Updated on October 14, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
H ave you ever had to hunt down your hairbrush in a hurry – only to find your toddler has been using it as a microphone for their latest performance? Children LOVE to sing – and for good reason! Singing is an amazing way to inspire creativity and create lasting memories. If you have a child who loves to put on shows or is constantly asking you to “WATCH ME!” you could very well have a born performer on your hands.
Here are 7 better alternatives than your brush, a spatula, or wooden spoon for your little rockstar!
The Best Toddler Karaoke Machines
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: This super colorful and fun play microphone will inspire your little ones to use their imagination. It comes with 30 classic Motown songs to enjoy, but can also use Bluetooth to connect to your phone or other music sources. It has 4 voice effects your little rockstar can play around with and it’s rechargeable. The battery life is pretty impressive too, coming in at 8 hours while only taking 2 hours to charge completely.
All of the controls for this toy are located right on the microphone and that makes it easy for younger kids to master how to use it and enjoy it. It’s also easy for kids to move around when they’re playing with this because there are no cords to worry about tripping over.
Keep in mind: The songs that are preloaded on this are featured in the Netflix show Motown Magic. If your family hasn’t watched it yet, it might be worth it to introduce your children to music.
Good for: Toddlers and children who enjoy singing and dancing.
(Most realistic — $$)
Why it’s great: Here is another fun, wireless option that’s not just a microphone, but a portable speaker and a recorder. It has fun LED lights that grow brighter when the volume increases and will pulse with the beat of the music to make your children’s performances a ton of fun. It connects to any Bluetooth music source and has a quick charging battery.
The head of this microphone is made of a durable aluminum alloy, which makes the sound quality a little more consistent than you might find in other models designed for children. It’s also available in several different colors so I’m sure you could find one that matches your kid’s personality!
Keep in mind: This one doesn’t come with any songs preloaded, so using the bluetooth option to connect is not an option.
Good for: Older kids who want to practice singing, or very young ones that would be happy just hearing their own voices.
(Most fun — $$$)
Why it’s great: This karaoke machine comes with two microphones, one being on an adjustable stand, the other on a cable they can move around. If the second mic isn’t needed, the mic stand attached to the base where the speaker is can be removed and it acts as a portable speaker with one mic attached. It comes with an AUX cable that enable it to be connected to other devices for
It’s easy to put on a full concert with foot pedals that add a background rhythm or applause as well as flashing LED lights.
Keep in mind: Needs 4 AA batteries that are included, but you’ll want to make sure you have more on hand. Comes with songs, but no words.
Good for: Siblings or friends that love to perform together!
(Best first karaoke machine — $)
Why it’s great: This karaoke machine is shaped like an adorable lion and has a very easy to use microphone attached. It comes with 30 classic kids songs that everyone will know the words to and voice changing effects that include high and low pitch, robot, and echo. Younger toddlers will love playing the interactive games that are included that help to introduce letters, numbers, and animals.
The songs that are included on this machine are easy ones like Wheels on the Bus and The Alphabet Song. You can choose to have the words playing while your child is singing, or just the melody.
Keep in mind: This one is not rechargeable and requires 3 AA batteries.
Good for: Younger toddlers that will enjoy the flashing lights and knowing all of the words to the songs
(Most versatile — $$$)
Why it’s great: Has an adjustable stand with a fun control panel that has a digital display and a tray that holds lyrics. You can plug an MP3 player or your cell phone into it to access a wide variety of music, otherwise it comes with 8 songs built in with animations that play on the digital display.
You can record up to 5 minutes with this microphone and add different vocal effects to make playtime silly and fun. Six musical memory games are included in this model that can help inspire creativity and memory skills.
Keep in mind: This VTech also needs a never-ending supply of batteries unless you choose to purchase a DC power adapter that can be plugged in separately.
Good for: The stand-alone base makes this one great for children who love to sing while also playing an instrument!
(Easiest to use — $$$)
Why it’s great: This bluetooth enabled machine can connect to your device in order to wirelessly play music, or it can store 100s of songs on the internal storage that is included. It has LED lights along the front panel that illuminate with the rhythm of the music playing and has a rechargeable battery.
Keep in mind: Contrary to what you might think about this machine, it actually doesn’t come with any Frozen II songs loaded onto it.
Good for: Frozen II fans that love to pretend to be Anna and Elsa.
(Best sounding — $$$)
Why it’s great: This machine packs a powerful sound with its speakers built into a wood cabinet. It not only has Bluetooth and USB connectivity, but a CD player as well so you can introduce your little ones to what life was like before MP3! Complete with 54 multi colored disco lights and the ability to plug into your TV to see scrolling lyrics (if playing a CD-G, which is a special type of CD just for Karaoke machines.). This machine plugs into the wall, so no need to keep recharging or replacing batteries.
Keep in mind: There is only one microphone included, so it might be worth picking up a second one if you have more than one child.
Good for: Older toddlers or even older children who are a little more serious about singing and sound quality.
FAQs about toddler karaoke machines
1. What are the benefits of letting toddlers play with karaoke machines?
Singing is a deeply beneficial activity for children in many different ways. Physically, it requires deep breathing which has been shown to strengthen the lungs. Cognitively, it helps your little one’s brain focus on a few different things at once like rhythm, pitch, and words. Emotionally, singing helps improve self-confidence and boost happiness. You really can’t go wrong by getting a mic into your kid’s hands!
2. Would a karaoke machine be fun for a kid who doesn’t speak that much?
Yes! Even if your child isn’t fully speaking yet, they will enjoy babbling into the microphone and using the effects that some of the machines come with to change their voice. For younger toddlers, the models that come with interactive games will pique their curiosity and provide a lot of entertainment.
3. What is the most important feature to look at on a karaoke machine?
Well, you’ll want to think about what will be most important to your child and their age. A two-year-old is going to be much more impressed by flashing lights and pre-recorded songs they know the words to, while older children will want to “sound good,” so they would want a quality microphone and vocal effects.
4. What are some safety tips for using karaoke machines?
Keep in mind that these machines have electronic components inside them, and your children are going to be putting them right next to their mouths. Some younger toddlers who are still getting a little slobbery or are teething might not be ready for their own microphone. Of course, as with all electronic or battery-operated toys, always ensure the battery compartment is not accessible and that the batteries inside are fresh and not corroded.
Karaoke machines are amazing toys for your children. They inspire creativity and create opportunities for your little ones to express themselves in a unique and fun way. Aside from learning the words to pre-recorded songs, many children will start to think about how music, sound, and words work together to write their own songs.
When picking out a machine for your family, think about one your child can “grow into.” Having several different settings or options may seem overwhelming at first, but if singing or performing is something your child really enjoys, they will benefit from the added versatility.
Finally, remember that while your children love to get new toys, especially loud ones with a lot of lights, you’re still their favorite person to play with. Sing with them. Teach them the words to your favorite songs. Put on a show together. Your little rockstar will adore this special time spent with you, rocking out!
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