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Toys for 1 Year Olds Buying Guide
Once he gets on his feet, your toddler will always be on the go! His world is much bigger now that he can walk, run and ride. There will be a few spills and bruised elbows for the new pedestrian, but exploring is well worth the trouble.
Twelve to Twenty-Four Months
Kids need toys that interest them and stereotypes don't matter. Everyone can benefit from playing with dolls or blocks! But if you need some inspiration, or don't know what a child's specific interests are, shopping by gender can narrow down the options.
Although there is little gender differentiation between toys for 1 year old boys and girls, both genders will likely prefer playing with dolls and animals with which they can identify as their own gender. You can view our best selling toys for girls or boys by selecting the gender and "most popular" from the drop down menu on the green bar in the center of the page.
Your toddler is beginning to recognize different emotions like anger, happiness, jealousy and sadness. You can talk about these new experiences through play! Help him understand what he's feeling by acting out different emotions together. Brainstorm times in the past when he felt angry or happy and think about future situations where those feelings might come up again. Let him know that the two of you share common feelings in many situations.
Toddlers love filling containers and dumping out the contents. Choose objects that he likes and let him put them in a bucket. When he's ready he'll probably dump them on the ground and start all over again! Activities like this will help him improve his dexterity, coordination and vocabulary.
Hiding is a favorite toddler game. Children usually develop object permanence, the understanding that people and objects still exist when they are out of sight, sometime between four and twelve months old. Like peek-a-boo, hide and seek games delight young children because they expect the hidden thing to be revealed. There are lots of ways to incorporate hiding into play. In the morning, you and your toddler can take turns hiding under the sheets and then popping out. You can wrap him up in a blanket or towel and carry him to another room for a surprise when he emerges. Another fun hiding game is, "Hot and Cold. To play, hide something and give your toddler clues like "warmer", "colder" and "on fire" as he draws near the objects or moves away from it.
Building blocks can be used for structured play. When you toddler is alert and relaxed, try setting up simple structures with blocks and ask him to copy them. Then let him set up some patterns for you to copy. This type of play will help him develop logic and problem solving skills.
Although playing together is fun and rewarding for both of you, it's important to give your toddler plenty of time for unstructured play so that he can make his own discoveries!
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