UPDATED 2022: 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
Hape Pound & Tap Bench With Slide Out Xylophone
Baby Einstein Magic Touch Wooden Piano
With the delicate touch of her little fingers this piano will let your baby create thousands of different songs. Made from wood, this piano toy features magic touch technology – no buttons or keys needed Two modes of play give your toddler the ability to make her own music or play along with classic melodies. She will practice color coordination by matching the color-coded notes on the sheets to the keys on her piano. But this toddler toy is not just for kiddos — join her at the piano bench to have just as much fun And do not worry about waking little brother or sister.
Boon Pipes Building Bath Toy Set
Sorry about the plumber’s crack. And you never thought leaky pipes could be fun. But these makes bath time a scooping and pouring extravaganza. These fun baby toys come in five shapes that can be used individually or put together to make a chain. They suction to the wall so the water goes back in the tub, not on the floor. Real plumbers, take note.
Slide N Side Crawl Tunnel
What’s Inside? Soft Feely Box
Fun, put-and-take out sensory game. Fun for babies and toddlers – ages 3 months and up. One reviewer called it a “great investment.”
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.
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.
SmartMax My First Animal Train
A 22-piece SmartMax set that enables kids to create a full, moving, 4-car train along with three fun animals. The large, soft, friendly-to-the-touch animal pieces come together easily on the SmartMax magnetic bars, while the oversize train components are simple to build and play with. The result is a seamless play experience that offers hours of play and story value.
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!
This was my 1 year old’s favorite toy. She loved carrying everything from flowers to sand to dolls inside of it.
Sarah’s Silks Mini Primary Playsilk Set
Set of 6 primary playsilks includes: red, orange, green, purple, blue & turquoise. Inspired by nature and made to enhance children’s natural capacity for imaginative play, Sarah’s Silks have been a staple in families’ homes and in Waldorf and Montessori schools all over the world for more than twenty five years. Young children love the vibrant, beautiful colors and soft, tactile sensation of our playsilks. Playsilks are the perfect toy to encourage open-ended play–your child will love incorporating them into dress-up, make-believe scenes, kitchen play, physical activities such as yoga, dancing, and juggling, and so much more! For children 3+.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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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