Nursery Starter Kit - 10 Instruments

The Nursery Starter Kit was a finalist in the 2013 Nursery World Awards, competing against the very best early years equipment. This is a great starter kit for child minders and small nurseries and it's also perfect for use at home with children of 3 years and over. There are 10 instruments packed inside a handy storage basket, so it's easy to keep tidy and won't take up valuable space. The instruments included are a variety which include a drum, shakers, a scraper, a chime and a clacker - made of wood, metal, skin and natural materials so that the sounds they make are all different and will interest children.


N.B. For Early Years settings please note:

A. Our products are musical instruments, not toys, and should always be used under the supervision of responsible educationalists and carers and not left with children under 3 years of age to play with by themselves.

B. Please follow the simple “Good Practice” guidelines set out in the "Traditionally" section below.


For SEN settings: please put a note with your order to indicate that it's needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.


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SC-nstk £90.00   £63.00

All of our children and staff absolutely loved this product. The beautiful woven basket promised a world of exciting experiences and its contents did not fail to deliver. The children loved exploring all of the unusual instruments individually, and the practitioners loved the additional information on their countries of origin and the materials they were made of. The scope for discussion was huge and will, we are sure, go on for some considerable time to come. The amazing price, which is heavily discounted for education settings, made this a great buy and one we would recommend to any setting working with young children. An absolute delight to explore!
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More about the Nursery Starter Kit - 10 Instruments

This kit is a great introduction to the variety of sounds these types of percussion instruments make. Offering this basket of instruments to a small group of children to explore themselves will introduce them to discovery of sounds, textures, shapes and sizes. A medium-sized djembe is included either for the children to play or for you to lead or guide a group - the djembe is a demonstrative instrument so children can follow your lead!

What's included

Contents: 25cm Djembe, 1 Drum Stick, 20cm Ocean Drum, Mini Bento Shaker, 2 Animal Tambourines, Animal Clacker, 1 Bar Chime, Medium Frog Scraper, 9cm Egg Shaker, 7cm Egg Shaker, 10 annA rydeR's Music Cards, "What It's Called + Where It's From" card, Bamboo Basket

What goes well with the Nursery Starter Kit - 10 Instruments

This kit contains 10 different small instruments and will go well with any other small instruments such as the ones contained in the Nursery Shaker Kit. It will also mix well with other rhythmic instruments but can also be a good kit for accompanying yourselves singing your own favourite songs together. Children are often more engaged in singing when they are also playing an instrument and often find it very easy to do this kind of multi-tasking!

How the Nursery Starter Kit - 10 Instruments is made

Good Practice Guide

Early Years Musical Instruments & Music Kits


Please always remember that Sound Children and Drums for Schools Early Years products are musical instruments and NOT toys and should be used with young children only under the close supervision of responsible educationalists and carers. By following these simple guidelines you will ensure the children’s learning, development and enjoyment of playing music, as well as their safety.


  1. Bring the instruments out just for music sessions, and put them away afterwards (the children will love to help!). This keeps the instruments “special” and it avoids any risk of them being damaged in the course of unsupervised play, without your realising it.


  1. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out. 


  1. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care. 


  1. Never allow children to play with any instrument unless closely supervised and don’t let any child suck or bite any part of any instrument.


  1. Don’t let a child of any age play any musical instrument aggressively, especially close the ear, as we must take care to avoid any risk to their hearing.


  1. After each music session, wipe down the instruments with a damp cloth if they’re grubby (fine to use a mild disinfectant solution) and check for any loose parts (tug on any strings) or cracks. If in any doubt, remove a damaged instrument from use and contact us for further advice (sending us a photo is a good start).


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How to look after the Nursery Starter Kit - 10 Instruments

These instruments are very robust and can be used together with non-musical resources such as natural materials like shells, fir-cones etc so it's not always necessary to separate your instruments from your other resources. However, encourage your children to put all the instruments, beaters and cards back into the basket if that's what you've decided to do. It'll be less likely things will get damaged or lost. If instruments are left outside in the damp or light rain, just dry them off and leave them in a sunny or warm place for a while before putting them in the basket. You might find that the skins on the djembe and ocean drum go floppy and won't play properly. Just leave them in a warm or sunny place and skins will re-tighten themselves. Check the instruments containing beads - ocean drum and egg shakers - for splits in the surfaces every now and then. Egg shakers can be mended by binding them up with electrical tape or similar. Get the children involved in checking instruments for damage and the discussions if any damages can be mended and how. They will enjoy being part of this and it will also help them to take ownership of the instruments.