Whether you are a new parent bringing a baby Home for the first time, a loving aunt, uncle of family friend searching for gifts for many children who are different ages, or a doting grandparent, these lists are here to serve as a resource. Kids develop so quickly and their interests change, if they aren’t specific about what they want, you would think it wouldn’t be hard to find something to keep them happy and entertained! But let’s face it, it is stressful. No one wants to buy a gift that ends up in the back of the closet or among the aisle of misfit toys. This is a list of all kinds of toys for every age group!
Toys for newborns and babies up until 1 year of age
Babies like to look at people—following them with their eyes. Typically, they prefer faces and bright colors. Babies can reach, be fascinated with what their hands and feet can do, lift their heads, turn their heads toward sounds, put things in their mouths, and much more! Things they can reach for, hold, suck on, shake, make noise with—rattles, large rings, squeeze toys, teething toys, soft dolls, textured balls, and vinyl and board books.
Toys for Toddlers, Ages 1-3
Toddlers are on the go and toys geared for this age group focus on motivating them to begin to communicate with words, as well as to begin to engage in interactive, pretend play. This list incorporates those famous Little People toys, ride-on toys, Elmo and some pretend play toys that involve a lot of dump and fill play. In addition, there are many great outdoor toys for toddlers.
Toys for Preschoolers, Ages 3-5
When choosing the best toys for your classroom or for your child at home, remember that simple is best. Children will learn better in an environment that is not cluttered with toys, but instead in a space that is clean, simple, and with room for their imaginations.
Popular toys for kids, Ages 5-8
By this age, your child has an understanding of cause and effect. They are able to write complete sentences and enjoy being part of a team. Because of this, though, they are easily influenced by peers. So, making sure they have the tools to be an individual is key.
Best Tween Toys, Ages 8-12
By the time they are tweens, or pre-teens ages 8-12, it can become challenging to find a toy or game to your child’s liking. Though boys and girls might have vastly different interests, this age group is really primed for the development of self-expression. Tween girls will often enjoy arts-and-crafts kits to make jewelry, while boys may be into collectible toys they can use to compete in games with friends.
Toys for Teenagers and kids ages 13 and up
Reading plays a huge role in your child’s life at this age. It stimulates their imagination, communication skills and vocabulary. Problem-solving toys are ideas at this age and may keep them entertained for hours.