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SECTOR GUIDE: MUSICAL TOYS JHS


Working in partnership with DC Thomson Consumer Products, JHS has developed a series of real musical instruments for children aged fi ve and upwards featuring favourite characters from The Beano. Inspired by Dennis the Menace’s very own band, Dennis and the Dinmakers, the collection features Dennis, Gnasher and Minnie the Minx. The range comprises of


three individual wooden Ukeleles, The Beano Junior Guitar and The Beano Junior Drum Kit, with more to be announced in the near future.


The Junior Guitar


Outfi t, retailing at £49.99, is a half sized, nylon- strung guitar, featuring rendered graphics and


GOLDEN BEAR


With new additions to the In the Night Garden and Something Special lines, Golden Bear is bringing music to the ears of toddlers across the UK this season. At 80cm long, the Ninky Nonk Pull Along Musical Train off ers four toys in one with an array of features including a shape sorter, stacking blocks, pop-ups and opening doors. The set also features various sounds and lights. With the Musical Pull- along Engine, kids can play each character’s theme


MARBEL


As Marbel continues to distribute popular brands across the UK market, the fi rm boasts two ranges in the musical instrument category this season. Spring/summer saw the launch of Brio’s new line of musical


instruments, including a drum, xylophone and musical shakers. These are all wooden and boast the quality that has come to be the standard with the Brio portfolio.


Meanwhile, Hape


showcases a large range of musical instruments this month, including the grand piano in pink or black, a guitar in red or blue, a happy harp, a mini band and a rock and rhythm band. For the younger children, Hape also has a collection featuring the early melodies pound and tap bench, a tambourine, a little drummer, xylophone and other rattles and noisemakers. 0845 6000 286


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tune or listen to the Ninky Nonk music, while calming bedtime music and soothing lights can be activated by pressing the star. Joining the In the Night


Garden musical collection is the Lullaby Igglepiggle and the new Glowing Bedtime Makka Pakka. Meanwhile, the Something Special collection features the Mr Tumble Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, encouraging kids to guide Mr Tumble


through the actions of the song. Other items in the range include: Something Special Microphone and Mr Tumble’s Musical Playmat, the Woolly and Tig Counting Kisses Woolly and the Sweet Dreams with Squidge. 01952 608 308


LEAPFROG


This month sees LeapFrog join the musical market with its Learn and Groove Musical Table (£29.99) and Musical Rainbow Tea Party (£19.99). Previously a top 20 infant line, the Learn and Groove Musical Table not only features lights and sounds, but also boasts over 55 tunes and musical activities to help teach letters, numbers and colours, but also helps children learn English and French. The table includes


fl ashing lights and elements to encourage kids to push, pull, slide, spin, open and close. It also features colourful piano keys with lights that fl ash in sequence along with every activity.


Meanwhile, LeapFrog’s Musical Rainbow Tea Party aims to teach important skills in a role- play environment, while engaging kids with bright colours and clear sounds. Suitable for kids aged


two to fi ve, the set teaches colours and matching, manners, greetings and counting and includes over 50 songs. With two tea cups, six


cake slices, a cake plate and a teapot that gurgles when tipped, the set is designed to develop motor and social skills.


The set also helps teach kids the concept of sharing with verbal phrases and tea party sound eff ects. 01895 202 840


geared machine heads for accurate tuning. The outfi t includes a carry bag, guitar strap, pitch pipes, plectrum and a spare set of strings. Meanwhile, the Ukeleles


– retailing at £29.99 each – feature either Dennis the Menace, Gnasher or Minnie the Minx and include a carry bag, pitch pipes and plectrum. Finally, The Beano three-


piece Junior Drumkit is a real drum kit with wooden shells, adorned with graphics featuring Dennis himself. Priced at £159, the kit comes with a bass drum, mounted tom and cymbal. The snare drum comes with a fully adjustable stand and a drum kick pedal, stool and drumsticks are all included. 01132 865 381


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