You've finally reached the year mark with your little one. A year that will have been full of milestones, discoveries and fun for you and your baby. It is great to look back and see what developmental firsts they achieved during these important 12 months.
By this point, your one-year-old is eager to learn and develop even more through play. Your 12-month-old will now understand most of what you say and will be able to anticipate your actions and words with visual cues (if you pick up their shoes, they might sit down ready for you to put them on). They have greatly improved their physical skills meaning they can swiftly move from one toy to another (creating unlimited mess!) and they love to mimic others, enhancing their social and emotional skills.
With this in mind, the best toys for your one-year-old are ones that continue to enhance physical development, coordination and walking. For cognitive development try fun musical or animal-themed toys to encourage independent play and learning.
13 educational toys for a 1-year-old:
More than a shape sorter, this is an on-the-go activity centre! Using nine plastic shapes and the padded carrying case, children can lift crinkly flaps, identify the pictures, match the shapes, and drop the textured blocks through the sorter. They can then pull the plush dog around the edge to unzip the case and start it all again!
These 1-year-old-friendly games and learning activities are great for enjoying together or for independent play. The easy-to-grasp padded handle makes it easy to carry the set from place to place - even for crawlers, scooters, and emerging walkers.
Little ones love to mimic at around a year old as it helps them to develop their emotional and social skills. This set is perfect as it allows your little one to be on the phone or change the channel just like mummy or daddy (without them doing real damage like ringing your boss or turning off your favourite show!).
The key ring has a flip key just like real keys, but these are better as they have fun sounds and a light that activates when your baby presses the button. The smart phone with 15 features plays different sounds when the buttons are pressed and the remote features three different languages and fun sounds. Exploring toys with their hands and using their fingers to press buttons and manipulate toys is a fun way for your toddler to develop fine motor skills.
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