I (well, not "I" really, but my 2-year-old) just received a Neurosmith Music Blocks toy. It is brand new--I have seen that there are old versions that take cartridges etc but this is not one of those, it is just brand new, so bear with me if you know what I'm referring to. It won't help to tell me to get the old one with the cartridges.
Like, how does it work? Is there anything to it besides the obvious? Does your kid like it...? I find the music sort of choppy and weird. Is it really that diverting for the little mites? Does it teach them anything at all about music (I find this doubtful)?
Finally, do you know of any electronic toys that allow children to "compose" simple tunes using just plain tones? My toddler is not ready for any real instrument, like a keyboard or similar, but would really benefit from something less kind of harsh and choppy than the Music Blocks. I do think it is a cool toy, but not really 100% what I was looking for for her. Maybe the thing I want doesn't even exist. I had a musical "phone" thing that was just amazing when I was young, it was a kind of red telephone-looking object that allowed you to compose and record simple tunes. Anybody know what that is, or something like it?
Ps. I know that Mothering is supportive of things like wooden Noah's arks and like Waldorf dolls and tea sets and stuff--I guess this post is about something kind of non-Motheringish, eg, noise toys. Sorry about that if you are weirded out