Shopping for one year old toddlers is always exciting and fun. There is however, a lot you should keep in mind when choosing a new toy for a child this age. It’s important that it doesn’t have any small, loose parts which may be put in the mouth, as children this age are still prone to chewing things they shouldn’t, which could lead to choking. You should also ensure the toy is suitable for your child’s level of development, so it keeps them interested but isn’t too difficult or frustrating. Here, we will look at a couple of great toys for children aged one, to give you some ideas and inspiration.
Simple puzzles are a great toy idea for one year old girls and boys. Choose something with chunky pieces which are easy to grab – wooden peg puzzles are great at this age. Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles are one of the toys my 1 year old boy would play with every day whilst he tried to figure out how to piece it together by himself. They’re also great for helping little ones’ vocabulary – talk to your child about what is on the puzzle such as colors, animals and shapes.
One year olds also often enjoy push-along toys such as a baby walker or a ‘my first ride-on’ toy (VTech have some great choices). This will also help them learn to walk, and they are great for using outside when the weather is nice. Choose a toy with bright, bold colors to catch your child’s interest. It might also be a nice idea to choose a toy which plays sounds. Again, this can help your baby’s growing brain develop. They could learn about letters, numbers or simple songs, and it’s a great way for you to talk to your baby about what you can see and hear.