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10 Best Toys For a 1-Year-Old UK

Updated 10/08/2020

ProductBest forRatings
Mega Bloks Big Building Bag
Mega Bloks Big Building Bag
Best product9.6
Vtech First Steps Baby Walker
Vtech First Steps Baby Walker
Premium product9.4
Tomy Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs
Tomy Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs
Value product9.4
B. Toys One Two Squeeze
B. Toys One Two Squeeze
Best stacking blocks.9.4
Fisher-Price Cookie Shape Surprise
Fisher-Price Baby Cookie Shape Surprise
Best shape sorter.9.4
LeapFrog My Discovery House
LeapFrog My Discovery House
Best for learning opposites9.4
Baby Einstein Driving Tunes
Baby Einstein Driving Tunes
Best on-the-go toy9.4
Halilit Baby's First Birthday Band
Halilit Baby's First Birthday Band
Best musical instrument set9
Invench Activity Cube
Invench Activity Cube
Best activity cube8.8
Melissa & Doug Large Farm Large Peg Puzzle
Melissa & Doug Large Farm Large Peg Puzzle
Best peg puzzle toy8.6

Best Toy For a 1-Year-Old UK

No matter what age they are, kids will always love toys. ALWAYS. 

In this digital age, however, we see a lot of people settling for tablets of mobile phones to entertain their little ones. In all honesty, these are sometimes great for buying parents time – to keep the bubs occupied so you can do other life stuff. It’s sometimes easy to forget that toys can do just as much and that the young ones, especially 1-year-olds, gain so much more benefit from playing traditional toys over gadgets.

 

Things to Consider When Buying Toys for 1-Year-Olds

  • Versatility. Choose toys that your little one can use in a variety of ways. These toys help them develop their creativity and is a great way to spark their imagination. Examples are building blocks, balls, or sand and water toys. 
  • Problem-Solving Toys. According to WebMD, at 8 to 18 months, babies begin to predict results, have goals, and take deliberate action to make these happen. Choose toys that encourage the development of their logic and problem-solving skills. Examples are puzzles, shape sorters, take-apart toys, and so much more.
  • Fine motor skills. Psychologists also recommend choosing toys that develop your baby’s wrist flexibility, finger dexterity ability to pick up and manipulate things. Examples are shapes, puzzles, rings, and again, a whole lot more.

 

To help steer your little one away from digital devices, we’ve come up with our list of the ten best toys for a 1-year-old.

Key features:
  • 60 multi-coloured blocks.
  • Assorted shapes and sizes.
  • PVC-free material.
  • Zip-closure storage bag.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: Up to 5 years.
Battery-operated: No.

Best product

Mega Blocks is part of Mega Brands, which further falls under Mattel, Canada’s largest toy company.  The Mega Bloks range specialises in construction toys sets.

The Mega Block Bug Building Bag is an award-winning set of 60 colourful blocks in the classic colours of red, blue, green, and yellow. Rest assured your little one will enjoy hours of safe fun thanks to the PVC-material used to manufacture the blocks.

The set comes in versatile and assorted shapes and sizes, igniting your little one’s creativity. They can create anything from ships to houses to giraffes! Their imagination is their only limit.

Stacking, building, and deconstructing the assembled blocks helps develop their fine motor and problem-solving skills.

This affordable block set ticks all the boxes in terms of 1-year-old toy requirements, making it our pick for the best of the ten best toys for 1-year-olds.

We also have some picks for toys for 6 month babies and the best toys for 2 year olds.

Key features:
  • 2-in-1 walker and activity table.
  • 1oo+ songs, phrases, and sounds.
  • Detachable activity panel.
  • Easy-grip walker handle.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: 6 mos – 3 yrs.
Battery-operated: Yes.

Premium product

VTech is a Hongkong-based company specialising in electronic toddler’s toys from infants to preschoolers. They are also the largest manufacturers of home phones in the US.

By the time your baby turns 1, they would have already mastered standing up and cruising through furniture. Encourage them to start walking with the Vtech Baby Walker.

The walker has a 2-in-1 function, with easily converting from a walker to an activity table. This activity table has so many activities. It is sure to keep your little one busy for a wee while.

It’s also a great sensory play toy. It has five light-up buttons and a very colourful design to stimulate your little one’s visual senses. The textured patterns all over the walker stimulate your baby’s sense of touch. Finally, sharpen their sense of hearing with over 100 songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases, which will also help with your little one’s language and speech development.

Key features:
  • Six different colours and shapes.
  • Compact and portable.
  • Various modes of play.
  • Easy-grip design.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: 6 mos – 3 yrs.
Battery-operated: No.

Value product

Tomy is a Japanese company specialising in merchandise and toys for kids of all ages. Their products include sketch pads, drawing mats, family board games, and a wide variety of other gadgets.

The Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs feature six toy eggs set on a toy egg carton. The game’s goal is to place each egg on it’s designated spot. A shape on the bottom of the egg corresponds to a specific shape outline on the egg carton. This feature is excellent for developing your 1-year-old’s logic and problem-solving skills.

The eggs also make exciting sounds when pressed, despite the toy not requiring batteries for operation. 

The toy is an excellent choice for teaching your child emotions, faces, and colour matching. Each eggshell comes with a coloured facial expression that matches the colour of the egg contents.

Key features:
  • Ten sculpted blocks.
  • BPA-free.
  • Squeezy and chewable.
  • Recycled polypropylene storage bag.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: 6 mos – 3 yrs.
Battery-operated: No.

Best stacking blocks

B. Toys is a brand that falls under the Battat umbrella. It is a family-own and led Canadian company whose production is in China with an affiliate office in Hongkong and the headquarters in Montreal.

The B. toys range aims to make a positive impact on the environment by striving to use soy-based ink and the most recyclable materials to minimise their carbon footprint. 

The B. Toys One Two Squeeze features a soft, squeezy, and chewable BPA-free plastic material. The blocks come in bright colours to stimulate your young one’s visual senses. Introduce things, numbers, and animals while stimulating their tactile senses with the different hand-sculpted images on each block.

Let your 1-year-old enjoy hours of fun and creativity through stacking, toppling, or discovering these set of blocks. Because the blocks float too, you can also use them as a bath or pool time toys.  

It’s gorgeous design along with its eco-friendly, vibrant, and versatile features, make this our best stacking blocks currently available in the market.

Key features:
  • Five cookie shapes.
  • Two-setting switch.
  • Plays music, sounds, and phrases.
  • Cookie jar with lid design.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: 6 – 36 mos.
Battery-operated: Yes, 3 x AA.

Best shape sorter

Fisher-Price is an American Company falling under the Mattel umbrella specialising in children’s gear and educational toys. Their product range includes playmats, pretend play toys, activity centres, and potty trainers.

The Fisher-Price Cookie Shape Surprise is an excellent toy to master their hand-to-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The bright, colourful designs develop an understanding of colours, numbers, and shapes, and the songs and sounds stimulate their sense of hearing.

This toy also develops their problem-solving skills. Watch as they spend time figuring out what shape goes into each slot. Apart from naming the shapes your bubba correctly places in the jar. It also makes a sound to encourage them to try again in case they put the wrong item. This feature is an excellent way of teaching them cause and effect.

With so many features and various modes of sensory stimulations, the Cookie Shape Surprise is our choice for the best shape sorter in our list of ten best toys for a 1-year-old in the UK.

Key features:
  • Five play areas.
  • 75 learning responses.
  • Portable.
  • Plays songs and stories.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: 6 to 36 mos.
Battery-operated: Yes, 2 x AA.

Best for learning opposites

LeapFrog is an American company founded in 1995 by a parent himself, wanting to have technologically innovative solutions aimed at helping his child learn to read. Their product range has since evolved to toys and educational material suitable for infants up through to school-aged children.

The LeapFrog My Discover House features a vibrant multi-colour house with features such as pushing doors, sliding windows, clicking switches, to name a few. These features are great for fostering your baby’s fine motor skills as well as encouraging curious exploration.

It features 75 learning responses that develop your baby’s language and communication skills by teaching them opposites and phrases for daily routines. As they grow older, watch them use the toy for pretend play, mimicking what they see adults doing in the home.

The toy house comes attached with a tot-sized handle, so they can bring this around the house or in the car as they please.

Key features:
  • Multi-sensory steering wheel.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Eight classical melodies.
  • Audio comes in 3 languages.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: x
Battery-operated: Yes, 3 x AAA.

Best on-the-go toy

Baby Einstein is an American company founded by a former teacher turned stay-at-home mum. Their product range includes a wide range of multimedia products, including CDs, flashcards, books, toys, and baby gear aimed at encouraging interactive activities for young kids.

The Baby Einstein Driving Tunes is small in size yet big in features. It has a bright steering wheel design, encouraging pretend play early in your little one. It also stimulates your child’s various senses thanks fo the varied texture throughout the wheel, along with the surrounding lights and sounds.

The horn activates a wide variety of songs and sounds, including colour and number names in three different languages. How’s that for developing your baby’s language skills?

Because it is lightweight and compact, it’s the best toy for bringing on-the-go. All accessories are securely attached, so you don’t have to worry about things falling off whether they’re in the car or on their stroller.

Key features:
  • Five different instruments.
  • Vibrant coloured instruments.
  • Play-along CD.
  • Sturdy gift box with handle.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: From 1 year.
Battery-operated: No.

Best musical instrument set

Halilit is a UK-based company specialising in educational musical toys using top quality materials. Their product range showcases a wide array of musical instruments from egg shakers, rainmakers, maracas, tambourines, xylophones, and so much more.

The Halilit Baby’s First Birthday Band features five different musical instruments: an ocean-themed tambourine drum, a rainbow shaker, a green clip clappers, a baby rattle, bells, and bells.

It also comes with a play-along CD that’s great for guiding your baby through hours of fun playing and discovering the various sounds each instrument makes. The set comes in a sturdy storage box with a carry handle so they can bring them along anywhere they go.

This instrument set is the perfect gift to introduce young ones to the art of music.

Key features:
  • 12-animal clock.
  • Shape sorter.
  • Beads maze.
  • Multi-mode piano.
Specifications:
Material: Plastic.
Suitability: 10 mos – 3 yrs.
Battery-operated: Yes, 3 X AAA.

Best activity cube

Invench is an Amazon retailer offering a range of children’s interactive toys. The Invench Activity cube has a 6-in-1 feature with so many modes of play and activities, so we named it our pick for the best activity cube in the current market.

Made of BPA-free plastic, this activity cube has a vibrant design with various textures to stimulate your little one’s visual and tactile senses.

Develop your little one’s problem-solving and logic skills by letting them play with the shape sorter and bead maze modes. The multi-mode piano introduces your baby to the world of music and dance. The 12-animal clock, on the other hand, lets them discover animals, numbers, and time (when they get older).

One great feature about this activity cube is that it can be disassembled and laid flat on the table or the floor. Because it comes with puzzle grid edges, it’s easy to put them back together as a cube.

The versatility of this activity cube is sure to keep your young one occupied for hours.

Key features:
  • 8-piece puzzle.
  • Jumbo wooden knobs.
  • Full-colour pictures.
  • Sturdy build.
Specifications:
Material: Wood.
Suitability: From 1 year.
Battery-operated: No.

Best peg puzzle toy

Melissa & Doug is an American company founded by husband and wife, Melissa and Doug. They are well-known for producing toys that encourage free play, imagination,  creativity, learning, and discovery. Their range includes wooden puzzles, plush toys, arts and crafts materials, and so much more.

The Melissa & Doug Large Farm Large Peg Puzzle is perfect for your little one who is refining their fine motor skills. The high-quality wood finish on this puzzle set is sturdy and extra-thick. This feature makes it safe and comfortable for your little one’s tiny hands and fingers to grasp.

The baby toy aims to enhance your child’s problem solving and logic skills by trying to figure out which figure goes where. It also features full-colour matching photos underneath each piece, to encourage your young one’s memory, visual perception, and hand-to-eye coordination skills.

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