Little Birdsong Treasure Basket - 22 Instruments

Formerly called the Music House Treasure Basket this wonderful instrument collection has been completely re-designed and upgraded by our expert friends at London's Music House for Children, and is part of their ‘Little Birdsong’ range of Early Years music resources. It now contains 22 instruments.


There's a wide range of different instruments here, with extras of some of the more versatile ones, together with great new song cards and a CD for parents and practitioners.


Please note that the collection is intended for 3 year olds upwards and also that these are not toys but real musical instruments (just like professional ones but in most cases scaled-down to suit smaller players) and that the younger children will need close supervision. Do let the children explore and play independently as well as together with parents and/or practitioners but do always keep an eye on things.


It is our experience that both children and grown-ups get so much more out of music-making by playing together. Music-making is a powerful learning experience for grown-ups as well as children and learning and exploring together multiplies the benefits for everyone.


The Little Birdsong Nursery Treasure Basket was awarded the Bronze award in the Practical Pre-School Awards 2016.


N.B. For SEN settings: Please put a note with your order to indicate that it is needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.

3+ Years
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More about the Little Birdsong Treasure Basket - 22 Instruments

The basket comes complete with 4 Little Birdsong Music Cards and a CD which will give you lots of inspiration and ideas for music-making with your little ones.

What's included

If you’re using this product in an Early Years setting, please follow these Good Practice Guidelines.


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).


Click here to download the Good Practice Guide


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What goes well with the Little Birdsong Treasure Basket - 22 Instruments

All the instruments are ‘pick up and play’ - they do not really need any major instruction.


The ‘Little Birdsong Treasure Basket - 22 Instruments’ contains;


    • 1 x Animal Clacker - Early Years
    • 2 x Animal Tambourine - Early Years
    • 1 x Caxixi Cylinder Shaker
    • 1 x Chime Bar - 1 note, stainless
    • 1 x Djembe Drum - Budget - 2in diameter, 12cm high, Early Years
    • 1 x Djembe Drum - Budget - 3in diameter, 15cm high, Early Years
    • 1 x Egg on Stick - Small - 5cm, Early Years
    • 1 x Egg on Stick - Medium - 7cm, Early Years
    • 1 x Egg Shaker - Small - 5cm, Early Years
    • 1 x Egg Shaker - Medium - 7cm, Early Years
    • 1 x Guiro Shaker - Small - 11cm, Early Years
    • 1 x Heart Shaker
    • 1 x Jingle Ball - Early Years
    • 1 x Jingle Bells - Early Years
    • 1 x Kenari Shaker - Early Years
    • 1 x Pad Shaker - Medium - 9cm x 15cm
    • 1 x Pangi Shaker - Early Years
    • 1 x Squeezer Shaker
    • 1 x Tik Tok - Early Years
    • 2 x Clapsticks (Claves) - Early Years
    • 2 x Baby Drum Beaters - pair
    • 1 x Little Birdsong CD
    • Little Birdsong Cards
    • 1 x Basket - Medium - 26cm, bamboo


Depending on stock we may occasionally need to make changes to the above list, but we'll always guarantee quality and value.

How the Little Birdsong Treasure Basket - 22 Instruments is made

All our instruments, and the baskets, are made in Bali using natural and local materials. Most are made to our designs in local villages where they create a useful source of income for families and a low stress, clean and safe type of work. The beautiful and sturdy baskets are woven by hand from bamboo fibres and are traditionally used by Balinese artists, musicians and dancers for carrying their costumes and materials.

How to look after the Little Birdsong Treasure Basket - 22 Instruments

None of the instruments need any special maintenance. Just be careful not to let the basket and contents get damp and do not put it on a radiator or anywhere too hot. The instruments are tough but they are still musical instruments and not toys and need to be treated with respect. Small children should of course be continuously supervised.