VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker
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This can be an awkward age for infants as they’re not yet a toddler but quickly growing and developing out of that baby stage. It’s an inquisitive yet awkward age where they are starting to learn how to play and have some basic sensory skills, but the toys you choose shouldn’t overwhelm those delicate senses which are only just beginning to blossom. Knowing what toys to buy that will help rather than hinder that early development can be daunting. Every parent wants to instinctively provide their child with only the best. Fear not! In our Best Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys review we have a range of fun, educational, stimulating and skill improving toys all of which will keep your little ones safely entertained. It’s a big one so let’s get stuck right in.
The Best Toys & Gifts for 1 Year Old Boys
With this first toy on your review from VTech, your little boy can find his feet and get used to the sensation of walking in a safe and supported environment. It comes with a detachable activity panel perfect for play with animals, colors, shapes, and numbers all to be discovered. There’s a music center which encourages creativity with five colorful key panels and plenty of spinning rollers, turning gears and light up buttons that develop crucial motor skills. There’s also a pretend phone to enhance the imaginative role play fun so your little one can practice their communication skills just like Mummy and Daddy.
Interactive learning baby walker with removable play panel
Features 5 piano keys that play popular music
Over 70 sing-along songs, music and sounds effects included
Pretend phone for enhanced role play action
- Weight5 pounds
All little boys love cars so imagine the joy your one-year-old boy will feel being given the keys to his own vehicle with this Turn and Learn Driver toy. It’s the perfect way to encourage optimum early growth and development. With five fun, colorful and interactive buttons, it also plays different songs and sound effects to stimulate the senses, including car and animal noises. It comes with a gear shift lever and a light signal lever both of which also create different effects that your one-year-old boy will be delighted and enthralled by. You might think that one is a bit young to be learning to drive, but the steering wheel is a great way of giving your kids something that they can control and replicate activity they see their parents performing. Plus its lots of fun too.
Imitation steering wheel with lights and sounds
Five fun colored buttons introduce your boy to animal and vehicle sounds
Helps boost and develop motor skills and sensory play
Comes with three different play modes to retain interest
- Weight1.45 pounds
This is the perfect interactive toy Activity Cube for a 1-year-old and will really help to grab their attention and provide lots of experiences via the five-sided design with plenty of lights and sounds that encourage exploration. Designed from BPA free plastic and with adjustable volume control, it also has an automatic shut off which is super convenient. It’s a great toy for developing early sensory skills while also delivering lots of fun for your 1-year-old plus it introduces animal names and sounds as well as shapes and words. It’s perfect for preparing your child for preschool engaging motor skills, memory and cognitive portions of the brain.
Five interactive sides for maximum engagement
Plays 25 different songs, sounds, names and shapes
Motion sensor to actively encourage participation
Stimulates exploration and discovery
- Weight1.85 pounds
Up next still from VTech in our Best Toys for 1-year-old boys review, is an interactive book of discovery that is full of wonderful nursery store favorites and rhymes. It features three delightful characters who light up with buttons on the side that make the pages easy to turn for interactive fun. The pages have been specially designed for little hands, and there is a convenient auto shut-off feature to preserve the battery life plus a volume control for when you need to take the action down a notch for quiet times. It’s been designed so that the Rhyme and Discover book is durable and long lasting and it should provide endless hours of educational fun and creative play. Your little boy will be encouraged to sing along and increase their verbal development.
Lights and sounds create a full learning environment
Plays seven family favorite nursery rhymes
Encourages the development of verbal and vocal skills
Promotes the use of motor skills through easy to turn pages
- Weight1.15 pounds
It’s never too early to start using a laptop it seems! The world today is all about technology, and this Baby’s Learning Laptop is an excellent introduction to the concept of early learning. There are three modes of play that encourage and teach things like shape recognition, music, and feelings. The keyboard has nine oversized key designed to make it look like a real laptop with an easy to press light up screen. There’s also a perfectly sized mouse for those little one-year-old hands and over 90 sounds, sounds, and phrases that will quickly promote learning skills. It’s the perfect toy for the curious one-year-old, and kids love doing what their parents are doing.
Oversized easy to operate buttons
Movable mouse is perfect for tiny hands
Laptop features three modes of play
Encourages and teaches shapes, objects, and feelings
- Weight1.35 pounds
Keeping it classic, you can’t go wrong with a set of colorful nesting cups and these First Years Stack up Cups offer simple and effective playtime. Turn them over, hide things underneath them, stack them up on top of each other while at the same time learning about colors and numbers, shapes and sizes. These eight colorful cups have large numbers embossed on their sides so that with your little boy you can begin to learn to count. It’s honest and innocent, straightforward and basic developmental play that involves hand to eye coordination as well as problem-solving.
Stack and count cups with large numbers embossed on side
Simple, effective and classic developmental learning
Eight colorful cups in total that can be stacked and counted
Encourage hand to eye coordination and problem-solving skills
- BrandThe First Years
- Weight5 ounces
Specially designed and developed by experts in early childhood development this is a beautiful handmade Animals Cloth Book that will have a lovely gift for a one-year-old boy. There are stimulating and interactive, engaging features on literally every page that will grab your little boys attention. The soft cloth book has popular games like peek-a-boo, a mirror and lots of sounds along with different touch and feel textures. It’s a great way of stimulating critical skills like language, communication, imagination, and sensory skills too. Handcrafted from super soft polyester, it’s durable, non-toxic and has extra strong stitching. It can also very conveniently go into the washing machine. This really does make the perfect gift for that special little one-year-old boy in your life.
A feature on every page to touch, feel or hear
Education toy explicitly designed by experts
Comes packaged in a luxury gift box
Created from premium quality, non- toxic, washable and safe fabric
- Weight6.4 ounces
More from the VTech range, this Lil’ Critters roll and discover ball is perfect for kids aged 6-24 months so will make the perfect extra little Christmas gift for a one-year-old boy. It encourages your child to shake, rattle and learn and is full of delightful music and sounds to stimulate their senses and arouse their curiosity. This plush textured, bright colored ball features entertaining characters that are fun and friendly and perfect for your exploring infant to play with. The stuffed ball has both hard and soft textures and is crying out to be rolled and tossed around.
Star-shaped button introduces your baby to numbers and animals
Motion sensor triggers sound phrases
Soft textures and tags for tactile development
Bright and bold, fun and entertaining characters
- BrandVTech Baby
- Weight11.2 ounces
This is a fabulous little toy for a one-year-old boy from LeapFrog, well respected within the kids’ industry for developing fun yet educational toys. With this pretend remote control, your kids can be entertained in a big way as they are encouraged to explore over 65 songs, tunes and audio responses via the remote handset. There’s even a weather button that you can press to hear from Scout, the character featured on this light up learning toy. With lots of bright colors and over ten light options, it’s a fun world of color, sound, and shapes. Your little boy will quickly learn his first words and phrases, numbers and shapes as he helps Scout out in the garden.
Encourages pretend play
Introduces baby to numbers, shapes, words, and phrases
Helps your child to explore and become more confident
Light up screen as well as a weather function
- Weight5 ounces
An award-winning toy and Teether perfect for children aged 0-24 months this is a soft and safe maze of continuous colored tubes making it the ideal baby teething as well as exploratory toy. It promotes the use of your baby’s hands as they are required to clutch and play with the design while the middle section has a rattle sound that they will just love to hear. It’s certified safe and free from BPA plastics and features teethable plastic loops. This really is a colorful classic and a must-have baby toy, a perfect gift for boys of one-year-old.
Lightweight rattle and colorful clutching toy
Lightweight and continuous tubing is easy for small hands to grasp
Perfect developmental toy encouraging hand to eye co-ordination and head turning
Durably constructed and entirely safe to use as a Teether
- BrandManhattan Toy
- Weight3.84 ounces
Let’s face it, most Dad’s probably dream of their son eventually becoming a footballer so why not get them started out early with this Fisher Price singing soccer ball. It actively encourages learning through play and features three interactive modes; learning, music, and imagination. Press, shakes, rattle and roll this ball to activate music and fun sounds. Learn numbers, colors, opposites and also develop motor skills. It’s fully machine washable and has power and volume control switch. It’s fun and engaging and builds self-confidence and independent play.
Encourages learning through active play
Features three distinct interactive play modes: learning, music, and imagination
Teaches numbers, colors, counting and also sportsmanship
Press, shake or roll the softball to activate music and fun sounds
- Weight15 ounces
We’re taking the fun play times to the bathroom next with this set of three squirting toys based around the Disney Finding Nemo film. These are brightly colored, fun and friendly, perfectly sized fish to fit in little hands. There’s a Nemo, Dory and also a Turtle squirt toy included. Your one-year-old will just love taking a bath with these water squirting toys to play with. They also encourage hand to eye coordination and those bright colors will keep your little boy nicely distracted while you attempt to do the unpleasant task of washing their hair!
Three fun and friendly, brightly colored squirting toys
Perfectly sized for little hands
Help to develop hand to eye coordination
Promote motor skills development
- BrandThe First Years
- Weight0.64 ounces
Another great gift idea for a 1-year-old boy, this VTech Baby rattle is so much fun and the perfect introduction to color and sound for your little one. Designed to look like a colorful, fun and friendly puppy, there’s an easy to grasp handle, full of colorful beads and when your baby boy shakes the puppy rattle, he’ll be delighted when he sees the puppy’s cheeks come to life. This action introduces your child very early on to the concept of cause and effect. With over 20 songs and melodies, as well as sounds and phrases, the textured rattle also builds motor skills and provides visual as well as tactile stimulation.
Music button features over 20 melodies and sounds
Learn about cause and effect
Easy to grasp handle and textured rings that rattle
Colorful and crinkly ears for tactile and visual stimulation
- Weight7.2 ounces
Start your little boy of early on the road to international fame and fortune with the LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table. We even love the sound of it! What better gift to give your 1-year-old boy than gifts of music! This colorful and fun instrument features over 70 songs and tunes that introduce your child to numbers, letters, shapes, and colors, and so much more interactive fun. It even has those old school favorites you’ll recall from your own childhood, Old MacDonald and Itsy Bitsy Spider. This is an Educator Approved learning toy and has very much been designed with your child’s early development in mind as well as obviously delivering hours of fun and entertainment.
Explore a world of music with over 70+ songs, tunes and learning responses
Learn numbers and letters, shapes and colors too
Stand up and play or explore on the floor
Easily switch between music mode and learning mode
- Brand LeapFrog
- Weight5.05 pounds
This Touch and Teach Word book from VTech is super bright and colorful and lots of fun, featuring 12 detailed and touch-sensitive pages that can actively help educate your child with over 100 words in 6 different categories. It has four distinct play modes including, What’s That Word, Letter Fun, Music Time and Find It. The pages themselves react as your child turns them, responding with sound and words or music. Cody and Cora are the smart cubs taking your little boy on an interactive and fun playful adventure. What a fantastic gift idea this truly does make.
Four different modes of play for early education as well as fun
Introduction to the world of ABD and over 100 new words
Develops language and cognitive skills
Pretend, and role play helps with social and emotional development
- Weight1.1 pounds
Every parent likes to think they have a budding genius so get ready to inspire and captivate your little one with the magic of Mozart in this soft cube. It’s fully interactive and lights up as well as generating sounds that include a harp, piano, flute, horn, and violin. The cube teaches your child about instruments, sounds, and tempos and will certainly pique and keep their interest. Classical music has been proven to help increase a young child’s intelligence, so this Magic Cube might work out to be more than just a fantastic gift idea, it may also contribute toward stimulating those little brains too.
Sounds from eight of Mozart’s recognized masterpieces
Volume controls all the parent to regulate the sound
Encourages sitting up and playing as well as crawling activity
Introduces your one-year-old to sight, sound and light sensations
- Weight1.6 pounds
This super cute looking plush isn’t all that it first appears. While your baby will certainly love to give it a cuddle, they will be even more enthralled by its bright colors and the sound of the musical melodies it delivers. It’s huggable and adorable and perfect for encouraging tactile development. Squeeze the Octopus’s head, and your little one will be delighted as they access more soothing classical melodies. There’s a volume control, and if you squeeze the legs, you can hear the names of colors in English, Spanish and also French, so it’s perfect for developing language skills. For the curious one-year-old in your family, this really does make a fabulous gift idea.
Go on an exploration of color, music, and fun
This lovable and huggable toy will help with tactile development
Swap between English, Spanish or French language options
Squeeze the legs to hear and learn colors and the head to activate classical melodies
- BrandBaby Einstein
- Weight14.1 ounces
With its bold, bright colors and patterns, this Bumpy Ball is perfect for developing tactical and sensory skills for your youngsters. The Bumpy looks cute but is a safe way in which very young children can start to experiment with the sensation of touch. As anyone with a one-year-old will appreciate, they sure do like to get their hands on and into everything. The ball makes the perfect present for anyone with a growing, and with those textures and gradient patterns, they will have hours of gentle fun.
Interactive ball with various textures and materials
Oversized bumps are easy to grab and encourage hand-eye coordination
Fine motor skills are developed
Bumpy delivers a gentle rattle sound when tossed or shaken
- Weight3.2 ounces
Babies are naturally drawn to the soothing effect of music, and we all love and appreciate the bonding power that music can deliver, even as adults. Listening to music and playing with musical toys can encourage faster development and you might even find your one-year-old rocking out to a beat or babbling away as though he was already singing. So give the gift of Baby Neptune and unleash their inner composer. With settings, they can touch and operate themselves see how they creatively express themselves through the power of music. Baby Neptune has two modes of play and delivers eight different classical songs.
Introduces baby to the wonderful creativity of music
Composer mode put baby in charge of the instrument sounds
Symphony mode plays beautiful and soothing classical melodies
Musical toys encourage body and balance awareness and listening skills
- BrandBaby Einstein
- Weight1.55 pounds
Back with the Baby Einstein brand again so loved by parents looking to provide fun but educational toys to their children. With its comfortable grip handle, baby can safely play with this on the go, and it also includes a mirror for further developing sight senses. With the touch of their little hand it lights up, introducing the principle of cause and effect plus Music Explorer has a series of touch-activated sounds that will heighten their sensory awareness including a drum, guitar and piano sounds.
360-degree baby music toy
Colorful lights and easy grip handle
Baby safe mirror encourages self-discovery
Be a baby one-man band with drum, piano and guitar sounds
- BrandBaby Einstein
- Weight1 pounds
Buckle Blu is a super plush toy that has been designed to be colorful, fun and interactive and to tap into kids love of buckles along with their fascination for fastening and unfastening things. Little hands are curious, and with Blu the whale they can learn to Snap and Click which develops their motor skills as well as improving their early color recognition skills. The cuddly and tactile body is decorated with fun shapes to enhance learning skills further as well as keeping baby entertained for hours. There’s also an easy glide zipper that can be used for hiding treasures.
6-child friendly colored buckles with a variety of different clasp styles
Develop motor skills, hand to eye co-ordination as well as problem-solving
Secure glide zipper pocket to store hidden treasures
Bright, colorful, playful and plush
- BrandBuckle Toys
- Weight6.1 ounces
This clever and cute little LeapFrog puppy will help your precious little ones become familiar with their ABC while fostering a sense of ownership and love for this playful pet which they can pull along by his bone. As they do, AlphaPup plays the alphabet song, and those colorful strips on his sweater double up as buttons that when pressed trigger letter sounds and names which will help your child learn important phonics. With his soft floppy ears, he’s a lovable little character.
Wagging tail makes learning more fun
Buttons play a range of playful songs and cheerful responses
Learn letters and sounds and listen to doggie phrases
AlphaPup will become your child’s best friend when it comes to early learning
- Weight2.09 pounds
This Wiggle and Crawl ball wibbles and wobbles all over the place and will deliver hours of fun for your baby as he’s encouraged to crawl after this colorful ball. It plays over 45 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases and has six interactive animals to play with. It’s the perfect toy for introducing your one-year-old boy to the wonders and excitement of colors, animals and also numbers. It’s lots of fun and easy to play with but delivers educational benefits too.
Encourages early crawling and motor skills
Sensory stimulation via bright colors and flashing lights
Language development from learning about animal names, colors, and numbers
Grabs baby’s attention with spinning, flashing, twisting and sliding animal action
- Weight1.43 pounds
Give your baby the gift of music that will most likely last them a whole lifetime. With a volume control that parents can efficiently operate that’s also music to Mom and Dad’s ears too! The Baby Einstein musical toy can easily switch between 7 different melodies and features a fun and colorful handle so that it can go anywhere with your little one.
Large style buttons that baby can control
Perfectly sized so that little hands can grab and go
Gentle flashing lights to inspire audio and visual perception
Classical melodies from Mozart to Chopin
- BrandBaby Musical Toys
- Weight6.9 ounces
You might think that one is a bit young to give your kid the keys to the car but just wait till you see how much fun they are going to have with this Turn and Learn Driver toy from VTech. It’s a great toy for encouraging growth and development and features five different interactive buttons that play a variety of songs and sound effects from animals to the familiar noises associated with vehicles. It even comes with a gear shift and signal light lever that provides further fun effects to stimulate and enthrall your child.
Role play driving with pretend steering wheel that lights up
Five colored buttons introduce your child to animals and vehicles
Three modes of play are possible
Boosts child’s motor skills and their early sensory development
- Weight1.45 pounds
Show us a little boy who doesn’t love cars? In this set from WolVol, you get three fantastic vehicles that your one-year-old can explore and play with including a Street sweeper with spinning brushes, a Cement mixer with a turning mixer and a Harvester toy truck that also has spinning fun parts. These make a fabulous gifts and the perfect addition to a little boy’s car collection. After all, as you grown up men know, you really never can ever have too many cars!
Sturdy and strong, bright colored car collection
Three different cars in the collection each approximately 4.5” x 3” x 3.”
Feature automatic and run rotating functions
The perfect little boys toy for exploring the wonderful world of cars
- Weight1.41 pounds
Doesn’t matter what age you are, playing with Learn Flashlight is guaranteed great fun and for a one-year-old, this is the perfect bright, interactive light specially designed for their little hands and inquisitive minds. The torch itself features a color ring with big over-sized buttons that can be pressed to deliver melodies and six different colored lights. This flashlight also teaches your kids about opposites with the on/off function and will help them to understand and visualize colors and process. Besides that, there are also interactive games to explore which teach your one-year-old about animals, sounds and even early numbers.
Fun sounds from this interactive style flashlight
Color changing ring introduces the concept of different colors for visual stimulus
Play mode lets you know when the light is turned on
Plays nature sounds and melodies
- Weight7.5 ounces
Come on now, who doesn’t love to bash things a bit! It’s a great way to let out some frustration and as a one-year-old, going through so much early development, hitting a hammer is probably fun therapy. With its special hammer and smooth sanded Playkidz balls perfectly designed for little hands, this colorful kit is an excellent way of introducing your boy to cause and effect. It really does make the perfect present for a 1-year old boy and will keep him busy for hours.
Multicolor fun with this engaging ball pound
Hammer and balls specially designed for little hands and are easy to grip
Significantly improves hand to eye co-ordination and association with colors
Children learn to align, slot and aim balls to drop them through the maze
- Weight1.5 pounds
For the cheeky little Spin Monkey in your life who already has a strong sense of inquisitiveness, this spinning monkey is the perfect little present. He’s been designed to introduce your kid to the new and exciting world of shapes and counting and features lots of animated monkey sounds, melodies and light up buttons that will stimulate all the senses. Press the nose the monkey hides, drop balls into the hat and clever monkey will count as he peeks back out again. This really is a lovely, fun and creative gift idea.
Lights, sounds, melodies and monkey noises
Two ways to play; seated or standing
Spin, roll or chase the balls
Press the nose and watch as your cheeky monkey hides
- BrandBright Starts
- Weight5.29 pounds
This is one of those toys that will probably become addictive and that you will enjoy playing too! There are three tracks that you can configure, Raceway, Super Raceway and Stunt each of which delivers hours of fun with plenty of stimulating sound effects and music too. There’s also a lift-up Launcher created to develop your child’s fine motor skills. It’s colorful and fast fun.
Let their imagination take the wheel
3-in-1 launch and play raceway set
Includes one SmartPoint race care
Three track configurations for hours of fun
- Weight1.45 pounds
Superb multi-functional play center that fosters and develops so many early developmental skills. There’s so much to explore, to touch and to play with spinning parts, plenty of buttons to press, doors to be opened and closed as well as a telescope to look through. Little Tikes Activity Garden Playset is the perfect toy for encouraging creative and expressive play. There’s a crawl through archway, shape sorter mailbox and open, close shutters to play with. The play center also easily opens out to be played within an open, two-sided set-up. Really the possibilities are endless.
Multi-functional and highly entertaining play center
Safe and durable, enclosed environment for baby to play
Lots of interactive panels, windows, archways, shutters and a mailbox to play with
Play panel is adjustable to cater for horizontal seated play
- BrandLittle Tikes
- Weight17 pounds
The very last product on our comprehensive round-up today of the Best Toys for 1-year old boys comes from the classic manufacturer, Fisher Price and features smart stage technology. It’s a stationery style car which encourages your baby boy to sit up, crawl, stand and move it around with a built-in ramp for further ball play. There are over 75 sing-along songs and phrases, tunes and even a light-up interactive dashboard to be explored. It also has three distinct modes of play; Learning, Music, and Imagination.
Smart stages technology with three levels of play
Over 75 fun songs, phrases, and tunes
Built-in ramp for added ball play fun
Fun car theme encourages imaginative play
- Weight1 pounds
Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys Buying Guide & FAQs
The Importance of Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys
Playtime is super important and actually one of the fastest ways for your child to develop a whole range of skills. The concept of play is ultimately rewarding, not to mention fun, so is a great way to introduce your little boy to social, emotional, psychomotor as well as lingual skills. They can truly learn so much just through the simple act of play. Incorporating elements such as music or sound, along with touch and feel, are great ways to get children to develop with motor function skills and also to learn the importance of things like cause and effect. Hands-on activity like stacking things, pushing buttons, pulling levers, etc is all great for, and this kind of interactive play is so beneficial.
Factors to Consider When Buying The Best Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys
Boys tend to naturally be more aggressive than girls so it’s a good idea to buy gift toys that foster collaboration as well as exercising those vital motor skills that will drain some of that energy and pacify early frustrations. Be sure to buy toys that are certified as safe and don’t contain any toxic materials. Also, make sure that the toys you buy won’t present a choking hazard either. Kids tend to grab and automatically put things into their mouths to ensure that all the parts are big enough that they can’t be swallowed or become lodged in the throat either. It’s probably also a good idea to ensure that the toys you invest in at this age are fully washable. Buy toys that prepare them for school, instilling creative and communication skills so they will quickly get ahead of the curve.
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