There are about a billion toys on the market for toddlers. In fact, a billion may be a conservative estimate. Of course your toddler probably wants them all. I know mine does. So which ones should you get? Here is a list of our favorite toddler toys, and why they are the best!
Criteria for a Favorite Toddler Toys
In order for something to make this list, I had a couple of criteria. The toys had to met all of them to make the list.
- The toddler has to love them
- They have to encourage creativity
- They have to keep the child busy and entertained for more than 30 seconds
So here is what made our list!
Play Kitchen with Play Food and Dishes
This is a total win in my book. My son loves to play kitchen and restaurant. He likes to cook imaginary meals for his stuffed animals and for our family members. Its a great creative outlet for him. It also keeps him occupied for long periods of time, which is nice when momma needs to get something done. This tops the list for us of favorite toddler toys.
Building with blocks is another great way to foster creativity in toddlers. My son loves to build all kinds of things. He builds castles, and rocket ships, and airplanes. Most of which look nothing like what they are supposed to be. However, to him, they are exactly as he imagines. The photo above is of a giant tub of mega bloks. This will keep him busy for extended periods of time. It definitely ranks on our list of favorite toddler toys.
Dollhouses / Play Houses
This is probably my son’s all time favorite on this list of favorite toddler toys. He got this for Christmas and he plays with it non-stop. If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have noticed that my son is obsessed with firefighters. I take him to classes at our local rec center and he likes to play with this one dollhouse. However, he pretends its his fire station. So when I came across this actual fire station play house, I was stoked. He will honestly play with this for hours at a time. He’s always imagining his little firefighter guys going out and rescuing people and saving the day.
Characters, Dolls, and Action Figures
These make the favorite toddler toys list for sure! You can find every variety of doll, super hero, or tv character in stores and online. These help foster my sons imagination so much. He acts out different imagined scenarios and has the figures interact with each other. As a mom, its pretty entertaining to watch. As you can see, we have quite a variety. He will bounce from one set to another and play different ways. These keep him entertained and busy, so they are a mom favorite too!
Dress Up Clothes
In my experience, kids love to pretend to be all sorts of things. If they can dress up and look the part, it just makes it that much more fun! I mentioned above that my son loves firefighters. So of course we have an outfit for him. He will run around the house putting out pretend fires and saving imaginary people for a good portion of the day. We have been renovating our house and my husband and I are always doing work. He wants to be like us, so he also has a construction outfit, complete with fully stocked tool box of plastic tools. He spends a good portion of his day pretending to fix things around the house. Old Halloween costumes can also be used for this.
Cars, Trucks, and Planes
I didn’t take a photo. Simply because there is no way I could ever fit all the cars, trucks, construction vehicles, airplanes, trains, and helicopters we own into one photo. I am not exaggerating when I say we have a massive amount of these favorite toddler toys. My son will sit and play with these for hours. Sometimes he plays with the big ones, and sometimes the matchbox sized, and sometimes the ones in between sizes. My niece loves them too. They will play construction site. Or fire rescue (because we own more firetrucks than I can count). They will race them, and park them, and run them over tracks and ramps.
These are our current favorite toddler toys…
I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments! I always am looking for things to keep my toddler entertained, and busy, learning, and imagining.
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