16 June 2008

Bantooka Maker!

Warning: This is a completely gratuitous rave about a toy!!

Last fall, M. got a set of Tubation tubes for her birthday. It's a clever building toy and she's been enchanted with it - making houses for dolls, strange contraptions, and bantookas. You might ask, "what's a bantooka?" Well, it's a musical instrument - a wacky shaped thing into which you blow. You know, a bantooka.

The only problem with the set was that 40 pieces weren't enough - we kept running out of bits. So I figured I'd get another set.

And what did my marveling eyes find on Amazon? A compatible set of tubes to create your own musical instruments! I ordered it instantly, and we are smitten. The Saxoflute set is even better than described - in addition to a couple of mouthpieces and bells, it comes with stoppers for the ends of the tubes, and straight tubes with holes so you can play multiple notes. I think it's genius. Besides being fun, it's educational - you can explore how a wind instrument really works by changing what you've got strung together. Many a bantooka is in our future.

14 comments:

FreshHell said...

Ah, yes. We have the saxoflute. Both girls love it. Red has yet to figure out a way to destroy it so it gets 5 stars just for indestructability.

kathy a. said...

oh, that's so wonderful! my own kids are all grown up, but my cousin's little girls NEED this!

ophelia rising said...

Hey, we have that one! It's great. Well, any kind of instrument is great, in my book. :)

susan said...

Another one of those toys that looks pretty fun for parents, too!

Mayberry said...

It's fun just to SAY "bantooka."

womaninawindow said...

That looks like SOOO much fun! I always joke that all I had to play with as a kid was a log, a big ole hunk of wood. It made nice sounds if you banged it on your head. Or maybe that was just a concussion.

Angeline said...

Wow! This looks like super fun! Oh dear! Why am I in Singapore?! They don't have it over at this tiny spot on the globe. Damn! Can I get it on any website?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

This looks very fun; maybe for my nephews at Christmas.

Janet said...

Hellsa! Everyone needs a bantooka.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, boy--this looks perfect for L., and his birthday is coming up!

Mama Zen said...

Oh, boy! That looks like a must have!

Kirsetin said...

Oh, God bless you. I run from the noise-making toys. Bad mom, I know. Here, boys, how about a book? I've got it coming, though. My 11-yr old is hoping to take up drums next year. Real ones. Help!

Libby said...

These sound fabulous!

(BTW, thanks for your comment on my column. I love that Wells Mother Goose, too--check out the Bunny Planet ones for yourself some day!)

Eva said...

I have something like that. It was mine in childhood and my mom saved it and now Baby Nora loves it!