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Wondering what the best toddler toys in 2016 are? Bursting with energy and curiosity, every day is a new adventure for toddlers. Being a toddler is hard work. Toddlers are just starting to get up and explore their world.
Through play, toddlers are exercising their muscles, practicing social skills, and pushing their imaginations to new heights.There is nothing more that toddlers love more to imitating mommy and daddy with their toys.
Look for gifts that allow them to use all their five senses and involve a lot of repetition. As toddlers become more mobile look for toys that they can ride, push, or pull. For their cognitive needs, puzzles and blocks will be big hits with little ones. The best toddler toys are durable, bright, loud, fun and repetitive. Read on for the best gifts for toddlers arranged by age.
12 to 18 Months
As your toddler is just starting to walk, they are becoming much more active and ready to use their whole body. This is the point when you will wish they were crawling again as they are non stop action machines. They can be destructive and irresistibly cute at the same time.
One year olds love experimenting and seeing what happens. Toys that involve cause and effect and a lot of repetition are great for toddlers of this age as they never get tired of doing the same thing over and over.
What are the best toys for toddlers 12 to 18 months? Look for blocks, push toys, shape sorters, balls, art supplies, ride ons, and board books for this age group. These popular toddler toys and top rated toddler toys are sure to be a big hit.
Chock full of things to explore, toddlers will love engaging with this toy. Even young ones will love simply pressing the buttons and spinning the wheels. As they get older, they will take delight in turning the steering wheel to drive the bear in circles over and over again. The coolest part? Kids will love flipping the book page to hear a nursery rhyme. With the attachable legs, it’s a great toy that is the perfect height for standing toddlers.
Every toddler needs a ball that they can kick, toss, or shake around. While the Lil Critters Roll & Discover Ball by VTech is meant to be tossed around, it is super soft. The coolest part? When the ball is thrown around it plays cheerful music. Little ones will love grabbing the little tags and listening to the music over and over.
Choo! Choo! Toddlers will love hopping aboard the Ultimate Alphabet Train from VTech. This action packed train is designed to grow with your kid. There are all sorts of activities for developing fine motor skills including an interactive story book, double side blocks, moveable gears, and light up buttons. Not only is it great for riding, it great “track” for learning ABCs and letters.
Even toddlers love building blocks. Typically between 12 and 18 months, toddlers learn how to grasp blocks. Your child’s first set of block should be the award winning Megablocks. These chunky blocks are perfect for little hands with a locking mechanism that is easier for beginners. With 145 colorful blocks, your child will be building all kinds of towers and castles.
Toddlers just learning to walk will love walking this incredible cute dog. He rolls and rolls across the hardwood floor or carpet. The coolest part? Press him down and he speeds across the floor on his own without the need for batteries. Little ones won’t be able to stop giggling as they chase after it over and over again for hours of fun.
18 to 24 Months
Toddlers over 18 months are starting to explore their world with their hands. They love flipping switches, opening and shutting things, and just plain fiddling with things.
What are the top toys for toddlers 18 to 24 months? Look for pretend toys, blocks, musical instruments, puzzles, books, vehicle sets, balls, and art supplies. These cool toddler toys will leave a big smile on their face.
Children are never too old for Legos. The Lego Duplo Creative Building Box set is the perfect first Lego set for your toddler. It comes with 70 colorful chunky sized bricks. There is a nice spectrum of color included with this set. The best part? It is completely open ended so kids can build whatever they want
Who doesn’t love racing? Little racecar drivers will love zooming their wheelie cars down this ramp over and over. The set come with two cute wheelie cars which are perfect for little hands. Kids being kids will love just trying to put everything and anything down the track including balls, plastic animals, and food. The coolest part? Everything folds up allowing you to store everything easily inside. There is even a little handle.
This is not just any scooter. It has the ability to switch from a 3 wheeled tricycle to a two wheeled scooter. Like other toys of this kind, it’s equipped with lights, buttons, and gears that little ones will love messing with as they build their fine motor skills. With the ability to transform, this riding toy will get a lot of mileage.
24 to 30 Months
Two year old toddlers are much more developed than one year old toddlers as now they can walk, run and jump. They are also developing cognitive skills as they learn to speak. Look for educational toys that help them learn about numbers, shapes, and the abcs. These award winning toddler toys of 2015 are great for their development.
With her cozy pajamas and friendly little lamb, Baby Stella wants to go to sleep. When toddlers hug her, she lets off a light soothing lavender scent. Sweet dreams!
After your child has mastered the coordination used in jumbo knob puzzles, it time to build their fine motor skills with peg puzzles. This one from Hape is perfect for learning shapes like triangles, squares, rectangle, and more. The colors are bright and beautiful. Once they master the puzzle, they can trace the shapes for even more fun.
Who doesn’t love Paw Patrol? Don’t tell kids that there isn’t much to this toy. To a 2 year old, Chase has never looked cuter than as an 8 inch plush pup with vibrant colors.
30 to 36 Months
Your child is almost 3 which means that they are almost ready for the big kids toys. As they already can run and jump, toddlers this age love running around and playing so outdoor toys and scaled down sport equipment is perfect.
As your toddler gets older, he or she is going to start developing a big imagination so pretend toys are sure to be a big hit with this age group. These are the most awesome toddler toys for this age group.
Uh-Oh! Legos have gotten sick! What would happen if you mixed Doc McStuffins with Lego Duplo? You would get this 39 piece Lego set. While there aren’t a lot of blocks here, Doc McStuffins, Lambie, and Stuffy have all been turned into the cutest minifigures. After you build the set, it’s fun to role play with them. Kids will love sliding down the slide. These Duplo sets are better for little ones because the blocks are chunkier and they are easier to take apart and put back together than regular Legos.
Who doesn’t love superheroes and Legos? The more the better. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have all come together to save the day in Gotham with this 47 piece set. Both little boys and girls can play. What’s the big mission? A cat has fallen off a broken bridge and needs 3 superheroes to save it. Don’t worry kitty . . .Superman has the strength to repair the bridge, Batman has his Batboat, and Wonderwoman has her motorbike.
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