Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 1-Year-Old Boys 2020

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By one year old a baby boy has already developed so rapidly; changing from a tiny, sleepy newborn into an almost-toddler with the personality to match! In the first year of life physical and cognitive development are more rapid than at any other time.

So, if you’re looking for a gift for a 1-year-old boy, that will continue to support his development, then this list of 30 ideas may be useful. We’ve included toys and gifts that will promote different kinds of development, and will appeal to different little boys’ interests and personalities so you’re sure to find something that will suit the little boy you’re buying for.

Top 30 Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 1-Year-Old-Boys 2020

1. Fascol 7 in 1 Kids Trike

Fascol 7 in 1 Kids Trike

Why we like it: A great, versatile trike toy that will develop with the child. Increases physical strength and skill.

Most 1-year-old boys enjoy a walk around the neighbourhood in a stroller or carrier, looking around and observing the world and listening to all of the different sounds too. Trikes provide a different way for 1-year-olds to get around and are a popular present for a first birthday.

The Fascol 7 in 1 trike is extremely versatile and adaptable and can be used all the way up until 5 years of age making it a long-lasting gift. In the first stage a toddler can be pushed along by a parent whilst a safety frame holds them in place, but as they get older and gain strength the trike can be adapted so that they can feel the motion of the pedals or start practicing steering. The Fascol 7 in 1 Kids trike eventually converts into a full trike for older children. Trikes are a great way to promote physical development and with a full sunshade, foam grip handles and rear basket this model has all the conveniences of a stroller too.

Pros
  • Long lasting- can be adapted for older children
  • Adjustable safety features to cater for different sized children
  • Convenience of a stroller
  • Promotes physical activity and outdoor time
Cons
  • Requires adult to push
  • Doesn’t fold so requires storage space

2. Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center

Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center

Why we like it: This beautiful and classic looking wooden activity center is built to last a lifetime, encourages fine motor skills and standing to play.

Activity centers are a great way to encourage 1-year-olds to pull to stand and play standing up, which builds up the strength and stability in their legs. The Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center is a beautifully made and tastefully decorated wooden activity center that is more likely to complement home décor and is also built to last.

There are plenty of moving parts which encourage the child to interact with the toy and improve their fine-motor skills. As there are beads that need to be pushed along looping and curving tracks, children are forced to problem-solve as they decide where to position their hands.

Pros
  • Wooden; visually pleasing
  • Built to last
  • Encourages fine motor skills
  • Promotes standing to play, building strength
  • Develops problem solving skills
Cons
  • Large footprint, requires space to store and play

3. Bobby Car

Bobby Car

Why we like it: Pushing themselves along, moving around children won’t even realise that they are working on their physical strength and balance.

By 1 year of age most children are good at bearing weight on their legs, have the core strength to balance and are well in to the process of learning to walk. Ride on toys help to strengthen leg muscles further as children need to push along their own weight and the weight of the toy. They also need to learn to co-ordinate their body and limbs in order to do this, which helps with their overall physical development.

The Bobby Car is built to last, with a high weight limit of 50 kg and built in knee recesses to accommodate older children, so this is a gift that will last well beyond age 1. It also has a small turning circle, so you won’t need much space to have fun with it.

Pros
  • Built to last
  • Neutral colours- could be passed down to younger siblings
  • Ergonomic seat
  • Promotes physical development
Cons
  • Requires close adult supervision

4. Brio My First Railway

Brio My First Railway

Why we like it: Classic train track toy which encourages construction, dexterity, co-ordination and imaginative play.

Train tracks are a classic children’s toy and often gifted to one-year-old boys for a good reason; train tracks offer plenty of different learning opportunities. They are also very open-ended, meaning that there is not just one way to play so children can put a track in their own way and experiment with their construction skills and imaginations.

Putting track together requires good fine motor skills and dexterity, and pushing trains along the track promotes physical skills and strengths like squatting, crawling or shuffling and balance. The Brio My First Railways connects with other types of wooden tracks so it can be used in different ways as children get older.

Pros
  • Classic, timeless toy
  • Promotes construction skills
  • Enhances physical skills and dexterity
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Connects with other wooden train-tracks
Cons
  • Will require adult help to begin with

5. Green Toys Classic Wagon

Green Toys Classic Wagon

Why we like it: 1-year-olds love to push, pull and move things around! This safe, non-toxic and eco-friendly wagon allows them to do just that.

1-year-olds really do love to push, pull and move things around because many of them have a transportation ‘schema’. A ‘schema’ is a repeated action that helps children to learn, and transportation is a very common schema at age 1.

The Green Toys Classic Wagon will support this way of learning as well as improving physical skills and strength. It is made with eco-friendly, non-toxic and robust materials making sure that it is really built to last as well as being sustainable. This make a great gift for a 1-year-old boy who is interested in vehicles and is just learning to walk.

Pros
  • Eco-friendly
  • Non-toxic
  • Supports push, pull and transportation schemas
  • Improves physical skills
  • Great for storing other toys
Cons
  • Larger toy; requires storage space

6. Lego Duplo Classic Deluxe Brick Box

Lego Duplo Classic Brick Box Building Set

Why we like it: Duplo is timeless and built to last, providing plenty of open-ended imaginative play it also encourages construction skills.

Duplo doesn’t seem to lose its appeal through the ages and is really built to last; many people with grown up children have a box of their child’s Duplo for when other children come to visit. Perhaps because of its open-ended nature, Duplo is a toy that doesn’t seem to ‘date’ easily and holds its appeal through different generations.

The Lego Duplo Classic Deluxe Brick Box is a set of 85 pieces which allows children to design and build their own constructions, though it comes with a few ideas and prompts too. At 1 year old most babies are interested in construction, and are beginning to develop the strength and dexterity needed in their hands to use toys like Duplo.

Pros
  • Timeless favourite- loved by generations
  • Open-ended- promotes imaginative play
  • Develops strength and dexterity in hands
  • Convenient storage box
Cons
  • Made of plastic
  • Young toddlers may need some help

7. VTech Spin & Learn Color Flashlight

VTech Spin & Learn Color Flashlight

Why we like it: A kid-proof interactive flashlight that encourages learning colours, speech and sounds.

1-year-old boys are extremely sensory creatures who are fascinated with the different properties of materials, and also tend to love any technology they can get their hands on! The Vtech Spin & Learn Color Flashlight is a kid-proof, interactive torch with plenty of buttons made for little hands. As he presses all of the buttons, a 1-year-old will begin to develop their understanding of cause and effect.

The Vtech Spin & Learn Color Flashlight also models speech and language skills which the child can imitate to help with their development.

Pros
  • Encourages understanding of technology
  • Kid-proof, robust design
  • Can be used as a torch
  • Interactive; encourages learning
  • Promotes speech and language skills
Cons
  • Requires batteries

8. Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Bathtub

Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Bathtub

Why we like it: Children’s very own inflatable bathtub with plenty of built-in safety features allowing them to bathe, and play in the water safely.

Children love to splash and play in water and at one-year-old it’s a great sensory learning experience for them too. By playing in water children gain confidence for swimming, practice skills like filling and emptying containers and developing an understanding of quantity.

The Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Bathtub is a child-sized inflatable bath tub which can be easily deflated and stored, making it ideal for travel as well as home use. It includes build in safety features such as a grippy floor to prevent slips and a colour-changing temperature indicator to let you know if the water is too hot.

Pros
  • Ideal for travel
  • Easy storage
  • Built in safety features
  • Encourages water play
Cons
  • Only lasts until around age 2

9. Mamoi Baby Swing

Mamoi Baby Swing

Why we like it: Safe swing seat that can be used indoors, provides sensory input and increases core strength.

Swings are a firm childhood favourite even with fairly young children, and 1-year-olds often enjoy playing on the swings at the park. The swinging action activates the vestibular system in children, which helps them to develop balance and co-ordination, and is also a soothing sensory input helping children to calm down when needed. The motion provided by a swing also promotes the development of a strong core as the child learns to sit up and contend with the varying forces on their body by activating their core muscles.

The Mamoi Baby Swing is an indoor fabric swing that can be hung from structurally sound ceilings so that the baby can enjoy swings, just like at the park, from the comfort of home! This is ideal if you live in an area with adverse weather, or simply can’t get out every day. The Mamoi Baby Swing is made using eco-friendly materials so is kind to the planet and can be used until around 3 years of age meaning that it will last a few years.

Pros
  • Can be used indoors
  • Made from eco friendly materials
  • Can be used up to 3 years
  • Adjustable fastenings make it safe for children of different sizes
Cons
  • Requires adult supervision at all times
  • Needs appropriate space to hang

10. Hape Country Critters Play Cube

Hape Country Critters Play Cube

Why we like it: A robust wooden play cube that helps children develop their fine-motor and problem- solving skills with plenty of interesting, moving parts.

By one year old most children are pulling themselves up on furniture to stand and this is a great skill to encourage as it helps them to develop strength and stability in their legs and core, which is important for learning to walk. The Hape Country Critters Play Cube maintains children’s interest with plenty of different moving parts.

The Hape Country Critters Play Cube also develops children’s fine motor skills by requiring them to use their hands and fingers to move and manipulate the moving parts. As it’s wooden with a non-toxic, child-friendly finish the Play Cube is also more likely to fit in to modern, minimalist décor.

Pros
  • Non-toxic, child-friendly finish
  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Encourages standing to play
  • Promotes problem-solving skills
  • Moving parts maintain child’s curiosity and interest
Cons
  • Larger toy; requires storage space and space to play

11. Fisher-Prince Laugh & Learn Storybook Rhymes

Fisher-Prince Laugh & Learn Storybook Rhymes

Why we like it: Combining a storybook with interactive technology this has plenty to keep a little one entertained as well as lots of learning opportunities.

1-year-olds generally enjoy books and stories, and any technology they can get hold of. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Storybook Rhymes incorporates both of these elements to create an interactive storybook toy that will hold a child’s attention, and present them with a variety of different learning opportunities.

The pages of the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Storybook are made of plastic so that little hands can turn them easily, practicing their fine-motor skills without risking paper cuts. There are also a number of buttons that light up and make sounds, and music, teaching counting, numbers, words letter and shapes. This will help to improve a 1-year-olds listening and attention skills as well as increasing their vocabulary.

Pros
  • Promotes speech and language development
  • Encourages use of technology
  • Increases understanding of cause and effect
  • Educational; teaches counting, words, letters, shapes
Cons
  • Requires batteries

12. Thomas & Friends My First Remote Control Thomas

Thomas & Friends My First Remote Control Thomas

Why we like it: Based on a popular children’s character, 1-year-olds are bound to love learning to operate this remote-control toy.

Remote control toys are popular with children across a span of ages as they learn the basic technology and see the toy move along under their control. One-year-olds will be delighted by the easy to use remote control buttons, and seeing the popular children’s character moving along. This helps to improve their understanding of cause and effect.

The Thomas & Friends My First Remote Control Thomas is best used on hard floors so that it can move along easily, encouraging the 1-year-old to follow improving their strength and physical skills. If the 1-year-old you’re buying for is particularly interested in Thomas the Tank then this could be a really good option.

Pros
  • Easy to use remote control
  • Encourages use of technology
  • Improves understanding of cause and effect
  • Popular children’s TV character
Cons
  • Requires batteries
  • Best used on a hard, flat surface

13. VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Why we like it: Helps to develop an interest in sports as well as hand-eye-co-ordination and physical skills with plenty of fun lights and sounds.

Building an interest in sports and physical activity early on, the Vtech Smart Shots Sports Center is a combination of a basketball hoop and a football goal, complete with toddler-sized equipment. As toddlers try to score goals and baskets they develop both their physical skills and their hand-eye co-ordination.

The Vtech Smart Shots Sports Center is great for playing with siblings and parents allowing 1-year-olds to develop basic social skills like playing alongside others and beginning to take turns and share.

Pros
  • Encourages hand-eye co-ordination
  • Develops physical skills
  • Lights and sounds
  • Develops social play
Cons
  • Requires batteries
  • Larger toy; needs space to store and play

14. Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck

Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck

Why we like it: Classic Lego Duplo combined with a vehicle and the opportunity to look at letters of the alphabet.

With the alphabet features on these Duplo blocks, early exposure to letter shapes and discussion of their sounds will build children’s knowledge of speech and language sounds. At age one most children are interested in pushing and pulling vehicles, and constructing and building towers so the Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck makes a great gift for a 1-year-old as it combines Lego Duplo blocks, with a vehicle!

Pushing and pulling toys along and constructing with blocks both enhance children’s physical strength and skill. The blocks from this set can also be combined with any other Lego Duplo sets that the child already has or is given, making play more open-ended.

Pros
  • Duplo is timeless and durable
  • Promotes physical skills
  • Early letter recognition opportunities
  • Can be used with other Lego Duplo sets
Cons
  • Doesn’t come with a storage box

15. Melissa & Doug Mega Race-Car Carrier

Melissa & Doug Mega Race-Car Carrier

Why we like it: Vehicles galore! This lovely, wooden set encourages early imaginative play and the development of physical skills.

Many 1-year-old boys enjoy playing with different kinds of vehicles and the Melissa & Doug Race- Car Carrier is a lovely wooden set, perfect for gifting to a little boy who enjoys different kinds of vehicles as it includes 6 different coloured racing cars and a double layered car-transporter.

As children, push, pull and operate the cars and transporter they improve their physical strength and skills and this set also allows for the development of early imaginative play. Made from wood, the Melissa & Doug Mega Race-Car Carrier is a more eco-friendly alternative to plastic toys and is robust and built to last.

Pros
  • Encourages push, pull and movement
  • Improves physical skills
  • Early imaginative play
  • Wooden toy; more eco-friendly
Cons
  • Small parts; requires supervision

16. EverEarth Work Bench with Tools

EverEarth Work Bench with Tools

Why we like it: Encourage early imaginative play and improve fine motor skills with a work bench and tools.

The EverEarth Work Bench with Tools is a lovely, eco-friendly wooden toy that will encourage role-play as a builder or carpenter as the child pretends to make and fix different things. It also helps to improve fine motor skills with screws, nuts and bolts that can be used with tools and with hands. As children twist the screws into place they build up strength in their fingers and wrists, which, much further down the line, will improve their writing skills.

The EverEarth Work Bench with Tools is suitable for a range of ages as using the tools and accessories is fairly challenging.

Pros
  • Wooden; eco friendly
  • Early imaginative play
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Suitable for a range of ages
Cons
  • Small parts; requires supervision

17. Selonis Soft Ball Pit Pool

Selonis Soft Ball Pit Pool

Why we like it: Ball pits are great fun for children and develop their physical skills too, like having a soft-play center in the comfort of your own home.

1-year-olds love ball pits! They will have hours of fun, jumping, climbing and burying themselves in the pool, and this all promotes the development of their physical skills and strength.

The Selonis Soft Ball Pit Pool is different to the usual brightly-coloured, pop-up versions of at-home ball-pits available; its soft fabric sides are safe for small children whilst also being sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of being climbed and jumped all over. The Ball pit and balls are also tastefully coloured to fit in with modern home décor. The covers are removable and washable too meaning that it’s pretty easy to keep the Ball Pit Pool clean.

Pros
  • Great fun for children of varying ages
  • Increases physical skill and strength
  • Removable, washable covers
  • Soft and safe for small children
  • Stylish and modern, fits in with home decorations
Cons
  • Intensive tidy-up

18. Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox

Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox

Why we like it: Safe, secure sandbox offering plenty of opportunity for sensory play and fun.

The Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox is an ideal piece of outdoor play equipment for 1-year-olds. It is perfectly sized to offer a large enough area for lots of sand play which is a wonderful sensory experience for babies and toddlers who learn predominantly through their senses. There are built in seating areas so that the child doesn’t have to sit in the sand itself, though of course they can if they want to!

The Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox is also very safe as it comes with a built-in lid to cover the sand keeping it dry and free from contamination. It also means that sand tools like buckets, spades, rakes and jugs can be stored in the sandpit itself so that they’re ready to use straight away. Filling and emptying containers is a popular type of play for 1-year-olds and this lays down the foundations for early mathematical concepts.

Pros
  • Large area for lots of sand play
  • Encourages sensory play and experience
  • Builds early mathematical concepts
  • Comes with built-in lid to cover sand
  • 2 seating areas
Cons
  • Requires outdoor space
  • Sand to be purchased separately

19. Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-On Push Car

Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-On Push Car

Why we like it: A ride-on toy car that provides a great way for children to get around whilst also improving their physical skills.

An alternative to getting around in a stroller or carrier, the Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-On Push Car, is a ride on toy that a parent can push along meaning that it’s still very useful for transportation as well as play! As the child is pushed along, they will increase their balance and core strength as they sit in the seat, and can experiment with technology and cause and effect as they press the horn.

The Step2 Whisper Ride-On Push car features a handle which can be safely folded away making storage much easier, cup holders for baby and parent, a safety strap for the child and smooth, quiet wheels to make strolls around the neighbourhood more pleasant.

Pros
  • Ride on toy to increase balance and core strength
  • Horn increases understanding of cause and effect
  • Promotes physical skills
  • Encourages time outdoors
  • Folding handle for storage
Cons
  • Requires adult to push
  • Storage space needed

20. Aquadoodle Classic Large Water Doodle Mat

Aquadoodle Classic Large Water Doodle Mat

Why we like it: Mess-free sensory play that can be folded away? Yes please! Improves creativity and gross-motor skills.

The Aquadoodle Classic Large Water Doodle Mat is the ideal gift for a 1-year-old boy because it provides mess-free sensory play. Sensory play is very important for young children as they learn best through hands-on experience, however, sensory play can also get very messy, so a lot of parents are reluctant to provide such experiences at home. The Aquadoodle solves this problem, needing only a little water to be put into the pen for hours of drawing fun.

Drawing activates children’s creativity as they explore mark-making, and it also improves their gross motor skills and understanding of cause and effect, all important for writing later down the line. The Aquadoodle can easily be folded for storage too, making it a great gift for any 1-year-old.

Pros
  • Mess-free play
  • Sensory play opportunity
  • Increases gross-motor skills
  • Improves understanding of cause and effect
  • Folds for storage
Cons
  • Larger item, requires space to play.

21. Hape Pound and Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Hape Pound and Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Why we like it: A multifunctional musical instrument encouraging a range of skills.

Making music is a favourite pastime of many children and 1-year-olds in particular certainly love to experiment with making a noise. The Hape Pound and Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone is a beautiful wooden toy that can be played with in a variety of ways. Children can improve their motor skills by using the hammer to hit the balls, which then fall onto the xylophone, causing the notes to play. This is a novel way to explore cause and effect.

The Hape’s Pound and Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone can also have the Xylophone removed so that it can be played separately, promoting listening skills, musical experimentation and creativity

Pros
  • Multifunctional; can be played with a variety of ways
  • Made of wood; more eco-friendly
  • Increases listening skills
  • Promotes music and creativity
  • Improves motor skills
Cons
  • No volume control!

22. Fisher-Price Smart Stages Puppy

Fisher-Price Smart Stages Puppy

Why we like it: A cuddly puppy toy encouraging speech and language development with lots of educational opportunities.

The Fisher-Price Smart Stages Puppy is a cute, cuddly puppy toy with plenty of interactive buttons. The hands, feet, ears and heart can all be pressed to achieve different effects which will increase children’s understanding of cause, effect and technology.

Educational opportunities are also plentiful as the Smart Stages Puppy teaches words, colours, letter and numbers at the press of its buttons. This also promotes listening and attention skills and speech and language development, and can be tailored to the child’s age and developmental stage. The Smart Stages Puppy has 3 different ‘levels’ of learning that can be selected. This level system means that the Smart Stages Puppy is a toy that will last a 1-year-old boy a good number of years.

Pros
  • Soft and cuddly toy
  • Educational- teaches words, colours, letters and numbers
  • Increases understanding of cause and effect
  • Promotes speech and language development
Cons
  • Requires batteries

23. Green Toys Dump Truck

Green Toys Dump Truck

Why we like it: A classic dump truck toy, developing imagination and physical skill, made from sturdy, eco-friendly activities.

Green Toys are synonymous with quality, their toys are favoured by nurseries and daycares because they are robust, sturdy and completely non-toxic. Made with recycled plastic they represent an eco-friendlier solution to traditional plastic toys, and contain no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings.

The Green Toys Dump Truck allows children to experiment with and improve their skill at pushing, pulling and directing objects along the floor. Children are also able to fill and empty the dumper as they engage in imaginative play; improving their physical skills and dexterity as they do so.

Pros
  • Child proof; made to last
  • Eco-friendly- made with recycled plastic
  • Promotes imaginative play
  • Working dumper promotes physical skill and dexterity
  • Encourages movement as child pushes and pulls
Cons
  • Slightly more expensive than non-recycled plastic

24. Brio Pull-along Bumblebee

Brio Pull-along Bumblebee

Why we like it: Lovely wooden pull-along toy encouraging physical skills and movement.

Pull-along toys are a great choice for a 1-year-old-boy. Around about age 1 children are beginning to really push the boundaries with their physical skills as they master crawling, cruising and soon-enough, walking. Having a toy that can be taken along with them holds lots of appeal for a 1-year-old, enticing and encouraging them to use physical movement skill more.

The Brio Pull-along bumblebee is a lovely wooden toy which creates a buzzing sound as it moves along with no batteries required. This develops children’s understanding of cause and effect as they learn that when they pull the toy, they hear the noise.

Pros
  • Wooden toy; more eco-friendly
  • Encourages physical skills and movement
  • Increases understanding of cause and effect
  • Creates a buzzing sound with no batteries required
Cons
  • Heavy toy; may cause injury if swung around

25. VTech Turn & Learn Driver

VTech Turn & Learn Driver

Why we like it: Interactive steering wheel toy with plenty of lights, sounds and learning opportunities.

1-year-old boys often love both vehicles and technology, making this the ideal gift as it combines the two! The Vtech Turn & Learn Driver is a steering wheel toy with plenty of interactive features and buttons to maintain a child’s interest and develop their understanding of cause, effect and technology.

The Vtech Turn & Learn Driver features plenty of lights, sounds and music to maintain children’s curiosity and develop their speech and language as they imitate the words and sounds heard. There are plenty of learning opportunities too as pressing the buttons helps to teach animal and vehicle names and sounds.

Pros
  • Lights, sounds and music
  • Steering wheel increases understanding of cause and effect
  • Educational; teaches animals and vehicles
  • Promotes use of technology
Cons
  • Requires batteries

26. The Gro Company Ollie The Owl Grofriend

The Gro Company Ollie The Owl Grofriend Light and Sound Sleep Aid

Why we like it: Soft cuddly toy with soothing sounds to help lull children to sleep.

When there’s a toddler in the house, sleep is a highly prized commodity so anything that promotes and improves sleep will be gratefully received! The Gro Company Ollie The Owl Grofriend Light and Sounds Sleep Aid is a soft cuddly toy with built in lights and soothing sounds which help to lull a child to sleep.

Ollie the Owl can be hung on a crib or bed rail, or snuggled with like a teddy and can play 4 soothing sounds for up to 20 minutes at a time. Not only does this help children to sleep through calming their senses but it also increases their sense of security, helping them to fall asleep feeling happy and safe.

Pros
  • Soft, cuddly toy
  • Can be hung on crib or bed rail
  • Four soothing sounds
  • Adjustable volume and light levels
Cons
  • Shuts off after 20 minutes
  • Requires batteries

27. Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker Toddler Toy

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker Toddler Toy

Why we like it: Beautiful, wooden geometric stacker teaching concepts of shape, size and colour.

The Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker Toddler Toy is a beautiful, wooden toy that is made from child safe materials and is built to last. Many 1-year-olds learn through repeating behaviour to solidify their understanding of concepts, this is called a schema and stacking is a popular schema with 1-year-olds which would be supported by this toy.

The brightly-coloured pieces can be stacked together in order, increasing children’s perseverance and helping them to gain understanding and recognition of shape, size and colour. As they play, 1-year-old will also gain hand-eye co-ordination and improve their motor skills.

Pros
  • Wooden toy; more eco-friendly
  • Made from durable, child safe materials
  • Builds recognition of shape, size and colour
  • Promotes problem-solving skills
  • Increases perseverance
Cons
  • Multiple parts; easy for some to go missing

28. Battat Pop-up Pals

Battat Pop-up Pals

Why we like it: A fun pop-up toy that improves fine motor skills and teaches animal, shapes, colours and numbers.

The Battat Pop-Up Pals is a toy with 4 different animal jack-in-the-boxes which are controlled with different switches. This requires 1-year-olds to press, twist and manipulate the switches in order to get the animal friends to pop up. Using their hands and fingers in this way not only increases their understanding of cause and effect but also strengthens and improves the flexibility in the fingers, hands and wrists, thereby improving fine motor skills.

With no batteries required this is a toy that will last and last, it also gives children the opportunity to learn different animals, shapes, colours and numbers and build their vocabulary related to this.

Pros
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Increases understanding of cause and effect
  • Teaches animals, shapes, colours and numbers
  • No batteries required
Cons
  • May require some adult help

29. Fisher-Price Bounce and Spin Puppy

Fisher-Price Bounce and Spin Puppy

Why we like it: Delight any 1-year-old boy with plenty of bouncing fun whilst promoting balance and core strength.

The Fisher-Price Bounce and Spin Puppy is a ride on toy, which is a modern take on a rocking horse. It’s likely to be an instant hit with an energetic 1-year-old boy and will give him hours of fun. The Bounce and Spin Puppy bounces up and down as well as spinning 360 degrees, helping to develop strength in the core and legs. Strengthening the legs is especially important for walking and core strength helps to improve balance.

As children bounce and spin, they are rewarded with lights, sounds and music, stimulating their auditory and visual senses, making this a great all-round sensory experience and an ideal gift for a 1-year-old.

Pros
  • Improves gross motor skills
  • Increases strength in the legs
  • Can be easily cleaned
  • Stimulates auditory and visual senses
Cons
  • Requires batteries
  • Needs space to play

30. Scramblebug Hornet

Scramblebug Hornet

Why we like it: Great ride on-toy promoting outdoor physical play to develop strength and balance, but can be used indoors too.

Ride-on toys are fantastic gifts for promoting 1-year-olds’ physical skills as they give them the opportunity to engage their core and develop balance, co-ordination and control whilst strengthening those core muscles. As children become more confident, they may begin to try and propel themselves forward by pushing with their legs which builds up strength and control too.

The Scramblebug Hornet is a stable ride-on toy made with durable materials. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and has the bonus of being easy to fold and store away too.

Pros
  • Safe and stable
  • Made with durable materials
  • Easy to fold and store
  • Promotes outdoor, physical play
  • Suitable for indoor use too
Cons
  • No push-along option

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Final words

1-year-old boys love to receive gifts and explore different play opportunities. Their natural energy, curiosity and interest means that they are keen to interact with the world around them and try out all sorts of different play. This natural disposition is great for their development because it means that 1-year-old boys often seek out new experiences and are willing to just ‘have a go’.

The toys and gifts presented in this list are varied enough to give you a real range of options to choose from, but all have great benefits to children’s learning so whichever you select to give to the 1-year-old boy that you’re thinking of it should be well received by both child and parents!