To help with that upcoming birthday or Christmas gift, here are some toddler toys my boys (ages one and two) can’t get enough of. Updated November 2017.
Fisher-Price Little People
My kids both love all the Little People sets — the airplane, school bus, and zoo are big hits — but nothing competes with the Little People farm. It’s been Luca’s favorite since he was 10 months old and he still plays with it at four years old!
Babies love to shake, rattle, and roll. I’ve never seen anything cuter than a one-year-old moving his little diapered tushy to the beat of a song. This B. Parum Pum Pum Drum instrument set gives you some bang for your buck. We bought it for Adriano and I was impressed that it included a drum (which — bonus — all the other instruments can fit inside) drumsticks, jingle bells, a maraca with clacker, tambourine and 2 shaker eggs.
The electronic books that light up and sing are perfect for the car. We like this Rhyme and Discover Book because it has moveable parts, animal buttons that light up, and music. I picked it up at a consignment store and both boys still look at it.
Touch and feel books
Get the little one interested in books with touch and feel. They’re very pleased with themselves when they know where to pet the animals on the pages. Try DK’s Touch and Feel: Farm board book.
Toy car keys
Toddlers love keys. They just do. These were a big hit with Adriano, who grabs them, hits the car button and tells me “bye bye.”
Big toy dump truck
Boys love filling their dump trucks up with all their toys and dumping them out. Over and over again. I like the classic look of the Green Toys Dump Truck.
Push and pull toys
There’s a reason the Fisher-Price Corn Popper is a classic — kids love them. They pop, pop, pop as munchkin pushes it around, and they can’t get enough of the sound.
There are lots of good sit and scoot toys out there. My favorite is the wooden Hape series. It’s solid build, durability through siblings and modern aesthetic is what wins my vote.
Shape sorting kit
A neighbor gave us this hand-me-down Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube and Adriano, 13 months, spends time moving the shapes back and forth between a basket and the wooden box. He’s obviously too young to put the shapes through their proper holes, but my two year old is working on it.
Animated pluses are big hits at our house. If that toy is singing and dancing, so is baby! Any of these animals that play music would be a hit.
I like the Fisher-Price Stacker, which looks like it’s currently only $5. This is a classic toddle toy that even older kids can’t help themselves but give it a try. It rattles and rocks and teaches baby to size things from smallest to largest.
Little ones want to talk on the phone just like Mommy and Daddy. My husband and I have gotten so many chuckles out of watching our boys have pretend conversations on a toy phone! Ours is older and they no longer make it, but this Fisher Price Flip Phone looks similar.
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