A Flutophone is sometimes confused with being a toy but it is actually a real instrument. It is a wind instrument which is similar to a typical flute and is played by closing and opening holes to produce different pitches and tones. The advantage of a flutophone is that it is less expensive and is made up of a lightweight plastic material.
It is played by applying less breath force, unlike the normal flute. Its mouthpiece is familiar because it looks like the normal whistle used by referees.