Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

November 30, 2014

Gifts and toys for a 1-year-old

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It’s the holiday season!  Are you trying to come up with some good gift ideas for kids? Here are some motor milestones to consider and Physical Therapist approved toy recommendations for a 1 year old child.





  • begins pulling to stand
  • creeps
  • puts objects into and out of container
  • enjoys placing things on head
  • looks at and explores objects with hands


  • push toys
  • plastic nesting or stacking containers
  • cups
  • balls
  • blocks – small and brightly colored
  • baskets
  • boxes – simple ones to open and close

18-21 months old

  • needs interesting variety
  • likes to move and climb on things
  • constantly on the move; short attention span
  • more aware of people
  • begins to talk more readily
  • pull toys
  • pots and pans
  • sand toys
  • water toys
  • dolls
  • hammer toys
  • sturdy books with large colored pictures
  • stuffed toys
  • large blocks
  • toy telephone
  • large beads to string
  • simple shape sorter