Best toys for 1-year-olds

If you’re looking for toys for 1 year olds based on enhancing developmental milestones read on.

A whole year in the world, and how far they’ve come. Newly minted toddlers are busy pushing, pulling, stacking, poking, shaking and tipping things all over the place. They love getting around – whether it’s on foot, with a walker or cruising on a ride-on.

So now is the perfect time to give them some of those key ‘milestone’ toys for 1 year olds that they’ll use for years to come.

  • Opening And Closing Things
  • Pressing Buttons
  • Pointing
  • Mimicking
  • Banging, Poking & Shaking Things
  • Standing
  • Cruising
  • Tipping Things Out Of Containers
  • Saying First Words
  • Walking (Maybe!)
  • Push / Pull Alongs
  • Cars, Trucks And Trains
  • Baby Crayons
  • Shape Sorted
  • Shakers & Instruments
  • Stacking Blocks
  • Activity Tables
  • Toy Pram

14 best toys for 1 year olds

Here are our top gift ideas for 1 year old boys and girls.

See ’em, stack ’em!

Toys for 1 year olds: Tiger Tribe Totem Stackers

Tiger Tribe Totem Stackers Pets ($40)

Sweeter-than-sweet stackables with darling animal faces (one side awake, one side asleep). Contrasting textures and chunky pieces make for a tactile play for toddlers. We love the lumpy bumpy silicone for kiddies to touch and feel.

Friends that fit

Toys for 1 year olds: Janod pure shape sorter

Janod Shape Sorter ($49.95)

An impossibly cute twist on a traditional toy, toddlers search for the holes that perfectly fit their animal friends. Then tip them out and start again!

Petit Picasso

Toys for 1 year olds: Easi Grip Pebble Crayons
Easi Grip Pebble Crayons ($4.95)

Crafted for perfecting the all-important pincer grip, these rainbow-coloured crayons make learning to draw fun and easy for pint-sized Picassos.

Triangular tunes

Toys for 1 year olds: Flip over triangle music set, EverEarth

EverEarth Flip Triangle Music Set ($39.95)

A double-sided musical must-have for one year old toddlers who love to make a tune. With a xylophone, spinners, drum, glockenspiel and mallets it’s a beautiful sensory experience.

Beautiful buttons

Toys for 1 year olds: Dimpl Duo, Fat Brain Toys

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Duo Sensory ($49.95)

A double-sided gem, one side of this sensory toy is embossed with shapes and labelled with the matching word. Flip it over and the silicone buttons are smooth with words matching their colours.

Colin the camper

Toys for 1 year olds: Colin walker wagon, Indigo Jam

Indigo Jamm Colin Walker Wagon ($170)

A walker with supreme cute-factor, the Colin Walker Van has beach-cred, a sturdy surfboard-shaped handle and comes with 14 wooden shapes and blocks to take along for the ride. Walkers are perfect toys for 1 year olds.

Egg-cellent fun

Toys for 1 year olds: Hide & Seek Egg game, Tomy
Tomy Hide & Seek Eggs ($12)

Young egg-splorers at the ready, what’s hiding in the shells? Crack them open to find funny faces and bright colours, then find their shape to put them back in the right spot.

Pretty birdie

Toys for 1 year olds: Hape Baby Bird Pull Along LTK

Hape Baby Bird Pull Along ($32.95)

A colourful pull-along with oodles of charm. Pull the cord and watch birdie flap her wings ready to fly.

Stack, sort, twist and turn!

Toys for 1 year olds: Wooden forest activity table, Janod

Janod Wooden Forest Activity Table ($134.95)

Busy one-year-olds are all about exploring, and this activity table has so many surprises waiting to be discovered. From the stackable animals to the snail maze and porcupine cogs, it’s so many activities in one.

Stacks of fun

Toys for 1 year olds: Le Toy Van alphabet blocks

Le Toy Van ABC Wooden Blocks ($74.95)

A colourful block set that combines learning and playing. Each block represents a number, a letter of the alphabet and an object for kids to conquer. Sort and stack the blocks high, count up to ten or practise the alphabet while you build. The play possibilities are endless with these versatile toys for 1 year olds.


Blocks for building

Toys for 1 year olds: Done by Deer Stacking Blocks

Done by Deer Stacking Cubes ($39.95)

Blocks that stack from big to small, build them high and watch them fall. With numbers on one side and iconic Done by Deer illustrations on the others, when not in use the blocks double as nursery decor.

Push and play

Toys for 1 year olds: Line classic white dolls pram, Moover

Moover White Dolls Pram ($79.95)

Beautifully crafted and built to last generations, the Moover Dolls Pram is the perfect height for toddling tots on the move.

Pretty pull-along

Toys for 1 year olds: Wooden pull-along bear, Miva Vacov

HipKids Wooden Teddy Pull-Along ($35.95)

A little friend to follow wherever they may go. A ‘beary’ cute guy in his car ready for adventures, lovingly handmade from raw beech wood, just pull him along and away he goes.

Whicker wonder

Toys for 1 year olds: Rattan toy wagon, Tiny Harlow

Tiny Harlow Rattan Toy Wagon ($179)

Big enough to haul a gaggle of toys and ethically made from bang-on-trend rattan, this wagon is ready for play and display.

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Best toys for 1 year olds based on developmental milestones

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