I'm a musician and elementary music teacher. I like using these as a pre-band or maybe even pre-pre-band, and doing recorders after these. But the batches I have bought in the past 4-5 years are really quite awful as far as durability. If someone drops one, it will probably break. The older ones seem to be much tougher. I can't tell, really, but the older ones look as if they were molded as all one piece, while these were two pieces, glued together. I've glued some back together but with limited success. I don't know where else to steer you; maybe the Flutophones by Trophy. I have a few of those and they seem better in all ways. From now on I'll get them.
Small Town Music Man