Got a special little one in your life you need to buy a present for? Then you’re going to want to check out our list of the best toddler gift ideas for 2018!

Toddlers grow and develop at a remarkable pace! They are curious adventurers, ready to explore the world around them.

Toddlers also have longer attention spans than babies, so they can focus on make-believe, games, and more.

Each one of these toys are highly rated by moms and designed to be fun while, at the same time, helping to build crucial toddler skills.

Check out our ultimate guide of the best toddler gift ideas for 2018. You’re guaranteed to find something your little one will love!

 

Toddler Gift Ideas

 

1. Take-Apart Airplane and Helicopter

 

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Age: 2 years +

Skills Learned: Basic STEM, Fine motor skills

Why We Like It: Let your child’s imagination soar with this cool take-apart airplane and helicopter set.

Your little mechanic will keep busy for hours with this easy to assemble build and play construction vehicle building set.

Your toddler can build his fave modes of transportation while learning basic STEM skills.

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2. Fisher-Price Little People Loops ‘n Swoops Amusement Park

Age: 18 Mos – 4 Years Old

Skills Learned: Creativity, Dexterity

Why We Like It: The 2- foot-tall Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Loops ‘n Swoops Amusement Park is anchored by a rolling ramp full of twists and turns. The amusement park offers lots of choices and things to be curious about.

Flashing lights, sounds, and a fun song keep your toddler interested for countless hours. The bottom level has a ticket booth, fun house mirror, food stand, lift gate, and other amusement park details.

The wheelies help little ones strengthen their fine-motor skills and creativity. We know they’ll come up with some fun imaginative stories about their Little People amusement park friends. 

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3. LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Set

Age: 12 Mos – 3 Years Old

Skills Learned: Colors, Counting Social Skills, and Matching

Why We Like It:  The super cute Musical Rainbow Tea Party Set includes 10 play pieces that introduce colors and matching, manners, and counting. 

Little ones will love matching colors to tea cakes while building motor skills as they play. As the teapot tips, the color moves and gurgles like a real teapot, which is pretty darned cool. Little tykes will love this colorful tea set!

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4. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Alligator Wooden Push Toy

 

Age: 12 Mos – 2 Years Old

Skills Learned: Walking, Fine Motor Skills

Why We Like It: Young toddlers who are starting to walk will really love this Melissa & Doug activity walker.

With sturdy construction, this handcrafted wooden toy serves as a playful, dependable tool to help children ages one and up work on motor skills, develop hand-eye coordination, and take their first steps.

Non-skid wheels let your child walk along smooth surfaces without moving too fast or leaving any unsightly marks on your floor.  Learning to walk has never been so fun! 

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5. Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag

 

Age: 12 Mos – 3 Years Old

Skills Learned: Creativity, Fine Motor Skills

Why We Like It:  The bag is the perfect starter set for your toddler to build anything they dream up and engage in hours of open-ended creative play.

Mega Bloks are big and easy for little hands to hold, stack and take apart.

When playtime is over, zip the blocks up in the included environmental-friendly bag and stash them in the toy box until the next adventure. 

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6. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Pounding Bench

Age: 2 – 4 Years Old

Skills Learned: Hand-Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills

Why We Like It:  The colorful pegs on the wooden pounding bench go up and down, playing peekaboo with your child as they practice their fine-motor skills. You’ll like the fact the pegs are attached, and can’t get lost.

Kids love the cause-and-effect action of whacking one peg, while another pops up. It’s pretty darn fun. The bench includes a sturdy wooden mallet perfect for pounding. 

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7. Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike

Age: 12 Mos – 5 Years Old

Skills Learned: Gross Motor Skills

Why We Like It:  The 4-in-1 Radio Flyer Stroll ‘n Trike really grows with your child! For babies, the tricycle has a wraparound safety tray that can hold snacks and a sippie cup, a five-point harness, back and head support and a sun canopy. Mom or dad can push the trike from behind, just like a stroller.

When your child is ready to graduate to pedaling, the safety tray and canopy can be removed.

For kids ready to ride all on their own, parents can remove the push handle and head support so the Radio Flyer Stroll ‘n Trike becomes a classic tricycle for toddlers on the move. This is a sturdy toy that will bring fun for many years!  

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8. LEGO DUPLO All-in-One-Box-of-Fun

Age: 18 Mos – 4 Years Old

Skills Learned: Creativity, Fine Motor Skills

Why We Like It:  Here’s the perfect LEGO starter set for your toddler!

The LEGO DUPLO All-In-One Box of Fun set has a bunch of DUPLO bricks perfectly sized for little hands and great for building and creative play.

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9. EverEarth Garden Activity Cube

 

Age: 18 Mos – 3 Years Old

Skills Learned: Sensory, Fine Motor Skills, Counting/Basic Logic

Why We Like It:  The EverEarth activity cube is a durable, classic toy for toddlers. Six sides of different activities means your little will be entertained for hours.

It’s also great for play dates – all of the different sides means that little friends can play together at the same time.

The cube has moving beads, a maze, shape sorter, abacus, moving cogs, counting blocks and more. Hours of fun for toddlers! 

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10. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks 

Age: 6 Mos – 3 Years

Skills Learned: Sorting and Matching, Fine Motor Skills

Why We Like ItBasics First Blocks are a really great way for babies and toddlers to learn sorting and matching skills. Toddlers can drop the brightly colored blocks into the open bucket, or through the shape-sorting lid!

Filling the bucket with blocks, dumping them out, and starting over is great for eye-hand coordination and other early skills. All ten blocks fit inside the bucket, with a carry-handle for easy take-along.

Little ones need something simple that’s fun and easy for them to operate by themselves. This is that toy. 

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11. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Scooter

Age: 12 Mos – 3 Years Old

Skills Learned: Fine/Gross Motor Skills, Basic Words/Numbers

Why We Like It:  Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Scooter helps develop motor skills but, even more importantly, it’s a lot of fun!

While scooting along, your child is rewarded with cute phrases, sound effects and songs. There’s also a working horn, and pushing buttons on the dashboard teaches numbers, shapes, opposites and more!

This scooter features 3 levels of play that grow with your child, so it they can use it throughout their toddler years. 

  • Level 1: Explore -first words and sounds spark baby’s curiosity.
  • Level 2: Encourage (18M+) – prompts baby through questions and simple directions.
  • Level 3: Pretend (24M+) – imaginative fun and early role play for growing toddlers. 

This is a great little scooter your child can use for years.  

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12. Little Tikes Rocking Horse Blue

Age: 12 Mos – 3 Years Old

Skills Learned: Balance, Coordination

Why We Like It: This classic rocking horse toy was given a modern makeover in an electric blue color. It’s small and portable, and can be used both indoors and out. It has smooth corners and edges to make it safer for kids.

The Little Tikes Rocking Horse is super durable, which means it can be handed down to younger kids once your toddler outgrows it. It’s an all-around solid toy kids love! 

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13. Kiddey Children’s Dual Play Tent with Tunnel

Age: 18 Mos – 6 Years Old

Skills Learned:  Gross Motor Skills, Creativity

Why We Like It: You know that kids love making forts and castles…what’s even better? A big play tent tepee connected to a tunnel, which is connected to another play tent. How fun is that?!

This is an ideal gift for kids that like to be adventurous and need to burn off a little energy. The tents and tunnels are easy to wash and assemble, and can be used indoors and out. The large teepee doubles as a ball pit (balls must be purchased separately).

Combine that with a long tunnel and another tent with multiple entrances and you’ve got the perfect set up for crawling, hiding, and going on creative adventures! 

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14. Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home

Age: 12 Mos – 5 Years

Skills Learned:  Creativity, Fine Motor Skills

Why We Like It: This is one of those toys that kids can play with for years, which makes it a winner in our books. When kids enter the Little People Home, they are in their own amazing world of kid sized make-believe.

They’ll have fun while learning about everything around the house. In fact, kids discover more than 50 sounds, songs, and phrases! 

Everything fits neatly inside the house and it has carrying handles so you can take it with you on the go. Kids can lost in creative play for hours. 

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15. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe

Age: 2-5 Years Old

Skills Learned: Creativity, Basic Letters, Numbers and Vocabulary

Why We Like It:  The Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe by VTech is a three-in-one desk with interactive activity cards that’s expandable. The desk features an interactive desktop with 5 pages that include letters, numbers, music, colors and more!

It even transforms from a desk into an easel and chalkboard, with plenty of storage space for art supplies. For even more fun, your toddler can play with the toy telephone or listen to tunes on the music player.

Once your child has completed the included pages, you can purchase expansion packs that are sold separately and focus on specific topics, like nursery rhymes or preschool prep. This activity desk makes learning fun! 

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16. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck

 

Age: 18 Mos – 3 Years Old

Skills Learned: Creativity, Size and Sequencing, Counting, Basic Vocabulary

Why We Like It:  Well first off, just look at this thing. It is so stinkn’ cute! The Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck provides hours of role play and hands-on activities. Kids can greet customers, work the register, prep orders on the light-up grill, and more.

And while they play, toddlers are being introduced to sizing and sequencing, vocabulary, manners, taking turns, and more with songs, sounds, tunes and phrases.

This is a “Smart Stages” toy, meaning it has three levels of play with different songs and phrases to match your child’s development level. This toy can grow along with them!  

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