The first year in every baby’s life is tough. It is hard getting accustomed to being out here! Help your baby along the way with these top 10 toys that promote fine motor skills for 1-year-olds.
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In the first year, our babies are usually standing, starting to use tools correctly, and even helping turn the pages of a storybook. Our little ones need some fun ways to help reinforce the use of their hands so they can use a spoon by themselves at some point and even brush their own hair. I have put together the top 10 toys that promote fine motor skills for 1-year-olds so you, too, can help your baby learn about the world around them.
#1 – Ball, Drop and Roll
A simple looking tower is what makes up the ball, drop and roll toy. The bright colors are definitely eye-catching and will keep even the most distracted child occupied. My girls had a lot of fun with this one.
#2 – Buckle Toy
“Blu” the Whale has 6 child-friendly child buckles to help develop the use of fingers without a pinch hazard. He is so cute with a little storage pouch in his mouth for your kids favorite small toy. Blu is covered in numbers and shapes so he can also teach the little ones early math and counting!
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#3 – Animal Friends Discovery Treehouse
Introduce cause and effect with the Animal Friends Discovery Treehouse. Hands-on activities allow for a lot of different experiences for baby. My girls love the peek-a-boo giraffe.
#4 – Boppin Bugs
How cute are the Boppin Bugs? The fun pop-up toy makes fun sounds and has 4 of cutest little bugs. It requires no batteries, and is simple enough for hours of fun, while helping your kiddo learn how to use his or her hands!
#5 – Rhyme and Discover Book
I love the Rhyme and Discover book! It was so much fun to read with my girls and they loved playing with all of the little slides and light up and animals. You definitely want to check this one out!
#6 – Activity Cube
The activity cube is one of my favorites on this list. There’s just so many things that the little ones can play with and be entertained with. The activity cube is one of the best on this list for that reason and because every activity promotes fine motor skills.
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#7 – Blocks and Rock Stack
Shape sorting toys like the blocks that come with the blocks and rock stack bundle are great toys for kids to learn how to use their hands. The rock stack is fun too, trying to get the rings on the peg is great fun. My girls have one similar to this one, but not as brightly colored.
#8 – Bead Maze
I love toys like this. The bead maze offers MANY different activities to enjoy. Your kiddo can play with the beads on top, the numbers on the side, and even an abacus! I highly recommend this one!
#9 – Skwish Rattle and Teether
Check out the Skwish Rattle and Teether. This toy is actually really fun. I sometimes catch myself fiddling with it when the girls are not playing with it. The way it moves is sort of mesmerizing. It doubles as a teether too, so that is even better!
#10 – Musical Activity Cube
This is the be-all end-all fine motor skill building toy. The musical activity cube includes a total of 15 functions! It lights up, plays music, and my girls are STILL using it to this day! I have definitely saved the best for last.
The first year of a baby’s life is full of so many milestones. From standing on their own, maybe even taking a few steps, to starting to use daily items by themselves. The top 10 toys that promote fine motor skills for 1-year-olds that have been shared with you here are designed to help with just that. We can all have a hand in helping our kids learn about using their hands in a fun yet productive way.
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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.