The toddler years of 1-2 years old are the most crucial when it comes down to learning about the world. This is when they start to develop their first memories, get acquainted with their motor skills and begin to recognize different objects, colors, and shapes.
Therefore, in this stage, you might want to give your child the best toys to learn from. They should not only have a fun factor – they should also be really educational for your young child. And of course, they should also be non-toxic, as these little kids are more likely to put stuff in their mouth due to curiosity.
Best Learning & Educational Toys And Gifts For 1 & 2 Year Old
Here are some of our top picks for awesome learning toys you might want to give to your little one(s):
For those who love a musical xylophone and an activity bench, the Hape Pound & Tap Bench is a good choice. It has bright colors that will enhance your child’s way of determining various colors and the sounds of the xylophone and keyboard will definitely captivate them.
They can use the hammer to pound the balls into the holes. All the finishes that have been used in this play and tap bench are non-toxic.
As an activity cube for kids, this one comes with different learning aspects such as the different occupations, the letters of the alphabet, the corresponding pictures or objects that begin with different letters and a uniquely-shaped abacus on top.
The cube measures 12 x 12 x 16 inches so it is easy to carry for most kids and parents. There are also matching animal games as well as a racing roller game on the side.
For those with a penchant for building things, this set comes with a total of 80 building blocks that will let your child’s imagination grow and expand. Watch them build their own towers and even topple them down just for fun if they wish.
The blocks come in a handy bag with a holder on top for ease of carrying anywhere. What’s more, all the content in the bag (and the bag itself) are PVC-free for your child’s safety.
A great gift for kids who want to make noise or percussion music, this set comes in a very colorful design of different insects, such as the jingle bell ants, centipede drumsticks, caterpillar tambourine, busy bee maraca and clacker and shakers in the form of eggs.
The container itself is a drum so you can use the drumsticks to play with it. There’s a carry strap as well so you can bring it with you anywhere.
This awesome and colorful puzzle will definitely make your child’s day as they try to fit the simple animal shapes onto the corresponding spots. The pieces included are jungle friends – a giraffe, a lion and an elephant.
The board measures 11 x 10 inches and is sturdy enough for years to come due to the thick wooden board that’s not toxic for your child. The full-color design will be easily recognized by your child.
As a push and pull car toy, this one has the simplest design that is made with ABS and rubber wheels that are nontoxic for kids and do not mar or scratch the flooring. There are four colors to choose from so you can pick the best for your child’s preferences.
The bright colors and the easy push and pull mechanism will encourage hours of play with your little ones, especially when indoors.
As another push and pull toy, this one takes the shape of an elephant, but there are also other similar products with different animal designs to choose from, such as a giraffe, a zebra, and a crocodile. Made with child-safe materials, the elephant has a string that your child can pull anywhere.
It can be your child’s new friend or pet that they can take along around the house without causing stains to the flooring.
Hop on to a new learning experience with this toddler-friendly train setup with a track. There are many figures and designs in the pack such as fresh fruits and cargo, as well as passengers, so they will learn what it feels like to ride on a train.
They will also learn how to manage the different sections of the train and learn how to place miniatures. The night train setup can also be a great pretend play scenario activity.
As a wooden shaped box, this is a great choice for those who are still learning how to fit shapes properly. The given shapes have corresponding colors so that your child will easily know which shape goes to which hole (and to which pet, e.g. crocodiles or monkeys).
This zookeeper box will emulate being in a zoo and feeding the animals due to the design. What’s more, they get to enhance their hand and eye coordination and determining shapes.
Shaped like a treetop, this one is a unique activity center measuring at 22 x 18 inches of space. It comes with different colorful activities such as a mini abacus set, sliders, windows that open and close and many more!
Because of the fun design and colors, you can even add it as a décor to your nursery room or child’s bedroom, especially if you have a flower-themed or nature-themed room.
Made by Fisher-Price, this is another type of shape determining the game, by which your child needs to determine the right shape in order to fit into the holes on top of the container, such as a triangle, a circle, a star, a cross/plus and a square.
The container also has an easy to carry handle. Alongside this activity block pack, you also get a free ring toss that your child can use to stack together the different colored rings.
If you want a quick toy to mount onto anything, such as a highchair, a table or a stroller, this suction enabled station lets your child play and spin the toy with fun and exciting elements. The handle is also made with different textures so it is easy to grip for kids.
This playing and spinning station is also good for younger babies who can at least touch and spin things, which may be good for cribs as well.
As a playset that comes with a lot of curves and turns, this one is great for those who love cars and automobiles. Only 2 AAA batteries are required for the vehicle to run, and your child will have fun watching it go around the course with the twists and turns!
The interesting thing about this car station for kids is that each time the car passes, you can actually hear phrases that are triggered by the smart vehicle.
Whether it is a travel buddy, a cuddle buddy at night or simply a shaker to play with or make noise with, this cute little giraffe is not just colorful but is also full of vibrant little beads in its tummy! Because of its decent size, it is easy to hold for little kids.
The fabrics all have different textures so your child will develop their sense of touch and sensitivity to different materials and not just cotton-like fabrics.
This unique toy penguin is not just huggable – it also has 5 buckles of different colors and styles. These buckles can help your child on how to learn to do and undo buckles, which can encourage hand and eye coordination, as well as problem-solving skills.
The size of the penguin is just right at 11 x 6 inches – perfect for taking at the mall or cuddling to sleep, or even during public transport.
A toddler’s toy, this unique electronic airplane has a ton of activities for kids, such as the learning and music mode for kids to learn their ABCs and 123s with different buttons. The lights and sounds will also captivate them in pretending that it’s a real airplane!
The buttons that are easy to press, the fun colors and designs will also enhance your child’s imagination as well as cognitive skills and learning to recognize objects.
This activity center comes with a lot of lights and sounds that will captivate your child. It has singing voices, a driving area with a steering wheel, some buttons to press and some picture puzzles. The whole cube is made with no lead so it’s safe for your child to play with.
Only 3 AA batteries are needed for this activity center and lighted play area to function. There are also some switches and buttons, as well as an abacus at the top.
This cute little toy can help simulate the real driving experience in the simplest way when they grow up, especially if your kid loves cars in general. It has a steering wheel with a horn, some other standard controls as well as different sounds of vehicles that they can press on the dashboard.
There is also a side mirror to check if there are cars nearby! The lights and sounds will surely captivate your little toddler driver.
For those kids who love activity laptops, this one is simple and easy to learn with its typing keyboard that will enhance your child’s spelling skills as well as learn all about the alphabet. It will also teach children how to properly position their fingers when they are typing on a keyboard.
The animated pictures of the different animals that are on the screen will captivate your child as they learn the alphabet.
This activity book is more than just an activity book – it has sounds that will get your child interested! It has some different nursery rhymes as well as movable pieces that your child can play with. You can turn the sound on or off with the switch as well.
The characters o the side of the book can also light up, which can possibly make your child excited to learn about the different animals.
If you are looking for fun ref magnets, these are great choices for your kid. This set comes in 20 pieces of different animals that your child can mix and match on magnetic surfaces, other than your fridge. They can be easily stored in the box when no longer in use and you can take them with you anywhere.
All of the animals in the fridge magnets are drawn in a colorful way so they will be easy to recognize for your little toddler.
If your child wants to play basketball at home that’s much like the machines in the arcade, this score counting basketball hoop setup counts how many points your child made! There are also fun pictures around the scoreboard to help encourage your child on playing.
The sports center is also more than just for basketball – there is also a mini goal underneath that you can also use for scoring a goal on soccer!
For those with kids who can already sit and stand easily, this is a good choice for them, especially if they like roaming around the house and bringing their toys with them. This bring-along activity center comes with a musical keyboard, some spinning gears, animal sounds, shapes, a telephone and much more!
The colorful display of lights and sounds are great activity toys for your kids to learn hand and eye coordination. The wheels also work well on carpeted floors.
As a small Ferris wheel, this one comes with three cute characters and a speaker that plays different sounds, voices, and music for your baby or child to learn. It can teach them colors, numbers, and even animals. The lights will also captivate your child to playing with this toy.
What’s more, the Ferris wheel has some shaker balls inside, so it can make a noise when it spins around. Only 2 AAA batteries are required for it to run.
As an interactive book for kids, this one can teach them about the different animals, other than just the elephant. There are a total of 150 songs that your child can play on this activity book, plus a ton of buttons to learn about the different animals.
There is also piano sounds present when you press on the keys. The colorful pictures will also definitely keep your little ones interested in learning.
Yet another great activity center for kids, this one comes with a lot of classic children’s tunes and nursery rhymes that they can play. The table is also of child level so it is easy to reach for kids. There are a ton of shapes, colors, letters, and numbers that they can play with and learn from.
The keys on the keyboard will enhance their musical side while the shapes and the shakers will encourage tactile play as well as hand and eye coordination.
If your children want to have a tea party at home, this is the perfect gift for them. This kid-friendly tray comes with indentions that can be easily placed on by the different shapes of objects, such as the hexagon, heart, flower shapes and many more.
This kind of activity center helps your child to learn about the different shapes and encourages them to enhance their hand and eye coordination. It will also be a fun tea party for everyone!
Kids who love mobile phones will surely love this musical and lighting phone to take with them wherever they go. They can play up to 15 different melodies and the songs can also teach them different words, the alphabet, and counting numbers.
There are a total of 12 apps (pretend of course) that your child can select so it feels like they have a real smartphone on hand!
This funny hedgehog has spikes that are not really spikes – peg shaped pieces that can be easily taken off and put back depending on what your child prefers. These shaped pieces are safe for your kid because they are rounded on the top part.
It can enhance hand and eye coordination skills and color recognition as well. Storing the toy is also easy – all the peg pieces are easy to fit within the hedgehog.
If you have a lot of space at home, this is a sure-fire way to bring a fun activity to your kids. Only requiring 3 AAA batteries, this playmat has over 50 songs that your child can enjoy and spans 4 feet in length.
Your child can jump onto the different platforms to activate the different sound effects that will help them to learn to count. It may be useful if your child also has a playmate so they can have an indoor learning activity together.
This unique alphabet train can help your child learn their ABCs easily. It has a total of 10 activities to choose from, including numbers, letter blocks, buttons for different types of weather and even gears at the bottom.
The back compartment or cargo area comes with enough space for you to connect your preferred letter of choice! This helps them to easily identify which letter of the alphabet is which.
Overall, these learning toys are greatly recommended for kids who are 1-2 years old so that they can enhance their motor skills, hand and eye coordination, as well as learning their basic ABCs, 123s and the world around them. Which of these toys do you think is the best for your little one?