John Crane Recorders

Q: What could John Crane do with a huge surplus box of their beautiful wooden recorders?

A: Give them away to Mari’s World readers!

One of my very first toy reviews for John Crane was of their fabulous Rainbow Recorders and now they’re relocating offices they have a whole boxful up for grabs! AND you don’t have to be a blogger to get one.

They are beautifully made and they are actual recorders so can be taken to school too for music lessons. I will admit to taking ours off the girls and putting them to one side for playing when I can handle the noise as right now they just blow as loudly as they can but I know in a year or two when they’re ready to learn these will be perfect.

John Crane and Blog Match need to empty the box out and quick so to have one of your very own all you need to do is leave a comment below who you want a recorder for and then send an email to

Put RECORDER in the subject line and tell Helen and Amy from John Crane your name and address (which will be used solely for the give away) so they can post one out to you, add if it’s for a boy or girl too although colour cannot be promised and the recorders will be sent out on a first come first served basis so don’t waste time

What they would like you to do with your recorder is simple and can be done via Facebook and/or Twitter if you have an account.

1.  Take some photographs of your child playing the recorder – in interesting locations… (or videos too if you are a vlogger) the more photos the merrier (Remember photos can be taken of just the recorder, or from behind/on top/to the side if you’re worried about your child’s identity)

2.  Post them to Twitter saying ” Toot Toot with #tidlobyjohncrane – we love our @johncraneblog recorder from

3.  Add the photos to your own Facebook page with the comment “Toot toot toot with Tidlo by John Crane at”

4.  TAG John Crane Toys on your photos on Facebook!

Please post at least one photo to the Blog Match Facebook Page and/or tag Blog Match in your own photos.

Fancy playing the game? If, like me, you are a twin mum try asking for two ;)

Wishing you lots of fun with your recorders!


  1. dmouseandthetea
    June 6, 2012 / 10:32 AM

    Those are gorgeous!!!

  2. Alison Turnnidge
    June 6, 2012 / 10:58 AM

    These are lovely, I’d love one for my daughter 

  3. Emma M
    June 6, 2012 / 11:01 AM

    I would love one for my son :)

  4. Kerri
    June 6, 2012 / 11:30 AM

    I have two girls, my youngest is 1 and loves playing her sister’s recorder.  She would love a recorder, so would her sister :-)

    • Helen
      June 6, 2012 / 11:51 AM

      I can’t see your email Kerri?  Helen x

  5. June 6, 2012 / 1:39 PM

    Smallest would love one, whether I will remains to be seen…

    • Mari
      June 8, 2012 / 3:45 PM

      You must email to get your recorder! Put Recorder in the subject line ;)

  6. June 6, 2012 / 2:13 PM

    I have two girls who operate a strict ‘if-she-has-one-so-must-I’ policy :D

    • Mari
      June 8, 2012 / 3:45 PM

      You must email to get your recorder! Put Recorder in the subject line ;)

  7. Juliebone
    June 6, 2012 / 2:35 PM

    Would love one my kids are very musically minded and i much prefer they make thier own racket (er i mean music) than listening to toys making noise ! I Have a 3 yr old and 18 month old twins so they would love to share one thank you x

    • Mari
      June 8, 2012 / 3:45 PM

      You must email to get your recorder! Put Recorder in the subject line ;)

  8. Ang_ThisisLife
    June 6, 2012 / 4:28 PM

    Would love one for my 4 year old daughter. She’s going to school this September, and this might just come in handy :) x

    • Mari
      June 8, 2012 / 3:45 PM

      You must email to get your recorder! Put Recorder in the subject line ;)

  9. kathryn phillips
    June 7, 2012 / 9:23 AM

    i would absolutely love one for my little girl so i can teach her how to play :) xxx

    • Mari
      June 8, 2012 / 3:45 PM

      You must email to get your recorder! Put Recorder in the subject line ;)

  10. Eyplayfullearners
    June 7, 2012 / 10:16 AM

    A great idea for putting away for Christmas. YEs I’m planning already lol @playfullearners:twitter 

    • Mari
      June 8, 2012 / 3:44 PM

      You must email to get your recorder! Put Recorder in the subject line ;)

  11. Helen
    June 8, 2012 / 11:59 AM

    Please make sure you email helen at john crane with your address to get the recorder!  xx

  12. June 8, 2012 / 12:49 PM

    I must be mad with all the racket to come, but yes please! :o)

  13. Tracy Grant
    June 10, 2012 / 8:21 AM

    off to email now, my girls would love one, I remember learning to play one at school lol xx

  14. Meginuk
    June 10, 2012 / 10:02 PM

    I’d love a recorder for my son! As noisy as he is on his own, it would be fantastic to help him channel this “noise” into music. :-)

  15. Louiseperry
    June 11, 2012 / 9:55 AM

    I have spent all morning moaning about middle man blowing a trumpet…..but hey he would love a recorder!

  16. Olivia kirby
    June 11, 2012 / 4:58 PM

    I would love a recorder for my daughter, Melody x

  17. Naomi K
    June 13, 2012 / 12:36 PM

    Hi Mari, can you still request a recorder if you can’t post any photos to facebook? I only have a twitter account but could post them on there. Also can you request them for your brothers/sisters or does it need to be a guardian?

    If so, I’d love to receive one, two or three for my little brother (7), my little sister (5 and a half) and my littlest sister (2 and a half). I’m sure they’d all share one but if they need to be taken, we’d be very happy to receive them!

    Thank you.

  18. Megan S
    June 13, 2012 / 1:20 PM

    I would love one of these recorder For Gracey! my daughter! … well i’d love to use it to!

  19. Debbie Burfoot
    June 14, 2012 / 4:58 PM

    My daughter has been nagging at me for ages to buy her a recorder and i was just googling and found this:) I would love her to learn an instrument

  20. June 16, 2012 / 12:59 AM

    I’d love to have one for my Niece for school :-) she’s love it and these are so trendy aswell!!!

  21. Michele
    June 23, 2012 / 12:02 PM

    Hi there, if I am not too late, I would love a recorder for my daughter Maddison.  Her big sister plays the flute and she is always trying to steal it!  I will send an email now :-) Thank you xx

  22. caro_mad
    June 23, 2012 / 1:32 PM

    They are so cute. They could sell me anything :)

  23. kidsandstuff
    June 24, 2012 / 10:17 PM

    My son would love one of these- he’s learning the recorder at school next term!

  24. Lorna Peppiatt
    June 30, 2012 / 11:55 PM

    I might be too late but I’d love one for my granddaughter, she just loves music 

  25. LucyLRichards
    July 2, 2012 / 1:21 PM

    Would love one for my daughter. So colourful and what fun taking some pics of her playing it.

  26. July 2, 2012 / 5:26 PM

    id love a recorder for my little girl me and my mum played when we was little or tryed to love my little girl to have a go too x

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