WHEN INSTALLING MUSICAL PLAY CONSIDER...- How tall are the kids? Make sure the piece is not above their comfortable playing level, or offer a stool or seat.
- How many kids may want to play at once? There are some great large pieces, but it many be a good idea to add a few more instruments if you have more kids. Most kids like to specifically hear the noises they are creating and have trouble picking them out of a cacophony of many kids playing.
- Do they need sticks or mallets to play? If they do, spend the money to get tough ones, lots of them and attach them well.
- How does the instrument sound? While an old trash can lid will be fun to bang and make loud noises there is also a place for instruments that make very beautiful sounds. I find children play these much more often and won't tire of them in the long run.
- Consider water from above and below. I live in Oregon! We always consider water. :) But if a puddle develops in front of the piece it is much less playable. Nicer instruments may want to consider a roof structure for long term protection.
A FEW EXAMPLES
|Marimba at mount hood Community College Early Childhood Center|
|Natural Playground Company has a number of nice musical pieces. I love how the Tongue Drum sounds and looks. http://www.naturalplaygrounds.com|
|Check out this whimsical and beautiful sounding wrenchophone. You can virtually play the wrenchophone here!|
|Tongue Drum Sea Turtle from http://www.soundplay.com/drums.html|
|Palm Pipe Drum http://www.soundplay.com/drums.html|
|I love this CHIMASAUR! Colorful and fun. I would definitely run over and try this one out if I saw it.|