Musical Hands Mat
The Musical Hands Mat helps develop coordination and teaches cause-effect principles.
Toddlers love to hear their favorite nursery rhyme songs, and of course they love anything with sound effects and flashing lights. This electronic musical toy is 45 inches long and 11 inches wide, with a large, one-octave keyboard sporting a plastic handprint on each key and a red button above that flashes when the key is played. The keyboard can be played in five different tones: piano, bells, doggie barks, kitty meows, or birdie tweets, and in several modes: complete songs, free-play mode, or preprogrammed mode. The preprogrammed mode is an interesting feature that will help preschoolers (or their parents) learn to play the eight familiar songs. The tiny red light flashes, you play that handprint, and follow along until--hey, you're making music! The musical mat has a wipe-clean plastic surface, and it requires two AA batteries (not included). --Marcie Bovetz, mother and former children's librarian. This portable mat is also a piano! This mat features eight brightly-colored, tactile stimulating handprints that act as piano keys. Press each handprint and a different note is sounded either in piano, bell, dog, chick, or cat sounds. Press the demo button to hear a complete tune or the light button to play songs by following the flashing lights above the keys. Little ones are sure to have fun while they refine their musical ear and motor skills.