Developmental Stage for 1 year olds
What They Like to do
When thinking about what toys to buy for a one year old, we first need to understand what they like to do.
Right now 1 year olds love to explore – open drawers and cupboards.
They can now bang things together, hold cups and use things as they were intended (example run a brush through their hair or hold a phone to their ear).
Physically they can sit on their own, crawl, stand and maybe even cruise along furniture or walk a few steps on their own (source).
Toys that encourage exploration and help them perfect their new found mobility will be their favorites.
Developmental Differences – 1 year old Boys
There are natural differences between little boys and little girls preferences at twelve months, which can translate into which toys they like to play with.
Parenting.com points out that toddler boys love action and are more engaged when watching mechanical motion over human motion.
A one year old boy can be two months ahead of a little girl when it comes to understanding motion and would rather watch windshield wipers going back and forth then looking at people moving.
Toys with movement (balls, wheels, etc) will likely be their favorites.
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Toy and Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Boys
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Best Toys for 1 Year Old Boys
Selected based on what your little boys likes to do at this age. This list contains classics and new brands you can be confident in gifting.
Lego® has a line of brick building toys for younger children. This Learn to Count Train will help fine motor skills. At first the baby may only be able to bang the pieces together, or take them apart, but as he gets older he will begin putting the pieces together.
These animal shaped magnets are bright and colorful, they help your little one learn his animals and (bonus!) they don’t contain a small magnet that can come loose.
Little Tikes Light ‘n Go – Activity Garden Treehouse
Little Tikes® have made a wonderful multi-function activity center. One year olds can crawl under the giraffe, walk through the door and play with all the balls. Babies on the move will love practicing their new skills here. Also folds into a square to take up less space.
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Give your little boy a chair to call his own. The Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages chair is the perfect place for him to read his books, practice counting and learn how to go from sitting to standing.
This ball pit features a playhouse, crawl tunnel and basketball hoop. Hours of fun for your little boy. Ball sold separately.
VTech Turn and Learn Driver
The fun baby car toy design encourages imaginative play with a traffic light, a signal lever that triggers fun sounds and music; gear shifter that pushes and pulls to introduce opposites
2-in-1 kids basketball hoop sports center. This great activity center allows for practice gripping and kicking a ball, as well as fine motor skills when turning knobs and pressing buttons.
Another Hape toy – this xylophone is also a pounding toy, making this musical toy a fine motor skill builder as well. 2018 Cribsie Award of favorite first musical toy suitable for ages 12 months to 3 years
Unique Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Boys
Monthly subscription boxes are becoming very popular. You receive a package each month and can choose between getting toys or books.
Our favorites are these two:
1. Lillypost.com – The Board Book Box is great for children aged 0-3. In each box, you will find four perfect reads that will bring so much joy to the baby or toddler in your life!
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2. Bluum – Books, age-appropriate, high-quality toys, apparel accessories, all natural home and body care items and gear are just some of the types of products included in the Bluum box.
Planting something that will be around for years to come and that the 1 year old boy can help take care of (help water for example) teaches them about caring for living things and it can be enjoyed every year.
You can also gift a toy watering can to complete the gift.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math toys can be given as early as 1 years old. STEM Toys are gaining momentum as parents want to expose their children as early as possible to these concepts. The US Bureau of Labor estimates that there will be 9 Million jobs in STEM by 2024, a 1 million increase over 2012 jobs. (Source)
Gifts that Give Back
Give your little boy a gift, while supporting charities or company’s that are environmentally conscious.
These handmade busy books are made by Canadian grandmother’s to support grandmother’s in Africa who have lost their children’s to HIV/AIDS and are raising their grandchildren. The Grandmothers Campaign is an initiative of the Stephen Lewis foundation. The Busy books come in two versions – A Counting Safari and Safari train. They both are interactive. The train book has a little finger puppet that can be taken out and go from page to page. The counting book has a little elephant that velcros onto each page as you do the activities. Wonderful books to take on car trips with lots of gross motor skill practice. Both are $45.00 CDN Contact: email@example.com
These blocks have built-in magnets so they won’t fall down as easily when your one year old is playing with them. They are also made in Honduras with the goal of creating fair trade jobs for local residents.
Not only does this truck improve fine motor skills it is also environmentally friendly. Made using environmental friendly materials and does not contain BPA, phthalates or PVC. The packing of this truck is made with recycled, recyclable materials, printed with soy inks