Top Toys for Toddlers

Here is a list of the top toys for toddlers, including the most educational, safe, innovative, and fun toddler toys. We create our list based on safety, educational value, and overall reviews. So if you want to find the best products, then take a look at our list below.

Childhood can be hard work; for toddlers, playing is the most important job. Through play, they build their muscles, develop essential skills, practice social interaction, create different worlds, and stretch their minds. Toddlers are renowned for being non-stop action machines – they can be destructive, rough, sweet, and gentle all in the same play session. Their toys need to be able to keep up with these dynamic little kids and their changing moods and needs. The best toddler toys are versatile, durable, and ready for action.

Best Toys for Toddlers

thinkfun roll & play
ThinkFun Roll & Play

Educational game created just for toddlers.

jake's musical pirate ship
Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship

Bestselling playset from Jake and The Never Land Pirates.

tegu blocks
Tegu Blocks

Magnetic wooden blocks that kids of all ages will fall in love with.

buckleyboo
BuckleyBoo

Developmental plush for toddlers.

poppin play piano
Poppin Play Piano

Popular new musical toy from LeapFrog.

p'kolino art easel
P’Kolino Art Easel

Revolutionary new art easel for kids.

tumblin chuck
Tumblin Chuck

Chuck has learned some new tricks.

cogsley
Vtech Cogsley

The exceptionally friendly robot for educational play.

What’s New

lol elmo
LOL Elmo

Elmo is back and thistime he is doing more than just giggling.

alphazoo spinner
AlphaZoo Spinner

Teach your toddler their ABCs in a new unique, entertaining way.

green toys sea plane
Green Toys Sea Plane

NEW Sea Plane from your favorite eco-friendly toy maker.

plui
Plui

One of the coolest new bath toys for toddlers.

duplo read and build
Duplo Read & Build

Finally… Reading and building combined.

stride to ride puppy
Stride-to-Ride Puppy

So many toys in one! Ride it, walk with it and learn.

servin surprises kitchen
Servin Surprises Kitchen

Interactive pretend play center that can be also used as a table.

ballapalooza
Ballapalooza

NEW Cruise and Groove playset from Fisher-Price.

thomas and friends quarry climb
Thomas & Friends Quarry Climb

One of the most affordable and durable train playsets for toddlers.

tranquil turtle
Tranquil Turtle

Soothe your little one to sleep with the new addition to the Cloud B line.

mega bloks first builders
Mega Bloks First Builders

Great durable building blocks.

loops n swoops
Wheelies Loops ‘n Swoops

An awesome new amusement park for Little People Wheelies.

doodle roll
Doodle Roll

Endless drawing, coloring and doodling.

wobble deck extreme
Wobble Deck Extreme

New version of the classic balance toy.

team umizoomi car
Team Umizoomi Car

Great RC car for toddlers and Umizoomi fans.

skootcase
Skootcase

RIding toy and storage combined.

magnetic gear board
Magnetic Gear Board

Melissa & Doug toy that helps your child develop dexerity and problem solving.

letter factory phonics
Letter Factory Phonics

NEW educational toy from LeapFrog.

eco-bonk
Eco-Bonk

Inflatable toy that is eco-friendly and supports a good cause.

kid o magnatab
Kid O Magnatab

Teach them to write lowercase letters with this unique magnetic board.

All-Time Favorites

trunki
Melissa & Doug Trunki

Ride-on toy, luggage and toy storage all-in-one!

Kid O Go Car
Kid O Go Car

One of our favorite toy vehicles of all-time for younger children.

mini kick
Mini Kick Scooter

All-time favorite scooter for toddlers.

up and down coaster
Up & Down Coaster

They will want to go again, and again, and again…

chunky puzzle
Chunky Wooden Puzzles

Very popular chunky wooden puzzles from Melissa & Doug.

easyscore basketball
EasyScore Basketball

Classic basketball set from Little Tikes.

drillin action tool set
Drillin’ Action Tool Set

The perfect fun & safe construction set for toddlers.

baby stella
Baby Stella

She is safe, adorable, soft and toddler friendly.

kidobilibo
Kid-O Bilibo

How will your child play with their Bilibo?

live butterfly garden
Live Butterfly Garden

Interact with nature anytime of the year.

my first dollhouse
My First Dollhouse

Fisher-Price’s bestselling dollhouse for toddlers.

radio flyer tricycle
Radio Flyer Tricycle

THE first tricycle to get your child from a brand we trust.

scribble and write
Scribble and Write

Teach your toddler shapes, uppercase and lowercase letters.

stomp rocket jr
Stomp Rocket Jr.

Get rid of their excess energy with this fun air-powered outdoor rocket toy.

kidoozie my first purse
Kidoozie My First Purse

Popular pretend play set.

inchimals
Inchimals

THE best way to teach measurements.

reptangles
Reptangles

The most unique building toys for toddlers.

bounceback racer
RC Bounceback Racer

It flips and keeps on going.

lil movers airplane
Lil’ Movers Airplane

Popular Little People playset from Fisher-Price.

everearth junior racer
Everearth Junior Racer

One of our favorite wooden toy car sets that your toddler will never get tired of.

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Get them up and moving!

What to Look for in the Best Toddler Toys

So what are the best toddler toys to keep up with your energetic whirlwind of a child? When looking for toys for toddlers, keep the following qualities in mind:

Learning and Developmental Opportunities

The best toys for toddlers offer opportunities for them to expand their physical and/or mental skills. Toddlers need a great deal of stimulation. While they are capable of entertaining themselves with running around the yard or playing with dirt, they should also have access to toys that allow them to pretend, use their motor skills, develop better hand-eye coordination, practice socialization, learn independent play, develop pre-reading skills, and much more. It seems like a tall order, but many of today’s top toys for toddlers are geared specifically for providing your child with these important early learning opportunities.

Versatility

Your child is a master at making the most of each and every toy he has. With a simple set of blocks, he can build bridges, towers, or doghouses. He can build, create, knock down, and start again. The top toddler toys are versatile and allow your child to explore and find a bunch of fun uses for them. He can also use them at different stages of his development. Infants can learn to grasp them, look at the colors, and (inevitably) chew on them. Toddlers can advance their play with their newly developed skills. Toddler toy items should grow with your child as much as possible: you don’t want to have to run to the toy store every week as your child learns new skills!

Durability

Another indispensable quality in a toddler toy is durability. The best toddler toys 2011 must be able to withstand any rough, tough, destructive behavior your child can dish out. Even sweet, mild-mannered children will punch, hit, kick, throw, and jump on their beloved toys. Look for quality design and materials when selecting these items; it may mean paying a little more, but in the long-run it more than works out. You can even pass the best ones on to younger siblings, family members, or friends.

Safety

Safety is a must. All the great developmental features and fun designs don’t mean much if the toddler toy is unsafe to use. As you are well aware, toddlers inflict a lot of heavy usage on their toys. Not only must they stand up to the pressure, they have to remain safe while doing it. Again, quality materials and design are important. And as we hear more and more about toy recalls and live with the nightmare of choking, lead paint, and more, it can be hard to know what is safe. The vast majority of toys are safe, if you consider the safety precautions and age recommendations. Make sure to pick age appropriate toys for your toddler and always keep an eye on him as he plays.

Price

This is a concern for every family, and spending a lot on hot toys for toddlers may not be something your family budget will allow. There is no need to worry: you can get some of the best toddler toys for very reasonable prices. Quality, learning, and fun don’t have to be expensive. This also allows you to purchase a good variety of toys, which is important for every aspect of your child’s development.

The Most Important Quality…

From your toddler point of view anyway, is fun! Don’t forget the fun. The most scientifically-engineered, teacher-tested toys won’t mean much if they don’t attract your child’s interest and keep him engaged. Toddlers learn through play, and play absolutely needs to be fun. Toy shopping with a toddler may not be the most fun activity, but at least get his input before you make purchases.

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