Getting your baby boy started with music is one of the best investments you can ever make. Even if they never pursue it as a career, it is scientifically proven to help with almost every area of their life and development!
“Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.” – Bright Horizons
It’s never too early to get your little ones used to making noises with their own hands and fingers. Even boys as young as six months can benefit from playing around on a toy instrument! With an early start, your boy could get a huge advantage in an amazing school or job involving music. At a minimum, he’s going to have a blast making noise – he might as well learn while he’s at it! Check out our selection of some of the best musical toys for 1 and 2 year old boys right now. We know there is something on our list that is guaranteed to make him smile!
For all the aspiring piano genius’s out there, this might be the perfect toy for 1 year old boys and up! The Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano is designed for boys 6 months and up and is the perfect starter musical instrument for a toy room or bedroom. It’s a wooden piano that includes three sheets of music and six different songs. It’s child-safe (obviously) and super easy to clean and wipe down. The colors and images make for great visual stimulation, too!
The Rollin’ Rovee is a perfect pick-up for any boy-moms out there. The Rovee is made out of a smooth plastic face and soft-touch hair and arms. It’s tactile and interesting to touch for boys 6 months to 5 years. It has four modes that change as your child grows, ensuring years of fun play. With lights, music, and activities built-in, your boy will be occupied for hours when playing with the Rovee. It even comes with a ball to play interactive catch with!
The Playskool Explore N Grow is quite the steal for your boy! It has all the makings of a fun, interactive, and entertaining toy for boys 1-year-old and up. It’s made of plastic and includes 11 interchangeable gears. When you place the gears and cogs in the correct spaces, they spin, play music, and make noises. It’s super hands-on and has a carry-handle to take when you need something to distract your little one for a few minutes while you handle something. It’s great for introducing music and new motor functions for your boy.
The LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table is designed to be the centerpiece in any playroom or bedroom. Its sturdy plastic build can handle years of leaning, touching, and rough play while still ensuring a ton of fun. It is a tabletop play-area with 70+ songs, tunes, and responses your boy can learn from. It introduces letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in a fun and safe environment. It’s an educator-approved toy and comes in what’s known as “frustration-free packaging”.
Fisher-Prices “Linkimals” toy line is essentially an updated version of the classic “stacking donut toy.” They feature an animal on top (this one is a llama) and a few other cool features. This one has three rings with an animal head on top. It plays music and flashes different lights when being played with. It has a wobbly base (won’t get knocked over easily) and is perfect for boys 9 months and older. You can even collect all the different animal toppers!
In the world of musical instruments for kids, is there anything more classic than this? It has literally has the word “classic” in its name now. This little xylophone is made of plastic, save the metal tines on the board itself. With four wheels, it can be rolled and pulled by the string that doubles as a striker for the tines. It features eight colored tines and is a great way to teach motor skills, colors, and more.
The Go-Baby-Go Musical Dino is a perfect way to get your boy crawling as well as listening to music. When a ball is placed in the Dino’s “belly,” it played one of eight songs and activated the ball-popper. Once it’s turned on, the ball-popper tossed balls back out of its belly, encouraging your little one to chase after it and crawl! It’s perfect for developing crawl strength and introducing a musical element into playtime.
The Hape Musical Penguin Wobbler is ideal for those animal-loving boys that want to have something to knock around for a bit. As a wobbler, it can be hit and knocked around while remaining upright and keeping your baby’s attention. When being played with, it plays music and waddles. The penguin’s little arms move up and down and are a visual and tactile element for your little one.
The JOYIN Dancing Walking Yellow Duck is a vibrant and exciting toy for any baby boy. Its plastic construction can withstand years of use and play while still chugging along. It has multiple modes with five buttons and the ability to play seven different melodies from its speaker. Depending on where it’s touched, it can play heartbeats, dance, and even walk! It has a volume control on the foot to make sure it’s never too loud for your little one. The Dancing Walking Duck is great for attracting and keeping the attention of any baby boy.
The Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube is the perfect way to teach music basics while having a blast! Essentially, it teaches the noises that different instruments via buttons on each side of the cube. When the button is pressed, it plays the noise associated with the picture. The lights flash with the tempo of the instrument, teaching timing and rhythm. It’s also made with soft and rounded corners, making it easy to pick up and handle, even for small hands.
The second Linimals toy on our list, the Fisher-Price A-Z Otter plays a different role than the first one. Designed as a keyboard with an otter’s face, the toy displays letters, pictures, and more! When you press a letter on the keyboard, it plays the letter’s name and a word associated with it (O for Owl, for example). It plays music when the contrasting roller ball on the foot is batted, ensuring it keeps the attention of any baby boys playing with this toy.
The Huile Baby Airplane Music and Light Toy is perfect for any playtime-loving boys who can’t help but learn as they play! The plastic plane has buttons spread out across almost every surface, all serving a different purpose. The toy teaches the ABCs and 123s while pressing the corresponding buttons on the surface. It connects the button with a voice and a picture, reinforcing everything your baby is learning. It even plays noises like a real airplane and is great for boys 1-3 years old.
The My Learning Remote and Phone is a great way for your little one to learn and play simultaneously. Nowadays, playing on a phone or tablet is something that kids as young as two-years-old are learning! With the My Phone, they can play on a phone without actually taking yours. The remote imitates a television remote and plays sounds and fun noises. The plastic phone has fake apps on it that a child can’t help but have fun tapping on.
We’ve ALL heard the song Baby Shark before (it’s probably in your head right now!) The WowWee Dancing Shark is designed by the company that created the song in the first place. With a tap on the shark’s head, you will set him dancing and singing the English version of the Baby Shark song. He comes with bonus songs (press on his fin) and is plush and cuddly! This is a great comfort toy that plays your kid’s favorite song in the world.
This is the best toy for all the farm and vehicle-loving boys out there! John Deere is a brand that garners amazement from little boys that rivals that of fire trucks. The TOMY Hayride toy is an interactive experience that encourages kids to match the correct animal noise to the toy character. The tractor sings Old McDonald when pushed around and is a great way to have fun and learn about farm animals along the way!
Is there anyone more nostalgic or comforting as Elmo? The Playskool Sesame Street ABCs Elmo does exactly what you would expect – he teaches the ABCs! Press on his tummy hear some fun Elmo-esq phrases and him singing the alphabet. He can sing in Spanish or English, depending on the mode selected. He is cuddly and soft, perfect to keep around in playrooms, the schoolroom, or the bedroom.
The Musical Turtle Toy is a tabletop learning experience in the approachable form of a turtle! It’s made of ABS, a safe plastic, and is durable and shatterproof. Designed with soft edges, it is long-lasting and won’t hurt little hands when handled. It has four play modes that teach happy songs, patterns, numbers, and the ABCs. As it sings, it even crawls on the floor! It can be set to English or Spanish, depending on the need.
If you need a simple toy that sings some classic melodies, the Baby Einstein Star Bright Toy is an easy pickup. It is the perfect on-the-go toy that can be tossed in a crib or car seat for some long-term entertainment. It has a plastic face in a five-pointed star that sings six of the most famous kid’s melodies from the ages. It has lights and is fine for a teething boy.
One of the actual instrument toys on this list, the Baby Einstein Magic Touch Ukelele is a perfect way to get your boy used to holding and playing with one. It has two options to play with: freestyle or play-along. The freestyle mode allows a child to pluck the strings and produce sounds and music, while the play-along encourages little ones to strum and play along with a pre-recorded song.
A perfect combo, the NextX Toddler Drum and Piano Toy is the best of drums and piano toys, all in one! The keyboard features six different keys that each play different notes, noises, and songs. The drums on top can be hit to create fun beats as the music from the keyboard plays. It’s perfect for teaching rhythm and recognizing patterns. The volume can be adjusted so there is never a risk of the sounds and music being overloud. The lights and noises are sure to keep your boys attention while encouraging learning.
This friendly and approachable toy is a fun and easy way to encourage motor skills and auditory development. Constructed from ABS plastic, the Musical Press and Go inchworm is durable, polished, and BPA-free, ensuring years of safety. Simply press on the center ball to flatten the toy. When you release it, expect to see your boy crawling over to you quick! It lights up and plays a variety of songs to keep attention and encourage learning.
Who didn’t love making fake food as a kid? Granted, back then, it was usually with things found outside, but we don’t want our little ones digging in the mud when toys like this exist now. The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magic Mixing Bowl is a pretend mixing bowl that comes with play ingredients for hours of fun. It lights up, plays songs, teaches colors and numbers, and explains parts of the alphabet as you play!
If you want to start encouraging your boy to crawl and learn, the HISTOYE Drop and Go Toy Train is perfectly designed to do just that! Known as a “chase and go” toy, you simply place it on the floor as it goes! As you put the included balls in its basket, it releases them as it rolls. It is perfect for encouraging your child to crawl after the bright, flashy, and exciting toy, giving them exercise and practice as they play.
The Walking Talking Singing, and Dancing Goose seems to do it all! The “Hip Hop” goose is made from a safe and strong ABS plastic that is sure to last for years. As the goose plays music, it dances and grooves along with the beat! If you want something to stimulate your child’s imagination, this may be the toy for you, especially if they love to dance! If it bumps into something as it walks, it simply changes directions and keeps going.
Tools are a staple for any complete toy set – kids just seem to love to play with them and mimic the adults they see. The VATOS Light & Musical Toy Hammer is a solid addition to your boy’s toy tool kit. It features a soft rubber head with goofy eyes that are bound to cause some laughs. When you shake the hammer, it rattles and lights up, stimulating all your kid’s senses and keeping their attention. As you swing, it counts up to 10 and has multiple learning modes to teach different things.
We love elephants! They are the ultimate plush toy for any child or toddler. The STEAM Life Elephant Toy is an ultra-soft plush toy intended to provide comfort and education simultaneously. The plush material doesn’t fade or shed and is sure to last for years. In the middle of the plush toy is a light-up plastic center that plays 12 different songs, nature noises, and funny sounds. While the picture may cause it to appear too large, it’s just slightly larger than a cell phone.
Our boys tend to want to grow up WAY too fast. They will copy and mimic anything they can, especially if it means they are acting like a “big boy”. While your little one may not be ready to take the car out for a spin, he WILL love playing with the B. Toys FunKeys Toy Keys. They are realistic feeling keys that swing freely and make clinking and beep noises. There aren’t any sharp edges on the keys, so no worrying about them poking themselves! These keys are designed for kids aged 10 months +
For all those baby boys who love playing with animals and monsters, the GiftInTheBox Musical Crocodile Toy is perfect! It is intended to help your baby start crawling by walking away and making noise – what kid wouldn’t want to chase after that? Opening its mouth and wagging its tail, it can’t help but catch the attention of and kids in the room! It has built-in songs that encourage learning and fine motor skills via the buttons.
The VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Moosical Beads is basically a cow-shaped iPod! Made out o a variety of fabrics and plastics, its tactile diversity makes it incredibly interesting to touch and play with. It’s cuddly and fun to play with as well! Using the buttons, you can trigger it to sing and talk using its library of 30+ songs. The size makes it perfect for a crib or diaper bag toy.
Shapes, colors, sounds, and music, the STEAM Life Educational Light Up Keyboard has it all! The keyboard is made of sturdy plastic that won’t chip or shatter, guaranteeing a long life of play. It features five light-up and textured keys that respond with music and noise when pressed. Above the keys are four animal buttons that help teach word association between animals and noises – perfect for a developing baby boy!