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JoJo Maman Bebe Musical Drums

Submitted by on September 5, 2009 – 8:37 pmNo Comment

“This JoJo Maman Bebe Musical Drum kit is a great toy for a child who likes music and lives in a home where space is an issue. It wasn’t a hit with my kids however, and I would expect the box to contain everything that is needed to erect it”.

Buy online at JoJo Maman Bebe
Price £35.00


Initial thoughts: We were so excited when the box arrived, although it was smaller than I expected for a drum kit! However all was revealed when we opened the box to see it was flat packed! My husband (who usually gets the assembly job after we’ve been to Ikea) set about gathering the bits up and working out what went where, whilst I read the instructions to see how to fix it up – it didn’t take long, probably 5 minutes. The ‘minimal’ design of the kit was different to what I expected, but it seemed like good quality and it all fit together nicely to make a compact little music centre.

We liked: My children (aged 6 and 2) played together with this kit and that was lovely. They both equally enjoyed having a go – they shared the drumsticks and one tapped the drum face whilst the other took care of the cymbal. The actual noise coming from the drum was loud enough to be satisfying to the child and yet not too noisy for the parent!

The cymbal however is a different story! Obviously its job is to clang and that is certainly what it does! I had to ask the kids to “give it a rest” after constant clanging one afternoon, but hey – maybe I have the next drummer for ‘Bon Jovi’ on my hands! I liked the sound of the red percussion part on the kit – it made a great noise which could be used by the parent to provide sound effects to stories if they were so inclined!

We weren’t keen: The two drums fit onto the frame via a wooden peg and piece of elastic, so whilst it is secure enough for bashing out a tune, being a kids’ toy – it needs to withstand a bit of ‘jostling’. I had to tell my daughter twice to stop knocking it with her knee as I was concerned that the drum elastic would snap and I didn’t want a broken drum kit on its first day with us! It did hold up however but personally I’d prefer the fixing to be a little sturdier.

Plus, it was really quite disappointing upon opening the box to see that there were no screws to hold the frame together. These should be supplied but unfortunately were missing on the drumkit we were sent – luckily my husband is a tradesman so we always have screws, rawl-plugs and the like knocking about so we could complete the construction within minutes but it was a near miss!

Overall: This drum kit is a very original toy with a nice, clean design and as it is made from chemical free Rubberwood it is environmentally friendly. Because of the small dimensions of the drum kit, it would make a great toy for a child who likes music and lives in a home where space is an issue. It doesn’t take up much space and it ‘does what it says on the box’ but

It wasn’t a hit with my kids however. They played enthusiastically with it for one and a half days and since then it has been ignored and left to the side in our living room as it didn’t hold their attention. It is a fair price for a wooden toy but I was disappointed by the missing screws.

[By Nadine]

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