If there are two things that every toddler or preschooler I know LOVES is music…and trains. Boys and girls alike, they all seem to be fascinated with them both. So when I discovered the wonderful Melody Express Musical Train from Learning Resources, I couldn’t wait to see it first hand! How excited my girls were to be able to try this one out! Both of my girls absolutely LOVE music of every kind! And though they are truly the girliest of girls, trains and trucks are still favored toys in their toy bin, what else is going to carry their little dolls around?? When they Melody Express Musical Train from Learning Resources arrived I think I was just as excited to see how it worked. A little about the company itself:
“For more than 25 years, Learning Resources® has been designing award-winning products that enable parents and teachers to go beyond traditional instruction and inspire children to reach new heights. Developed by top educators who understand learning and children, the Company’s innovative educational toys uniquely tap into the limitless potential of children everywhere, so they reach beyond, reach forward and achieve more. And as the global leader in developing engaging hands-on learning experiences for children, Learning Resources knows how to make learning exciting and fun for children of all ages and abilities. As always, the Company’s commitment to safety is absolute, with every item designed, developed and manufactured under the strictest safety standards”.
When we first started putting it together, I didn’t think I was going to be able to get it together with 6 hands “helping out”, but we did manage to cooperate long enough to get it finished. It came with a 10 piece track that forms a basic circle, an engine and coal car, cargo, conductor, stickers, and 44 note tiles. If you read the instructions (something I hate doing, but you know what, it really does help), it is super easy to figure out- like for instance, it has to go in a clockwise motion to work- yeah that may have helped me a little . The 44 note tiles are brightly colored and marked with arrows to help put them in the right direction. The accompanied book has 7 prearranged tunes your little ones can use to make songs like Mary Had a Little Lamb, Old MacDonald, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. But what I really love is the fact that your kids can play composer and make up their own songs as well. My 2 year old can’t quite figure out how to make the prearranged songs, but she is perfectly happy making up her own. When the train is turned on and the tiles are placed, as it passes each tile the corresponding note is played, and if placed correctly the chosen song is played- it is rather cute and my girls love it!! Moms, if you aren’t the type that can stand a lot of noise, or lets say a grandparent is coming over and they don’t like a lot of noise, you just take the tiles off, or play the train in the opposite direction and it becomes a nice quiet train! A friend came over and saw it and immediately went home to get one of her own!! The girls little friend came over and went straight for the train! He didn’t touch another toy until he (unwillingly) had to leave! I think this is the perfect toy for preschool age kids- my 2 year old loves it, but the age range for this is 3-6, and I totally understand why, she can’t quite figure it out just yet, but my 4 year old is mastering it well and making songs all the time. The tiles included are only enough to play the first stanza of songs, but you can purchase extra tiles at Learning Resources!
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