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My little boy had his first birthday recently! As I searched for his present, I wanted to make sure to we get toys that really help him to be creative and adventurous. I also didn’t want to spend any money on a gift that he would only like for a few more months, so I set out to find toys that he will love now, and also cherish for many more years.
Here are some great toys that a one year old will love now and continue to love as they grow.
I used to work with one year olds in a day care. The kids were thrilled when we pulled out a tunnel similar to this one on rainy days. They would giggle as they crawled through and watched each other. They especially loved playing peek-a-boo with each other at the ends. If a tunnel alone could provide so much fun, just imagine the possibilities with this set. Put the whole thing together, or even bring out one piece at a time. You can even add a set of balls for even more excitement. All three pieces fold up to fit in the bag shown. The best part is that kids will love this toy for many years.
I’m a huge fan of fun toys that don’t take up a lot of space. This little town mat folds in half and becomes a tote to carry the cars!
No-mess introduction to coloring. Need I say more? It’s also nice to have a toy like this to keep kids entertained during church, flights, waiting rooms, etc. The cheapest way to buy them is in a large pack like the one I linked. We gave one to our son for our trip to Yellowstone, and one for his birthday. We’re saving the rest to give to him one at a time. It will be the gift that keeps giving!
At this age, baby is experimenting with walking. It’s a new and exciting skill for them! These wooden pull toys will encourage baby to use her new skill. She will be delighted to have this cute little friend to pull around as she practices. She will love the toy for imaginative play after becoming a champion walker.
You didn’t think I would write a list like this without including a book, did you? I think this particular book is more of a toy though. It’s another great toy to keep the little one entertained during quiet times. All of the pieces are attached (yay!), and it’s machine washable! Each unique page encourages a different skill.
This little basketball hoop is a great way to introduce your child to sports. For a young toddler, the hoop is short, with a removable rim to help each shot go through the basket. As your child grows, you can remove the rim guide and make the hoop taller.
This bath toy is a riot. Kids can arrange the island by placing a different piece in each section. Each piece has different fountain effects. A one year old will enjoy watching the water spray out, and so will older kids! I love that this toy includes a mesh storage bag to keep the pieces in too!
If you’re feeling adventurous, this is another toy that kids will love for many years. It’s especially great for winter months when it’s freezing cold outside and the kids feel cooped up. The net around it makes it much safer than other trampolines.
This foam block play set is also great for winter. Your toddler will enjoy figuring out how to crawl and walk over all the funny shapes, while older kids can have fun making obstacle courses and jumping around.
Kids love to play pretend, and your little one will be pretending before you know it. You’ll be able to watch your little one experiment with magnets now, and set up a pretend ice cream shop when they get older!
A classic toy, this is great for teaching about healthy foods and letting kids play chef.