We searched for and found the best toys for annuals that are gender-neutral, capture their imaginations, help them play in parallel, and keep them mentally and physically active. There are also dolls and stuffed animals they can use as sleeping buddies. You may even come across a few toys you used when you were a kid. With a few exceptions, most of these toys are reasonably priced. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a sturdy gift that can be gummed.
And if you have slightly older kids too, be sure to check out our round-up of the best toys of 2020 for all ages.
Baby Einstein revived the ’80s glamor band’s favorite, the keytar, and later turned it into an educational toy for young children. This one could be on the list of one of the best toys for one-year-olds for a number of reasons: It’s two toys in one, as the guitar turns into a piano. In addition, the toy allows children to increase their hand-eye coordination, memory, and creative skills. According to UNICEF, ‘music ignites all areas of children’s development’ so that the keytar can foster the love of learning in a fun and non-coercive way. Flip & Riff Keytar comes with 30 melodies and six different instrument sounds, making it easy for young children to play music using the magic touch technology.
Stuffed animals, also called stuffed animals and dolls, can be used to activate the imagination; either used as a toy or as a comfort object. This adorable plush lop-eared bunny can be tucked into a backpack, tucked away on a bed, or dragged around the house. The rabbit is about seven inches long and full of love. The European Toy Safety Standard EN71, Parts 1-3, has been tested and approved. The shy bunny can be hand washed. It comes in peony, buttermilk, and lacquer.
LeapFrog is known for its educational tablets for older children, and for one-year-olds, there is a wide selection of toys that can stimulate their imagination and make learning fun. Made to contain everything a young child can put in, this six-page double-sided book is interactive and features 12 animals. Young children can click on one of the pictures on each page to hear what the animal sounds like, find out their names, get fun facts about the animals, and information about where they live. On the side of the book is a colored star, once touched, they will hear and eventually sing one of the three educational songs in the book. The LeapFrog 100 Animals book is bilingual so kids can learn in English and Spanish. It works on two AA batteries and is easy to clean.
This bike is made for children aged one to five and grows with them. This pedal-less bike starts out as a tricycle, and as the child grows it grows into a small bike and eventually the perfect size for a big five-year-old. Made with non-toxic glues and finishes, unplanted birch and eucalyptus wood is kiln-dried. It can be used for physical activities and fantasy games.
Here’s another year-old toy that grows with them. In the beginning, they will have fun matching the mosaic with the correct layer and as they get older they will learn to match the numbers with the animals printed on each layer. The toy allows one-year-olds to work on fine motor, cognitive and problem-solving skills while in use. The layered puzzle is made from basswood plywood and can be cleaned with a damp cloth.