By Leaps and Bounds

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2008

Chimalong

Tired of hearing your kindergartener practice his percussion skills on every surface in the house? Replace the ear-splitting banging with the dulcet tones of this sweet-sounding instrument, sure to bring out the musician in any child. A sort of metal xylophone, the Chimalong features eight precision-tuned metal tubes which resonate softly when struck with the accompanying mallets. Kids can use the easy layout of the accompanying songbook to learn such favorites as Jingle Bells, The Muffin Man, and Over the River And Through The Woods, all the while practicing key fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and musical awareness. An instant family favorite!(Leaps and Bounds, $29.95)