Toy ideas for 1 year old boy

Suzanne - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )




My son is turning 1 on November 24th and I need some ideas for his birthday and Christmas. I was thinking of doing a Toys R Us Wish list for both so my friends and family can get some ideas. Let me know what your favorites are/were so we can make sure to include them.




Sarah - posted on 10/05/2009




Balls and Soft toys my son just wanted to THROW!!!! My mom got him one of thoes red ride in cars and it is so hard even now to peel him out of it. He turns 2 on Nov 3. Anything he can push or hit or throw would be your best bet. A water play table was a big hit (even though its cold now depending on where you are). He also loves the talking toys and tables that light up and sing. But the number one item he loves and still does but I hate are hes toy drums. Hope this helps!!

Brianna - posted on 10/05/2009




Good morning! I work at a local toy store so I get this question A LOT! Most popular items are the Melissa & Doug knob puzzles for 1+(REALLY great for little hands) Stacking and Nesting buckets (lots of them come with shape sorters too) and either the Twilight Turtle or Twilight Ladybug. They are plush animals topped with hard shells that have small stars cut out in the shapes of a real constellation and when the lights are out you can choose red, blue or green and they project the stars on the babies walls. They work WONDERS for when kids are older and scared of the dark. Anyway you might already have those things but if not, throw them on the list...they are my favorites!


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Andrea - posted on 10/05/2009




My sons 1st birthday was last friday and we bought him the bounce and spin zebra from fisher price. Hours of entertainment!

Clare - posted on 10/05/2009




What a coincidence my son turns 1 on 21 November. I have brought him a sit and ride train from Tesco homeplus reduced from £50 to £20 it is great, it has speaking blocks, alphabet book, shape sorter and lots more, have a look on their website. Megablocks are also good and also reduced in Tesco I have brought these for a friend's little one who is 1 tomorro, so will let you know what she thinks! Hope that helps if you buy something let me know as I am always on the look out for ideas. Also the Usbourne books "Thats not my ..." are fantastic my son looks at these each day and loves to feel the different textures.

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OMG I hate that ball popper! My son LOVED it so I'm sure it'll be a big hit, but then he'd start putting cars and other toys in it getting crap stuck in there all the time, ugh... I had to take that thing apart 5+ times and finally threw the damn thing away, it is a PAIN IN THE A$$ to take apart to get toys unstuck from!!!

Playskool makes a line of cars that are big and soft plastic! My son has a half a dozen and still plays with them on occasion, he's now 3.

He also loves shape sorters, STILL!, Elmo has a mail box shape sorter that he recently got, he also got a barn shape sorter all in the last 3 months! At 3 LOVES shape sorters!!! He has 2 others aside from those!!! GOOF :)

Tunnels are always a big hit!

We also got him movies, Fraggle Rock, Elmo, Baby Eintstein, etc...

Lisa - posted on 10/05/2009




it seems i have a thousand toys in my house but the only ones my son touches are the trucks, balls and stuffed animals... i have learned keep it simple... my son dragged around a pie tin and a plastic spoon for 3 months straight for his favorite "toy" so my suggestion is to keep the toys simple and save a little cash

Stephanie - posted on 10/05/2009




My son at 1 loved balls. He also liked his push-cart, ball popper, and cars.

Cindy - posted on 10/05/2009




Having never met your child I'll be more general.

I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old - polar Opposites !!!! A loved a toy, B hates that toy etc.

But I have noticed Normal little boys, who do not shove everything in their mouths, tend to like Cars or trucks. Hotwheels, matchbox, and tonka. We have found a line of cars that are bigger then traditional cars and have less to no small parts. "Chucks Garage" is one line.

We also found Transformers that pop up, and talk. Were a big hit. We're talking really basic.

Our first child Loved the simple shape sorting toys at 1 year. Our youngest loves tunnels and tents. Given a choice on a room full of toys with no tunnels or cars, my one year old looks for Balls or cubes.

There is a Fisher price zoo train. Comes with a tiger, giraffe and a keeper. That one is a big hit "this week"

Then you can try wooden puzzles. For the first little while your baby might chuck the pieces everywhere. Or they might find the pieces great for chewing on. But before you know it they are putting the pieces together.

Good luck.

Sharon - posted on 10/05/2009




I forgot about those giant wire and bead - bead ballers we called them. Even at 7 daughter will play with it when she finds it in her closet.

MaryTheresa - posted on 10/05/2009




The greatest gift someone bought my daughter was the playskool busy basics-busy basics ball popper. She got it for her 1st bday and has played with it up until a few months ago and she is now 2 1/2. $24.99 at toys r us.

Sharon - posted on 10/05/2009




The large legos - always a hit. Even if you have some - new kits, larger kits, more blocks are always a thrill.

They have those pop up forts. I also saw in a catalog "sheet forts". They're made out of giant pieces of camo flannel with "tags" so they can be tied to things. I remember making forts out of blankets and sheets and trying to tie the corners around my mothers lamps and what not. With those new "contact/release" hooks you can stick on the wall - kids can go NUTS with sheet forts. These are awesome on rainy days. I'll put it up before they get home from school, make cookies and cocoa and let them "camp" out.

Hotwheels cars/matchbox

Playdough, the new crayola magic coloring stuff anything artsy craftsy

Bob the builder is still popular or is it handy manny? My kids are older now - I've lost track!

Jan - posted on 10/05/2009




Hi Suzanne, how about a sit & ride, a rocking horse, shape sorter, abacus, bath toys, bubble machine, basically anything bright & colourful. Hope this helps. x

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