If you’re lucky enough to have an infant that is approaching the oh-so-special 1 year mark, then get ready. The first birthday is an iconic moment in a child’s life, even if they aren’t going to personally remember it. What will last is the physical, mental, and emotional lessons that kids get from play, so choosing the right toy becomes both the joy and responsibility of any good parent.
Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or something else entirely, the gifts we give to 1-year old boys are the ones that will provide the foundation to their play habits throughout childhood. Do you go for the musical toy xylophone, hoping that you have a young Mozart on your hands? Or would a fun bath toy be more helpful for mom?
We’ve set out to highlight 50 of the best toys and gifts for 1-year old boys, and after a significant amount of poking, prodding, and pondering, we’re prepared to share the results. After the review, we’re offering up a comprehensive guide detailing what it really takes to shop for a 1-year old, so be sure to stick around.
Unique Toys & Gift Ideas For 1 Year Old Boys
Here’s a toy that is ready to kick up some real fun around the playroom. The Fischer-Price Singin’ Soccer Ball uses an internal speaker and electronic computer system to create a rocking, rolling soccer ball that is as funny as he is smart. He’ll teach your 1-year old all sorts of songs about numbers and colors, or simply enjoy a game of kickball. This little guy is soft enough to take to bed as a special companion, but sturdy enough to hold up to some vigorous playtime. The interior electronics can be easily removed so the outer portion can be washed in a standard washing machine, which is a nice touch.
Here is another toy that works as well for a 6 month old as it does for a 2 year old. The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is actually 2 toys in one. The first part is a fun and dynamic play board that features numbers, letters, buttons, sounds, and cute characters, all of which can be interacted with. Even infants will get a kick out of the simple visceral play. When your kid is ready to start walking around, however, then simply attach the play board to the folding walker, and you’ve got a mobile activity center that is also a mobility enhancer!
Your kid might have more than a few years before they are eligible to join the NBA, but it never hurts to put a rock in their hands early on and hope for the best. The Smart Shots Sports Center is an electronic toy from VTech that provides kids with a fun way to play both basketball and soccer. An on-board computer sensor counts the shots, and the points are displayed on the digital readout, just like the real thing. If the ball becomes boring, kids can interact with a slew of different sensory features, such as buttons, cranks, and electronic sounds.
If there is one thing that all kids are interested in, it is pretending to be grown ups. The VTech Turn And Learn Driver Toy is one of the coolest new toddler-focused simulation driving toys on the market. With tone of different color buttons, shifting sticks, and flicking levers, your child will never run out of things to do with this awesome floor-standing activity board. A set of built-in songs, sounds, and phrases can either teach your kid about animals, or simply provide the background music for a make-believe drive through the countryside.
It doesn’t take much to keep a 1 year old boy entertained, but bright colors, moving parts, and mesmerizing motions go a long way to keeping them engaged. The Wonder Wheel Activity Center is a ballet of motion and color, offering a psychedelic spinning wheel with multiple spinners mounted inside of it. The base plate features a series of loosely connected rings that are great for occupying the fidgeting hands. The best feature, however, and one that more toys should emulate, is the suction-cup base panel that lets this toy stick firmly to the kitchen table while in use.
The Baby Einstein Wooden Piano Toy is one of our favorite musical toys of the year, not only because of its sturdy, long-lasting construction, but also because of the innovative and intuitive lesson cards that make learning and playing classic songs easier than ever. There are 6 song cards in total, each one clearly marked with color-coded notation that kids can play along with. The wooden touch-panels work like magic, with no actual ‘button’ to be pressed. Kids will be amazed at the touchpad, but also charmed by the notes and eager to make their own compositions.
Your kids very first race cars don’t need to be fancy, but they do need to be both safe enough and sturdy enough for a 1 year old kid. The Top Bright Wooden Race Ramp offers some of the best wood-based toy construction that we have seen in years, resulting in an awesome race car playset that never seems to get old. Little wooden racers that are capable of rolling in both directions will start at the top of the tower, and then with a little push proceed to descend the ramps one at a time, finally rolling out onto the floor or carpet, only to be snatched up for another turn. There are four cars included, enough for two boys to play together.
There’s nothing like a ball pit to really get the blood moving, and now, the UTEX 3-In-1 Pop Up Tent Set has arrived to offer just that, and a whole lot more. These inter-connecting segments include a play tunnel, a tent, and a cube-shaped ball pit chamber that fit together to create one of the coolest kids’ forts in existence. The whole set is built with form-molded wire so that it pops up into shape without effort, and folding it back down is a breeze. Plenty of vented windows allow for ample air flow as well as a viewing window so parents can keep an eye on things.
You’re going to need to get a pair of tiny overalls, because you 1-year old is about to take a full on tour around one of the coolest farms in the neighborhood. The Around the Farm Sound Book is a step by step walkthrough of all the most common farm animals, each one with their own realistic and charming sound. The book’s brightly illustrated pages form the left side, while a comprehensive sound panel on the right makes it possible to hear any animal at the simple press of a button. The hands-on nature of this story makes it better than just a regular book, and reading it with your kid is a surefire bonding experience.
One of the reasons that we’ve got more than one learning table on our list is because they are quickly becoming one of the most popular gift choices for one year old boys, not only because of their high multi-functionality but also because, pound for pound, they are just one of the best deals in the whole toy industry. Designed to engage the highly scattered but excited mind of toddlers and 1 year olds, these tables feature bright sights, fun sounds, and moving pieces that make the whole thing feel more like an ongoing party than a simple toy.