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Toddler Toys

Toddler 1 to 3 years
Always check toy labels for recommended ages! Some of the toys displayed on the shopping pages are not appropriate–please read recommendations listed beside toys below.

Shape sorters             Amazon    EBay
Hammering toys        Amazon    EBay       (about 1 1/2 years)
Toy phones                  Amazon    EBay
Pull toys                        Amazon    EBay     (for steady walkers)                      
Large balls                   Amazon     EBay     ( 1 3/4″ minimum or anything they can easily fit in mouth)
Trains, trucks and cars   Amazon        EBay     (large sized for small hands)


From about 1 1/2 years

Simple doll carriages      Amazon

Wagon                               Amazon       EBay      (low, open and child can fit into)

Small rocking horse       Amazon       Ebay       (handle rather than reins, knee height)


Ride on toys propelled by feet   Amazon     Ebay    (four or more wheels and non-electric)
Small lightweight stacking blocks   Amazon Ebay  (15 to 25 pieces)

From 1 1/2 years of age

Solid wood blocks      Amazon  (check out the recommended ages)  EBay
Large hollow blocks  Amazon EBay
Large plastic blocks  Amazon EBay
Pop-up toys     Amazon  EBay (operated by pushing button or knob. EBay included everything pop up in their search–will need to scroll to find the toy)
Nesting cups   Amazon  EBay  (round with few pieces. At 1 1/2 years can use other shapes)
Play tools         Amazon  EBay (hammer, drill, pliers)
See and say      Amazon  EBay
Puzzles             Amazon  EBay (3 to 5 piece with knobs)
Snap beads     Amazon  EBay
Stringing beads   Amazon (pay attention to age recommendations) EBay  (large beads–at least 1 3/4″ or bigger if child can put easily into his mouth. Fewer than 10)
Number counting board  Amazon  EBay  (1 1/2 years or older. 1-5 with large pegs)
Fisher Price toys for 1-3 years   Amazon  EBay
 Playskool toys for 1-3 years      Amazon
VTech toys                             Amazon EBay
Dolls                                       Amazon  EBay  (soft body or all rubber. No hair or moving eyes or limbs. 5-6 inches. Not all dolls shown at the links are acceptable)
Doll accessories                  (bottle, blanket)
Dora, Sesame Street, Barney, Blue Clues items for 1-3 year olds.
Stuffed toys                            Amazon EBay  (Watch for choking hazards–no bows, bells, buttons, whiskers. Very soft with thin limbs. Check out age recommendations))

Sand and Water Toys

Simple floating toys     Amazon  EBay
Small pail and shovel  Amazon  EBay
Sponges                          Amazon  EBay
Older than 1 1/2 years:
nesting tub toys            Amazon  EBay

Toddler toys that play music

Cymbals              Amazon  EBay
Drum                   Amazon  EBay
Xylophone          Amazon  EBay
Rhythmic toys   Amazon   EBay  (make noise when shake)
Nursery rhymes
Rhythmic children’s songs

Toddler videos

“Barney” series
“Winnie the Pooh”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Arthur” series
“Giggle bugs”
“Baby Songs”
“Thomas the Tank Engine”

Toddler books for 1 year olds

Stiff cardboard
One word
Read to child: (about 18 mos.)
“Anybody at Home” by H. A. Rey
“Cat in the Hat Dictionary” by Dr. Seuss
“The Golden Song Book” by Katharine Wessels
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
“Look At Me Now” by Watson, Switzer, & Hirschber
“Mother Goose”
“The Rooster Crows” by Maud & Miska Petersham
“Chicken Soup and Rice” by Maurice Sendak
“The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown
“Pat the Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt

Two year olds

Always check toy labels for recommended ages!

As above for one year olds
Riding horses
Play houses, farms, etc.
Small backyard gym equipment
Dress- up clothes
Sidewalk chalk
Non-toxic clay
Coloring books
Finger paints
Marches by Sousa
Folk songs by Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger
Baroque music
“Play Your Instrument and Make a Pretty Sound” by Ella Jenkins

Toddler books for 2 year olds

“Let’s Be Enemies”
“A Flower Pot is Not a Hat”
“Are You My Mother?” by P. D. Eastman
“Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey
“Caps for Sale” by Ezphyr Slobodkina
“The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Kraus
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
“Curious George” Margaret & H. A. Rey
“Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion
“Play with Me” by Marie Ets
“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats
“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter
“There’s a Nightmare in My Closet” by Mercer Mayer
“Who Knows the Little Man” by Walburga Aflenberger
“Corduroy” by Don Freeman
“Noah’s Ark” by Peter Spier


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