The Best Toys for a One Year Old Child

Written by jayde m. nichols
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The Best Toys for a One Year Old Child
One-year-old babies enjoy sorting, stacking, reading and imitating parents. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

One-year-old children are at a stage when they are becoming more independent. They also start to learn about common habits of their parents and start imitating these habits. Because of their growing skills, many toys are designed to help them develop motor skills, language skills and problem-solving skills.

Ride-On Toys

One-year-olds get plenty of use out of items that they can ride on. Along with providing play time, ride-on toys help to strengthen a baby's legs to support her walking abilities. Ride-on toys often come in the shape of animals or cars and are different than baby walkers. Parents should always monitor babies when using a ride-on toy.

Imitation Toys

At 12 months, babies begin imitating their parents' everyday activities. Toys designed to look like real household items provide babies with safe ways to imitate parents. Babies enjoy playing with toy vacuums, phones, cameras, tools and kitchen sets.

Musical Toys

Musical toys can help to stimulate a baby's hearing and motor skills. Many companies sell baby xylophones, microphones, drums and even guitars. These items can help a baby begin learning musical skills that continue to grow during childhood.

Push and Pull Toys

Push and pull toys help to encourage walking in 12-month-old babies. Push toys often have wheels and a handle that babies grip while walking. Pull toys are small toys on wheels that have a string and can be dragged across the room.


Books are ideal for even younger babies, but at 12 months a child can begin memorising and trying to read her favourite books. Books with large pictures and words help infants to associate written words with spoken words, and words with pictures. Most 1-year-old babies enjoy books about animals, colours, numbers and letters.


Various brands of blocks are designed for younger children. The blocks should be big to avoid the risk of choking and easy to stack. Stacking blocks helps infants to build their motor skills and lengthen their attention spans.


Large puzzles provide 1-year-olds a chance to strengthen their attention and problem-solving skills. Chunky wooden puzzles that display large pictures underneath the pieces are best for this age group.


At age 1, children begin to develop an interest in arts and crafts. Learning to grasp a crayon and colour leads to increased motor development. Parents should always monitor their child when using crayons, to ensure that the child only colours on the provided paper.

Sorting Toys

Sorting toys help 1-year-olds to learn to problem-solve. Shape sorters also help children to learn the names of various shapes. Some sorting toys are also various colours, helping parents to teach their children about both shapes and colours.

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