Have a toddler but have zero clue what to get them because everything in the store is super overwhelming and you are lost? Well, look no further because I am about to give you a few things to simplify that list for you! I have two toddlers, a boy and a girl, who are only 21 months apart so it’s a lot of doubles on toys because what one has the other wants. Below, are some great options of things that we already after and also some things that we will be purchasing for them!
- Wooden Food – I can promise you, the kitchen age has arrived! We don’t have a kitchen for them but they have a little pretend sink and a grill from VTECH and they are absolutely obsessed with making us food. We snagged a taco wooden food kit and I can not wait to give it to them this Christmas because I know they are gonna go crazy over it! There are so many wooden food options in stores but my favorite brand has to be Melissa & Doug. So many great options including one that they can cut and divide it up into equal parts which is actually teaching them fractions and math. I love toys that are teaching kids without them even knowing it!
- Disney Baby Mickey Mouse Stacker – this toy is perfect for babies 6 months and up. It teaches them problem solving, motor skills, color identification and sorting among other developmental practices. It takes a classic stacker and puts a fun spin on it with bright colors and of course, a Mickey Mouse shaped head. What little baby/toddler doesn’t love Mickey? This Disney loving family sure does so it was definitely a must for Gracelyn who loves to watch “bicky” and also because it will help her with colors as well as problem solving because she is forced to figure out what goes on top of what as they all fit perfectly together only when correct.
- Magformers – this was a definite MUST for Giovanni as building and destructing has officially hit but, I wanted to make it a learning process as well. I found these and instantly loved that it will help teach colors, problem solving, and shape recognition. With Giovanni entering VPK this coming school year, we definitely have been selective with what toys we are buying him and make sure that they are ones that can also help aide in teaching him. They are also great for Gracelyn to begin to learn her shapes as well!
- Cocomelon JJ – now this one I am including in hopes that around Christmas time it gets restocked in stores because this bad boy FLEW off the shelves and I am so thankful we scooped it up when we did! Cocomelon is a huge hit on YouTube and now Netflix which of course, has trickled on down to my kids. As soon as they hear that beginning sound, they are hooked! I love that its all nursery rhyme songs and some of them are teachable ones for how brushing teeth is important or putting on sunscreen when outside is important. JJ is the baby character on the show and this fun little doll plays the famous bedtime song. Definitely a must have for toddlers if it does get restocked. I HIGHLY suggest getting notifications turned on for it.
- Blue’s Clues & You! 2-Sided Handy Dandy Notebook – this is one of the many toys that we had to buy two of because Gracelyn and Giovanni fought over it constantly! If you have a Blue’s Clues & You! lover in your home then this is definitely the toy for them! One side can be drawn on for clues like they do on the show while the other side represents the smartphone like Josh uses on the show that they can press buttons and hear phrases from the show.
- Lovevery Subscription Box – this is one thing that we already receive but if you do not, it’s a must! The boxes go by age and begin at newborn all the way up to 3! We have received some amazing Montessori toys and items that have challenged both Gracelyn and Giovanni and forced them to really think about how to put things back together. There have also been great learning toys like the insect matching that we got recently in Gracelyns box which not only made her match them up to put them in their correct areas but also gave me the opportunity to teach her about the different type of insects that there are. I can not say enough good things about their subscription boxes and how the items are just top notch! As I said before, we are really trying to implement more learning toys and less light up ones so this was perfect for that!
Hopefully you were able to grab some fun stocking stuffers or even pull an idea for something else off one of these suggestions! There are just so many options furor little ones out there so this gift guide for toddlers is meant to ease the craziness and help guide you through this holiday season shopping! Merry Christmas!