The best musical toys for toddlers

Father and daughter playing music in kitchen

by Lizzie Hutchinson |

If you’re looking for a toy to keep your toddler entertained for hours, then a musical toy for toddlers is the way to go.

Musical toys are fun, educational, and can teach your toddler lots of fundamental skills. There are so. many. benefits.

As well as teaching them how to express themselves through song and dance, these playthings also encourage curiosity and build their fine motor skills and coordination.

Likewise, repetition when using toys can help improve their memory, their sensory development and improve their language if you're singing along and making up songs with them.

Toddlers love nothing more than rocking out to their favourite song and making up their tune and it's so worth seeing the cheeky grin on their face.

Need something more suitable for smaller tots? Read our round-up of the best musical toys for babies.

How to choose the right musical toy for your toddler:

We’ve taken a look at some of the best musical toys out there, that will hopefully capture your little love's attention for more than five minutes, and will give you a chance to relax a little. Perhaps you'll even get to drink that mythical cup of hot coffee that we parents have heard so much about.

You'll have your little ones' tunes stuck in your head all day long, no doubt.

Best musical toys for toddlers:

Baby Einstein Magic Touch Ukulele

Baby Einstein Magic Touch Ukulele - musical toys for toddlers
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This cute little wooden ukulele will have your toddler strumming along to over 30 melodies. It has a freestyle mode for them to make up tunes. Or you can switch it to the play-along mode, where they can pluck along to the music. It even has a volume control button for the parents. Bonus.

Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Xylophone

Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Xylophone  - musical toys for toddlers
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What a fun little wooden xylophone musical toy. We adore that it comes in two modes - freestyle and instructor. Let your tot tap out a tune or learn some classics by following coloured lights that show them the next key to press. Thanks to its magic touch technology, your toddler will have hours of fun with over 30 songs to play along with.

Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Piano

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This bestselling Magic Touch Piano is perfect for budding young musicians. It has magic touch technology, so no buttons or keys are needed. Your toddler can enjoy playing along to familiar songs by following the colour coded music sheets or can freestyle to some classics. I’m sure this little wooden piano will provide hours of fun.

Joyjoz Kids Piano Mat

Joyjoz Kids Piano Mat - musical toys for toddlers
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This portable piano mat has so many melodies, songs and animal sounds it will keep your toddler occupied for hours. The fun, non-slip mat helps your toddler to identify colours and animals. Plus, it inspires them to create their music too. And above all, what toddler doesn’t like to stomp about making noise?

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Sweet Manners Tea Playset

 Fisher-Price DYM76 Laugh and Learn Sweet Manners Tea Playset - musical toys for toddlers
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This sweet little tea playset is a firm favourite in our house. What toddler doesn’t like to make a cup of tea for Mummy and share some sweet treats? This musical toy has over 30 songs and sounds that help toddlers to learn about shapes, counting and colours, manners and sharing. Warning - the songs will get stuck in your head.

VTech Sing Along Microphone

 VTech Sing Along Microphone - musical toys for toddlers
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This fun musical microphone musical toy will have your little singer smashing out the tunes all day long. Whether they want to play with an array of animal sounds or sing along to some jazz, classical or rock and roll tunes, this interactive and educational toy will keep them entertained for way longer than five minutes.

Baby Einstein Toddler Jams Musical Toy

Baby Einstein Toddler Jams Musical Toy - musical toys for toddlers
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If you have a toddler who loves to bop along to all sorts of tunes, then this Toddler Jams Musical Toy will be right up their street. It features over 30 different songs and melodies, covering classic, pop and global genres. Kids can pause, skip, rewind and mix the songs too, providing hours of fun.

Stoie's Musical Instruments Set

 Stoie's Musical Instruments Set - musical toys for toddlers
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This wooden musical instrument set would be the perfect addition to any toy box. Wooden toys are all the rage, and this gorgeous set features instruments from around the world, introducing your toddler to different cultures. It comes with a lovely cotton drawstring bag too, perfect for quick storage.

We love this musical toy for toddlers.

This set includes:

  • Tambourine
  • Castanet
  • Hand drum
  • Two handbells
  • Maraca
  • Flute
  • Wooden block with a stick
  • Wood sounder with a stick
  • Chime bar with a stick

Vtech Playtime Bus

 Vtech 150003 Playtime Bus - musical toys for toddlers
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Toddlers are just drawn to busses, and for whatever reason that may be, this Playtime Bus will aid their curiosity and will go down a treat. It’s fully interactive and features a range of songs to get your little one up on their feet. It’s a fun yet educational toy that will help with language development through a range of songs, phrases and question time. It also helps with learning numbers, counting, phonics, safety rules and more.

Hey Duggee Musical Duggee Soft Toy

Hey Duggee Musical Duggee Soft Toy - musical toys for toddlers
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Hey Duggee isn’t going anywhere; it's still a firm favourite amongst the toddler community. This cute, cuddly Duggee will be loved by your toddler as it features over 12 songs and phrases from the hit show. His ears even move along to the beat. Duggee is sure to provide lots of giggles and will no doubt become your little one’s best bud.

CubicFun Touch Go Musical Light Crawling Dinosaur

CubicFun Touch; Go Musical Light Crawling Dinosaur - musical toys for toddlers
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Dinosaurs are huge in the toddler world, and this CubicFun Musical Light Crawling Dinosaur will make the perfect companion for any dino loving toddler. Aimed at younger toddlers, this musical dino moves around avoiding objects and plays an array of sounds and songs. It even roars! We love this musical toy!

Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Drums

Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Drums - musical toys for toddlers
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A toy box isn’t complete without a drum kit, but this one comes with volume control! Your little musician will have lots of fun playing along with songs or creating music with this wooden drum set.

ZURU ROBO ALIVE JUNIOR Baby Shark

 ZURU ROBO ALIVE JUNIOR Baby Shark - musical toys for toddlers
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Baby Shark is here to stay, whether we like it or not. Yes, the song can become tedious (to put it lightly) to us parents, but believe me, your toddler will fall in love with this baby shark musical bath toy and it will provide lots of bathtime fun. When submerged in water, it plays the famous song for four minutes and swims around the tub. My toddler carries hers all around the house, so it’s great value for money and isn’t just destined to live a life in the bathroom.

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