Toys for a 1 Year Oldor

Toys for a 1 Year Oldor

Toys for a 1 Year Old

If you're shopping for a 1-year-old, and you want to spread some cheer, you might want to consider these toys for them before you leave the store to do your happy dance.


Look for toys that are open-ended, like blocks and stacking cups that can be played with in more than one way, says Sarah Cleveland, director of a child-care center near Austin, Texas. Play at this age is largely focused on sensory exploration and motor development, Cleveland points out, so toys with different textures that invite small hands (and, of course, mouths) to grab and investigate are good choices, as are starter ride-on toys that offer the opportunity to roam. This age is also a good time to invest in keepsake items that will remain special as a child grows up.

We talked with Cleveland and other child development experts—and mined the collective knowledge of parents and other caregivers on our staff—to identify fun and engaging gifts for the youngest recipients. Some of the toys on this list are officially recommended for children ages 2 and up and 3 and up. Our testers have played with these toys outside of their age-range recommendations and found them to be appropriate for this guide. Children with medical complications and developmental delays may engage most with toys recommended for infants; when shopping for them, it’s best to ask their parent or caregiver about the child’s developmental (versus biological) age. (Source: www.nytimes.com)


In our house, Magna-Tiles go by the name “Meltdown-Tiles” because they’re constantly collapsing and infuriating my fumble-fingered toddler. Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders, which fall into a similar category of magnetic STEM building toys, are more her speed. The blocks are made of soft, durable foam that’s floatable (so you can use these as bath toys), and they click together easily to make rockets, helicopters, ant-like critters, and more. They’re easy for small hands to grip and fun to sort, stack, and connect in creative new configurations that won’t cave in on a frustrated toddler.

Grimm’s Spiel und Holz makes beautifully crafted wooden stacking and puzzle toys that are as pleasing to look at as they are fun to play with. My niece loves to see this classic rainbow stacker in its fully assembled form, and she has endless fun taking it apart and imagining new uses for the individual pieces. So far we’ve used them as a belt, a phone, a hat, and a headband, and I have no doubt that we’ll continue to add to the list (the rainbow is also available in a majestic supersize version). When playtime is over, you won’t mind seeing the rainbow stacker on your shelf. It’s such a lovely, cheery object that you may even opt to keep it there long after your child has outgrown stacking toys. (Source: www.nytimes.com)


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