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With so many toys on the market, what qualities should you look for when choosing a great toy for a 1-year old? Walmart’s done its homework in this area by researching, checking reviews and seeking advice from experts in their field.

A baby in your life is marking a major milestone. They’re turning one! In a short year, they went from a helpless infant to showing their growing independence. The changes are remarkable, and you want to stimulate their developing mind with toys for a 1-year old that entertain and educate. You’ve found the right place!

Great Toys for a 1-Year Old:

  • Nuby Little Squirts Bath Squirters
  • LeapFrog Sorting Surprise Turtle
  • VTech Stroll and Discover Activity Walker
  • Fisher-Price Walk and Whirl Monster
  • Mega-Bloks Big Building Bag – 80 pcs.
  • Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Chase Push N’ Scoot Ride-on with Sound
  • Melissa and Doug Music Makers 7-Piece Wooden Musical Instrument Set
  • Peppa Pig George Pig Plush
  • Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Toy Car
  • The Step 2 Company Finding Dory Swim & Swirl Water Table

Nuby Little Squirts Bath SquirtersNuby Little Squirts Bath Squirters
Sized right for small hands to grasp, a collection of Little Squirts turns bath time into fun time. Squeeze and squirt streams of water at each other while baby tries to learn the name of each aquatic animal. This set of 10 bath squirters from Nuby is designed to help develop fine motor skills. (6 months and up)

LeapFrog Sorting Surprise TurtleLeapFrog Sorting Surprise Turtle
Playthings with shapes and puzzles are important for brain development, according to Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Director of the Outreach and Education division at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. “It’s this idea of containment and fitting and what goes where,” she tells New York magazine. With these learning benefits in mind, we chose this sorting surprise turtle to add to our toy list. LeapFrog’s version is a puzzle as well as a talking and singing turtle! (9 months and up)

VTech Stroll & Discover Activity WalkerVTech Stroll & Discover Activity Walker
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D. in developmental psychology tells Parents: “Look for something that requires them to be active rather than passive, and that can be used in different ways to create something new.” There are so many ways to play with this two-speed walker from VTech. The removable activity panel is great for floor play and packed with features. Five light-up piano keys introduce colours and numbers while spinning gears and a removable cell phone help develop fine motor skills. (9 months and up)

Fisher-Price Walk & Whirl MonsterFisher-Price Walk and Whirl Monster
You won’t likely find this monster under the bed! From Fisher-Price, this learning toy helps develop gross motor skills: it encourages your toddler to walk by doing all sorts of fun things as it’s pulled along. The silly monster pops up and down and spins while its skirt flutters. It features a variety of bright colours and different textures designed to help keep your little one interested as they learn and play. (1 year and up)

Mega Bloks Big Building Bag--Pink [80-Pieces]Mega Bloks Big Building Bag – 80 Pcs
Named by Good Housekeeping as one of The 20 Best Toys for 1-Year Old Kids, this big bag of colourful building pieces from Mega Bloks aims to fuel your child’s imagination as it helps develop fine motor skills. Mega Bloks are engineered to fit together and pull apart with ease. Watch your child’s creativity at work as they make crazy castles, tall towers and more! The handy storage bag makes tidying up easier, too. (1 to 5 years)

Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Chase Push N' Scoot Ride on with SoundNickelodeon Paw Patrol Chase Push N’ Scoot Ride-on with Sound
This PAW Patrol Chase Push N’ Scoot Ride-on will help your child develop hand-eye coordination. It will also help them perfect their balance skills. Paw Patrol sounds and theme song are available at the touch of a button. This ride-on features colourful graphics and sculpting intended to resemble Chase’s cruiser from the show. Can be used indoors or outdoors. (1 to 3 years)

Melissa & Doug Music Makers 7-Piece Wooden Musical Instrument SetMelissa and Doug Music Makers 7-Piece Wooden Musical Instrument Set
Melissa and Doug are real people who are serious about child’s play! They believe in scheduling playtime just like you’d do for any other important activity—because child-led play is essential to development. So make a date to play a wooden handle castanet, two cymbals, a wooden kazoo, two rainbow-striped maracas, and a tambourine. Who knows? You may have a young musician in the family! All instruments store in a sturdy wooden crate. (1 to 5 years)

Peppa Pig George Pig PlushPeppa Pig George Pig Plush
Sometimes a child wants a toy that doesn’t do anything but accept love and hugs. “Objects and dolls can’t respond to the child, but it is something that makes them feel secure,” says Sarah Roseberry Lytle in New York magazine.  George Pig by Peppa Pig is one in a series of small plush toys that also includes Peppa and Suzy Sheep. It’s soft, squishy and totally huggable.  (1 to 5 years)

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Toy CarLittle Tikes Cozy Coupe Toy Car
With a legacy dating back more than 30 years, the popular Little Tikes toy car once made the real automobile best-seller list on autoblog! A handle on the back allows parent-controlled push rides and a removable floor board allows a child to use foot-to-floor power. It features a steering wheel that rotates, an open-and-close gas cap and an ignition switch that moves and clicks. This cozy coupe encourages active play and may help with the development of large motor skills. (18 months to 5 years)

The Step 2 Company, Llc Step2 Finding Dory Swim & Swirl Water TableThe Step 2 Company, Llc Step2 Finding Dory Swim & Swirl Water Table
Bloggers at parenting site, BornCute.com, are fans of this Step 2 Company, Llc water table: “Dory is a great character for kids to swim along beside. She’s kind, works hard, loves with a big heart, teaching us the importance of patience with ourselves and others.” Children will have fun sending Dory and her friends down the slide and cranking up a whirlpool. This play activity set encourages fine motor skills as kids squeeze and squirt water from Dory & Friends while splashing around. (18 months to 5 years)

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