Making music is satisfying in many different ways. Besides the obvious rewards from enjoying an activity together, playing an instrument improves our understanding of dimension, texture, weight and material. Children's early explorations are enriched by instruments made especially for little hands. Instruments, the sounds they make and the music that arises introduces the culture and musical variety from communities around the world.

Here are links to wonderful early years instruments, designed for children to play, watched over by a loved adult. Encourage children to use them carefully, building responsibility and an awareness of keeping themselves safe.

Hover over the images below for short descriptions of the instruments pictured and direct links to help you purchase from the supplier. Explore the Drums for Schools website for a variety of wonderful instruments for children.



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