As a mom I love toys and other play things that are; open ended, grow with the child, and are educational in some way. Not just a flurry of flashing lights and buttons- while those fun toys have their place children quickly become bored with them. So with that in mind I have gathered 15 items that I think are great Toddler Boy Christmas gifts, while they are of course appropriate for boys or girls I just chose them based on what my son loved at that age. Each item on the list has some aspect that is great for toddler development in some way or another.
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15 Great Gifts for Toddler Boys
First 100 Animals Board Book– Books are always a great idea as a gift. Many bright minds have been formed while listening to a story in momma’s lap and board books are a good, durable choice for toddlers.
B. Doctor Set– A doctor kit is a must for toddlers, besides the fact that they are great for imaginative play they can help you prepare little ones for their own doctor visits. I have purchased this set 3 times and have had happy gift recipients every time!
Little Tykes Count N Play Cash Register– This cash register is great for fine motor skills as they drop the “coins” inside, learning colors, sorting, and just plain fun dramatic playtime.
Guidecraft Jr. Blocks– A new twist on the classic blocks that every child loves. These colorful blocks are great as they teach children colors, shapes, stacking, and more. They are fun in a brightly lit window or with another light source shining through
Melissa & Doug Puzzle– Melissa & Doug has long been one of my favorite brands for their high quality and engaging items. This one can be used as a standard puzzle or to further practice hand eye coordination and fine motor skills as they fish for pieces.
VTech Kidibeats– I try to steer clear of too much lights and noise in kids toys but lets face it they love music and this is a fun simple set for little ones to let them jam to their own drums.
Cartoon Rc Racecar– A fun, simple, and colorful RC Car give kids a great way to practice fine motor skills as they maneuver through the house or on pavement.
Melissa & Doug Stack & Count Parking Garage– Learning colors, numbers, sorting, stacking, imaginative play… this car set has so many uses and will be a favorite play toy for a long time. I have at least 2 little boys on my list who will be receiving this one for Christmas this year.
Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set– Little boys love playing kitchen/restaurant/grocery store just as much as little girls do. Give them a quality gift that will stand up to years of creative play time.
Mega Blocks– Very few children do not love building blocks- bright colors, and hours of open ended play make these a must for any toddler on your list.
The First Years Stacking Cups– If your little one does not have these yet you will want to put them on your list. While they are geared initially for babies they have many fun uses. Besides stacking, size differentiation, and sorting they are super fun in the tub or sensory bins.
Little Tykes Easy Score Basketball Set– Anything that gets them moving is awesome, I love this classic Little Tykes Basketball set because it grows with your child so it gets tons of use from 1 year old on up.
Little Helper Set– Give you child some fun tools to pretend with and also help them develop a healthy interest in chores and helping. Teach them to tidy up their own areas, this is the best age for it!
Play Doh– Classic, it is just fun. Squishy, colorful Play Doh has delighted children for years. They don’t even realize their little fine motor skills are being strengthened as they mash, push, pull, and squeeze, or that they are learning about color, mass, and more.
Fingerpaint– Just like play doh finger paint is a must have. If you are squeamish about a mess in the house let them have ball in the tub with the fun sensory experience then just wash them and the walls down-easy peasy.
What is your favorite toddler boy gift idea?