Playing is toddler's work. A parent's responsibility is to provide safe, educational, and affordable toys designed to foster growth, imagination, exploration, and learning. Here are our Best Toys For Toddlers:
1. Toysmith Busy Zoo Activity Center
Toysmith's Busy Zoo Activity Center provides your toddler with an entertaining, educational, and colorful toy geared to promote hand and eye coordination. This activity cube is simple enough for a 12 month old yet stimulating enough for a three year old, and grows with your child. The top of the cube consists of animals on tracks and looping wires to twirl shapes. The sides of the cube include rotating animal pictured blocks, interconnecting and spinning gears, fully functioning windows and doors, and reversible alphabet blocks. The Busy Zoo Activity Center is a great toy for any toddler's play space.
2. KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen
The KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen allows your little chef to whip up anything his or her imagination can concoct. The KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen features a speckled countertop, appliances which open and close, a cordless phone, clock with movable hands, a hanging chalkboard, a removable sink basin for easy cleanup, and ample storage space for toy food and cooking gear. KidKraft's easy to follow instructions make assembly easy as cake. KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen is made of quality, wooden construction and offers years of play for your little one.
3. Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike
The Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike is a great way for your toddler to learn the fundamentals of biking. The Skuut is pedal less and requires no training wheels. It's lightweight, birchwood construction is coated with non-toxic lacquer combined with pneumatic, pressurized rubber tires to make this bike perfect for your growing child. The Skuut offers tots the ability to learn balance and coordination necessary to graduate from a tricyle to bicycle by allowing them to "skuut." The Skuut is easy to assemble and an all around great first bike.
4. Haba Basic Building Blocks Extra-Large Starter Set
Nothing fosters hand and eye coordination or budding imaginations better than blocks and the Haba Basic Building Blocks Extra-Large Starter Set is a great investment. This 102 piece set is made of solid, natural untreated beech wood blocks ideal for hours and hours of building. The set also offers many shapes - including domes, rectangles, squares, and arches - to construct nearly everything imaginable. As an added bonus, the Haba Basic Building Blocks Extra-Large Starter set meets or exceeds safety specifications designated by U.S. and European standards.
5. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set
Kids love noise and nothing makes noise better music. The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set is a great toy geared at allowing your child (and his or her friends) to rock and roll. The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set promotes teamwork or individual creativity while allowing your little one to experiment with sound, rhythm, and composition. This 17 piece set comes complete with a wooden storage case and well crafted musical instruments including: a recorder, kazoo, harmonica, jingle stick, xylophone, castanets, and triangle. The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set provides the tools necessary to foster a love for music by allowing your toddler to make his or her own.
6. Imaginative Minds Easy PCng Toddler's PC Learning System
The Imaginative Minds Easy PCng Toddler's PC Learning System is a great learning tool for toddler's as young as 12 months and is an entertaining yet educational system for young learners. The Toddler's PC Learning System features specially designed software to encompass many levels of developmental stages and grows with your child. The unique keyboard has large colorful buttons and animated characters to improve hand and eye coordination and foster the interactive experience. The Imaginative Minds Easy PCng Toddler's PC Learning System is the first PC learning system to build upon future enjoyment and discovery, geared to challenge and teach your toddler. Additional purchase of a monitor is required.
7. Fisher Price Kid Tough Portable DVD Player
The Fisher Price Kid Tough Portable DVD Player is one of the most durable DVD players on the market. Fisher Price created the Portable DVD Player with a simple design guaranteed to entertain children, even if the system is repeatedly dropped. The DVD player features a 3.2 inch TFT color screen, four "AA" rechargeable batteries, a battery charger or wall power unit, a sturdy dual-rail DVD drive, a digital anti-skip buffer, dual grip handles, kid friendly DVD controls and DVD door, CD playing capabilities, a handle so your tot can carry the player with them easily, kick stand legs, a video output jack, and port for headphones. Fisher Price's Kid Tough Portable DVD Player will be a surefire hit among your toddling (and traveling) child!
8. KidKraft Deluxe Wood Easel
The KidKraft Deluxe Wood Easel is a great tool to allow your little Van Gogh or Picasso create fantastic works of art. The KidKraft Deluxe Wood Easel is a sturdy, durable, and well designed easel that features two patented anti spill paint cups, an easily refillable paper dispenser, whiteboard, chalkboard, and ample storage space for chalk, crayons, markers, and other equipment. Additionally, the KidKraft Deluxe Wood Easel has smooth rolling casters to allow for effortless access and is available in an expresso or natural finish to enhance any playroom or play area.
9. Play-Doh Creativity Center
The Play-Doh Creativity Center is great way to allow your toddler to pound, mash, roll, create, and explore with the modeling compound responsible for entertaining children since the 1950s. The Play-Doh Creativity Center offers 6 cans of Play-Doh and more than 45 accessories for ease in clean up and storage. The Play-Doh Creativity Center features: a lid with half molds, an activity mat, a Play-Doh Pick Up Stick Tool, a two piece mini extruder tool, 3 double sided molds, 13 cutters, 2 double sided cutters, 5 sheets of paper, 4 crayons, a plate complete with half molds, two forks, one knife, one set of Play-Doh scissors, and a garlic press certain to entertain your youngster for hours. (A saftey reminder for parents: Play-Doh contains wheat and is best suited to children ages two and up).
10. KidKraft Harley-Davidson Roaring Rocker
KidKraft paired a traditional childhood favorite, the rocker, with a modern motorcycle edge for the Harley-Davidson Roaring Rocker. The licensed Harley-Davidson Rocker makes any kid feel like they are riding a real bike. The Harley-Davidson Rocker comes with a sound chip that makes real Harley sounds and also features a leatherette seat, side mirrors, and reflector lights. This rocker also has an anchored anti-tip base and solid wood construction guaranteed to keep your tot safe as he or she rides and plays.