15 Days of Favourite “Kid” things – Part 5

Day 5:

As the only toy on the list, it’s got to be a good one. From manufacturer Battat comes The B. Brand Symphony in B which is a toy that all of us have enjoyed. It’s creative, interesting, soothing, and kinda mesmerizing.
Created to resemble an orchestra pit, you can conduct by using the 15 different instruments to make all sorts of unique combinations from the 13 included songs. Wildly waving your arms like an octopus is encouraged.
Use just the percussion instruments to play Für Elise, try Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with only woodwinds. The sound quality is very good and it’s super cool to hear familiar tunes with just drums, or just a koto. What the heck is a koto? Check here. 
My older son likes to pile as many of the instruments onto the orchestra pit spot as he can, while the younger one has gotten over his habit of chewing on them and now wants to put each song at full speed, or alternates between swiping all the colour coded instruments out of their spots, and trying to figure out each shape and jamming it back in. “Twiangle!!!”
You can control the tempo and volume of your song creations, and there is an on/off button, a demo button, buttons to light up each category of instruments and an auto-off button. Yeah! So when you’ve left the Symphony in B “on” because you’re rushing out the door and trying to find a pair of mittens in the pile of only left hand mitts, it’ll turn itself off after you’ve left the house.
With two left mitts.
We’ve had it for two years and are still on the same set of batteries. 
The rest of the included (full length) songs are:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Alouette
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • CanCan
  • Eensy Weensy Spider
  • Baby Bumblebee
  • Brahm’s Lullaby
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Pop! Goes the Weasel
  • Entry of the Gladiators
  • Alphabet Song
  • Come Little Leaves

There’s even an included booklet with lyrics for all the songs. Look! The rest of the lyrics to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

In the dark blue sky you keep,
Often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

When you’re done playing, there’s a slide up panel in the back that stores all the instruments. Brilliant. 
From the lights, to the neat colours, the music and the little details all around, I love this thing and it will make it safely through all my “I’m getting rid of all the toys!” purges.
Even the packaging is funky AND B. Toys donates 10 cents from every toy bought to Free The Children. You can find B. Toys at www.target.com,  www.amazon.com as well as select specialty retailers such as Omer de Serres in Quebec. 

B. Toys have also come out with the Rockestra. Man, I want to try it to relive some 90’s large-hair days. 

Watch a demo of the Symphony in B here

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