Alex Brands knows how to make music fun! Little legs make this table just the right height for preschoolers as they bang away with their mallets that can strike the cymbal, beat the drum or play the xylophone. 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. So don’t put that drum set away–let your kids keep banging, composing and experimenting with sounds for some smart play!