After 1 year old, children are explorers. Fueled by curiosity and wonder, toddlers also possess the physical skills that make it easy for them to play and learn. A busy toddler needs toys for physical play — walking, climbing, pushing and riding — and ones that encourage experimentation and manipulation. At this age, children imitate adults and enjoy props that help them master life skills.
Good toys for over 1 year old toddlers
Nesting cups or boxes
Push- or pull-toys that make noise or have pieces that pop up or move
Hammering sets that let kids hammer pegs or balls through holes
Simple, sturdy musical instruments like tambourines, drums, or maracas
Large play vehicles, such as a school bus or a fire engine, plus plastic people that ride in them