12 Best Toys for Toddler Boys in 2017
The toddler age can be a lot of fun. That’s when babies break out and really start interacting with the world around them while learning new thing in the process. It can also be a tough age to buy toys for, which lead us to create a list of the best toys for toddler boys.
Whether you are buying a gift for your son or someone else’s, our picks include everything from interactive playthings to outdoor activities and bath time. That includes the classic toddler age range, so all of our toys are suitable for little ones between 1 and 3.
Table of Contents
- Top 12 Toys for Toddler Boys Comparison Table
- Toddler Toy Guide
- Type of Toy
- Age Range
- Who’s it For?
- Top 5 Best Toys for Toddler Boys Reviews
Top 12 Toys for Toddler Boys Comparison Table
|Design||Name||Type||Battery Powered||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Gund Baby Animated Flappy The Elephant Plush Toy||Play/Plush||3 AA||4.9|
|2. B. Toys B. One Two Squeeze Blocks||Play||No||4.8|
|3. VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck||Play||2 AAA||4.7|
|4. Gund Peek A Boo Bear-Animated With Voice||Play/Plush||3 AA||4.7|
|5. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker||Learning||2 AA||4.7|
|6. Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower||Play||No||4.6|
|7. Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table||Outdoor||No||4.5|
|8. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car||Wheeled||No||4.5|
|9. Melissa & Doug Food Groups and Melissa & Doug Wooden Pantry Products Bundle||Play||No||4.5|
|10. Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set||Play||No||4.5|
|11. Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space||Activity||4 C-cells||4.4|
|12. Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys||Bath||No||4.4|
Toddler Toy Guide
Choosing a new toy for your toddler can be overwhelming with the wealth of options available. Well, it doesn’t have to be if you keep a few things in mind before diving in.
Type of Toy
Toys used to be fairly simple and you have probably heard your parents talk about playing with sticks and dirt if you are old enough. Well, today’s toys are far more complex and come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, and colors. They are far more exciting that dirt.
For our list of the best toys for toddler boys, we decided to keep it simple and aim for a few areas. We have toys that are built for play and ones that can teach. Some can do both by sharpening motor skills, and a few are probably better suited for use outdoors unless you have a large abode or don’t mind a mess. All are safe, although you may want to keep the materials and country of origin in mind.
The “Toddler” age range is difficult to predict although generally regarded as 12-months to 3-years of age. That said, children develop at different rates, and while those first 12-months are important, they can really progress once they hit the toddler stage.
When choosing a good toy for your little guy, you will want to consider his skill level along with the toy itself. If he has not quite yet mastered the art of being steady on his feet, that basketball set is probably not a wise idea. Same for any pedal cars or things they would need to push or require good motor skills. On the flipside, 3-year olds often carry around their baby toys if they are still fun or a favorite.
Who’s it For?
This one is simple, and you can skip ahead to our top picks if you’re buying for yourself. If you are choosing an item for someone else’s child from our best toys for toddler boys list, you will want to consider the parents along with the child.
Parents can be fickle, that’s putting it mildly. While it is hard to offend anyone with a toddler toy, it is easy to buy something they do not necessarily want for their child. If the parents are environmentally friendly, a big box of plastic blocks or a tech toy may not be the best idea. Wooden blocks or a nice plush would be a more appropriate choice.
Top 5 Best Toys for Toddler Boys Reviews
Number one on our list of the top toys for toddler boys comes from Gund, a company who knows a few things about making toys for tots and babies alike. While most of their expertise comes in the stuffed animal department, they’ve moved into modern times with the Gund Baby Elephant toy which is animated to keep your child entertained when all else fails.
Some animatronic toys can frighten little ones, but not this cute little elephant from Gund. Flappy is soft standing a full 12” high and is washable when he gets a little dingy. It’s going to happen if your child enjoys the toy. It runs off three AA batteries (which are included) and interacts with your child in two different ways. One is the classic “Peek-a-Boo” game, and the other is the infamous elephant song, “Do Your Ears Hang Low” which is sung in a child-like voice.
While this is a toddler toy that may not be a big hit with a 3-year old, we dare you to find a younger toddler that won’t love it. Kids tend to get attached to their favorites as well, so do not be surprised if you find them hanging on to it long past their toddler stage.
It doesn’t get much simpler than this folks, and all children love blocks. That said, the days of intentionally or unintentionally braining siblings and parents are gone courtesy of Battat and the B. Toys B. One Two Squeeze Blocks. As the name implies, the blocks are soft and squeezable which makes them quite safe and child-friendly to boot.
These blocks come 10 to a set and feature embossed designs including animals, shapes, and numbers. Your child can learn while they build with these blocks which also squeak and float if you want to put them in the pool or the bathtub. As any kid knows, if it squeaks and floats, it can also squirt water 99% of the time even if that is not its intended use.
Storage will be simple with this set as they come in a recyclable storage bag. They are made from plastic and imported, however, which is something to keep in mind if you want to keep certain things out of your child’s mouth.
It’s hard to find a little boy that doesn’t love a toy dump truck and little girls that enjoy playing in dirt dig them as well. VTech’s Drop and Go Dump Truck can be used outdoors if you so choose, but it’s actually geared for indoors and comes with its own pile of rocks to play with. It may be one of the simpler toys to make the grade, but do not let those looks fool you.
While this dump truck isn’t motorized, it does use two AAA batteries to pull off a few tech tricks. It has three buttons which play music and say phrases which can teach your child along with those colored balls for the dump truck. The truck itself can count as the rocks are dropped in, and it has a whopping 30+ songs and phrases it can belt out.
In addition to teaching your child through play, this toy has another nice advantage. It’s quite durable, and we feel it’s one that will last well beyond the 3-year mark when your child leaves their toddler ways behind.
We’ll admit, we are a fan of the elephant but realize that some children prefer other animals including bears. If your child loves their teddy bears, you may have just found the perfect gift with Gund’s Peek A Boo Bear. Rest assured, it is just as soft and huggable as it looks, and it even comes with its Gund-branded blanket to assist in Peek-a-Boo.
Like their elephant, this toy is animated and both its arms and mouth move. The bear’s arms lift the blanket up to play Peek-a-Boo with your child while the mouth moves as the bear speaks one of four different phrases. Needless to say, the talking bear could bug your child out, so keep that in mind if they are a skittish toddler. The magic happens when through a button on the bear’s foot, and it will introduce itself before the fun begins.
The Gund Animated Peek A Boo Bear with voice is a perfect choice for toddlers that are still in the baby range and comes with three AA batteries out of the box. That said, we all know how those “test” batteries can pan out, so you may want to have spares on hand or risk a crying child when the games stop.
Rounding out our top 5 is another product from VTech. While we could have done an entire book on their vast array of toys, the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is a fan favorite. It’s also a personal favorite of ours and something many of us used to learn motor skills at an early age. Depending on your decade, this one is probably far fancier than your old one.
First off, this one is a “walker” of sorts as it can keep your child steady on their feet while they push it about the house. This helps with motor skills along with massive amount of activities built into the walker. Along the bottom, you will find three spinning wheels while the top has a sturdy handle and the back is split like a shopping cart; this helps with the stability, but the real action is on the front panel.
The front play panel on the walker has a telephone, five working piano keys, and a boatload of other awe-inducing features. There are things that spin and flip, and other parts that light up and produce sounds. On that note, the VTech Sit to Stand Walker comes with over 70 songs, music, and sound effects to keep kids entertained. This one runs off of two AA batteries which are included and is available in Orange or Lavender.