Looking for the perfect gift or most appropriate toys for 1 year old boys? Look no further. We are both parents and nerds when it comes to researching and testing toys and gifts.
We also follow closely the advice given by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organisation. They confirm that it’s important to provide a varied selection of toys and activities which match and nurture your child’s developmental stage. Things to consider are body, hand and finger skills, and emotional and cognitive ability.
Well, we’ve already done the thinking, so this will be easy. The following list has been carefully selected so that each and every toy is perfect for a 1 year old baby.
These toys score highly in each of the developmental areas. Plus, and let’s not forget this, toys need to be reliably fun. This means they won’t be discarded after one go. Each of the featured products has been tried and tested by parents, and each has proved to be extremely popular.
Each of the featured products has been tried and tested by parents, and each has proved to be extremely popular.
Top 10 Best Toys for 1 Year Old Boys
Your little guy can work on his fine motor skills as he spins, moves, and explores the four quadrants of this Tree Top Activity Center (check price on Amazon). All the paints are non-toxic, and there are enough mini-activities to engage your tot for more than just a few minutes.
The assembly can be a bit tricky, but if you can soldier through it, this activity center has plenty for your boy to explore.
Why He’ll Love It: The colors are bright, and the bird, bug, and flower images are sure to entice him into playing. This set also has quite a few different activities to keep his attention.Check Price on Amazon
Surely the most delightful thing a 1-year-old will even own. This soft toy has no small parts, so there’s no need worry about it posing a choking hazard.
Designed to foster caregiving skills, your baby will love snuggling this toy (check price on Amazon) during the day, and tucking it into its little pea-shaped bed at night.
Why He’ll Love It: This toy comes in a variety of colors and is made from soft, cuddle-worthy fabrics. Its large size means it is fun to curl up with and easily grasped by tiny hands.Check Price on Amazon
This ride-on toy is perfect for small toddlers. Powerwheels Thomas (check price on Amazon) comes with 18-foot of rail tracks so you can keep things interesting by setting up different shapes and sizes. If he wants more freedom, then you can take Thomas off and your little man can ride free.
Thomas has a 6V rechargeable battery, but note that you’ll need to grab some extra AA batteries for the train sound effects.
Why He’ll Love It: He’ll get to ride his favorite train in real-life.Check Price on Amazon
As the name suggests, these are blocks that can be stacked together in various ways. They can be used to jumpstart critical thinking skills when used as a puzzle, and also teach motor skills and color recognition.
Better still, the Grimm’s Rainbow Stacker (check price on Amazon) is made from sustainably harvested wood and colored with water-based stains that are non-toxic.
Why He’ll Love It: These blocks can be used to create a puzzle or for good old-fashioned free play. Between the two options, your baby will have plenty of ways to keep himself busy and entertained.Check Price on Amazon
Ah, the classic childhood teddy bear. Everybody had one as a child; let’s be honest, some of us even kept them into adulthood.
This stuffed bear (check price on Amazon) is soft, adorable, and made well enough to withstand the test of time. In fact, Steiff (a German company) is considered by many to be one of the world’s leading, quality teddy bear manufacturers in the world.
An additional benefit of this gorgeous bear is that it’s washable. Since I think we all remember what our own teddy bears went through, that’s something for which you can be grateful.
Why He’ll Love It: Your little boy can take this plush bear anywhere. It can even fit into the included little suitcase for easy travels.Check Price on Amazon
Aside from providing an opportunity for your little guy to grow those fine motor skills, this is a great toy for introducing your baby to music, reading, and so much more.
The Musical Rhymes Book (check price on Amazon) does include 2 AAA batteries to start you off, but these are just for you to run the demo. To make this book part of your baby’s regular playtime, be sure to purchase a fresh set of batteries.
Why He’ll Love It: This book has pages that he can turn on his own, as well as buttons to push, fun music, a star that lights up on the side, and classic stories. With both visual and mental stimulation, your baby won’t tire easily of this toy.Check Price on Amazon
This is an excellent way to get out and about with your baby boy while still keeping him entertained.
The car he sits in provides a bit of storage under the hood, and you and your son get convenient cup holders. When you push your little guy around, the wheels are quiet and provide a reasonably smooth ride. The Whisper Ride II (check price on Amazon) includes a safety belt, but not a harness.
Why He’ll Love It: Aside from the whole “I have my own car” thing, your boy will love honking the horn (which, according to most parents, isn’t too unbearable,) and pretending to steer as you push him along.Check Price on Amazon
Is there anything better than being able to teach your baby valuable life skills without having to clean up a bunch of scattered toys? Aside from hitting the lottery, not really.
This Whoozit Cosmic Bead (check price on Amazon) toy is great at demonstrating cause and effect, as well as furthering your little guy’s motor skills, all while being neatly interconnected. The result is lots of fun with no mess or choking hazards.
Why He’ll Love It: With moving parts and vivid colors, your baby will have a blast manipulating the different parts of this toy. Since there is more than one activity to do, your little one won’t get easily bored.Check Price on Amazon
This German made doll is perfect for snuggling and has enough stuffing so that it can sit up without having to be propped up.
Nickibaby Doll (check price on Amazon) is machine washable (can we get a hallelujah?) and made from soft, durable fabric.
Why He’ll Love It: Aside from being a great cuddle-buddy, the stuffing in this doll makes it easy and fun to pose. Your little one can grow his motor skills while enjoying lots of free play with this toy.Check Price on Amazon
This flashlight introduces your baby to concepts that range from nature sounds and music to letters and colors.
This VTech Flashlight (check price on Amazon) includes batteries so your little one can begin to explore under the blankets straight away.
Why He’ll Love It: With all the colors, noises, music, and lights, this is a toy that will keep your boy entertained. It’s also easy for him to carry and, if the power ever goes out, he’ll be comforted by the fact that he has his very own flashlight to fight the dark.Check Price on Amazon
Toys & Gifts by Age
What to Expect From Your 1 Year Old Boy?
Your little darling is getting ever more interested in the world around him. His hands and fingers are getting more skilled and he’s taking delight in exploring the touch (and taste) of everything he can grab.
Here’s a taster of some of things that a child will start doing between the ages of 1 and 2. (You can see a complete list if you’re interested.)
Body, Hand and Finger Skills
- Walks up stairs (with help);
- Climbs on furniture;
- Builds towers of 2-6 cubes (and gleefully knocks them down);
- Holds cup or spoon;
- Begins to remove clothing, eg, socks;
- Starts to run or walk whilst carrying large teddy;
- Enjoys turning knobs and pressing buttons
- Flips between fierce independence and desperate attachment (usually to mom);
- Can often want mom or dad to be close by all the time;
- Shows sense of “me” and “mine” (often strongly);
- Imitates grown ups;
- Follows simple requests (if you’re lucky!);
- Plays alone or next to other children, but not with them;
- Starts to enjoy role play and mimics real life situations
- Understands “no” (but probably ignores you!);
- Shakes head to indicate “no”;
- Starts gaining words, normally nouns, and then starts to string two together (“more juice”);
- Enjoys simple stories;
- Points to things to indicate what she wants
Your 1 year old boy is a treasure. He’s growing up so quickly and it seems that almost every day he is developing new skills, words and facets to his personality. Choosing the perfect gift means finding something that matches his evolving mechanical interest without being too far ahead of his capabilities. It also means playing to his emerging use of language and being sensitive to his burgeoning sense of self. We hope that our ‘top picks’ have made choosing such a gift super easy. Please let us know how much he loves them!