Start up the band with Alex Toys’ new set of beautiful wooden instruments. Grab the xylophone, recorder, tambourine or castanets for you and the other pint-sized band members and make some music! Kids love music time and seem to shed some shyness as they move to the beat and enjoy setting their own rhythm. Recent research suggests a close relationship between music and language functions, based on better brain imaging techniques. As a speech therapist, I relied on music, with repeated phrases and rhythm to get some kids to talk. Certainly music can help develop fine motor skills, sound discrimination, and rhythm which are associated with developing language. Choose an instrument for yourself but let your child lead as composer and director of the band for some smart play!