20 Best Toys & Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Girls In 2017

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One year old girls require toys that will help them continue learning about the world around them. They need toys that will help them continue developing their psychomotor skills and allow them to explore their surroundings. The 2nd year of life is also critical in the development of cognitive and language skills as these can help mitigate frustrations that they may experience during this stage. Choosing the right toys for this stage is therefore very important.

Unfortunately, with so many toys to choose from, you might end up giving the wrong toy for your one year old girl. As such, we have carefully studied hundreds of toys and gifts often given to 1 year olds to come up with the 20 best toys.

How We Chose the Most Popular in Our List

Coming up with a shortlist was never easy, but we knew it had to be done so you won’t have to fret over choosing the best gift or toy for your little princess. We have scoured the internet for the best toys and have come up with the best 20. We subjected each one to a scoring system that looked at each toy’s developmental appropriateness, quality of design, usefulness of the toy, overall safety features, positive consumer and parent feedback, and toy maker reputation. We also had to take note of negative comments as these can impact the overall value of the toy. We know that these are the exact same things you will also consider when choosing the right toy for your little ones.

Your Little Princess and Her 2nd Year of Life

Before your little princess turns two years, she would have already accomplished a lot in terms of her physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. In the next few years, she will keep on growing and developing until she reaches her optimum.

Between the ages of 12 and 18 months, you can expect your little princess to already show some kind of understanding of what is happening or occurring in their surroundings. By this time she is already getting used to the different routines at home. It is therefore important to provide her toys that will allow her to master these “routines” to help make her feel more confident especially about her abilities to perform these routines. This can also help foster independent play.

She also begins to understand the idea of object permanence which helps her to feel more confident about not being able to see Mom and Dad because she knows they are essentially still in the house, just in another part. This makes them very proficient when it comes to finding objects such that puzzles or toys that allow them to look for certain things become so much fun for them. These playtime activities help develop her memory as well as focus and concentration. In many ways, it is the foundation of beginning convergent problem solving skills. She has an idea of the answer to the problem so she actively searches for it even though she hasn’t seen it yet.

Physically, a 12 to 18 month old princess will have to keep on strengthening her muscles and controlling her motor movements. This is where toys that allow her to use her arms and legs to be particularly beneficial as they help to tone and grow the muscles. For their fine motor skills, young kids will also benefit from making marks as well as drawing.

It is important to help 12 to 18 month old girls to develop their language as well as creativity. Providing toys and books with songs and interesting visuals can help in this regard. More importantly, parents should sing along with their young girls to encourage the development of their speech.

Between the ages of 18 and 24 months, your little princess will now become little Dora the Explorer.  Their sense of adventure is already apparent and they would like to explore their surroundings a lot more. By this time, they are beginning to learn the principles of cause and effect relationships and would definitely want to explore the different implications of such relationships. Toys that provide cause-effect relationships are thus beneficial as they try to understand the what-if phenomenon. This also helps lay the foundation for more imaginative play as can be seen from their very artistic creations.

Language-wise, they still have very limited vocabulary and this can pose a major issue especially if children cannot find the right words to express their ideas. This leads to frustration and can culminate in your little girl throwing a temper tantrum. It is therefore important to provide toys and gifts that will expand her vocabulary so she can communicate more effectively her thoughts and her needs.

We know how daunting matching the correct toys to these developmental needs can be. Nevertheless, we are positive that your one year old girl will surely love any of the 20 toys we have listed in here and that she will grow up to be one well-developed young lady.

Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!

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