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The best toys for one-year-olds - here are our favourites

The best toys for one-year-olds - here are our favourites

With so many toys on the market, it's hard to know what to buy your little one, especially when they're just one year old. 

At this age they seem to be too old for baby rattles and chewable toys that help with teething, but other toys that might interest them are only suitable for ages three and over. This can make finding toys for a 12-month-old a challenge.

But, by this age your little one will have developed a lot, and will still be looking and eager to play with toys that stimulate their senses and motor skills. And, if they aren't walking yet, there are plenty of toys that help to encourage taking those first steps, as well as being a great toy to play with when they can walk.

So if you're looking for a birthday present for a one-year-old, or just a toy to keep them entertained now they're on the go, we've found the best ones you can buy.

From ride-on-bikes to wooden playsets, here are our best picks of toys to buy for one-year-olds:

These good-sized books are a great way to start off a mini library. Perfect for small hands, they're easy for little ones to pick up, and the chunky pages makes them easy to turn when reading. The set comes with four books, featuring Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake, and of course, the hungry Gruffalo.

This beautiful Noah's Ark set comes with chunky figurines that are easy for little ones to stand up. Encourage your little one to pair the beautifully painted animals together, they'll even have fun making the animal noises. The ark also has an opening door with magnetic closure. 

Musical instruments are great toys for one-year-olds, as they encourage motor skills and sensory development. Start teaching them their favourite nursery rhymes with the instruments too. This set comes beautifully presented in a little suitcase for easy storage. 

This wooden scooter is guaranteed to provide hours of fun. The vibrant colours make it eye catching and it has free flowing movement, meaning your one-year-old can sit on it or push it along in any direction. The scooter can be personalised, and for an extra £10 you can order it pre-assembled.

With 60 pieces, you can build almost anything with this bag of Mega Bloks. They're ideal for little hands to try to stack together, and it's great for development and problem solving. Watch them have fun building towers, and then knocking them down to start again. 

Outdoor toys are great to keep your little ones entertained, and water tables are especially good in warmer weather. This creative outdoor table provides hours of imaginative play, with lots of opportunities to splash, pour and fill.

This building block train is a great way to encourage motor and puzzle solving skills, as well as helping to teach little ones how to count. The train even moves when pushed along, and little ones will love it.

This wooden dolls pram encourages imaginative play and can also help get those little legs moving by supporting your little one when they're ready to start walking. It's sturdy as well, helping to provide extra support for little ones. 

The Roll and Glow Monkey encourages little ones to chase after it. It has flashing lights and plays music too, it'll get your toddler giggling away at it while following it around the room. 

This fun wooden shape sorter is different to the rest. Made from natural wood, the barrel can be loaded with the shapes and rotates to find the different shaped holes. Matching the shapes is a great exercise for children's hand movements, helping to develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and learn shape and colour recognition. 

This soft play set will save you hours spent at the soft play centre. The durable set can be used to create different designs and set-ups indoors, and even outdoors on dry days. 

The 4-in-1 Trike is designed to grow with your little one. It has dual controls so you can change the control from you to your baby when they're ready to steer and pedal on their own. It also has a safety bar and harness, and a sun canopy for those sunnier days. 

Featuring magic touch technology, the piano will play sweet sounds when touching the board. It's a great way of introducing music to your little one, and also helping to practise their colour coordination by matching the coloured notes on the music sheets to the keys on the piano. 

Bring the park to your garden with this Little Tikes activity gym. They can climb through the portholes and play peek-a-boo through the gaps, or they can enjoy hours of fun climbing up and sliding down the slides. The cute gym can be stored outdoors or indoors, so even when it's raining they can still enjoy all the fun.

A rocking horse is a classic gift for a 12-month old. This stylish rocker is sturdy to support little ones when they're standing up, and it encourages them to use their leg muscles in order to climb on to it. It's also great for touch sensory, as it has a soft mane and tail. 

Put your baby in the drivers seat with this stationary car. It has more than 75 songs, tunes and phrases that provide interactive fun for your little one, and great grow-with-me features so that they never get bored. 

Which toys would you recommend for a one-year-old? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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