Reviewed for Preschool, 2007

Research has shown that drumming improves cognitive skills-- increasing children's brain power and nurturing physical, emotional, and language development. But research aside, drumming is just plain fun. And this drum in particular is just the right mix of indestructible and musically wonderful, to keep both parents and kids happy. Unlike most instruments on the market today for kids, this is the real deal, made by Yamaha, the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments. And the sound is truly excellent. The Real Rhythm line includes congas, tambourines, and bongos. We're particularly partial to the floor tom, especially for preschoolers. (Yamaha, prices vary)