Popular Toddler Toys

To find the right toy for your toddler, you first need to understand what she is going through in her overall developmental stage. Below is a list of popular toddler toys and all of them address certain aspects of a toddler’s development through play.

Firstly, during the toddler years, a child would be grasping with balancing as she learns how to walk, run and climb. Therefore, toys that are geared towards helping her to balance and walk would be a great choice.

At the same time, a toddler would also be learning other basic life skills such as sorting, counting and reading. You can find many educational toys that teach kids at that age these few skills. But what what would set apart one toy from the rest would be its ability to keep the toddler engaged. As toddlers have short attention span, a toy needs to be colorful enough to attract at a glance and then have the necessary features to make it fun and interesting for the child. That is why many toddler toys rely on sounds and lights as a form of engagement. Ideally, it should also have an element of surprise to keep a toddler guessing.

Next, you can also get toys that can help a toddler to master fine motor skills. Stacking, lacing beads and playing peg puzzles are some some of the activities that can help in this aspect. Of course, some of these activities would require guidance given that toddlers are still too young to understand how certain toys work. This is where parents need to invest time to play with their child. There are many toys that can simply keep a toddler interested without parental supervision but you also need to buy some toys where guidance is needed so that your toddler can learn and develop at a quicker pace.

Now, check out the top toddler toys that we have picked out for you:

1. V-tech Sit To Stand Learning Walker

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The good part of the V-tech Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker is that the electronic activity panel and the walker frame is detachable. To us, this is one of the best push toy walkers in the market. If you look at the picture, the toy consists of a walker, handle, legs with wheels and an activity panel with a telephone receiver. So, if your kid is still too young to walk, you can remove the activity panel and like her play with it on the floor. In other words, the best time to buy this is when you child can sit securely on her own, probably around 9 months of age. By the time she is a year old and learning to stand and walk, she will be ready to hang on to the walker frame.

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The activity panel would teach your toddler about shapes, animals, colors and numbers. Press the shape buttons for your toddler to learn about the three shapes. Spin the flowers and she will hear phrases, sounds and music. There are also a few piano keys which will give off animal sounds, colors and numbers as they are pressed. For the music mode, the shapes will play melodies when sorters are inserted or buttons are pressed. To play a few notes, simply press the piano keys.

The telephone handset can be picked up to hear animals singing. When the panel is attached to the walker, music will play as your toddler pushes the walker. It will be activated when there is motion which will keep a toddler motivated to walk a few more steps.

2. Mega Bloks Big Building Bag Classic

mega bloks big building bag classic
Building blocks are a must for a growing child. But when it comes to such toys, you have to get one that will fit the level your toddler is at. Blocks that are too small may pose a hazard and toddlers would not have the strength and dexterity to attach and remove smaller bricks by themselves. So, get a starter package as the first step. The Mega Bloks Big Building Bag is a classic with 80 large pieces in bright primary colors.

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There is a wheelbase to build cars and other vehicles. The pieces also come in various sizes, so what a child can build is only limited by his imagination. Playing with building blocks is one way to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination apart from encouraging creativity and imagination.

The blocks comes in a PVC-free bag in which you can keep all the pieces once play is over. It also makes it easier to bring the blocks along anywhere your kid goes.

3. Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

little tikes easyscore basketball hoop

For more vigorous activity, get your toddler the Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set. This toy aims to help your kid to develop hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills as he learns to put the ball through the hoop. It can also help him to develop confidence and rise to the challenge as the height of the hoop can be adjusted. There are 6 height settings ranging from 2 to 4 feet, so the set can grow with your child. This is unlike a toddler climber with a sports wall whereby the height is fixed.

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The rim is over-sized to make it easy for a toddler to score and the ball is of junior size and soft to accommodate smaller hands. As he grows older and is able to play together with friends, toys like this can also foster social skills and make kids learn healthy competition.

To make the hoop more stable and to prevent it from tipping over, putting sand over the base is recommended before play. Not too expensive, it is one of the more popular toddler toys out there.

4. LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics

leapfrog letter factory phonics setThis one is an educational toy and for older toddlers around the age of 2. If you are looking for something to give your kid a head start in learning the alphabets, the LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics would be a good buy. It teaches the ABCs and the sounds in an interactive way to get your toddler interested.

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What makes this interesting is that a toddler needs to put a letter into the “factory” or reader and pushes it to fit before the unit would sing a song about the alphabet in question. So, it is not merely pressing a button to make the unit play a melody. It makes your kid work a little so that it can also help him to develop fine motor skills apart from just learning his ABCs.

Included in the unit is the Alphabet song which you can play by pressing a button. There is a switch for volume control and an automatic shut-off feature. The pail keeps all the alphabet pieces and has a handle for portability. The reader fits on top of the pail, all of which makes it easy to store and transport. LeapFrog also has many other toys that you can check out. They are known to have some of the best toddler toys for learning.

5. Fisher Price Wheelies Loops ‘N Swoops Amusement Park

fisher price wheelies amusement parkKids would love this one. It is a two-track roller coaster that is 2 feet tall. You release the car and it will zoom straight down the steep ramp before doing the full loop at the bottom. You can also make the car fly a little when you adjust the jump panel at the end.

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For the other track, it passes a few curves and along the way, it will activate sounds and lights. The Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Loops ‘n Swoops Amusement Park has a bright color with amusement park detailing such a ticket booth and food stand to make it appealing to a toddler.

It comes with 2 vehicles with the Little People characters built in. It is in a size that will fit small hands perfectly and overall, this is a set that should keep your toddler interested with the way the cars go down the 2 ramps at different speeds and activating the lights and sounds. It is a toy that is designed to make a toddler curious and fascinated like a train set. Because your kid would also need to grasp, hold and push when playing with this set, it will help him to develop fine motor skills too.

6. Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Gear Toy

melissa and doug caterpillar gear toy

Gear toys for toddlers are very simple toys but they will hold a toddler’s interest like the caterpillar above. The good thing is you don’t need to spend a lot on this one and since toddler toys are quickly outgrown, the less you have to spend, the better it would be. This Melissa & Dough Caterpillar Gear Toy has 6 gears that are removable and interchangeable. They are brightly colored to attract a toddler’s attention. One of the gears has a face on it to denote the head.

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The base is a wooden board and painted on it is the caterpillar’s legs. Your toddler would need to fit the gears on to the pegs and then turn it to make the caterpillar move. She will learn how things inter-connect as one gear turns the next. It could also be a start to more complicated engineering toys as she grows older. Through this toy, she will also learn colors and hand-eye co-ordination. The fitting of the gears on to the board and turning motion will help her to develop fine motor skills.

7. Plan Toy Geometric Sorting Board

toddler sorting board

This board may look a little difficult for a toddler at a glance. Yes, it is and it would be a challenge. But you be surprised that some toddlers as young as 18 months will love to have a go at this. And it is not as boring as it looks.

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The Plan Toy Geometric Sorting Board will grow with your child. The manufacturer’s recommended age is 2 but for a toddler, it is a start to color and shape recognition. He will need guidance initially to know how the shapes will fit onto the board but it would be fun to watch him figure it all out eventually.

The board has 10 pegs on which to fit four shapes. A toddler will learn how to stack as he fits one shape after another onto the pegs. He will also learn counting and problem-solving along the way. Plan Toy is also popular for wooden dollhouses among others.

8. V-tech 3-In-1 Learning Zebra Scooter

v-tech 3-in-1 learning zebra scooter for toddler

This is a value-for-money toy where parents are concerned. This is because the toy converts to accommodate a growing child. When she is younger, she can use it as a push walker. A little older and she will enjoy sitting on it as a ride-on toy. By the time, she is 3, she is probably ready to use it as a scooter.

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Apart from being a ride-on toy, this V-Tech 3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter also offers other learning features. It is interactive and as colored buttons are pushed on its mane, your toddler will learn about colors and animals. Its accessories include a flashlight, compass and walkie-talkie.

Conversion from walker to ride-on toy is easy as you just need to re-position the seat to a horizontal position. To change to a scooter, the seat flips up to become the handle. Apart from learning songs, colors and animals, this popular toy for toddlers also has the advantage of helping them to master their physical abilities.

9. Power Wheels Lil’ Quad

power wheels toy story 3 lil quad for toddlers

A Power Wheels ride-on toy is simple fun for a toddler. While a ride-on toy that requires your toddler to peddle might be better for his overall development, a battery-powered one can still teach him how to steer, drive and stop. And if he is still too young to know how to peddle, this one is an alternative.

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The Power Wheels Lil’ Quad series has different designs to appeal to both genders. For boys, shown here is the Power Wheels Toy Story 3 Lil’ Quad. There are also Power Wheels for girls like the Dora the Explorer and Disney Princess designs.

It has a maximum weight capacity of 40 lbs and a durable plastic casing. The maximum speed is 2 miles per hour and on the right handle is a button which your toddler can press to make it move forward. Releasing the button will cause the quad to stop. You may not find a battery-powered toddler ride-on toy educational but it will give him a lot of fun when he is outdoors.

10. B. Parum Pum Pum Drum

b parum pum pum drum setHow can we miss out a musical toy in our popular toddler toys list, right? So, here it goes. This one is picked out not only because of its high ratings by buyers but also because it grows with your child. It is a unique toddler toy. In fact, you can buy this even if your child is not yet a toddler since it consists of 8 instruments altogether. The younger ones can start with the shaker eggs while the older ones can bang on the drum. Other instruments include a clacker, tambourine, maraca and jingle bell ant.

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The other good thing about the B. Parum Pum Pum Drum set is that it encourages kids to make music together. With 8 instruments to go around, it is easy to have them playing like a band. Only thing is be prepared for the noise, especially when your toddler starts hitting on the drum.

But having musical instrument toys is a way to get your toddler take an interest in music. It can also help to develop motor skills.

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