What are good educational toys and dvds for a 1 year old?

Jo - posted on 10/31/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months old and I'm wondering if there are any really good toys or dvds that will help him learn? He's got lots of toys but none of them teach him anything! Can anyone recommend anything for his age? :-)

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Janelle - posted on 11/07/2009

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I think interaction is what helps them learn from it. But also LOVE the Leapfrog pad & books that you can use together & as they grow they can use alone.

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You don't need any "educational" toys, and certainly no DVDs before age 2. Your baby will learn a lot more from interacting with you and creative play. My son is 13 months as well, and he loves his Melissa and Doug toys (like shape sorters and a tool box) and his board books. And I agree with Gwen that a lot of the best toys at this age, aren't toys at all - plastic bowls and utensils, blankets for hide and seek, boxes, etc.

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I love things made by VTech, Leap Frog, and Melissa and Doug. They have been my son's favorites. Leap Frog has several learning videos that are very good. I also bought him foam letters and numbers for the bathtub. They stick to the wall when they are wet. We put them in order and named them every night until I was sick of it, but he could identify all his letters by age 2. He also likes shape sorting toys, puzzles, and his wooden learning clock.

Gwen - posted on 11/02/2009

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well first, the toys don't do really teach. it's the interaction that he will benefit most from.



very simple puzzles, board books, balls, large blocks, music, toy dishes. we don't use tv, but spend lots of time reading books, stacking blocks, "pretend" cooking, rolling the ball back and forth, dancing, etc.



you can make almost anything into a "toy" at this age! a box to crawl inside and play peek-a-boo, plastic bowls and a wooden spoon make great drums!

Michelle - posted on 11/01/2009

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well imaginative play is brill, you dont need fancy toys, just an imagination. my little one loves books theres no better way to educate than books x

Anne-Marie - posted on 11/01/2009

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i have a nine month old boy and he loves watching hi5. its not very educational i guess but it can teach some things like colours and stuff like that. it also entertains him with the bright colours and music. maybe let him watch seseme street r something like that

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