Price: £4.99 for Animal Maracas, £5.99 for Snazzy Handbells (prices are per pair)
Age Range: 1+ for Animal Maracas, 18 months+ for Snazzy Handbells
Manufacturer’s Description: Snazzy Handbells – These bells are sure to delight little ones as they learn to play along in time to the music, or just enjoy creating a tinkling bell sound. The brightly coloured wooden handles are perfectly sized for little hands to grip and shake. Ideal as an early introduction to sound and rhythm and a great way to encourage creativity. Helps to develop dexterity and co-ordination.
Animal Maracas – These brightly coloured wooden Maracas are perfectly sized for youngsters to rattle and shake. Ideal as an early introduction to sound and rhythm and a great way to encourage creativity. Helps to develop dexterity and co-ordination.
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: For Georgie’s Play Patrol mission, she was sent two pairs of percussion instruments; two snazzy handbells and a pair of animal maracas. We had a challenge to involve someone else in our play so, along with the train puzzle Lydia received, we took them to a blogger get together at a park in town so all the kids could play together.
We received the blue spotty handbells, and the bee maracas. The handbells definitely class as “snazzy” the painted pattern on the handles is bright and fun. The bee maracas are super cute with little faces on the ends and bold stripes.
The wood and paint jobs on both of these toys is smooth with no rough edges, making them comfortable to hold, and they seem well constructed. I would expect them to withstand being thrown around a lot, which is good as my children do enjoy throwing their toys around, especially when they make a satisfying noise in the process, as these do.
Both instruments sound good – the bells aren’t too annoying even when your child won’t stop shaking them because she is just SO excited about their arrival. The maracas have a particularly nice sound, I quite like their gentle rattle.
The kids at the picnic all had a lot of fun running about with them, shaking them to make music and singing along to the bells. As soon as I got them out three or four of the children, Georgie included, ran off with the instruments to sit on a wall and hold a little concert. Lots of lalala-ing and shaking and even a bit of twirling ensued and much fun was had by all.
Agent SuperTrain has been enjoying making music with them at home, too. A lot.
We give these musical toys 5 stars.