Like most toddlers, L loves music. She loves listening to it, dancing to it, and making it. And what a great sensorial experience! I have had a basket with musical instruments out since L was very young — ever since she could sit up and hold things. As she became more accomplished with each instrument, I added more difficult ones. We now have multiple shakers, maracas, a tambourine, cymbals, and a triangle in her instrument basket. Lately, whenever L hears music she runs to her instrument basket and chooses something to play along.
A few months ago, L took the stick from the triangle and kept banging it on the tambourine — not the most pleasant sound to listen to all day. I asked L’s old music teacher for recommendations for drums, and he suggested a Remo kids drum (found at this link). It has a nice deep tone that isn’t too aggravating when your child wants to play it all day, every day, and it is now L’s favorite instrument to play.