They’re at the age where they’re not quite a baby anymore, but not yet in those toddler years. Yes, I’m talking about your 1 year old. And when it comes to finding the proper toys for them that are age-appropriate can be confusing. I’ve come up with some really fun options that are perfect when they’re the Big 1!
They’ve just turned 1. How did it happen that fast?! Either way, this is such a fun and exciting year for them (and you!) and they’ll really change so much throughout that year as they inch towards their 2nd birthday.
For many 1 year olds, this is when they’re focusing on important things like sensory stimulation, their growing imagination, their physical development, and overall just having fun. So when it comes to what toys and games they’ll enjoy playing with and will help to foster those important development stages, experts explain that they’re really into “cause and effect” toys that provide them outcomes. They’ll have a blast with toys where button-pushing takes place, characters pop out, music plays, etc.
And, yes, even tech-related toys can help them with potentially recognizing letters, shapes, and numbers. It definitely doesn’t mean they’re going to be able to say any of them yet, but over time it may help.
They’re slightly too young for Bluey and too old for rattles, so I’ve come up with a sure-fire list that’ll not only help them with all of the above phases and stages, but that are enjoyable for them too. They’ll learn a little, play a little, and just have a blast. I’m not a big believer in toys for boys or toys for girls so my list works well with any gender. Just let them play!
Check out some of the best games and toys for your cute 1-year-old (so far) in 2022.
1. The VTech Stand to Walk Toy
Skills: Walking, Motor Skills, Musical Creativity
Get your little one moving all around and even learning to walk with this fun sit-to-stand learning walker from Vtech. Not all kids are walking by 1 (don’t sweat it), this helps build their confidence, cheers them on with fun characters, music, and sounds, and even has lots of push-buttons, musical keys, spinners, shape-sorters, and more.
2. The Wooden Activity Cube
Skills: Math, Color Recognition, Shape, and Pattern Development
Sure it’s fun, but it’s this multipurpose wooden activity block is all about the educational benefits too. It has 5 different educational activities that include things like a bead maze, a shape sorter, a learning clock, spinning gears, and even an abacus. And if they like stacking things, they’ll have a blast stacking up the colorful cups too.
3. The Allobebe Balance Bike For 1 Year Olds
Skills: Motor Skills, Balance, Body Build Development
It’s never too early for your 1 year old to want to escape you! All jokes aside, this cute balance bike allows them to buzz all around your home (it won’t damage your floors) while also helping them build up their confidence, independence, motor skills, and coordination. Currently, these balance bikes come in a bunch of different colors to choose from like blue, green, black, light rose, orange, red, pink, and yellow. Something for everyone!
4. The Smart Shots Sports Center
Skills: Discovery and Exploration, Motor Skills, Attention and Curiosity
Get them moving, learning, and developing all at the same time. This cute sports center allows them to either shoot hoops or kick the soccer ball all while enjoying the animations, sounds, and ability to turn the gears, push the buttons, and more. It has more than 50 different sounds, songs, and melodies and the score board actually keeps score and provides them with positive phrases and encouraging sounds.
5. The Match & Build Soft Blocks Set
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Skills: Sensory, Fine Motor Skills, Logic, Creativity, Communication & Self Esteem
Time to get them building! And these colorful blocks allow them to figure things out, use their imagination, creativity and fine motor skills. The best part? Their soft blocks so when they come crashing down (or when they throw them) no one gets hurt and your floors stay safe. It comes with 14 fabric covered blocks that are built to be knocked down and they’re even washable so if you spend time washing all your toys like I do, this is a total bonus.
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Train Set
Skills: Building, Team Building, Sensory, and Playful Exploration
You’ve likely read Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar more times than you care to admit, and now your little one can play with and build the wooden toy train. The colorful blocks can be mixed-and-matched, and it’ll help with hands-on learning, problem solving and more. I love that the size of the pieces are perfect for their little hands.
7. The Green Toys Shape Sorter
Skills: Fine Motor Skills and Color Matching
Go green or go home! This fun and simple shape sorting toy is made of 100% recycled plastic and is lightweight, perfect for your little one’s hands, and will help them with hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, fine motor skills, and more. It’s also dishwasher safe so you can just toss these in and give them a good cleaning when you need to, which will basically be all the time.
8. The Push-and Pop Bulldozer
Skills: Motorskills, Color and Number Recognition
Who doesn’t love a nod to those old push-and-pop toys we used to push around our home as kids? This is a new spin on an old favorite! They can push this around the house, watch and listen to the colorful balls pop out, press all the buttons to help learn things like colors, phrases, numbers, and more.
9. First Builders Building Blocks Set
Skills: Fine Motor Skills, Problem Solving, Colors and Shapes
Another classic, you can never go wrong with a colorful bag of building blocks. They can be combined with other blocks to build and create, knock down – you name it. They’re the perfect size for their little hands and everything can easily be cleaned up when tossed back into the storage bag.