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25 Best Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys in 2020

Updated 21 April 2020

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As you watch your little ones grow, you’ll notice they are getting more and more curious everyday. At this age it’s important that parents provide their children with toys that are not only fun, but will develop their learning, key skills and keep them interested.

As kids start to establish a personality, you can start to choose toys which they will engage with to get the most out of this precious time in their lives. It is integral to cover all bases with maths, english, motor skills and keep them active and healthy. Here’s 25 of the best.

1Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset

Join Farmer Jed as he looks after the animals in this farm playset. Press the discovery button on the top to pop open the barn doors, feed the pigs, pet the horse and sing along to fun songs. With multiple sensory experiences for infants, they can rotate the silo to make the corn feed pop and ring the bell for dinner time.

What we love

  • Great looking product
  • Encourages pretend play

We dont like this as much

  • The silo doesn’t open

2The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

A classic toy for 1 year olds, these nesting cups come in 8 different colors and sizes. Perfect for learning valuable stacking skills, the cups also have large embossed numbers on the bottom so you can teach counting and color recognition at a young age. The cups are made from plastic so they are suitable for both indoor, outdoor and bath time play.

What we love

  • Versatile
  • Light enough for young babies to handle

We dont like this as much

  • Could stacked better

3VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Chase Police Tower

1 year olds can chase the bad guys as they role play as Po the police car. Activate Po’s light up button to hear fun phrases and songs as they rocket through the winding colorful streets. With hidden trap doors, track switching and road barriers, promote fine motor skills whilst pursuing the getaway car straight to jail

What we love

  • Good price
  • Perfect size for babies

We dont like this as much

  • Directions are quite extensive

4Melissa & Doug Take-Along Shape-Sorter

More than just a shape sorter, this activity centre can be taken anywhere your 1 year old goes. The multi sensory toy comes with 9 different colored shapes that infants use to fit through holes in the bag. Simply undo the doggy zip and start all over again. Play together or teach them problem solving and logic with independence.

What we love

  • Great for travel
  • Educational

We dont like this as much

  • Bag could be deeper

5First Builders Big Building Bag

Start your child’s building development early with this 80 piece multi colored mega block set. The big blocks are easy to assemble for little hands and let your kids explore their creative side and problem solving skills. Help them construct birds, dogs, cars and castles, then when it’s time to finish, pack all the blocks away in the handy carry bag.

What we love

  • Easy to see
  • Good quality material

We dont like this as much

  • Loose block connections

6VTech Little Apps Tablet

Join Cody on learning adventures with animation, games and music on the little apps tablet. Children can navigate through word association, counting and use the keyboard to make fun songs to sing along to all while they learn how to use new technology on a colorful digital screen.

What we love

  • Reasonable price
  • Great performance

We dont like this as much

  • Games are quite tricky

7VTech Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker

From crawler to walker, the fun never stops on their journey upright with VTech. It transforms from floor play to walker by attaching an extra bar. With piano keys, barnyard noises, flashing lights and a telephone, it will encourage your 1 year olds development with fun activities as they learn to walk. 

What we love

  • Great development tool
  • Promotes problem-solving skills

We dont like this as much

  • Tires could be better quality

8Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug 'n Secure Grow With Me Swing

The brightly colored blue, yellow and red swing will have kids screaming to be pushed higher and higher. With an adjustable harness and high back and sides, the seat can grow with your child keeping them safe at all times. Easy to hang with sturdy strong ropes, the swing makes for thrilling play times.

What we love

  • Great for indoors and outdoors
  • Sturdy

We dont like this as much

  • Takes up a lot of space

9Little Tikes Rocking Horse

This bold blue contemporary rocking horse will fit right at home in your kids play area. 1 year olds will learn about motion as they rock back and forth to discover their energy powers the toy. The perfect size for infants, it is also lightweight and easy to move for indoor and outdoor play.

What we love

  • Fun
  • Safe

We dont like this as much

  • Plastic could be smoother

10Walk-A-Long Snail Toddler Wooden Pull Toy

The perfect companion for walks, the fun goofy looking snail will follow you everywhere. With a pull string and wheels, kids can transport the stick eyed wooden gastropod, taking breaks to insert the colored shapes into the correct holes in his shell. The shell is also detachable and can be used as a seperate game.

What we love

  • Good quality wood
  • adorable

We dont like this as much

  • Hard to assemble

11Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Teaching valuable motor skills whilst making music all in one award winning toy. Infants use the hammer to hit the different colored balls through the holes until they bounce on the xylophone to play the notes. The keys can also be removed so they can create wonderful nursery rhymes separately

What we love

  • Well made
  • Sturdy

We dont like this as much

  • Balls can get stuck on the xylophone

12Travel Toys - 10 Toys to Entertain Busy Babies!

Keep the young ones entertained on long journeys with the Travel Toyz fun bag. Travelling can be hard for 1 year olds as their mind is growing at such a fast rate, they can get bored easily. Including 10 fun toys in one bag, the bright, entertaining activities will have them learning as they travel.

What we love

  • Great for travel
  • Fun and engaging

We dont like this as much

  • Easy to lose pieces due to size

13VTech Musical Rhymes Book

This colorful book/instrument will have kids learning ABCs, music and motor skills integral at this stage in their development. They can twist and turn the binding as they flick through the story pages and use the keys on the side to play different noises and songs or create their own music.

What we love

  • The original batteries lasted 5 weeks
  • Educational

We dont like this as much

  • No volume control

14 Edushape Sensory Balls

This pack of four bold sensory balls from Edushape provide stimulating fun for infants. The soft spiky colorful balls will help with gross motor functions, tactile skills and grasping. You can roll the balls across your kids feet for more sensory experiences or play ball games with them.

What we love

  • Great shape and texture
  • Funny to watch baby play

We dont like this as much

  • Could have more balls for the price

15Where Is Baby's Belly Button

This adorable hide and seek themed book will take infants on a journey of discovery as they learn the names of parts of their body. Using easy to lift flaps, reveal the pictures of the baby and teach your 1 year old anatomy and word association in a fun activity that also helps with bonding.

What we love

  • Very adorable
  • Vibrant colors

We dont like this as much

  • Thin paper

16VTech Magic Star Learning Table

With six fun activities to play with, this learning table will have kids singing and using fine motor skills. Use the steering wheel to drive Bear around the table, flick through the nursery rhyme picture book, hit the flashing lights and use the telephone to call animal friends. The activities come in English and Spanish for an extra language experience.

What we love

  • Lots to do
  • Easy to assemble

We dont like this as much

  • Flimsy

17VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Nurture future sports stars with this 2 in 1 sports centre. The LED display counts your 1 year olds baskets and goals when they play soccer or basketball. Including encouraging sounds and phrases, the screen also shows fun animations which make sports that extra bit more fun.

What we love

  • Great sports toy
  • Entertaining to watch

We dont like this as much

  • Could fold better

18KidPal Baby Toys, My First Plane

Encourage your baby’s imagination with the smiling friendly jet plane. Including flashing lights and 8 different songs to bounce along to. The plane can be pushed around to music with its bump and go function improving your child’s crawling skills, ABCs and counting. 

What we love

  • Great interactive learning toy
  • Lights up and flashes

We dont like this as much

  • Quite small

19Melissa & Doug Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzles

1 year olds can match the correct animals into their right places in the barn with this fun puzzle set. The extra thick wooden pieces have large knobs which are easy to grasp for infants. Keep their minds active while they learn the different farm yard animals and master their puzzle skills.

What we love

  • Extra thick wood
  • Innovative and interactive

We dont like this as much

  • Chewing can warp the wood

20Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Stride-to-Ride Puppy

Keep your child active as they laugh and learn on the stride and ride puppy. With flashing lights and music, the excitement is endless. There’s colored shapes to fit into the correct holes, light up buttons which teach numbers and letters and as they push along, the puppy’s head and ears move and its nose flashes.

What we love

  • Cute red nose
  • Great musical buttons

We dont like this as much

  • Hard to adjust the seat

21Little Tikes First Slide

Perfect for both indoor and outdoor play, this is ideal for your 1 year olds first slide experience. The sturdy structure promotes balance and climbing skills as they slip and slide into a thrilling day of play. The red and blue colors are an inviting combination and it’s the ideal size for your infant.

What we love

  • Easy to assemble
  • Sturdy and lightweight

We dont like this as much

  • Hard to fold

22PlanToys Submarine Bath Toy

Dive deep into underwater adventures with this fun bath time toy. The colorful quirky submarine comes with its own captain figure as they board for another expedition. It can float on the surface or dive into the bath sparking imagination as it teaches kids about buoyancy. A great stimulant for bath time play.

What we love

  • Very adorable
  • A timeless treasure

We dont like this as much

  • Quite heavy

23TAIMASI Kids Musical Instruments

This 28 piece musical set will have your child composing symphonies in no time. Including shakers, a tamborine, xylophone, bells and wooden blocks, each instrument will promote different sensory delight in 1 year olds. Learning about sound and movement is so important in your child’s life, the set is a great tool to develop this.

What we love

  • It’s an entire band in a bag
  • Great way to learn new instruments

We dont like this as much

  • Material quality could be hardier

24Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil' Rollin' Giraffe Ride-On

The adorable giraffe’s face will bring a smile to any face when kids play with this ride-on toy. With its foot to floor format, children can push themselves along learning balance, control and getting the exercise they need. The seat is also adjustable so it will last longer as your child grows.

What we love

  • Easy to build
  • Comes with stickers

We dont like this as much

  • The seat is hard to secure

25SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids

Keep cool in the summer whilst having a blast with 3 in 1 sprinkler pool. Kids can splash in the shallow inflatable pool as the sprinklers spray them in a fun exciting way. As they play they can learn the names and colors of the animals that live under the water and learn their ABCs at the same time.

What we love

  • Perfect for a sunny day
  • Good customer support

We dont like this as much

  • The material could be hardier

Summary: 25 best toys for 1-year-old boys

Learning some basic math, language and motor skills at a young age gives 1 year olds a great start into the future. Their minds soak up information at such a high rate at this stage, and they learn a whole lot more whilst they play. These toys are great tools to promote learning, exercise and fun as well as socialising your child with colorful, safe, interactive play. Can you see any early signs of what they’ll be when they grow up?