7 Best Gifts for Kid Guitar Players

Dressed up as Bowie for Halloween, watched SpongeBob jamming out with Patrick, wants to be just like rocker Mommy or can’t get enough of Daddy’s tunes – whatever the reason, you now have a little kid guitar player in your hands. And even rockstars write Santa letters from time to time. So what should you get a little kid guitar player?

We’ve got your back. Below are what we consider the 7 best gifts for kid guitar players. Better start ‘em young!

1. Loog Guitar

Let’s just get this one out of the way – of course we think the Loog Guitar is THE best gift for kid guitar players, especially if they’re still brimming with potential. Call us biased, but its narrow neck and three strings makes learning to play guitar easy peasy. Plus, continuing to learn is a breeze when you’re already playing ENTIRE songs on day one thanks to its Chord Flashcards and awesome iOS and Android App.

So go ahead and start a rock band with your little future lead guitarist. Just think of the places you’ll tour, the songs you’ll perform and the fun you’ll have – right there in your living room!

Loog Guitars

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6 Best Musical Instruments for Toddlers

We’ve established that learning to play an instrument makes kids smarter, but now what? Do we get an oboe? An accordion? Guitar Hero? Fill up a jar with rice and call it a day? Not a chance. To help you decide, here are the 6 best musical instruments for kids to learn to play, ideal for their small hands!

1. Drums (1-3 years old)

Real drums should best be left alone until kids are at least 12 years old. Meanwhile, there are some amazing toy drums out there that could really help kids start grasping the fundamentals of rhythm. This one by Plan Toys is one of our favorites and seems to be ideal for younger kids and toddlers.

Looking for something for even younger kids? Then shakers or percussion set toys could be your best bet – just keep in mind that these toys are noisy and are best suited for very chill, patient families 😉

Plan Toys Solid Drum

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Loog Educator Spotlight: David Mills

Many music teachers are slowly turning toward the Loog to teach kids how to play guitar – the instrument holds easy learning and kids at the heart of its design and we’re psyched that so many educators have caught on. David Mills is one of precursors of this movement.

David Mills

We’ve talked about David, our favorite music teacher, over and over and over again – but most of you probably don’t know him that well. That’s why we thought it’d be cool to launch our new Educator Spotlight feature sharing a bit more about it. Read more

8 Indoor Activities to Do with Your Kids

This should be the perfect time of the year for outdoor games and running around – but, in certain parts of the country, June’s spring showers are giving way to an even cloudier July. And every parent knows that summer break and summer showers aren’t exactly the best combo.

So what to do? Have a blast inside, that’s what! Here’s a short and sweet list of eight fun indoor activities you can do with your kids – some of them even using your very own Loog Guitar 😉

1. Kitchen Rock Band
No need to have a plethora of instruments at your disposal to let your kids play some music. Go hunting for some pots, cans and wooden spoons for a mighty loud session! Read more

Kids Are Awesome: Exhibit C (for Cheerios Commercial)

You guys have probably all seen the new Cheerios commercial. Just in case you haven’t, we’ll take a second and wait for you to do so:

A pretty funny ad, right? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you’re well aware of the huge controversy surrounding the fact that the ad features interracial parents.

Cheerios Commercial

In fact, Cheerios was forced to shut down the video’s comments on YouTube after a lot of them turned a bit, um, racist. We were actually relieved to see a couple on television that better reflected today’s multicultural reality, and it’s really sad that in 2013 something like this can even cause a stir, let alone racist comments.

But not all hope is lost! TheFineBros, the account behind the popular Kids React channel on YouTube, decided to get some kids to watch the commercial and record their reactions to it. The silver lining? Not one of them could figure out what was ‘wrong’ about the commercial nor why people were angry at it.

So here’s the video that finally restored our own faith in humanity. Thank god for kids – they never cease to amaze us 🙂

Jane Elliott’s Experiment: The Only Video You Need to See Today

Jane ElliottYesterday we shared a video we found that blew our minds. Aired in the ’70s, the 14 minute-long video shows elementary teacher Jane Elliott teaching her third grade students about prejudice in a really unconventional way.

The video is from a documentary back then called The Eye of the Storm. Perhaps many people have already seen it; many might have not. It’s definitely something to watch. Mrs. Elliott basically separates her classroom into blue- and brown-eyed groups and tells her students one group is better than the other. The next day, she pulls the switch and makes the other group better. The results are really astounding. Watch the video here:

Today, we found a new video that shows what happened to these students 17 years later and how Mrs. Elliott’s little experiment has been used across the nation to teach kids AND adults what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes for a change. Or, like a black man who watched the experiment says half-way through: “It really shows you how prejudice is really just something that’s in people’s minds and not real”. See for yourself – or bookmark it for later. The video is 55 minutes long (you can skip to the 17:56 mark if you watched the other video).

Prejudice is still very much alive in the US and in the world and goes deeper than skin color. People today discriminate based on looks, on sexual orientation, even on gender. We have made much progress as a society –as this week’s milestone proves it– and at least these issues are widely talked about and acknowledged today. Still, and despite the controversy surrounding Mrs. Elliott’s method, there is a long way to go and this video is always a good watch. Take it as our little contribution for Pride Month this year 🙂