being MVP: Musical Talent with Hape Pound and Tap Bench

Musical Talent with Hape Pound and Tap Bench

I grew up with classical music playing the piano and violin among other instruments.  Therefore, I am glad Kenzie enjoys music as well.  The Hape Early Melodies collection fosters such growth in musical fondness with quality "instruments" for children.  We received the Pound and Tap Bench and it does not fail.
This is a wonderful toy that allows children to develop on so many levels.  The child takes the hammer and pounds on the balls which fall through the hole and make "music" by bouncing down the xylophone.  This allows the child to work on their fine motor skills by promoting hand/eye coordination as well as problem solving by understanding cause and effect. 
I told Kenzie that she needed to pound hard to make sure the balls fell through the hole to hit the xylophone keys.  She pounded away and made music!  It does take some force to pound the balls through because there is a rubber lining inside each hole.  When the ball drops, the sound is melodious as it cascades across the xylophone.  Reload after all three pass and you are ready to go again! 
The xylophone is removable and can be an independent toy.  Just turn the hammer around and Kenzie was churning out some melodies of her own.  The sound is clear and isn't tin-like.  The "bench" is made of real wood so you know this is going to last.  The age recommendation is 12 months+ and at 2.5 years old Kenzie will still enjoy this for some least before Mason takes it over :)
The Hape Pound and Tap Bench has received awards such as the Creative Child Toy of the Year as well as the 2011 Parenting Magazine Best Toys of the Year.  I am really impressed with the quality of this toy: the details as well as the sturdy sustainable eco-friendly materials.  
Hape has a plethora of wonderful toys for your little one(s).   I am sure Kenzie will have several on her wish list for Christmas (her birthday).  
Buy It:  You can purchase the Hape Pound and Tap Bench for $29.99.  
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The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.


  1. This is really cute and I love that it's wood - looks old fashioned. <3 I haven't heard of this brand. Thanks for bringing new products and brands to us! My son has gotten a lot of cool stuff that I've learned about on your blog!!

  2. The little girl in the picture is just adorable! This toy brings back so many memories of me as a kid. I had something similar to this. It might be hard for me to not play with it ;-)

  3. This would be great for my little boy who loves music!

  4. Great pics. :) She's adorable. I think music is so important in a child's life and they should always be surrounded by it. Thanks for the rview. I know my grandson would love this.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  5. I remember these type of toys when I was younger and still actually have the xylophone I played with. My mom kept a lot of the toys I had and my kids actually play with my old Legos.

  6. My son would love to get this for Christmas. He's already very musical!

  7. Love this toys! Love that the toys look vintage! :) I'd definitely buy this for my son and / or my nieces :) Thanks for another great review


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