Birthday Presents for Children: Gift Ideas for 1 Year Olds

Not sure what toys to buy for a one year-old? Read on for some tips and suggestions from the Good Toy Guide experts!

 These are some examples of toys that a child of this age may enjoy, but please remember that every child is unique and has a preference for different toys and brands.

Construction Toys

Building towers and knocking them over again and again is lots of fun for children at this age and is developmentally fabulous. It opens up opportunities to learn about colours and counting, and each time the blocks get stacked, their motor control will be that little bit more sophisticated.

One of our favourite construction toys for this age is the Smart Magnetic Discovery set – using the colourful magnetic pieces children can easily put together all sorts of shapes and structures.

More construction toys for 1 year olds

High Chair Toys

Toys that clip or stick onto their high chair can be great at distracting and keeping children’s attention at mealtimes, facilitating balanced healthy meals and helping babies to enjoy family meals.

Campbell Books have a range of first baby books called Buggy Buddies that have a handy strap to attach to a high chair. Some also have a built in rattle which children love! Playing with books helps nurture an interest in reading later on.


Sit on toys where feet are just touching the floor enable children to push themselves along, strengthening leg muscles and core stability, improving balance, concentration and coordination.

We like the yetiZOO ride ons which come in two designs – an elephant or a hippo – and even have a secret compartment to store toys in as your little one travels around.

More toys to encourage 1 year old physical development

Interactive Toys

There are so many toys on the market that provide your child with interaction, such as buttons that when pressed provide sounds or light up, and children like learning that they can create an effect by pressing a button or making a particular movement.

The Lil’ Ocean Explorers range from Little Tikes has some wonderful interactive and stimulating toys, such as the Ball Chase Octopus. When we tested this there was lots of giggling and squealing as children chased after the colourful balls launched by the octopus.

Shape Sorters

Shape sorters are great at getting the brain to think, problem solve and to learn the different shapes. They provide children with a challenge that is achievable and help them to learn through the ‘trial and error’ process.

The Playmobil 1. 2. 3. Truck with Garage is a clever toy that not only has a built in shape sorter but also a truck that children loved driving around.

Bath Toys

Bath toys can bring many benefits and educational opportunities (floating, sinking and how materials change when they get wet). From the traditional rubber duck and other floating animals to wall-mounted activity centres, they can all help make bath time a favourite part of the day.

The VTech Sing and Splash Fish has lights and sound effects to get your little one’s attention, and has a chunky handle to make it easy for them to fill the fish with water and pour it out again.

More bath toys for 1 year olds

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Page updated: December 2015

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