Developmentally Appropriate Toys for children 1 to 2 years

PlayDrMom's favorite toys for children 1 to 2 years

One year olds are busy exploring their world, gaining fine and gross motor skills, and learning that they can control their environment (cause and effect. So, how about toys for that 1 to 2 year old?  Here are some of my very favorite developmentally appropriate toys for children 1 to 2 years.

  • A simple walk-push and/or ride-on toy
  • First step imagination toys – like the Fisher-Price tea set or the Counting Candles Birthday Cake 
  • A cause-and-effect toy.  My kids LOVED the Fisher-Price Roll-a-Rounds Drop and Roar … and all the fun balls that come with (and can buy more separately, of course!)  Busy Poppin’ Pals is also a classic cause-and
  • An activity cube or “coaster” – There are great ones on Amazon, but we also love this inexpensive one from Ikea.
  • Baby-safe instruments – The BeeBop Band … or even just pots, pans, spoons, and a empty water bottle filled with rice!
  • Jumbo Crayons (washable, of course). – No, they aren’t too young!  Just watch to make sure they don’t eat (too much of) the crayons!
  • Jumbo Wooden Puzzles with handles/knobs
  • And, every kid’s gotta have a phone these days!
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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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