Best Toys for Toddler Boys
Now that Thanksgiving is over, my eye, like most homemakers and moms, has been turned toward Christmastime. I like getting my shopping finished early, so that I can focus on handmade gifts, holiday crafts, and activities with my kids. This list is obviously for girls too, but since I have boys, I know these are toys they’ll love!
Since I’m already thinking about my shopping lists, I thought I would share the top toys that haven’t lost their *shine*—or in other words—my boys still play with after at least one year. In fact, all of these toys have kept their interests as long as we’ve had them!
We were very careful to get them an array of toys in their earliest years (boy and girl toys) as well as “educational” toys that included numbers, letters, puzzles, and imaginative expansion. There are also some favorite electronic toys that are so nice for road trips, dinners, and doctors.
These are “age-scattered,” because my youngest has played with all of them since birth and my oldest still plays with all of these!
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Although it feels like they may impale your foot when you step on them, these blocks have provided countless hours of playing time for my kids.The first time my oldest made a REALLY tall tower, I almost cried with pride.
I don’t know what it is about this one phone, but out of the many that friends and family have bought the boys, this one is their favorite (I had to buy a second one, because they were constantly fighting over this one). It teaches numbers, shapes, and has multiple songs. I also like that it is also a nostalgic toy for those of us who grew up with nano and GigaPets.
A big favorite from about 4 months old (and up), this toy stacker is made from recycled milk jugs and is super durable. It was really fun watching my kids go through their developmental stages with these, first just holding a ring, then knocking it over, then unstacking one-by-one, then restacking, then using the rings to form letters and shapes.
Yes, my boys play with a tea set. This set is also made from recycled milk jugs, and comes with a working tea pot and spoons (both features my boys LOVE). With this, they can practice their pouring skills, capacity recognition, and stirring skills. Not to mention, I don’t have to worry about them eating off of the dishes!
That music cube was by far my oldest’s favorite toy for a looooong time. From his newborn stage just watching and listening to it, to crawling stage of hitting the buttons, to walking, when he liked moving it around the room and turning off different instruments to listen to them individually. Frankly, I enjoyed this toy quite a bit! It’s nice listening to Mozart while cooking dinner.
This vacuum is so fun! It has an actual “sweeper” that collects things in a small, removable pail. The light-up feature also makes a “spinning glitter vortex” that sounds like a real vacuum, but looks mesmerizing. If you’re hesitant about getting boys a tea set or vacuum, just think how much their future spouse will love you for teaching them how to pour tea like gentlemen, and to do some chores around the house! Your future self will thank you too, because it will be a normal thing for your teenager to do 🙂
I can’t tell you how many impromptu concerts we’ve had in our living room with these instruments. The only thing my dad bought from my wishlist for my oldest one year was this box, and it was all firstborn wanted to play with that Christmas. Yes—I know my kids well 🙂
When I was super pregnant and hormonal with my firstborn, I registered for ALL THE ORGANIC THINGS!! Happily, this organic cotton veggie set was the perfect “teether” for my oldest. The carrot and peas (green beans?) were especially helpful. This was his first “lovey” and went everywhere with us! They’re perfect size for little sore mouths to gum on, and you can rest easy knowing the cotton is of the highest quality. Now, these are a part of our “play kitchen” and my Sour Patch kid second-born like to throw them to the dog. *facepalm*
If you need to wear out a mobile baby, this toy is your JAM! The remote control feature makes it easy to get your crawler or toddler running around the floor chasing Thomas. It is sturdy enough to be baby-handled, but powerful enough to run (quickly) on carpet. Once the boys got older, and figured out it was remote control, it was like a brand-new toy!
My kids are big time book nerds (I wonder where they got that?). These books snap shut and have big, plastic wheels that double as a toy. Oldest likes the school bus and youngest likes this tractor book.
My kids are obsessed with all of the VTech cars! We hide them, rotate them, and only bring them to restaurants and on road trips. My autistic son LOVES memorizing the multiple phrases and songs they say. My youngest mostly likes smashing them together (which they are plenty sturdy enough to handle!).
Another “lovey” that my oldest loves. The songs, games, words, even their name can be customized through your computer with a simple USB cord. The batteries last FOREVER with this toy, and I love that Scout talks about feelings and favorites (something that helps my oldest vocalize these subjects).
This thing saved my sanity with both kids, but especially my second born, who is much more of a clinger than my oldest. It plays soothing music or ocean sounds with wave-like lights and moving animals. It helps him find comfort in his bed when he wakes up during a nap or in the middle of the night. Many times, it puts him back to sleep before I even make it into the room!
Pretty much all shape sorters are fun for kids, but the swinging door on this one really lights up my boys.
I’m not sure why, but aside from the band-in-a-box above, this xylophone is by far my kids’ favorite instrument. Another toy we’ve had since almost-birth with firstborn, the sounds are softly wooden, and do not aggravate oldest son’s SPD (nor mommy’s ears).
These trucks are so detailed! My mother-in-law gets one for our oldest every year for his birthday. He spends HOURS turning every gear, switch, and wheels. Examining it from all angles is as much fun for him, as pretend-play with it. Every year, Hess comes out with a new design, so there are plenty of designs to choose from on Amazon 🙂
I am sure there are more “lasting” toys that my boys love, but these were the ones that came easily to me. I also make a lot of handmade toys for them every year, and will try to post some tutorials as they are finished. Feel free to subscribe or follow me on Pinterest to stay up-to-date on those tutorial ideas!
Here’s also a great gift guide for active kids from my friend over at Simply Well Balanced. I will definitely be looking into some of these for my active boys!
Anyway, I hope this gives you some Christmas hunting ideas! Merry Christmas and happy shopping everyone! What toys are special to your kids?