Today I’m going to share what I think are the 10 best toys for toddlers. If you’ve ever walked into a Toys R Us (or any toy store for that matter), you’ve probably been overwhelmed by it all. In the last two years, I’ve started to figure out what kind of toys keep Sam’s attention the longest without driving me absolutely crazy and it only seemed right to what has worked for us. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best toys for toddlers.
1. Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag, 80-Piece (Classic). This is probably one of my favorite toys for toddlers for so many reasons. One of the main reasons I love this toy is because it is entertaining for kids of different ages….babies love to chew on them, toddlers love tearing them apart and throwing them, and preschoolers love building with them. It’s a win-win-win! They’re also not super expensive, so you will get a lot of bang for your buck. I’m not a huge fan of noisy and obnoxious toys, so this toy really makes me happy, because it’s a super quiet toy.
2. Fly Bike® Foldable Tricycle. This is such an awesome toy! The Fly Bike is a a folding scooter that helps teach toddlers balance and steering. It was really fun to see Sam figure out how to actually ride. At first he would push it around, then he realized he could be on it and would peddle backwards, and after a few weeks, he finally figured out how to go forward and start steering it. One of the things I really like about this toy is how portable it is. It takes less than a minute to fold and unfold and it only weighs a couple of pounds. This is another toy that will last a long time…we’ve had five year-olds come over to play that spend the entire time with this toy.
3. Indestructibles: Hey Diddle Diddle. These books are so awesome! They’re “built for the way babies read”. Meaning that they are meant to endure the tearing, chewing, and such. They really won’t tear. Believe me, I’ve tried. And even better, you can wash them when they get too yucky! Seriously, just throw them in the dishwasher or washing machine. These books are really the best. I love them so much.
4. Gazillion 32 oz Bubbles. It’s ridiculous how much Sam (and other toddlers) love bubbles! Bubbles are awesome because they’re cheap, not messy (usually), and they are great at keeping kiddos distracted when you need a few minutes of peace.
5. Natural Wood Travel Knob Puzzle. This puzzle is a favorite around our house. There are only three pieces, the knobs are big enough for their little hands to grasp, and is easy enough for them to do without much help. We’ve had this puzzle for just under a year and so far it is holding up really well…no chipped paint or splintering wood.6. O Ball Rattle and Roll Car. This toy was given to my son for Christmas and it’s still a favorite almost a year and a half later. This is another toy that kids love whenever they come to play at our house as well. I love that that cars are easy for babies and toddlers to grasp, soft enough for babies to bite on, and the price is easy on the wallet.
7. Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze. This is a great toy, you guys! It’s small and portable and has suction cups on the bottom that are awesome. I’ve heard of some mamas using them on dining room tables when they go to eat to help keep their kiddos entertained when going out to eat. I love that such a simple toy can entertain kids for so long.
8. Childrens Factory Foam Climber. We had a friend that let us borrow this toy for a couple weeks and I cannot even begin to describe how much fun we had with it. All the piece connect together using velcro, so you can rearrange it into different obstacles. Sam had such a good time climbing on this. This toy is very sturdy and durable and, big plus, easy to clean. I really recommend this toy. The only downside is the price, but you will definitely get a lot of play out of it, so maybe that makes the price less hefty.
9. Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad. Coloring pads are another way inexpensive way to keep kiddos entertained. We just set Sam up with a coloring pad and jumbo crayons and the boy will scribble and be happy as a lark.
10. Eric Carle Alphabet Play Mat. This isn’t exactly a toy, but it definitely is fun and entertaining. We got this mat a few months ago and already it is a favorite around here. Mostly, I put it all together and then Sam tears it apart and and throws the pieces. And the design is cute, too, which is always great!
So, there you have it. These are, in my opinion, the 10 best toys for toddlers. What are your toddlers favorite toys? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below. And don’t forget to share on Pinterest and Facebook, because we want your mama friends join the fun!