Not only is the Melissa & Doug Toy Grand Piano incredibly cute, it also inspires an early interest in music, improves motor skills, allows for expressions of creativity and has fantastic reviews. If you are anything like me and believe how much musical education helps with math and social skills, then you will love this toy piano and so will your younger children.
The best thing about this piano is that, while it is a toy, it doesn’t feel like a toy. Like most of the Melissa & Doug products it is made of wood, is very sturdy and will stand up to some very hard “playing”. As you can see from the picture, it includes a wooden bench and is large enough to feel like a real instrument to a child. It is also hand tuned and sounds much better than most toy pianos.
Perhaps best of all, there are thirty keys (much more than most toy pianos) and the keys are much larger and actually fit small hands like a real piano would fit an adult. The keys are also “stiff” enough to develop the finger strength needed to move up to a real piano. The toy piano also comes with a songbook that is matched to the color coded guide above the keyboard that makes learning to play easier but still develops the necessary association to the piano keyboard layout.
Melissa & Doug Grand Piano Features
- 30 hand tuned keys
- Comes with bench
- Lid raises up or down
- Sturdy & durable for young players
- Songbook included
- Recommended Age Range 4 Years and Up (really closer to 3 to 6 years)
What People are Saying
This was absolutely wonderful for my year old nephew! I would not suggest it for children over three, as it is pretty small. The sound is not fantastic (it sounds like a child’s xylophone), but isn’t annoying like other models. All in all it is a great buy and a wonderful introduction to piano for toddlers.” -See Live Review
“Pretty little toy piano
We had twin boys last year. This toy is the first thing the (now) one year-olds want to see when they wake up and run in the play room. They love banging on it and making “music” and the keys are not too loud as to drive everyone crazy. It is apparently sturdy enough to handle the delightful…” -Read Full Review
Recommendation & Price
While you could buy an inexpensive Casio or Yamaha learning keyboard for around the same price, and you might think that would be better for a child to grow into, I would disagree. Even those electronic keyboards are way to complicated for younger children and tend to lead to frustration. There are also made of plastic, must be plugged in, and will not stand up to any form of abuse.
With the Melissa & Doug Grand Piano, your child can sit down and start to make “music” without any parental help or preparation. The piano will hold up to very young (3 to 5 years old) “playing”, the learning curve is pretty low without any electronics to program and it just looks so much like a real piano that children are much more drawn to it. We highly recommend this toy piano.
List Price: $139.99
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