Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys

At this age, your child is transitioning from infant to toddler. Infants and Toddlers learn best by exploring and interacting with their natural environment. So, parents and caregivers can find toys for 1-year-old boys that support his social, cognitive, and motor development. Children at this age enjoy banging things together and putting items in a container. Your child may show a preference for a favorite toy or cry when mom or dad leave. Also, he may respond to simple spoken requests and wave “bye-bye.” Most 1-year-olds can get to a sitting position without help and may be pulling to stand, cruising, or taking first steps.

Toys for 1-year-old boys can encourage various domains of development. Pushing a walker, dropping a ball down a hole, or pounding a mallet help gross motor skills. Shape sorters and stacking toys foster cognitive and fine motor skills. And, of course, playing and interacting with peers and caregivers supports social and emotional development. Also, see our other recommended toys for 1-year-olds.

1. Walker Wagon by HABA – $200

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Many 1-year-old boys are just starting to walk or will be walking soon. The Walker Wagon by HABA is a sturdy cart for first-time walkers. It helps support gross motor and walking development. This toy certainly provides a safe and fun walking experience. The adjustable wheel tension keeps wheels from rolling too fast so cart never slips away. Also, the extra space between the back wheels prevents little toes from getting stubbed. This walking push toy comes with a storage space toys and a big blue chair for a doll or stuffed animal. Later, younger siblings can ride along. The silicon wheel treads work equally great indoors and out.

Why We Recommend:

  • Encourages gross motor skills, coordination, safe walking, imaginative play
  • Plenty of space between back wheels to prevent any stubbed toes
  • Large blue seat for holding dolls, teddy bears, or even younger siblings
  • Silicon wheel treads for indoor and outdoor
  • Strong hardware stays sturdy and durable
  • High-quality, beautifully finished wood construction, also water-based paints

2. Vehicle & Travel Chunky Wooden Puzzle by Cubbie Lee Toy Company – $14

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Puzzles make great toys for 1-year-old boys because they promote motor skills and spacial awareness. Little ones are learning a lot as they try to fit the pieces into the puzzle. This beautifully crafted Vehicle & Travel Chunky Wooden Puzzle has easy-hold, colorful, solid wood pieces featuring trucks, cars, bus, plane, and boat. The chunky pieces are a good size for little hands to grip while playing. The large pieces are great for motor and sensory development. Moreover, the vehicle shapes support imaginative play as planes zoom and trucks vroom.

Why We Recommend:

  • This elegantly crafted toy can be used as decor for a bedroom or playroom.
  • Promotes motor skills, spacial awareness, and imaginative play
  • Features trucks, cars, bus, plane, and boat
  • Large puzzle pieces for easy grip while playing
  • Crafted from Sustainably sourced wood as well as non-toxic paint

3. OombeeCube by Fat Brain Toy Co. – $17

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Little hands love to grab, explore, sort, and discover. So, shape sorters make great toys for 1-year-old boys. OombeeCube by Fat Brain Toy Co. has bright, rubbery shapes. Each shape is tethered to the sorter, so they won’t get lost! The contours and rubbery texture provide a tactile sensory experience while the shape sorting provides visual and spacial reasoning practice. Each shape fits into one of the cutout spaces on the cube’s surface. This toy also encourages fine motor skills, sensory learning, tactile exploration, visual-spacial skills. The cube and shapes are made from 100 percent food-grade silicone, so they are great for chewing and teething, too. The shapes included are: triangle, square, oval, circle, pentagon, and double circle.

Why We Recommend:

  • Early learning tactile experience
  • Encourages fine motor skills, sensory learning, tactile exploration, visual-spatial skills
  • Strings are short enough to be safe and long enough for little hands to explore freely
  • Shapes include triangle, square, oval, circle, pentagon, double circle
  • Acts as a teether as well.
  • Made of 100% food-grade, BPA-free silicone – Great for teething

4. Spin & Sing Alphabet Zoo by LeapFrog – $20

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Toddlers can spin this toy to learn letter sounds in an age-appropriate, interactive way. When baby bats at the Spin & Sing Alphabet Zoo by LeapFrog and it will spin around. This toy has 3 modes — letters, animals, and music. In Letters mode, the spinning, light up toy says the name and sound of the letter it lands on. When you are in animal mode, the spinning ball teaches animal names and sounds. In music mode, your 1-year-old can dance along to fun tunes. The Spin and Sing provides practice for gross and fine motor skills. Your child can hone hand movements and hand-eye coordination by batting the spinning ball while the music encourages him to get up and dance.

Why We Recommend:

  • 3 ways to play — Letters, animals, and music
  • Interactive toy provides sensory stimulation with sounds, lights, colors, and movement
  • Spinning the toy demonstrates cause-and-effect through play
  • Teaches letter names and sounds as well as animal names and sounds
  • Music and rhythm for kids to dance and listen to.
  • Promotes gross and fine motor skills.

5. Match & Build Soft Blocks by Melissa and Doug – $25

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Building with blocks is a valuable learning experience for toddlers. Block play is fundamental for cognitive development and later learning math and numbers. Your 1-year-old might start out exploring the blocks by feeling how heavy they are, looking at the colors, and hearing what they sound like when dropped. Soon he will learn to stack them up and knock them down. The Match & Build Soft Blocks by Melissa and Doug make excellent first block toys for 1-year-old boys. The soft, colorful blocks topple and bounce. They are large enough for little hands to grasp. This block set helps boost motor and cognitive development. The kid-friendly artwork encourages matching numbers, animals, and shapes. The before and after flaps can be used for sequential thinking and storytelling.

Why We Recommend:

  • Open-ended play promotes creativity while having fun
  • Interactive, multi-sensory design
  • Promotes motor as well as cognitive development
  • Soft and safe for little ones
  • Large, soft blocks are easy for little hands to grip.

6. Tobbles Neo by Fat Brain Toy Co. – $27

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For young learners, the act of picking up a toy and stacking in on another practices the skill of grip and release. It also strengthens their depth perception and hand-eye coordination. Tobbles Neo by Fat Brain Toy Co. are bright and cheerful stacking toys for 1-year-old boys. Tobbles unique texture makes them easy for little ones to grip and provides a distinctive sensory experience. The gentle, playful curves make Tobbles Neo a truly tactile experience. The 6 vibrant, weighted pieces stack on top of each other at various angles.

Why We Recommend:

  • Promotes motor as well as cognitive skills
  • Texture and shape create a unique tactile sensory experience
  • 6 vibrant, weighted pieces
  • Visually interesting, modern design
  • High-quality construction
  • Safety tested, made with BPA-free plastic.

8. Pound and Roll by Battat – $38

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The Pound and Roll by Battat has so many opportunities for development and learning through play. Pounding the hammer on the ball strengthens hand-grip, arm strength and hand-eye coordination. As your 1-year-old pounds the balls through the mix and match colored holes, he is learning about cause-and-effect. It’s such a fun experience when the ball falls through and tumbles down the maze. So, toddlers will want to do it again! He may even need to get up and chase after a ball witch promotes gross motor skills. This toy comes with 4 balls, hammer, base, and maze.

Why We Recommend:

  • Demonstrates cause-and-effect
  • Promotes hand-eye coordination
  • Encourages gross motor skills
  • Color matching balls and holes
  • Includes maze, base, hammer, as well as 4 balls

7. Little People Animal Rescue by Fisher-Price – $40

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Your little boy can become the tiny hero of the little people community with the interactive Little People Animal Rescue playset. The discovery button on the trunk turns on the fire station light. Sending the firefighter and his truck into action turns on songs and phrases. There is also a helicopter for air support. There is a puppy and kitty to rescue and transport to the adoption center. With this super fun playset, toddlers see how animals depend on people to care for and assist their four-legged friends. This little people play set offers Soft tree leaves, bright colors, and fun lights and sounds to stimulate your toddler’s developing senses. Pressing the discovery button and sending the firetruck with all its fun sounds promotes the development of cause-and-effect. This toy also encourages emotional development and self-expression as kids rescue and care for animals, they are learning through play what it feels like to take care of someone else.

Why We Recommend:

  • Includes Little People figures: Mia and Firefighter Rob as well as dog and cat
  • Lights and sounds stimulate visuals and auditory sense
  • Discovery button promotes cause-and-effect learning
  • Allows for emotional exploration and self-expression
  • Compatible with other little people sets
  • Safe, easy-grasp figures

9. Spin & Giggle Giraffe by Bright Starts – $40

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The Spin & Giggle Giraffe by Bright Starts keeps toddlers engaged and on the move. Your 1-year-old can drop balls in the giraffe’s mouth from sitting or standing. The giraffe will count, play music, and light up. Silly sounds and songs play at the push of a button. Press on the horns, and the giraffe spins around until all the balls pop out. Then your child can crawl, walk, or run after them! This toy encourages gross motor skills and engages in cause and effect play. 6 colorful balls are included.

Why We Recommend:

  • 6 colorful balls included
  • Promotes gross motor skills
  • Shows cause-and-effect
  • Lights and sound provide a sensory experience
  • Easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth

10. Sensory Shapes and Balls by EduShape – $45

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These 9 Sensory Balls from EduShape make excellent toys for 1-year-old boys. They offer many different interesting sensory experiences. Help your little one develop their tactile senses with this brightly-colored sensory balls. Each ball has a unique texture and shape, making them fun to explore and easy to grip. Some make noises, some are easy to squeeze, and some have smooth ridges and bumps to trace. This set comes with 5″ Green, triangle ball, 7” Red, see-me ball, 4” Yellow and 4″ orange see-me ball, 2.5” Purple, peanut-shaped ball, 3” Red and 3″ yellow massage ball, 7” Rainbow soft ball, 5” Stripes ball.

Why We Recommend:

  • Tactile and auditory sensory experiences
  • Gross motor play such as rolling, kicking, chasing balls
  • 9 different sensory balls included
  • Mega set value pack
  • Great for homes and daycares
  • For Independent or cooperative play

11. My Busy Town by Alex Toys – $109

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My Busy Town by Alex Toys lets your little one imagine he is out and about on the town. This toys is designed to keep kids busy and keep their imaginations stimulated. The 5 sides of fun include curvy bead mazes, peek-a-boo open and close doors, race car rollers, animal matching and alphabet tiles. All of this is on a sturdy wooden base. The Busy Town promotes imaginative play and fine motor skills.

Why We Recommend:

  • So much for children to explore
  • Can be played with while sitting or standing
  • Fun colors and images
  • Promotes imaginative play and fine motor skills
  • Sturdy wooden base

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