The summer's nearly over. No time to waste. Master an instrument with your kid. Crazy, you say? Meet the Ukulele. Portable, cheap, and ridiculously easy to play, it's as if this instrument was specifically designed with kids in mind.
And hey, there's no reason you need to be stuck playing auxiliary percussion or kazoo in the background. Get one for yourself and learn to play together. Once you've got a couple one finger chords under your belt, you can be playing songs in just minutes - instantly rewarding!
Need some further inspiration? Check out this charming video of a family playing ukuleles around the dinner table.
Worse case scenario, you've got two adorable instruments to display on top of your bookshelf.
Here's a round up of this sweet four-stringed marvel.
1 Mahalo Economy Soprano Ukulele ($21) - It doesn't get more affordable than this. Perfect for a beginner, and available in a wide range of colors. Plus, apparently you can easily swap out the cheaper strings for nicer ones and get a much clearer sound.
2 Kalos Concert Ukulele ($55) - Slightly larger than the standard soprano size, for those of us with bigger meathooks.
3 DIY Ukulele Kit ($40) - Feeling doubly ambitious, make and paint your own with this nifty kit.
4 Apple Ukulele ($395) - Okay, granted this one is pricey, but we couldn't resist including it, if only for the eye candy.