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DS, 21 months, LOVES music. Most of our day is playing with an instrument. Latley, he is using a rolling pin or toliet paper roll as a "trumpet". Also anything will dub as a gutair.<br><br>
My question, any ideas for a trumpet or a gutair for 2+? I'm excited to receive input.<br>
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They make little guitars, not sure if the sound quality is the best but I'm sure your son would enjoy it. My 2 yr old loves his harmonica <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> He also has a recorder but hasn't figured out how to make different notes with it. We also have moracca's (sp) bells, and a wooden xylophone. You could always get him a mini drum set <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well , Miles Davis started playing trumpet at 4 yrs old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
But for now, I would stick to good quality percussion instruments; <a href="http://www.remo.com" target="_blank">http://www.remo.com</a> has a kids range that is wonderful and will last a long long time. Or a simple wooden flute. Check out <a href="http://www.larkinam.com" target="_blank">http://www.larkinam.com</a>. Guitar is hard for little fingers till at least 5 yrs but more like 6 or 7 yrs.
 

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Melissa and Doug sells nice wooden instrument kits "Band in a box". We've bought DS 3 different ones between Christmas and his birthday and he LOVES them! He has a harmonica, recorder, castanets, triangle, tamborine, kazoo, xylephone, maracas, etc. and not a day goes by that he doesn't play with them.
 

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We found some neat "real" instruments on ebay. They are not specifically for children, but make a nice sound. We got: an accordion, finger cymbals, bells, a harmonica, and a glockenspiel. She loves them all, even the accordion, she plays it by setting it on the floor, putting one hand on one side and the other on the other side of the bellows, then pushing them open and closed, while I push the buttons for her.<br><br>
I'll bet you could find a children's guitar there or even pick up a wind instrument for pretty cheap.
 

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My son loves his harmonica, the hard plastic golf bag that came with his golf clubs from grandpa doubles as his guitar. It has a strap he hangs around his neck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He has a drum, and a recorder. But he loves the golf tees in a closed container for a shake instrument, and pot lids for cymbols. My funnel is his trumpet. An his tamboureen, he loves that one too. I got him a melissa and doug xylophone for his easter basket.
 

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We got our ds this saxophone (<a href="http://www.grothmusic.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-SX4331.html?E+scstore" target="_blank">http://www.grothmusic.com/cgi-local/...html?E+scstore</a>) and this trumpet (<a href="http://www.grothmusic.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-TR4231.html?L+scstore+cgmk5491ff6bd46b+1142674172" target="_blank">http://www.grothmusic.com/cgi-local/...46b+1142674172</a>) for Christmas. He LOVES them. They also make a clarinet. The instruments are made of kind of cheap plastic, but he has loads of fun with them.<br><br>
I also second (third?) good percussion instruments like tambourines, xylophones, castanets, drums, shakers, cymbals, bells, and rhythm sticks, as well as a recorder.
 

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Our daughter actually plays my DH's guitar. He has two and he's sort of given her the older one. There are mini child guitars and I would imagine you could find one at a thrift store - might have to look for a while. If you're looking for pretend or sort of guitar, rather than a more real one - you could wrap rubber bands around a box and strum it, cut out a guitar shape from cardboars and string it with rubberbands, or something similar.<br><br>
As far as a trumpet... I don't know that they make small ones for actual music playing... but for pretend play you could use the suction part of a baster, a piece of PVC pipe (actually, if you lined one end with bee's wax this would be VERY much like a dijeridoo these are actually used to learn circular breathing before moving to a full on dij- Australian native instrument). Just a couple ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hope you get lots more.
 

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People have had great things to say about <a href="http://www.musicforlittlepeople.com" target="_blank">www.musicforlittlepeople.com</a><br><br>
Best of luck!
 

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I bought my kids a plastic recorder & wrapped electrical tape around the thumb hole - much easier to make different notes by just covering the top holes.<br><br>
My kids also love their harmonica and drum. You can get nice maracas at real music stores, little gourds, for a couple of bucks - they sound a lot better than the plastic ones.<br><br>
We had an adult-sized keyboard that my kids adored, I got it at a garage sale for $20. Unfortunately they "loved it to death" by dancing on it.
 

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THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! So many wonderful ideas. We were using paper towel rolls, but PVC pipe is a great idea. Also a harmanica- I can't believe I forgot about those.<br>
All of the web sites are great, I think a lot of shopping will be done over the next year<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Again thanks for all of the ideas.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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We really love our drum set we got from Voila, we got it from one of our local toy stores..and here is another site:<br><br><a href="http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/category/7000" target="_blank">http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/category/7000</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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