Harmony at Home: My Five Favorite Eco-Friendly Musical Instruments

My toddler Lulu’s making a racket these days. She thinks she is the missing band member of Quiet Riot (yeah, you heard me, I said Quiet Riot) and she is definitely making me “feel the noize”! While researching eco-friendly musical instruments, I stumbled upon these very cool (and green) music makers:

Wonderworld Rainbow Sound Blocks – $35 – These bright and colorful eco-friendly blocks are made from from environmentally friendly rubber wood, strictly using non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers. The red, yellow, blue, green, and purple transparent colored blocks are hollow and filled with beads that produce different tones.

Your kids are going to love packing, unpacking, stacking and sorting this award winning toy (Winner of the Silver Practical Pre-School Award in 2006, and National Parenting Publications Award in 2001).


Educo Early Melodies Rhythm Set – $10 – Get your rhythm section going with a good old fashioned shaking and scraping of this wooden set from Educo. The two classic percussion instruments are  a clapper and guiro.

The toys finishes are all non-toxic, child safe, and of the highest quality and all Hape products comply with EN71 and ASTM quality standards; the wood used comes from FSC managed forests.

Plan Toy Drum – $55 – This mini beat machine comes with two sizes of drums (with sturdy latex drum heads), a guiro, and an attached metal cymbal.

Made from all natural organic recycled rubber wood and water based dyes, your little Travis Barker will have hours of fun banging and clanging on this set.

Sevi Tambourine – $19 – Beautifully crafted with high quality Italian design, this karaoke-bar staple is lovely enough to be kept in the family and passed on.

The tambourine is hand-made with hard woods and painted with kid- and eco-friendly materials (including a vegetable dye finish).

EverEarth Xylophone – $8 – Kids are instantly attracted to this bright Xylophone. Measuring 9″ X 8″ X 2″, the bright bars produce gentle-sounding musical notes and is made with solid wood from renewable forests with kid-safe, water-based, non-toxic paints.

Gather the neighborhood kids together for a summer concert. I guarantee you’ll be swooning over all the little rock monsters musicians.