When a boy turns one, he is like a sponge! He’s exploring everything with a burning curiosity and his busy mind and hands. He needs activities that stimulate safe play and adventure, and it’s a bonus when toys introduce concepts like colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. When shopping for your little man, be sure to consider age-appropriate toys that allow him to adventure and grow safely. Here are some of our favorites:
27 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Old Boys
1. Fisher-Price Bright Beats and Dance BeatBo — $$$
Get your little guy grooving with BeatBo, the animatronic, musical robot that encourages movement and dance! Bright colors and lights will gain your child’s attention as they learn music, movement, interaction, and singing. Watch as your child grows with BeatBo’s three different modes: Dance & Move will have him bopping to the beat, Learning & Games introduces the alphabet, and Sing-Along let’s him record a phrase that BeatBo turns into a song. Touching BeatBo’s colorful tummy or the buttons on his feet make him react, teaching your child cause and effect.
2. B. Toys Drumroll Please — $$
Music is the universal language! Start your child off with several different vibrant musical instruments as part of this drum kit. The drum doubles as convenient storage for a castanet, whistle, egg shaker, tambourine, and two drum sticks. Your child can explore the many sounds each instrument makes while enjoying the bright colors and different textures of every piece. This toy will train his musical ear, encourage hand-eye coordination, and highlight sensory development.
3. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Mouse Magical Wonderland — $$
When innovative VTech partners with always popular Mickey Mouse, you’ve got a winner! The VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles ride on an interactive track, making sounds, saying phrases, and playing music as they go. This Mickey Mouse Magical Wonderland features an interactive Mickey Mouse vehicle, a castle, and a moving ferris wheel and gears. The car plays three sing-alongs and six melodies for your child to enjoy. This VTech track can combine with others.
4. Fat Brain Toys pipSquigz — $
These bright, colorful, award-winning suction toys will keep your 1-year-old’s attention almost anywhere! Stick these silly shapes to nearly any surface. Children love to hear the rattle of each pipSquigz and the “Pop!” as the suction cups are pulled apart. Each piece is textured, stimulating your child’s sense of touch with bumps, waves, and ridges.These toys are small enough to grab on the go, and the durable, BPA-free silicone holds up well in the dishwasher.
5. Milliard Soft Foam Toddler Stairs and Ramp Climber Gym Toy — $$$
It’s inevitable that your 1-year-old will start climbing on everything! Encourage safe exploration and movement with this soft stair and ramp set. The two pieces can be used separately or securely connected. The step is less than a foot high, allowing for plenty of movement without worrying about your child falling. The ramp makes a perfect indoor slide. Foam on the interior is soft but firm, and the exterior vinyl cover is easy to clean with soap and water.
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Birthday gifts for 1-Year-Old Boys
1. Obuby Sprinkler and Splash Play Mat — $
Especially fun for those spring and summer birthdays, the Sprinkler and Splash Play Mat brings a little water park joy right to your backyard! The durable play mat plugs into a standard garden hose, shooting streams of water in the air and turning the mat into a wading pool. By changing the water pressure on the hose, you can adjust the height of the water spray. The playfully designed 60-inch mat keeps your child’s feet cool and safe from debris on the ground, while they enjoy splashing around in the water.
2. ALEX Toys Discover My Busy Town Wooden Activity Cube — $$$
Your baby will stay engaged all day with the activities featured in the five-sided Busy Town Cube! Open, slide, twist, push, and turn the pieces on this sturdy wooden base to reveal new fun on every side. This award-winning toy promotes visual and tactile learning in growing children. Games include peek-a-boo doors, a curvy bead maze, zigzag racing cars, alphabet tiles, animal matching, and more.
3. UTEX Space Astronaut Kids Play Tent — $$
Deliver an out-of-this-world experience for your child with this space-themed play tunnel and tent combo! The three-piece set includes a “castle” tent, crawling tunnel, and square tent that are easily connected together for hours of indoor or outdoor fun. Your 1-year-old can safely enjoy exploring the planets with astronaut friends in his play tent as he crawls back and forth. For added fun, you can turn the tent into a ball pit with separately purchased plastic balls. The tents and tunnel are easily disassembled and folded for storage.
4. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe — $$
This toy car is a classic that will have mom and dad reminiscing! This vehicle has retained many of the features that parents love with a few updates. A handle in the back allows parents to help steer younger children. Parents can remove the floorboard so their child can move the car as they grow. The wheels are durable and rotate 360 degrees. The vehicle features a smiling face and has a high seat back, a realistic steering wheel, horn, and gas cap, as well as a storage space in the back.
5. Radio Flyer Classic Wagon Walker — $$$
Ready, set, go! At 1 year old, whether you’re ready or not, your child is off and moving. The Radio Flyer Classic Wagon Walker puts a trusted name behind a durable toy that helps your child safely learn to master his steps. A resist-push handle gets him comfortable pushing and strolling, while a rubber bumper on the other side saves your furniture and home from wear and tear as he learns to steer. This award-winning wagon has a timeless look with its removable wooden sides and classic red wooden body.
6. Step2 Splash and Scoop Bay Sand and Water Table — $$
Gift your little guy with the fun and feel of the beach in his own backyard with this sand and water table! The two-sided table encourages sensory and social play as your child and his friends splash on one side and scoop sand on the other. Your child will watch as water flows down the water slide, then learn how to build and break designs in the sand. The table comes with the table base, a lid, and five accessories. An umbrella can be purchased separately.
Gifts under $25 for 1-Year-Old Boys
1. VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck — $
This truck will entertain your child for hours! The interactive vehicle introduces him to numbers as it counts aloud the brightly colored balls he dumps into the truck. He can watch as the balls roll into the bucket, then lift the lever to dump out his load. Three buttons on the side play different music and phrases, teaching him about colors and tools. As he steadies himself on his feet, he can pull the truck along for more adventures.
2. VTech Kids Drum Kit — $
Let your little one rock out with this creative and educational drum set. The electronic set includes two sticks to tap the light-up drum pads and cymbal. He can choose from four different types of music and nine preprogrammed melodies. With four settings, your child can learn numbers or letters, follow patterns, or choose freestyle to play his own music. Great bonus for parents—the drums have a volume button and also conserve power by automatically shutting off when not in use.
3. Battat Combo Set - Phone and Keys — $
Kids always seem to gravitate toward mommy and daddy’s keys and cell phone. Just give in already, and give your child his own! These vibrant, chunky, child-like versions of car keys and a cell light up and make realistic sounds for great pretend play. Watch as he mimics your moves by starting the car and talking to family! These toys are soft and safe with a low volume that makes it tolerable for parents.
4. EduShape Sensory Balls — $
Simple toys are sometimes the best. This four set of bumpy, translucent sensory balls will keep your child engaged as he holds, rolls, throws, and bounces them around. Watch your child learn concepts like cause and effect, logic, and reasoning. Plus, help him to learn colors as he plays. These inflatable balls are durable and BPA free.
5. Melissa and Doug Sound Puzzle — $
Puzzles are a fantastic way for toddlers to learn patience and coordination. Doing puzzles with sounds helps them associate sounds with the correct image, too! These chunky wooden sound puzzles feature farm animals, vehicles, or musical instruments. As kids put the right piece in the right spot, the wooden shape will, for example, “moo” or “choo choo.”
6. ALEX Rub A Dub Draw in the Tub Bath Crayons — $
Sometimes, a midday bath is just enough to switch things up for some fun in the house. A set of bathtub crayons lets kids scribble, draw, splash, erase, and recreate while their fingers and toes get wrinkly. The colors are bright, the crayons are easy to hold, and the set comes with a rubber ducky sponge to wipe the tub clean. Let your child turn the bathtub into his artistic creation!
Educational gifts for 1-Year-Old Boys
1. Best Learning - Stack and Learn Activity — $$
Best Learning gives the classic stack toy a twist by adding a new educational dimension. As your child learns how to stack rings in the right order, they also can choose from one of three modes to learn about colors, animals, and numbers. As the order of the rings change, so do the songs and sounds. This simple but educational toy encourages hand-eye coordination, logical thinking, creativity, and concentration.
2. Hape Pound and Tap Bench — $$
Hape combined two favorite tot toys into one with this Pound and Tap Bench. Along the top, your child can use the included hammer to tap three colorful balls through the holes. As they come down, the balls land on the keys of a xylophone. If your child prefers to make his own music, he can easily play the xylophone keys himself. This award-winning toy encourages children to explore music and teaches them fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, cause and effect, and more.
3. LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book — $
LeapFrog provides excellent, age-appropriate educational toys for young children, and this book is no exception. Introduce your child to his first 100 words with Turtle, Tiger, and Monkey friends. The words cover categories like animals, mealtime, colors, opposites, outside, and more. To hear the word, a child simply touches it. This interactive book also plays songs, sound effects, and fun facts.
4. Mega Blocks ABC Musical Train — $
Start his building blocks set with this basic Mega Blocks ABC Musical Train! The 50-piece set teaches your child how to build and develop his motor skills. The colorful blocks highlight the alphabet, while the train’s smoke stack plays songs and makes realistic noises. This is a great starter set for your child, which can be expanded with other Mega Blocks sets.
5. VTech Care for Me Learning Carrier Toy — $$
Learning to care for a pet is a big responsibility! Teach your child early with this pet carrier toy. The puppy carrier allows him to pretend he owns and cares for a pet by feeding, combing, and playing with his plush dog. Several large, chunky buttons on the outside of the carrier light up and introduce him to more than 100 songs, the alphabet, colors, shapes, and pet care tips.
6. TOMY John Deere Barnyard Shape Sorter — $
Find the John Deere and push it through the correct shape on the barnyard! This adorably designed carry-along barn includes 14 different farm-themed shapes. Your child will learn skills like shape recognition and hand-eye coordination as he discovers where each piece fits. The farm shapes and animals are a great way to explore farm animal sounds and chores, too!
Christmas and Holiday gifts for 1-Year-Old Boys
1. Little Tikes Rocking Horse — $$
Rethinking the traditional wooden rocking horse, Little Tikes developed a classic, lightweight, plastic rocking horse designed for your child to safely play and learn to balance. The handles are easy to grip and the seat is low to the ground. This toy also got a modern makeover with its online interaction, allowing your child to go on adventures with his horse through the Little Tikes Play Big Skill on Amazon’s Alexa.
2. Little People Fisher Price Friendly School — $
Little People open up a big and exciting world for your child with innovative, real-life play. This school will introduce him to all the fun to come in a real school environment. Open up the building to discover a classroom, cafeteria, and playground. Hear songs, phrases, and realistic school sounds. Use a working metal bell, clock, and abacus. The school comes with two figures and folds in half for easy storage.
3. Melissa and Doug Jungle Activity Table — $$
Twist, turn, and slide the brightly designed animals featured on this jungle-themed play table. With eight different activities, your child will develop fine motor skills while enjoying the table’s engaging design. Melissa and Doug is known for offering quality products that help children learn and discover in the early years of childhood play. This sturdy wooden table is built to last.
4. Melissa and Doug Pull Back Vehicles — $$
It’s almost universal—little boys love cars and trucks. These cheerful pull-back vehicles are perfect for a 1-year-old to let go and chase. The four vehicles—a car, bus, police car, and fire truck—are soft, light, and easy to use. Watch as he quickly discovers how to operate his new vehicles and learns sensory, fine, and gross motor skills.
The best toys for 1-year-old boys introduce easy-to-grasp concepts that allow his mind to develop and grow. Interactive toys with multiple functions will keep him engaged and learning. As he learns, it’s always important to remember he will adventure with little understanding of safety, so it’s important to stick with age-appropriate toys that avoid small pieces or other safety concerns. This list is sure to keep him busy, engaged, and curious!