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.