Educational Toys for 1 Year Old
From the ages of 1 year and 2 years, children develop at such a fast rate. They go from not being able to walk to running, saying and understanding a few words to being able to say as 100 or more. They learn to stack blocks, enjoy some simple make believe play, climb (normally on the furniture), scribble with a pencil and push a toy such as a trolley. 1 year olds develop so much and so quickly that most toys have some educational value and will help with their development. But below are some of my favorites that my son loved.
Shape sorters are great developmentally in so many areas.
They help develop fine motor skills (trying to put the shapes through the right hole). They are great for teaching the name of shapes and colors.
They also help toddlers learn how to sort and categorise.
I like the postbox shape sorter opposite. As well as being a shape sorter, it's great for imaginative play as toddlers get older too. They can pretend to post the letters.
First Role Play Toys
There are lots of first role play toys for 1 year olds that have lots of lights and sounds to engage babies of this age and are designed for little hands. They include mini kitchens, tea sets, picnic sets, garages, tool boxes and purses.
My son loved the tea set opposite. Tip the teapot to see it light up, hear fun sounds and see the "tea" move realistically. A great introduction to a first tea party too.
There are lots of toys that encourage 1 year olds to discover and explore with their hands and fingers by opening and closing doors, pushing buttons and pulling and sliding activites.
The discovery house is a good example of this. 1 year olds can push the doorbell, slide the window back and forth, push in the birds, flip the light switch and press the ducky.
It features 5 play areas offering more than 75 learning responses. For example, toddlers learn about opposite words as they open and close the fridge.
Toys to Encourage Walking
At age 1, may babies will just be learning to walk and there are lots of toys to encourage walking and help toddlers progress onto running, pushing and pulling too. Check out the pages on walkers for 1 year olds for lots of examples.
1 year old is the prefect age to get babies their first set of blocks. At this age, my son used to love knocking down the towers that I'd built. Then he started to have a go at building towers on his own. Babies this age still love to bash blocks together. If you get coloful blocks they are also good at teaching children their colours too.
Another great educational toy for babies of 1 year to help with their hand and eye co-ordination are stacking toys.
The stacker opposite is a traditional wooden toy, great for learning color too. The great thing about this toy is that the rings are held together by magnets (there is no centre pole). The centre pool on many stacking toys can be quite tricky for 1 year olds to put the rings on so they don't get as frustrated with this toy. It's great for introducing toddlers to sorting skills too. The learn to sort the rings in order of size (largest on the bottom, smallest on the top).
Sorting and Matching Toys
There are lots of benefits to sorting and matching toys. They help very young children to recognise patterns. They can be excellent for developing fine motor skills and hand and eye co-ordination too.
The hide and squeak eggs opposite are an excellent toy. They are super cheap and there are lots of different ways you can play with the toy.
Each egg cracks open to reveal a different color chick. You can press down on the chick and hear a squeaky sound. On the bottom of each egg is a different shape which fits into the matching shape in the bottom of the egg tray.
Babies will love to take the eggs apart and play with the squeaky chicks. Then put the eggs back together again. As children get older the will enjoy the matching fun too.