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The Best Toys for 18 Month Olds. A big list of toys worth getting for your 18 month old toddler to play with. These are great for a gift list!
It can be very hard to decide what toys to get your child. There are endless fun toys out there! But budget won’t allow “endless” and your home would quickly fill up with toys if you got everything that looked fun. This is a list of great toys for 18 month olds that my children loved and I highly recommend. This post contains affiliate links. This does not increase your cost at all.
The Best Toys for 18 Month Olds
This is super fun for the child who loves the ball popper but doesn’t quite have the hand-eye coordination for the busy ball popper (linked next). If you are just getting one (which is really all you need), I would go for the busy ball popper.
This is one of those toys for 18 month olds that I say is a must-buy and one that will be played with even beyond the toddler years. This toy is very entertaining and will be loved for many years. You will not regret this purchase.
You might already have something like this from the baby months, but if not, this si very fun and teaches fine motor skills and cause sand effect.
This is another must-buy toy. This will last not only your child years, but it will be a toy your children as a group end up having a lot of fun playing with together even when they are in different ages and stages. Whenever we have had friends over, the ball pit is a huge hit. Sometimes when kids play with this, balls get out and get all over the room. This can feel overwhelming! Simply have a rule that they need to help clean up. You can even make a game out of it. We have assigned one color of ball to each child, we have worked together to see if we can beat a timer to clean everything up, we have counted the balls as we picked them up…there are a lot of ways you can make the clean-up more bearable. As you have children play with toys more and more, you will realize the mess made with these balls is really nothing compared to what they are capable of with several toys to play with.
If you get a ball pit, be sure to take note that you also need to get balls (I got these balls for our ball pit).
We have always been a LEGO family. When Brinley was a toddler, a reader told me about these Bristle Blocks. We have loved these! These are building blocks, but can be put together easily, so it is not frustrating for little toddlers with less-than-perfected fine motor skills.
Like I said, we have always been a LEGO family. Duplos are a great place to start for LEGOs. Some 18 month olds can handle this for sure while others will need to be closer to 2-2.5 before being able to play with Duplos without frustration.
If you have a child who loves to sing, this toy will be a big hit. There are 15 kid-friendly songs for your 18 month old to sing along to. You can even change your voice.
This is such a fun book for your little one to play with independently. I like this book for traveling in the car and for independent playtime. Then the toddler can “read” the book without having someone present to read to them.
If you have read very many of my toy recommendation posts, you know I am a BIG fan of Melissa and Doug products. They are great quality products. This is a great board for practicing fine motor skills.
Great Toys for Toddlers
One of our best purchases ever was this water table. It is a great toy for 18 month olds and all toddlers. It is popular among preschoolers and even children, too. This provides hours of endless fun outside for children.
Wooden blocks are a classic toy for teaching colors, shapes, building, and math concepts. This set is from Melissa and Doug and solid wood.
While you are pondering blocks, consider square blocks with the letters and numbers on them. While these and the wooden blocks listed above both have their value, you may want just on or the other. You can’t go wrong with either one.
Play-Doh is such a fun toy. When Brayden was an 18 month old, I thought Play-Doh was so messy. Now I love when my kid want to play with it because the mess is so small and contained. It is funny how your perspective changes over the years. This set pictured is a fun one, but would definitely need help from you wiht the young toddlers. If you want your child to be more independent, try basic Play-Doh sets or add on some simple tools that are easier for toddlers to use.
My kids have always loved dress up clothes. This is another thing I would put on a must-own list. There are a lot of different options of dress up clothes out there–they don’t have to be what I have pictured. Get things your child has interest in. It leads to hours of play that is primarily imaginative, which means little to no mess is made.
Don’t just think clothes when you think dress up. Think hats and accessories, too! We love this hat set from Melissa and Doug.
Along the thinking of pretend play, a doctor kit is a lot of fun for kids. They can play doctor with siblings, stuffed animals, and even parents. This is one of my favorite things to play with a child when I am pregnant. I am “sick” and the child gives me a checkup. That means I don’t have to do much other than just sit there.
Sticking with our current theme of pretend play, a play kitchen is a must-own in my book, also. It is really amazing that a lot of these must-own items can be purchased for toddlers and played with for years to come. If you are getting a kitchen, then add some pretend dishes to your list of toys to get.
My favorite doll for toddlers is the Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Doll. It is soft and plush. There are tons of accessories, so if your little one ends up loving dolls, there are plenty of gift ideas for years to come.
And with the dolls, doll gear is super fun to go with it.
Little Tikes is another excellent brand for durability and quality of toys. A lawn mower is a fun toy for anyone who likes to mimic mom or dad mowing the lawn.
Another push toy that is a classic is the corn popper.
Fisher-Price Little People are excellent toys that grow for years with your child.
Ride on toys are very fun for the toddlers. This type of toy builds up balance as your child moves toward riding bigger items.
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You will also find good info in my various toy reviews:
- Favorite Toys 2013
- Favorite Toys 2014
- Specific Toy Review
- Toy Review: Bath Toys
- Toy Review: Boy Toys
- Toy Review: Building Toys
- Toy Review: Gender Neutral
- Toy Review: Girl Toys
- Toy Review: Little People
- Toy Review: Puzzles
- Toy Review: Toys for Baby