Let’s be honest. The FIRST birthday is just about the best for PARENTS! Yes, it really is all about us. The kids would be content with a box and the wrapping paper. No presents really needed.
BUT, we do of course like to get our kids something special to celebrate the occasion. At our household, we like to aim for
Grandparents and other family members add to the gifts too! So what would I recommend?
When I look for toys I really take the time to get something that is well made and will last longer than a few months. I really prefer open ended toys that allow for many play possibilities. Here are my top 10 pics for THE BIG one year old gift!
Best Birthday Gifts for One Year Old’s
1. A push toy that does more than push. I love this one as it can also carry a load of toys. Push toys are great for developing gross motor skills and encouraging movement. Push toy + Load of Books = AWESOME 1 year old gift!
2. A Kitchen Playset. This is the one we got for our kids. It has held up well and my 1 year old LOVES it (even though it is recommended for 36 months) He pretends to cook with it every day. My 4 year old and 7 year old also play with it too, so it will last for many years to come! It also doesn’t take up as much space as some of the plastic ones, but still has quite a few doors for storage. The Step 2 one is another favorite!
5. A Water Table: This is great for sensory play, fine and gross motor with an endless possibility for problem solving, creative play, and vocabulary development. It is also a great “big” gift for a relatively low price. These make for fun water play on hot summer days!
6. Wooden Shape Sorter. These are great for starting to teach shapes and colors as well as fine motor skills. My kids all started throwing and dumping at 1, but using them more as they were designed towards age 2.
7. Nesting Blocks: My cardboard set of nesting blocks were a gift to my first baby. She is now 7 years old. 3 kids later, my set of nesting blocks is still going strong with lots of play. In addition to numbers and colors, this toy also teaches stacking and shape differences. My kids use them for other things too, and the cubes are often turned on their sides and used as garages for cars.
8. Musical Instruments. Starting kids listening to and making music from an early age can have vocabulary and rhythm benefits. Although kids can make music with their hands, a pot and a wooden spoon, and home-made instruments, it is fun to have some real instruments for them to explore and play with as well. Want ideas on how to start making music with your young child? Here is a great article on making music every day.
9. Bath Toys At my house, cups are great bath toys, but we had so much fun with the bath toys that the grandparents sent us, that I am adding them to my top 10 list. These are toys that will not be used for a long time, but are fun to have.
10. BOOKS! I know we have a lot already, but there are so many wonderful books out there and our kids NEED to be reading every day. Here are some of our FAVORITES for 1 year olds.
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