Okay, it’s not like a baby could compose something to rival Chopin with any of these, but that’s not the point. Not one instrument on this list requires years of practice, callused fingertips, or expensive lessons to figure out. They’re simple. Check ‘em out and begin your rise to musical stardom.
1. Piano Gloves
No piano is needed when you’re rocking these sweet hand warmers. Style aside, they’re pretty entertaining. Set the background music (not unlike selecting a preset melody on that old Casio keyboard) and then use each of your fingers to add accompanying music. You can even set them to sound like a piano, violin, drum set and more. Looks like you just mastered eight instruments! $24
2. Air Guitar Move
You will need to learn a couple of basic guitar chords to play around with Air Guitar Move, so it could be a tough sell to a toddler. That said, they are the basic ones and the strumming is super easy. All you do is wave the pick through the air. That’s it. It’s basically air guitar with slightly less embarrassment.
Once AlphaSphere is set up (all the sounds programmed to the pad . . . this step is not going to be easy for a baby), just hand the giant ball to anyone and they could put together a little number. Each of the 48 pressure-sensitive pads can be set to play different pieces of audio, and all you, the musician, has to do is press away. $1500
4. Electronic Drum Kit T-Shirt
This sweet tee guarantees you can take your music wherever you go. Simply tap the different drums on your shirt, and you’ll create music from the seven different sounds. Just don’t go all heavy metal drum solo on yourself or you’ll look like you fell down a flight of stairs. $30
5. ION Piano Apprentice
If you aren’t looking to just goof around with an easy to play instrument, and would also like to gain a few skills in the process, consider the ION Piano Apprentice. Just push down when a light pops up (kinda like Whac-A-Mole, only less violent) and you’ll be freakin’ Mozart in no time. $75
Well it’s official. The Otamatone is the weirdest instrument ever. Congratulations bagpipes on your promotion! The Otamatone sounds like a theremin (you might have to look it up if you aren’t familiar with the sound), and is operated by squeezing open the little mouth and sliding your finger along the neck. Now you just have to find a band looking for an Otamatonist. $60
Yes, many of these are weird, but is there an instrument you found really easy to play?
Mike Newman is the Managing Editor of CoolMaterial.com. The men’s lifestyle blog is dedicated to finding the latest and greatest gadgets and gear before anyone else. When not writing and searching out new and awesome stuff, Mike hosts a radio show on WPST in Philadelphia and New Jersey and spends lots of time seeking out great food. You can follow him on twitter @therealnewman.