With six kids and ten nieces and nephews, we’ve bought our fair share of toys for toddlers. Some were awesome (like Thomas the Train, for instance) and some not so much.
One of the things that makes a great toddler toy is its capacity for pretend play. Can your child use this toy to pretend? If you can answer that question with a yes – you’ve probably made a good choice.
For the most part, we like to avoid toys popularized by television or Disney movies since those tend to have less longevity and usefulness. We also like to avoid noise-makers – although aunts, uncles and grandparents have not always given us a choice. It is hard to take away a noise-making toy once your toddler has just unwrapped the gift with great fanfare!
Keeping House Toys for Toddlers
Dyson Ball Vacuum With Real Suction and Sounds – when our kids were toddling all over the house, there was almost nothing they liked more than the pretend vacuum!
Brilliant Basics Vacuum Popper – a classic favorite all my kids have loved.
Little Tikes Kitchen Playset – another toy my kids played with for hours!
Music Toys for Toddlers
Gross Motor Skills for Toddlers
Playsets for Toddlers
Schleich Animals – plastic animal sets of which Schleich are the best and most realistic. They don’t break and they get played with for a very long time!
Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home – my kids all loved Little People, just like I did growing up.
Electronics for Toddlers
Outdoor Toys for Toddlers
Little Tikes First Slide – Papaw (my dad) got this for my twins for their first birthday and it became a fast favorite!
Stuffed Animal Friends for Toddlers
Folkmanis Puppets like this Jack Russell Terrior have always been a family favorite!
Pillow Pets – I have three boys who still love their pillow pets from several Christmases ago.