xylophone with both hands. I think we may have a future Patrick Moore on our hands! The xylophone’s three chimes are different colours, adding a good educational aspect, as we can encourage her to hit a certain colour to play simple tunes.
She did struggle with the Magic Sound Flute a little, while she enjoyed the sound, she struggles to blow it successfully herself, as she tends to block the opening, but I’ve no doubt in time she will master this as well, and I’ll find myself accompanied by sound effects wherever I go.
I was a little concerned that Rachel would be a bit young for the Small Sounds Workshop, as it says ages 2 up, but she’s 21 months and I’ve had no cause for concern, the parts are all firmly fixed and she’s loving her introduction to the world of music. As long as HABA don’t start making full sized drum kits and violins, we’re safe!