Buying a toy for a 1 year old may seem like a no-brainer, but it actually can be quite daunting. The world of a 1 year old is very wondrous – there are so many things that the child has learned and so many more that he or she has yet to learn and experience. There are many different ways that a child can play and learn at this age – in fact most people today view playing and learning as basically the same thing at this point in a child’s life.
Some of the ways that a toys can advance a child’s development is through physical development, hand-eye coordination, musical enhancement, cognitive skills, visual acuity, and various other ways. The bottom line is that physical interaction is a big plus at this age. (It goes without saying that anything resembling a video game is a big no-no). This multitude of learning avenues opens up a huge selection of useful toys that a 1 year old would love.
Here are some popular and highly ranked toys for 1-2 year olds.
This Melissa and Doug Shopping Cart is great for a 1-year old. One of the big things in a one year old’s life is recently learning how to walk. Little girls as well a little boys love to push around a toy shopping cart, filling it with household items as they pretend they’re shopping (just like mommy … or daddy).
Musical toys are always a great choice for a small child. It is very important in a child’s development to learn and practice music in many different forms. A simple tom-tom drum (which is not too loud) is a great start.
Riding toys are also a fantastic choice for those little tykes. There are many choices, but these selections are highly-rated on Amazon. For example this Ladybug riding toy has a unique modern design and just looks amazing.
Here’s a toy that has been around in one form or another for many years, but it looks very modern for 2014 and is full of fun things to do. This Vtech Walker will continue to help that one year old to master his or her legs, and it also has some really great reviews.
Finally, this is a really fun toy that will keep a child active for hours. The My Busy Town Wooden Development toy is a bright and cheerful solid wooden cube containing lots of playful activities including curvy wire mazes, peek-a-boo doors, spin and match animals, turn and learn ABC, 123 and first word tiles and racing vehicle rollers.
That’s all for now.