What does music have to do with play boxes for kids? Well, the great thing about music is that we don’t really have to have talent to appreciate it. It just moves us. It can evoke highly time-specific sense memories, elevate our mood and induce tears. Therefore, music deserves its own Contagious Laughter™ lunchbox play kit.
I remember my childhood piano teacher, Ms. Linton. In the late 70s, she embodied the 1950s, complete with cat-eye spectacles (the word she used) on a chain, finger waved pinned hair and white hankie, jammed into her starched white cuff. Each lesson began with my attempts to identify the keys, using those little paper tickets. Furthermore, no lesson was complete without Ms. Linton using a handy hair pin to rescue tickets from between the keys.
Unfortunately for her, I didn’t relate to Ms. Linton, her teaching style or faint signature scent of mothballs. (I’m sure her cashmere sweaters remained impeccable, though.) For this reason, I rarely practiced. When I did, it was for 15 minutes, at the most. Oh, how I must have frustrated Ms. Linton.
A few years later, however, I joined the instrumental group at school, and took to it quickly. I loved playing; I practiced all the time. It was just fun and empowering to learn and play songs, and to do so with my classmates. In fact, I still own that now ancient flute, which I picked up again a few years ago. I even took some lessons.
In addition to playing instruments, regardless of how well we sing, don’t we just like to do it? I love to sing to everything from show tunes to Bruno Mars. Similarly, the Music Box play kit encourages self-expression through sound, rhythm and of course, the inflatable guitar. This musical play box for kids also includes a recorder flute and song, the lyrics to which serve as an invitation to experiment. Melody entices, “Sing a song/ hum along/ music lifts the spirits so you can’t go wrong.”
These days, children engage in so many structured and competitive activities that the value of free-form, expressive play can fall by the wayside. Furthermore, so many schools have lost funding for their musical programs. However, a a play box full of musical toys offers some unstructured fun and discovery, minus that pungent mothball aroma.