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Woodstock Chimalong

woodstock chimalong Woodstock Chimalong is an award winning musical learning toy with a pure musical sound and a simple instruction method for children over 3.

First released in 1986, it is just as educational today. Chimalong has 8 tubes in a foam holder and it produces a rich, beautiful sound.

Each tube is coded in 3 ways: with a colored band, a number, and a corresponding note name on either side of the tube. Just rotate the tube in the holder to see the note name or number.

Each tube is electronically tuned, producing a clear, soft, resonant sound. The tubes are tuned in a diatonic scale pattern, as in the familiar "do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do."

Young children can play the Woodstock Chimalong by either improvising or using the songbook. Music from the songbook can be played by matching colors or notes. Young children from age 3 can play by matching the colors. Older children by matching the numbers. Using the note names is a further progression, which encourages the learning of musical notation.

Just playing randomly produces a rich musical sound. It’s fun and children are drawn to playing like this. Try hitting just one tube. Sing along with each note. Then play 2 tubes simultaneously. You’ll hear a third tone. Sing to this tone. The specific range and key of Chimalong was chosen because it best fits the range of a child’s voice. This encourages your child to sing along and teaches a sense of tone and pitch

The Woodstock Chimalong is a metallophone, meaning sound of metal, and is assembled as one octave in the key of C. It comes with an additional B flat tube and so can be converted to the key of F.

If one of the notes starts to sound a bit odd, check the position of the tube. The tubes can move in the foam holder and they’ll need repositioning to maintain their resonant sound.

An excellent musical learning toy for young children.


  • Parents Choice: Classic Award Winner
  • Oppenheim Award

Why is Woodstock Chimalong Educational?

Aids development of fine motor skills, color and number recognition.

Teaches playing music and introduces musical notation.

It encourages your child to sing along with the notes and instills a sense of tone and pitch.

Age group

3 to 6 years.


Amazon reviews:
toy musical instruments

"Top quality musicmaker for your tot. The tone of the chimes is SO far superior to any other low cost xylophone toy on the market, although it’s not as easy to haul around as the old-fashioned pull toy. If the child is old enough to really want to play recognizable tunes or to make up tunes, the quality of the sound produced will certainly encourage that kind of activity."

Amazon rating

★ ★ ★ ★ 4 ½ Stars.


Hear the quality of
Woodstock Percussion on YouTube.


  • chimalong
  • two mallets
  • 28 page color-coded songbook

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