The Symphony in B. Orchestra puts a mini orchestra into the hands of your little musician, and it is one of those toys that is so neat, I find myself playing with it all the time. (And you know we’re very picky about plastic toys.)
Thirteen instruments sit nestled around the orchestra “pit”. Pick from one to six instruments to place on the middle steps and chose between fifteen songs to hear. I can’t do that kind of math, but there are about a gajillion different combinations that you can make, from a single trumpet tooting to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, to a sitar and drum combo playing a quiet Brahm’s Lullaby.
As with so many other toys from B. Toys, it’s their attention to detail that makes this so special. Each instrument is detailed in BPA-free, phthalate-free plastic down to the tiny keys on the piano. The names of the instruments are printed on them which is so very helpful for kids who want to know what they are hearing.
For each song, kids can push a button to see which instruments are the “melody instruments” and which are the “accompaniment”. I think this gives kids a better understanding of the role of individual instruments in an orchestra.
While rated for ages 3+, you may want to lend preschoolers a hand in putting the instruments back in their spot when finished playing. Some of the shapes can be a bit tricky to fit, and I found my niece using brute force to push her pieces into place. I suppose now is as good a time as ever to teach kids to be gentle with all instruments.
I am so thankful that all thirteen instruments fit neatly inside the base for storage so that we aren’t hunting for them all the time. And hooray for auto-shut off, because nothing is more frustrating for a conductor than to call his instruments to attention, only to find out that the batteries are dead. –Christina