These top 10 sensory toys for 1 year-olds will give your baby the opportunity to explore and discover their senses. Give them a creative way to learn about different colors, feel different textures (even if it is with their tongues!), learn all about animals and the noises they make, and they will even learn about cause and effect.
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And if you were wondering…. Yes, an image shows my older daughter when she was 1-year-old! She got herself a perfect sensory “toy” and decided to make snow! It just goes to show that, very often, you can find the most engaging toy for your kids in your kitchen cabinet! (Make sure to have vacuum cleaner ready, though!)
#1-Playpen Ball Pit
This playpen ball pit is so much fun. My daughters would swim among the balls for what seemed like hours. They loved hiding, then popping their heads out of the pile of balls with a fun game of peek-a-boo. This ball pit is also a great way to teach your kiddos about color. Before you throw a ball, name the color. Your toddler will catch on quicker than you expect.
#2-Pull Along Turtle Shape Sorter
Having a shape sorter in your home is a must when you have a 1 year old. Deciding on which one to get is a whole new ballgame. This pull along turtle shape sorter is perfect. The shell comes off of the turtle so you can use the shape sorter separately from the pull along part. It is a great multi-functioning toy to have around.
#3-Garden Activity Cube
Not only is this a great sensory toy for 1 year olds, it is a great way to keep those little hands busy! There is so much to do with this garden activity cube. There are gears, a bead maze, counting blocks, abacus, and more. My daughter loved playing with the wooden creatures on the top of the cube. She even learned how to say buzz from the bee that is buzzing around on top!
#4-Toddler Music Set
Nothing is better than watching your 1-year-old bust out in song! Help them along the way with this music set for toddlers. My daughters love music! No age is too early to introduce them to song and dance. Get those little feet moving and let them make their own tunes.
#5-Hide N Squeak Eggs
Hide N Squeak Eggs are full of character! There are shapes on the bottom of each shell, which fit into their own space on the carton. The eggs squeak when you push them down and they also have adorable expressions on the outer shells. My daughter loves to mimic the faces. Her best face takes after the sleepy egg face.
#6-Busy Poppin’ Pals
Animals and toddlers. They go hand in hand. I have a lot of memories with my girls teaching them all of the different sounds animals make. This busy poppin’ pals toy will help you teach your kiddos animal noises, but it also teaches cause and effect. When you push, turn, or twist the buttons on the toy an animal pops up. It is a great way to put a few smiles on baby’s face.
#7-Clack and Slide Activity Ball
This clack and slide activity ball is a great toy to take with you when you are on the go. The rings and toys slide along a maze of rods. There is a frog in the middle of the toy (another way to teach more animal sounds!) and there is a ball that is full of smaller balls that make a sound that will keep your kiddo busy.
#8-Flow N’ Fill Spout
Give bath time a little pick me up with this flow n’ fill spout. Stack up the cups and let the water overflow as it sets off the spinner. This is another great cause and effect toy. My girls love filling up the cups. They try to catch the overflow of water as it spills over the edges.
#9-Natural Rubber Sensory Ball
Toddlers love to play with balls. Learning to play catch and throwing a ball creates a way for toddlers to learn hand eye coordination and it also introduces them to taking turns. This natural rubber sensory ball is a bit unique though because it has a rainbow of colors along with different textures for baby to explore. I was also happy to know that this ball is made out of food grade rubber, so I had no problems with my daughter gnawing on this toy.
This book, Tails, is full of catchy rhymes, animals, and their tails! There are so many textures to discover! The bumpy alligator tail and furry tiger tail provides a creative way for your toddler to learn about animals and how their tails feel. I know your toddler will love this book as much as my daughters have.
These sensory toys for 1-year-olds will help your toddler develop their senses. Do you have any sensory toys to add to our list? Feel free to share with us!
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.