One trick is to only choose instruments that are pleasant sounding, no matter how they are played. STL Ocarinas fit this description with beautiful, ancient sound.
We were sent two ocarinas to try:
Teacarina: When I first opened up our Teacarina, I thought, what a charming little cup. This multifunctional instrument allows you to play and sip, which is sure to delight any child.
The Teacarina, a combination pottery teacup and ocarina, allows you to play simple tunes between sips of your favorite tea or other hot drink.
Manufactured in a range of beautiful colors, the Teacarina is a hollow walled, handle-less teacup that doubles as a soothing and intriguing musical instrument.
As with other ocarina, you produce music by blowing through an air chamber, changing pitch by fingering four holes of various sizes on the side on the cup.
Whale: Super cute and would make a great stocking stuffer!
An ancient instrument with roots that lie in the dawn of history, clay ocarinas were played by the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas of South and Central America. A world away, ocarinas shaped like birds and animals and dating from as early as 5,000 BC have been found in India.
Would I buy this product? I think so. The products we were sent range from about $10-$20; however, they were shipped with styrofoam peanuts (not compostable). They come with simple fingering charts to help you play songs. They are simple and sweet, which is how I like gifts for children.
Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.