And it’s not even like I buy them that many toys, it’s the birthdays and the grandmas and just all the randoms in between. You know how it goes.
It wasn’t that hard to come up with this list because like I said, there aren’t many toys that impress them for more than a few minutes.
And disclaimer: this is not a toy list of the best or most educational toys, like…toys they should be playing with or that will further them in life. I mean, sure, some of these toys below are educational for the real world, but I’m only sharing them because they are favorites. Toys that are actually played with in our house, educational or not. So without further adieu…
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- DC Comics Total Heroes Superman – Pig took this everywhere for about eight long months starting when he was two years old. He slept with it, bathed with it, carried it around all day and never let it out of his sight. His cape is now slightly torn and a disgusting color, and his hair has been chipped off in places, but he is going into my memory box for Pig because he was so special to him.
- Little Tikes Tough Workshop – This thing never gets passed over in the playroom. Pig’s cousin has something similar and we couldn’t pull Pig away from it. We got him this one, and both him and Dac have played with this thing a ton. It used to be a main fixture in our living room until we set up the playroom. Dac started messing with this before he was one and Pig still plays with it and he’s three.
- Bruder Toys Man Side Loading Garbage Truck – This is like, the mack daddy of garbage trucks. It looks just like a real “beep beep”, as Pig calls them, and it provides endless hours of entertainment. Pig likes to ball up little pieces of paper and then sit there dumping it from the side and then dumping it out the back. That’s as descriptive as I can get but you can just imagine how cool it is for a little boy. It’s perfect for older toddlers and preschoolers.
- Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen II – My boys fight over this thing constantly, which is good and bad I suppose. They love it and it can take a beating! They stand on the oven doors and pull the handles with brute toddler strength. The stove top makes a cooking noise which they love, and all of the drawers and baskets keep them entertained pulling stuff in and out.
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- Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? – I’ve bought this book twice because Pig loved it a little too much and I figured Dac would probably love it as well, which he does! It’s like a game of peek-a-boo. Both of my boys loved this book from around the year mark (or earlier, can’t remember) and into the second year.
- Sesame Street, I Can Do It! – This has been a favorite for Pig since he was two. Each page is a familiar scene like the bathroom, a park, Elmo’s bedroom, etc – and Pig loves to point out all of the things he’s learning about, like the potty, bicycles, birthday cakes, toothbrushes, going to bed. It’s such a fun book, especially when they’re learning to talk and learning what certain things are.
- Goodnight Moon – A classic. So classic that the first copy we had was mine from when I was little. Pig and I read this book almost every night. He loved finding all of the little details in each page, like the little mouse who was always sitting in a different place. Unfortunately, it was a hardcover and Pig destroyed it one fateful night when he was in this phase of ripping paper up. I bought it again, this time in board book form. Both Pig and Dac love this book, so I would say it’s perfect for ages 1-3.
- The Little Red Caboose – Another classic, another book who met it’s fate during Pig’s ripping paper fetish phase. Another book I bought again. This book has trains, cars and animals; perfect for toddlers. I can’t count the number of times we’ve read this book! Perfect for ages 1-3 as well.
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- Little Tikes Cozy Coupe – Honestly, this thing spent most of it’s time in our house at first. Pig loved to just climb in and out and open and shut the door. It’s outside now and Dac is the one who loves to play with it the most, so I would say this car is a favorite for the 1-2 crowd. Now that I’ve reminded myself how much Pig played with it when he was little, I think I’ll bring it back in for Dac. It’s one of those toys that really keep them entertained!
- Radio Flyer Classic Red Tricycle – I admit, I had to have this because it’s like a classic and I’m very into vintagey things so I got it for nostalgia’s sake. And Pig actually really loves it! He mainly likes to ride it down our slopey driveway with his feet out, but hey, whatever. He didn’t really get into it until he was closer to three years old.
- Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table – I don’t have this exact one but this is the closest I could find to what we have. This is a favorite. Dac mainly just splashes everything around and Pig stands there and methodically dumps and refills the water into the tower. It entertains them both for long amounts of time so it gets an A+ on my list.
- Gazillion Bubbles – What child doesn’t love bubbles? I have tried lots of different bubbles and I finally spent the extra cash on this brand because it’s true, it makes a gazillion bubbles. Best bottle of bubbles out on the market!
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- Little Tikes First Slide – For the record, all of the above are in my living room everyday. This slide…is in my living room, yes. Why? Because little boys need to climb and be semi dangerous; it’s in their blood. At least in my two boys. They climb up the slide, stand on top of it, slide down backwards head first, slide down naked and get “things” caught…I try to ignore all of it because it keeps them entertained and happy, and that makes for a happy mama! Both Pig and Dac love this slide so I’d say it’s great for ages 1 and up!
- Little Tikes Pillow Racers – A dear friend sent this to us several months ago. This thing is awesome-o. It spins around in circles and they can crash into the cabinets and table without damaging anything because the head and tail are cushiony. Woo hoo! Dac also sits naked on it while eating his lunch every day. If you follow me on Instagram, you know Dac is in a nudey phase. Pig also likes to ride this but not as much as Dac, so it’s probably best for the 1-2.5 ages.
- Fitness Ball – I would cut someone if they stole this from me. This is our world. I sit on it and bounce the boys the sleep. When they’re sick, we spend much of the day on this ball. The bouncing just soothes them instantly. This is REQUIRED, in my opinion, for ages newborn to whenever they’re too big to sit on your lap anymore. Any yoga ball will do, but I like ones like this that come with a pump.
- ASUS Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet – *choir angels singing* Yes technically this is not a toy but ohmyheavens is it a life saver. I love this tablet for so many reasons. Whenever I absolutely need my older one to be quiet and entertained so I can put the little one to sleep, I break out this bad boy. He can play with apps, he can watch garbage truck videos on YouTube, he can watch his favorite show on Netflix, etc. Highly recommended if you need a sanity break or you have both a toddler and a baby. I also love it because I have our favorite lullabies on there which I play while putting them to sleep and read my Kindle books at the same time. This tablet is always with me!
- VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker – How or why this thing has been so used in our house, I don’t know. The front part has even been taken off and dumped somewhere and Dac continues to push it around even though he’s been walking for almost 7 months now. Both Pig and Dac pushed this thing around before they started walking, after they started walking, in the house, out of the house, at the grandmas’ houses, at the park, etc. They just loved pushing it around and both of them loved the phone and the little shapes at the top. It by far has been the most used toy we’ve had. And so unexpected. It’s always the ones you least expect.