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SECTOR GUIDE: MUSICAL TOYS BIGJIGS


Bigjigs’ range of musical instruments allows youngsters to discover the fun and learning to be had through musical play.


A collection of xylophones, drums,


maracas, traditional tin toys and a Musical Chime Push all take centre stage this month. ‘Musical toys are known to be a great introduction to sound and


rhythm while also encouraging creativity, development of dexterity and coordination,’ says the fi rm. While Bigjigs’ range of maracas, harmonicas, bell sticks and tambourines provide musical mischief as a group, BigJigs’ Animal Castanets, Animal Clacker Sticks and Snazzy Flutes each target the party bag or stocking fi ller markets. The BigJigs Music Set, featuring a colourful xylophone, wooden castanets and handbells, allows youngsters aged three months and upwards the chance to create their own music bands and discover how


sounds can work together. The


set retails at £14.99. 01303 250 400


ASOBI


Asobi’s popular French band, Vilac has a collection of musical toys ranging from guitars to pianos and drum kits.


With a host of brightly coloured instruments, the brand hopes to cater for all budding musical artists. One of the most popular in the collection is the colourful guitar, aimed at any child with an interest in playing. Vilac has been manufacturing


wooden toys for over 100 years, making it one of the oldest toymakers in Europe. 01628 200 077


GALT TOYS


This month, Galt Toys is showcasing a collection of pre-school toys designed to get toddlers moving to music. Leading the line-up is the Ambi


One Man Band, a cheery musician with drumsticks in one hand, a double-ended whistle in the other


and a tummy drum fi lled with beads. Suitable for kids aged 12 months and retailing at £14.99, the One Man Band fuses learning through sound with hand-eye coordination, colours, shapes and dexterity. The Stacking Puppy joins the line-up with soft rings to stack and textures and sounds to explore.


With a squeaky head and crinkly paws along with a rattle, jungle and furry rings, the Stacking Puppy retails at £14.99. Finally, the Ambi trumpet is a colourful instrument with two independent tones. Suitable for children nought and upwards, the Ambi trumpet retails at £4.99. 0161 428 9111


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