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rocko
08-21-2012, 02:31 PM
Thinking ahead to holiday prezzies and my son will be nearly 4 years old.

He might be ready for more than a toy uke. Anyone have suggestions?

I'm thinking plastic body would be best. A Dolphin or a Flea perhaps?

Tigeralum2001
08-21-2012, 02:55 PM
Go with a Dolphin... I bought my kids a Dolphin and a Leolani. Dolphin is much better. A Flea would be nice, but too nice for a toddler? The Flea knock-off that was on these boards was absolutely terrible, so this the Dolphin recommendation.

costaricadave
08-21-2012, 03:12 PM
My 5 year old had a plastic Woody Ukulele. From the movie Toy Story.

chrimess
08-21-2012, 03:12 PM
Mine actually like solid koa best.

vanflynn
08-21-2012, 03:17 PM
I second the dolphin. I got my 2 yr old grand niece a Hilo and wish I payed the extra $20 for a dolphin. The dolphin is 100x more playable.

Also, if he doesn't get the Uke bug you have a decent Uke for you or someone else.

MutinousDoug
08-21-2012, 03:20 PM
I'd go with the Dolphin. I just got one from Uke Republic for myself (OK, maybe for the Grandkids this Christmas). Intonation was still a little off as received but I'm comfortable with filing the nut slots until it satisfied me.
Be sure to purchase an electronic tuner if you want to keep your sanity around kids (they could care less about "tune").
HTH

costaricadave
08-21-2012, 03:25 PM
For sure the Toy Story Woody Uke isn't a player. But my little guy has dropped and banged it around so much I am glad it's a plastic one.

ukuLily Mars
08-21-2012, 03:28 PM
Ditto the Dolphin. They're just so darned cute.

Hippie Dribble
08-21-2012, 06:11 PM
um, have you considered a dolphin mate?? he he

I bought one for each of my kids at ages 5 and 8 and they are perfect gifts, as they sound well good enough to play a nice tune on and if they break the sky won't cave in. Actually I bought mine mahalos...even cheaper at $25 bucks a pop. My son's hangs next to his bed and often at storytime I grab it down and we sing a song or two. My daughter has since graduated to an Emil Bader hand built mango pineapple which she loves.

Great present idea though, the gift of music is a precious one and sows seeds that grow for a lifetime. :)

rocko
08-21-2012, 06:16 PM
Thanks, all. Seems like Dolphin is the leading candidate. Now, which color...

:D

rocko
08-21-2012, 06:18 PM
And after the holiday, I'll start working on getting his name on the Moore Bettah build list. ;-)

Hippie Dribble
08-21-2012, 06:25 PM
And after the holiday, I'll start working on getting his name on the Moore Bettah build list. ;-)

DADDY!!!!! :p

pootsie
08-21-2012, 07:03 PM
I think someone should mention dolphins in this thread
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36994

chrimess
08-22-2012, 12:20 AM
They learn to read best with ecclectic inlay art.
DADDY!!!!! :p

Louis0815
08-22-2012, 01:07 AM
Now, which color...anything except pink or black. I got a candy apple red and found it quite nice as this is not just bright red, but sparkling bright red.

PS: And don't forget to put the matching Aurora strings on to make it look really awesome ;)

Kitters
08-22-2012, 01:33 AM
I'd say a Dolphin too although I'm a bit skeptical that kids below five or six would be able to concentrate on playing (or have the motor skills needed). I started playing instruments at six and my nephews and nieces simply do not have a long enough attention span to play anything and they are eight and five. I guess it depends on a kid and in any case, you cannot lose with Dolphin. Getting a child anything more expensive is a bit of an overkill IMO. As for colour... Do they still have the burst colours available? I've got the red one which is pretty nice and the green one I saw was beautiful. Of course it depends on what is your child's favourite colour. :) For some reason I like the blue as well.

beautifulsoup
08-22-2012, 02:47 AM
I think someone should mention dolphins in this thread
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36994

Looks like you've got a color-matched strap rigged up for it. Maybe a stupid question, but where does it attach? No strap button, right? Or does the other end loop around the body of the uke?

mendel
08-22-2012, 03:17 AM
My son has had a Dolphin. He got it when he was 6 months old. He is now 2, and the thing is a tank. He loves it and plays with it almost everyday. He asks for it by name now. He calls it "ookie" or "Dittar".

Rich

Paul December
08-22-2012, 07:56 AM
IMO 4 years is too young. I'd recommend working on rhythm with some small percussion instruments and marching. This way he'll start paying closer attention to music & lengthen attention to such tasks.

vanflynn
08-22-2012, 08:04 AM
I think my niece would have killed me if I bought her daughter a drumset!

Uke Republic
08-22-2012, 08:13 AM
I think it's wonderful to introduce music early on. My son got a uke around 3 years old and used it as a surfboard for the carpet . Once again at 4 and hes on to trying it for playing and now at 5 its even better. The complete ukulele course for kids DVD helps a bunch too, Ralph Shaw is a great motivator and holds their attention.

pootsie
08-22-2012, 08:51 AM
Looks like you've got a color-matched strap rigged up for it. Maybe a stupid question, but where does it attach? No strap button, right? Or does the other end loop around the body of the uke?

that was just a name-tag lanyard that I happened to have laying around, and lucky enough was the right color

in the picture it is just tied around the headstock in a sort of poor man's uke leash, not connected elsewhere

I have since installed a button (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?68724-Hints-for-installing-strap-buttons-on-a-Dolphin) and my mother in law (http://lastchanceleather.net)is making a strap for me (and probably one for my son's new guitar)

my daughter just happened to be wearing the right color at the time ;)

she loves to strum on it!

I think I might let her just have at it with my crudbox

wolfchs
08-22-2012, 09:22 AM
This is my niece who just turned 3 yrs old a month ago during my vacation in the Keys with the Pearl White Makala Dolphin I bought from Mike with the multi-color Aurora strings. She loves it!!! but of course it was mine so she only got to play with it during vacation :p I promised her I'd get her a pink one once her parents said it was OK :o
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Louis0815
08-22-2012, 09:23 AM
Maybe a stupid question, but where does it attach? No strap button, right? Or does the other end loop around the body of the uke?You either need to mount a button yourself (glue or screw) or find some other method, e.g. magnet strap or velcro

ukuLily Mars
08-22-2012, 12:13 PM
A lot of musicians start that young. I think it becomes traumatic only if you are expecting the tot to be some sort of 'Ukulele Mozart. If you're all just relaxed and having a good time, well, just get an instrument that won't hurt anyone if it gets smashed over something. :uhoh: And indeed, it is more pleasant to have a 4-year-old noodling on an 'ukulele than on drums.

As for colors, get whatever will go best with his favorite pajamas. Or ask his stuffed animals which color they would like. They won't steer you wrong.

Paul December
08-22-2012, 06:36 PM
Guys, I said start with Small Percussion Instruments...
...drums ain't so "small" :rolleyes:
A ukulele becomes a percussion instrument in the hands of a 4 year old anyway. A bad percussion instrument.
I was thinking more of tambourine or maracas.
For more information, google "Orff Approach".