Finding toys that will keep your toddler entertained and engaged for more than five minutes is a real challenge. Toys have to be fun, sturdy, and easy to store. The following five toys meet all of these requirements, and your child will play with them again and again, making them a good investment.
1.) LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set
Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months – 5 years
This is a fantastic product for introducing the alphabet to your toddler or preschooler. This magnetic toy sticks solidly to metal doors and refrigerators, making storage part of playtime! The letters are brightly colored and easy to handle for small hands. When your child puts the letter in the base and pushes it, a phonics song plays, teaching your child letter sounds with a catchy, memorable tune. It also plays the alphabet song with the push of another button! While this toy does have switch for power and volume control, it can be rather loud. The voices are very clear and easy to understand, and in no time, your child will be singing his or her ABC’s and learning phonics one magnetic letter at a time.
2.) Imagiplay Giant Building Block 40-piece Set
Manufacturer recommended age: 0 months and up
These timeless building blocks are a necessity for young children. Made of incredibly sturdy corrugated cardboard, they are a bit of a hassle to put together initially, but well worth the effort once they’re ready for play. This toy invites your child to hone their fine motor skills while exercising their creativity. They come in bright, primary colors, great for practicing color identification. Blocks stack neatly for convenient storage.
3.) Hasbro Playskool Step Start Walk ‘n Ride
Manufacturer recommended age: 9 months – 3 years
Perfect for toddlers fine-tuning their walking skills, this combo toy really grows with your child. In the upright position, the Walk ‘n Ride allows your child to walk behind the toy, pushing it forward, and using it for balance. In ride-on mode, the toy converts to allow your child to sit and move the toy forward and backward with his or her feet. It’s an ideal pre-bicycle toy for toddlers. This 2-in-1 toy features fun tactile features like a flexible antenna, clicking gear and spinning drum. There is also a small storage compartment for little cargo. The locking mechanism on this toy is very sturdy, and makes it so only parents can switch between play modes.
4.) Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Puppy
Manufacturer recommended age: 6 months – 3 years
This interactive, musical puppy is a joy to play with. With six interactive hot-spots (hands, feet, ear and tummy), children will learn body parts, colors, numbers and the alphabet. The puppy can be set to Learning or Game Mode and can be turned off by pressing the foot. With a soft body, it is just the right size and weight for toddlers. The volume is a little loud, and if it’s not turned off, it can be sensitive to floor vibrations or gentle nudges (i.e. when you trip over it in the middle of the night while checking on your child, it might fly into a rousing rendition of “This Old Man”). As such, it’s not great for bedtime, but as a daytime learning buddy, the Laugh and Learn Puppy is an excellent choice.
5.) Little Tikes Adjust N Draw Table
Manufacturer recommended age: 18 months – 5 years
This adjustable table is a perfect multipurpose toy for toddlers. This is a great way to introduce your child to sitting and working on projects, games or art in a specific location, hopefully keeping your little artist’s scribblings off your walls! The table adjusts up and down to fit your child as he or she grows. The table also turns to function as an easel, and comes with clips for holding paper in place for young artists. Great for snacks or lunchtime with friends, this table is also useful outdoors for family get-togethers where kids might have a hard time reaching the patio table. Like most Little Tykes products, this one is very sturdy, and will give your child years and years of use. A must-have for giving your child his or her own little space to play and create.