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Toddler Toys

Toddler 1 to 3 years
Always check toy labels for recommended ages!

Shape sorters
Hammering toys
Stringing toys
Toy phones
Pull toys
Large balls

Toddler toys that play music

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


Ride on toys propelled by feet
Pop-up toys
Sand boxes and sand toys
Play tools
Dolls and doll gear
See and says

Toddler bath toys

Rubber duckies
Sponge puppets


Trains, trucks and cars –large sized for small hands
Puzzles with knobs
Snap beads
Stacking cups
Fisher Price toys for 1-3 years
Play skol toys for 1-3 years
V-tech toys
Dora, Sesame, Barney, Blue Clues items for 1-3 year olds
Stuff toys —Watch for chocking hazards


Two year olds

Always check toy labels for recommended ages!

As above for one year olds
Riding horses
Play houses, farms, etc.
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


Small backyard gym equipment
Dress- up clothes
Sidewalk chalk
Non-toxic clay
Coloring books
Finger paints

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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