The Best Toys for 1 Year Old Boys – 25 Great Options

These are the 25 best toys for 1 year old boys to keep them active, learning, and busy while crawling and playing on the floor. Let’s be pretty honest and upfront here, these toys are perfect for girls as well, but our sample size was 15 playful boys and their parents. Many of these toys have music, sounds, and lights to keep his attention while teaching them the basics like numbers, letters, and shapes.

Best Toys for 1 Year Old Boys

Top 3 Toys Why We Love It Rookie Mom Rating
Developmental Bumpy Ball It’s great for motor skill development and easier for little hands to grasp onto.
VTech Sit to Stand Walker This will help your little one gain confidence standing and taking steps.
Friction Powered Push Cars Cars are always a hit, especially when they “go” all on their own!
VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck They can fill up and dump the truck an endless number of times.
Lamb Nightlight Buddy Perfect for babies transferring into their own bedroom.

Best Toys for 1 Year Old Boys That Encourage New Skills

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

This fun cube toy has light-up buttons that allow small hands to play a variety of musical instruments and even has a setting to bring them all together for eight Mozart compositions. With a simple design, this is an easy way to add music to mealtime, bath time, or playtime and baby can learn how instruments come together to create music.

Baby Einstein Discovering Music Table

Another great introduction to music is this music table. This toy has two settings, from a flat floor toy for 1 year olds to a standing music table toy once your baby can stand and play unassisted. The table as a variety of buttons that light up and teach baby about sounds, numbers, and songs.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

One of the most simple toys for a 1 year old is a classic stack up cup set. 1 year olds want to bang, stack, and play with all sorts of things. These cups offer quick entertainment from using them with other toys to playing with one or two during errands or mealtime. They are easy to clean and even have numbers on the bottom to introduce counting.

Developmental Bumpy Ball

1 year olds are always learning and developing. This developmental bumpy ball is great for developing motor skills, from grasping and holding to transferring and playing. The variety of textures and shapes helps baby learn about variety and sensitivity. The bright patterns help with vision, making this a great toy for learning and playing.

VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker

Grow with me toys are great for 1 year olds, as they learn to walk and as they develop it’s good to have toys that they won’t outgrow for a few years. This grow-with-me learning walker goes from a floor toy to a wheeled walker, which gets baby moving as well as learning. The play panel is full of buttons that light up, make noise, and play songs.

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book

It is never too early to start reading with your baby! This book is great because it will help to expand your one year old’s vocabulary. 

Fat Brain Toys Baby and Toddler Learning Toy Sensory Roller

Sensory toys are great for little ones, especially if they are brightly colored and safe to chew on! These little rollers are made of 100% food-grade silicone and BPA free. I especially love that they have chimes inside, which will catch your baby’s attention. 

Cars and Other Toys on Wheels

LUKAT Friction Powered Push Cars

Crawlers tend to be always on the move and these push cars will help channel their energy into playtime. This set of four cars are big enough for little hands to handle and offer your crawling 1 year old some support while they play. The fun colors and simple design make these a great toy for a 1 year old boy.

VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

Some 1 year old boys are fascinated with trucks and this interactive dump truck provides the perfect opportunity for driving their very own truck and learning how a dump truck works. This truck has flashing buttons and a set of balls that goes into the cabin and ends up in the truck bed. There’s also a string in the front for pulling the truck while playing.

VTech Sit to Stand Ultimate Train

Riding toys are a great addition to any 1 year olds toy box. This sit to stand train grows with your child. First, it is a sitting toy where they can press the buttons on the train’s engine then it is a full standing and walking toy with a car to ride on. Any 1 year old boy can get years of play from this toy and learn a variety of skills with the interactive engine car.

Melissa & Doug Stacking Train

Your one year old is just figuring out how to make things move (including themselves!) making it a great age to get them their first train. This little wooden one will be the perfect addition to your playroom. 

VTech Baby Rattle Singing Puppy

This last toy is great for on the go because it’s fun, brightly colored, and easy for baby to hold onto while in the car or out and about. There’s a rattle in the bottom with a brightly colored dog top and a few buttons for playing music. There are no parts to go missing and it offers just as much fun all in one piece.

Best Toys That Will Keep Your 1 Year Old Boys Attention

Playskool Play Favorites Busy Poppin’ Pals

As a child approaches 1 year old, infant floor time turns into floor-based playtime. These Poppin’ Pals are a great interactive toy for playing on the floor. Your 1 year old can sit and learn the buttons to make each door raise, as well as how to close the door and watch their pals reappear.

Playskool Explore N’ Grow Busy Ball Popper

Another great Playskool toy is this ball popper. With a simple design, 1 year olds can learn independence as well as work on their motor skills. The balls pop up from the top and roll down the slide into the bottom, which gets them moving to gather the balls for more fun.

Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toys

Once the baby can sit unsupported in the bath, bath time becomes another place to play. For 1 year olds these float and play bubbles are a great addition to any bath. Each ball floats and has a fun sea creature in the middle along with bits that rattle. These are easy to clean, dry quickly, and can be fun outside of the bath as well.

Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat

The sprinkle and splash play mat allows children of any age to enjoy a splash pad in the backyard. This mat connects to a garden hose and the water pressure creates a fun sprinkle feature. The durable mat can last a few summers and provides the perfect place for splashing and enjoying the warm weather.

3 in 1 Pop Up Play Tent

For 1 year old boys that are full of energy and seem to be always on the go, this play tent is the perfect addition to any playroom or backyard. There are two ball pits, one on each end, with a tunnel connecting them. This is perfect for crawling around and playing in the balls. The tent folds and stores well, saving space in the playroom or storing in the offseason.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl

This fishbowl themed toy comes with removable fish and a bowl that has lights, sounds, and music. This is a great toy for playing with anywhere. All the fish fit into the bowl and this along with the interactive components make for hours of entertainment and fun.

Nursery Horse Rocker

Every child needs their very own rocker! I think this plush option from Pottery Barn is absolutely adorable, but it is also functional. It is easy for little ones to get on and off and rocks just the right amount. 

Lamb Nightlight Buddy

Your baby is probably sleeping in their own room by this point, and this little lamb is the best way to give them a night light. They will love seeing the stars projected on the wall, and it might just distract them long enough to put them fast to sleep. 

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