I am the parent of a toy-obsessed son. Although an avid reader (for a 3 year old), he loves playing with things more than anything (like, say, eating food or going on a walk). Currently, these are his (and my) 5 top rated toddler toys!
Indoor tents seem to be all the rage for toddlers during the Winter months. It is a playground inside a home. Not that there is a slide or anything in the teepee, but it is a place to run and hide in, and an escape from the rest of the world. And the parents.
(2) Magna Tiles
Building blocks, creating puzzles, being creative… the sky is the limit with these magnetic tiles. Fun for kids and adults, too!
(3) Race Track Set
This race track set is easy enough for the kids to put together (unlike some track sets that are currently on the market). The kids can build them and create their own highway system. And then they can watch the cars go in circles, up and down the roads, and zoom everywhere.
(4) Marble Set
This marble set is a mixture between a race car set and blocks. With these wooden blocks, you create a building that allows the marbles to roll down from top to bottom. Although a little tricky for the kids to put together themselves, they have a blast watching the marbles roll.
(5) Car Transporter
Yes, this toy is super ugly. Yes, this toy is made out of unfriendly plastic. Yes, it is the equivalent of a Barbie for a boy. BUT OH HOW IT AMAZES CRUZZIE! He can spend hours playing with this transporter by loading and unloading all of his Hot Wheel toys in it, and counting how many it can hold. I love this toy. No matter how much I thought I would hate it.
What are your favorite toddler toys? Thanks for sharing!
Love the teepee
I know, right? SO CUTE! I want to hide in there!
My 3yr old toddler son also LOVES books, but some of his fave toys are…Imaginets, Melissa & Doug Clock & Shape Sorter (good for 2yrs…started as sorter, now to practice numbers and shapes & to tell time later), Alex Toys String & Beep Set, Melissa & Doug See & Spell (he LOVES this!), & Faber Castell Young Artist Finger Painting Set (comes with sponges, tray, apron & paper!). I love them too, because they’re all of these are hours of entertainment for him, and easy, compact clean-up for me! 🙂
WHAT A GREAT LIST!!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to check everything out!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
Love your toy ideas! Fake food and the Melissa and Doug kitchen are obsessions for our almost 3yo. Also small guitar and anything Thomas the Train. But toys aside, he’s basically obsessed with our real tools, real kitchen equipment and his sister’s toys (she’s 4 months). You know, all the things he shouldn’t play with…
I love the car transporter, an incentive to get little ones to stack their cars away after playing. Our children really loved anything musical, especially simple things like maracas or a tamborine.