Child-Centered Educational Toys for 1 Year Old Toddlers

When we think about educational toys for 1-year-old toddlers, it’s critical that we also consider the whopping number of milestones and skills children achieve in this one short year. 

What’s Age-Appropriate When Buying Educational Toys For 1 Year Olds?

Look for toys that are simple with depictions of everyday things – vehicles, flowers, animals, etc. Shoot for a mix of both open-ended toys (blocks, dolls) and closed-ended toys (puzzles, shape sorter).

How To Select Educational Toys For 1 Year Old Toddlers That Will Grow With Your Child

They may not be able to sit and enjoy classic educational toys like puzzles, activity books, or games just yet. That’s fine! We want to meet children where they are without rushing them.

Educational Toys for 1 Year Old Toddlers: Physical Play

We can help our children build these muscles by offering new challenges and new ways to move their bodies during play. The following toys are specifically geared to do just that!

EdxEducation Step-A-Trail 6-Piece Obstacle Course 

Create a mini obstacle course with this colorful toddler-sized stepping stones set. The durable non-slip rubber bottoms are safe for indoor and outdoor use on firm surfaces.

Radio Flyer Walker Wagon 

Toddlers this age want to tote things around, but they are still learning how to walk while holding objects. With the walker wagon, they can carry their hoard of found objects and stay on the move.

 Wooden Bee Ride-On Toy 

Bee still my heart! This adorable scooter is the perfect introduction to bike riding and will help children build the muscles necessary for riding a balance bike in a year or two.

  Radio Flyer Tumble Town Foam Blocks 

They are also great for supporting children who are crawling, pulling to stand, and climbing.

Educational Toys for 1 Year Old Toddlers: Closed-Ended

Close-ended toys are toys that have a definitive conclusion. You solved the puzzle. You won the board game. There is so much focus online on open-ended play that close-ended toys seem boring or not worth the investment. It’s simply not true!

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Indoor Scavenger Hunts for Young Kids 

(Printable cards that can be rearranged to create tons of different hunts, divided by ages from 2-7 years old)