Designed for children ages 2-12, The Mini Marimba is an elegant outdoor instrument which is played by striking its wooden keys with a pair of mallets. Although its small size makes this an ideal instrument for young kids, its extensive set of 15 keys is complex enough to satisfy more experienced musicians. Each of the keys is carefully tuned to produce bright, harmonious and clear notes. This is a fantastic way to introduce children to music, which is proven to have considerable benefits for mental growth and creative development. Immediately, they will enjoy creating a chaotic blends of notes by striking or sliding the mallets along the keys. Before long the notes will become more organized, and form simple melodies. Its lightweight wooden design and portable base allow it to be easily transported anywhere, inside or outside. It can even be placed alongside other musical elements to let kids blend the sounds together into a band.