The great toy list : 12 months+

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas?  By 12 months, you’ll be more than likely looking for new toys and ways to keep your little one entertained, but also extend their skills.  So take a look at these ideas and see if there is any good inspiration for your kids’ presents!

I mostly haven’t listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget.  You can do the rounds via the usual stores – Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don’t forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‘children’s toys online Australia’ or ‘educational toys Australia’), markets, online markets (such as, op shops, and eBay.  Sometimes the more ‘fancy’ the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

Look out for my other lists, from birth to toddlers, as I have listed toys from when the age they may first be used, so some might be included in these lists..

Here we go:

–          Push spinning top


–          Fisher Price toys – Brilliant basics – cash register

–          Small blocks that your baby can pick up

–          Bubbles

–          Trike – the type that involves no pedals



–          Farm house

–          Shape sorter

–          Ball (there are all sorts)

–          Bag of balls – good for baby pool, trampoline, even bath


–          Board books (good for when they start to experiment with ripping)

–          Bead rollercoaster


–          Musical instruments

–          Water table

–          Wagon

–          Wheelbarrow

–          Pull along/push along toys


–          Mower

–          Wooden workbench/hammer

–          Wooden toolbox

–          Pound-a-ball


–          Micador – Early Start Egg Chalk

–          Kids music CD


–          Toy phone, hand bag

–          Everyday items for play – dustpan/ brush, fly swat, broom, keys, pegs, scourers/sponges, bib, comb etc

I’m sure you can think of other classics I’ve forgotten – please list any more great ones! Or alternatively, post them on I Raise My Kids’ facebook page 🙂

(And my disclaimer : I have two boys and work with more boys than girls, so I’m sure some classic girls’ toys could be missing! ;))

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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