Best Toys for 1 Year Olds

AHEAD: The best toys for 1 year olds that will aid in their development, stimulate their brains and senses, keep them entertained and grow with them as they move from babies to toddlers.

Toys for Not so Little Babies

Your baby reached their first year and their baby toys aren’t cutting it anymore. Well here is the list help you get started expanding their toy collection.

Babies at 12 months aren’t really babies anymore. Something you have quickly realized! They need much more stimulation than they did just a few months earlier. Their brains are like sponges so make sure you pour lots of great things in there!

Toys to Grow with your 1 Year old

Buying toys at this stage can be tricky. They are changing so much, in just a few short months they will be able to do and say things they could only have dreamed of months before. So you want to make sure you get toys that meet their needs and developmental stage now but that will grow with them as they mature during this second year of their life!

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Best Toys for 1 Year Olds

Felt Puzzle

A cozy, fuzzy twist on classic shape-matching puzzle!

Unique Sensory Toys: Whirly Squigz

Stick them to any smooth, flat, non-porous surface – like a bathtub wall, a tabletop, or a window – give them a spin! A fun sensory toy.

Wooden Blocks

My twins love building and creating with these wooden blocks. I love that they come with a handy container with a shape sorter lid, making clean up fun and educational. These blocks are also great for encouraging creative play and hand-eye coordination.

Farm Toys

Let there imagination blossom and grow with this amazing farm animal and barn toy. Animals are all over the books and songs your 1 year old is exposed to this toy will allow them to combine what the hear and see with play!

Toy Wagon

This was my 1 year old’s favorite toy. She loved carrying everything from flowers to sand to dolls inside of it.

Toddler Tricycle Bike

These tricycles became the most played with outdoors. These are great for building gross motor skills.

Musical Instrument Toys

Love this piano, xylophone and shape sorting game all in one! Play the xylophone by using the baton or by pressing puzzle shapes. A great toy for combining music with easily math and fine motor skills.

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Every 1 year olds loves to bang pots and pans. With this set they can still bang but it will sound a little bit more musical!


These balloon powered cars and toys are a great way to introduce

Mega Bloks

Mega Bloks are a great starter building block for little hands. There are also tons of other unique ways to play with them. Check them out here.

Activity Center

This is a wonderful toy for 1 year olds but the best part it that older kids love playing with it as well.

Shape Size Sorter

This Montessori sorting toy is great for developing early math as well as fine motor skills.

Toy Car Ramp

Because watching cars going down a ramp is fun for every toddler. This fun toy is a great introduction to gravity and cause and effect!

Trucks and Tractors

These little trucks kept my little guys entertained more weeks! They are the perfect size for indoor or outdoor play in a sandbox!

Scrub ‘n Play Smart Sink

I wish I had purchased this little sink for my twins. Its compact, bright and colourful and a great toy to take on road trips to the cottage or vacation home.

Musical Instruments

Snuggle Doll

Love these snuggle dolls for boys and girls!


A good set of animals is a toy that will grow with your 1 year old. They will have these for years to come!

Push Toy

Have a little walker? These push toys are a great way to get your walker or cruiser moving!

Climb and Crawl Set

This crawling set is perfect for 1 year olds learning to walk or crawling, tumble and play on!

Stacking Cups Toy

I love the natural colour of these stacking cup. The options and ways to use these are limitless!

Jumbo Knob Puzzles

These puzzles with jumbo knobs are great for little hands. Entertaining and wonderful for developing multiple fine motor muscles.

Sensory Balls for Kids

Let your 12 month old explore these colourful balls with different textures for tactile exploration and sensory development.

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