The Best Toddler Toys

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Nov 14, 2022 | Gift Ideas, Age, Kid's gifts, Toys | 0 comments

The Best Toddler Toys

The best toddler toy for the child depends on their age. The toddler has varying motor skills, and the toy needs to be designed to match the child’s skill level.

Always check toy labels for the recommended ages! Some of the toys displayed on the shopping pages are not appropriate–please read the recommendations listed beside the toys or on the package.   

Occasion: Birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Get Well, Valentine’s Day, Easter         

(about 1 1/2 years)

The child likes to be on the move and enjoys toys he can push and pull. She likes to mimic what adults around him/her are doing. The child likes toys he/she can manipulate.

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Active toys

Stand Learning Walker
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Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker -9 mos to 2 years

Push/pull toys

push toys with handles
Pull toys  (for steady walkers) 
Trains, trucks, and cars  (large-sized for small hands)

Ride-on toys

Little Tykes Crazy Coupe
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Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

From about 1 1/2 years

Wagon  (low, open, and child can fit into)
A small rocking horse  (handle rather than reins, knee height)
Ride-on toys propelled by feet  (four or more wheels and non-electric)

Outside toys

Tunnels

Balls
Large balls ( 1 3/4″ minimum. Do not buy anything they can easily fit into child’s mouth )  

Manipulative Play

Building Bloacks
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First Builders Big Building Bag

Lightweight stacking blocks   (15 to 25 pieces)
Solid wood blocks    (check out the recommended ages)
Large hollow blocks 
Large plastic blocks 

Nesting cups  (round with few pieces. At 1 1/2 years, can use other shapes)

Stacking toys and rings

Leap Frog Abc Smart House
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LeapFrog LeapBuilders ABC Smart House – Insert the 20 double-sided learning blocks into the interactive Smart Star to hear sounds and phrases that introduce letters and numbers. 2+

Pop-up toys  (operated by pushing a button or knob)

Puzzles  (3 to 5 pieces with knobs)

Snap beads     
Stringing beads  (large beads–at least 1 3/4″ or bigger if the child can put easily into his mouth. Fewer than 10)

Number counting board  (1 1/2 years or older. 1-5 with large pegs)

Pounding/hammering toys

Shape sorters    

Minny Mouse Inflatable Ball Pit
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Disney Minnie Mouse Inflatable Playland Ballpit – 6 mos to 24 mos

Make Belief

Toy phones 

Play tools  (hammer, drill, pliers)

Dolls (soft body or all rubber. No hair or moving eyes or limbs. 5-6 inches.)
Doll accessories  (bottle, blanket)
Simple doll carriages     

Stuffed toys   (Watch for choking hazards–no bows, bells, buttons, whiskers. Very soft with thin limbs. Check out age recommendations)

Simple housekeeping toys for 1-3 years

Cooking tools for 1-3 years

Manufacturers

Dora, Sesame Street, Barney, and Blue Clues items for 1-3-year-olds.

Fisher-Price toys for 1-3 years  

Playskool toys for 1-3 years   

VTech toys for 1-3 years                     

Sand and Water Toys

Simple floating toys    
Small pail and shovel 
Sponges                     

Older than 1 1/2 years:

nesting tub toys           
funnels
colanders

Fine Motor Hedgehog
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Learning Resources Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog -18 mos+

Toddler toys that play music

Cymbals             
Drum                  
Xylophone          
Rhythmic toys (make noise when shaken)

CDs

Nursery rhymes
Lullabies
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
Vinyl
Cloth
One word
Read to a 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, & Hirschberg
“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

Smart Wheels Launch
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VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Chase Police Tower -1 to 5 years

Two-year-olds

Always check toy labels for the recommended ages! Two-year-olds prefer action toys. Between 2 1/2 to 3 years has good hand coordination and enjoys playing with small objects.

Active play

As mentioned above, one-year-olds plus

Riding horses

Wagons

Pull toys with strings

Push toys that look like adult equipment-vacuums, mowers, etc.

Toddler Toy Cars
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balls
1-piece rattle & roll cart

about 2 1/2 year

tricycles and other pedal toys

Manipulative play

As mentioned above, one-year-olds plus

Color or picture dominos

Simple lotto matching games

Cubes for lacing, hooking, buttoning, etc.

Make-believe

As mentioned above, one-year-olds plus

Playhouses, farms, etc.

Dress-up clothes

Child size equipment-stoves, refrigerators, workbenches, etc.

Large trucks

Cars with removable figures

Toddler Train Set
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Play22 Wooden Train Set 12 PCS – Train Toys Magnetic

Simple trains with simple coupling, no tracks

Simple planes

Outdoors

As mentioned above, one-year-olds plus

Small backyard gym equipment

Sand and Water Play

As mentioned above, one-year-olds plus

Octopus Bath Toy
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Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys -18 mos+

Bathtub activity centers

Creative

Sidewalk chalk
Non-toxic clay
Crayons
Coloring books
Finger paints

CDs

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

Soft Toy
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YOTTOY Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus Soft Toy -or use it as a pillow. 12 mos+

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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