When I was in elementary school, we played flutophones. I loved it. Probably drove my parents nuts. When they offered band instruments, I wanted to learn the flute, but my parents said no. They said the only instrument worth learning was the piano, and we didn't have one. Can you imagine? Perhaps they just didn't want more practicing in our house. So, that was the end of my music education, until I left home and started playing tenor and alto recorder.
I have two of those, hard to play, and they never sound like the Titanic sountrack. I will never understand why flutes are used to teach children about music, I would have chosen any other instrument in the world.