By Manley

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2007

This wild conglomeration of musical toys, aptly named "Keyboard Experience," was inspired by the antics of the Blue Man Group, who are featured banging stuff, blowing through convoluted tubes, and prancing around with light tricks in an accompanying DVD. A synthesizer keyboard with 9 instruments features motion sensitive "music control tubes." By waving their hands across the tube openings, the musician controls volume, tempo, and the balance of instruments. With a flourish, they can send out extra jazz tones, orchestral harmonies, and more. This musical toy also includes a port for iPod or MP3 hookup. And if noise becomes a problem for grownups, the manufacturers have even included a handy set of earphones! (Manley, $79.99)