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The best musical toys for toddlers

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Father and daughter playing music in kitchen

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

Related: 28 of the best toys for 2-year-olds in the UK

Let’s face it, toys are even more essential than ever before at the moment, as with lots of the usual toddler facilities closed, they need that extra entertainment.

Why are musical toys good for toddlers?

Musical toys are fun, educational, and can teach your toddler lots of fundamental skills. As well as teaching them how to express themselves through song and dance, these playthings also encourage curiosity and build their fine motor skills.

Toddlers love nothing more than rocking out to their favourite song and making up their own tunes.

How to choose the right musical toy:

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

Even if you do have to drink it whilst listening to songs that will stick in your head all day long.

Best musical toys for toddlers

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.

What a fun little wooden xylophone. 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.

This bestselling Magic Touch Piano is perfect for budding young musicians. It has magic touch technology, so no buttons or keys 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.

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 own music too. And above all, what toddler doesn’t like to stomp about making noise?

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? It has over 30 musical 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.

This fun musical microphone 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. 

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. 

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.

This set includes:

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

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 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.

Dinosaurs are huge in the toddler world, and this CubicFun Touch & Go 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!

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. 

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.


Lizzie is a freelance writer and mum of twin babies and a toddler. In her spare time Lizzie loves keeping fit, feasting on a good pub lunch and spending time with her family. Lizzie also runs a Motherhood and Lifestyle Blog Life with WIT. She studied Publishing with Media, Communication and Culture at Oxford Brookes University and has recently returned to her writing roots.

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