Mini Kids Piano
One day walking past a boutique toy store we spotted one of those adorable mini wooden kids pianos (it was red, by Schoenhut) and fell in love. We ended up buying one for our niece and nephews, unfortunately without thinking too much about the actual sound it made. It was just so cute!
Years later when Silas was turning one, we remembered that piano and thought we might want to get one for him too. But by this point, we had experienced the sound (more like a kind of creepy, out-of-tune harpsichord than a piano) so we did some more research to find if there might be a more piano-like version.
Enter: the Korg tiny piano. With the guts of a real digital keyboard but the form factor of a child's upright, this mini piano not only sounds like a piano, but it can also change to many other sounds or play its own piano music at the touch of a button. It takes batteries or can be plugged in (but make sure to get the AC adapter which is sold separately).
Also, the top makes a great place for resting an iPad. We recently found these instructional videos from Thomas Forsbach which are really clear and kind of entertaining in their own special way. There are also lots of Guitar Hero-style videos on YouTube with slow pacing.