Toy shops can be so overwhelming! Bright colours, flashing lights, loud noises… All the toys look like they can grab a one-year-old’s attention, but which ones will hold it longer than it takes to open the box?
Blocks can be used in a variety of ways. You can build towers, knock them down, sort blocks by colour, build a doll house, put blocks into boxes, take them out and then put them in again. My first child got a set of big blocks for his first birthday. Two children and 6 years later, the blocks are still around and the kids are still playing with them.
I’m yet to meet a little child (boy or girl) who doesn’t like toy strollers. Even if the one-year-old you’re buying it for is not a confident walker yet, soon he will be. Children love pushing dolls and teddy bears around. It also encourages them to walk with their parents without getting distracted too much, once they hit that cute stage of refusing to sit in their own stroller.
A tricycle can be an exciting progression from the pram. Choose a tricycle that can be adjusted as the child grows and will be used for several years. A trike for a one-year-old will have a push bar and a safety belt or harness. Later the bar can be removed as the child turns into an independent trike rider.
Toy kitchen items
Kids like imitating what the adults around them are doing, and a safe place of their own where they can practice cooking can provide hours of indoor entertainment. Depending on your budget, you can choose a complete toy kitchen or a set of plates, pots and utensils.
A fun way for a one-year-old to learn about shapes is to try putting items through matching holes. There is a wide variety of shape sorting toys out there – it can be a bucket with a lid, a puzzle board or even something that flashes and makes sounds when the child finds the right hole.
Babies love reading with their parents, but they go through a lot of books fast, so you can never have too many of them. Choose board books, which have a better chance of lasting for a while, with bright pictures to stimulate the child’s interest.
Ask the parents
If you’re stuck for gift ideas, it’s always ok to ask the parents. They know their child best and will be able to give you good advice. It will still be a surprise for the one-year-old!
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By Tatiana Apostolova