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.

Top 20 Toys & Gifts for 1 Year Old Girls

1Laugh ‘N Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table by Fisher-Price

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One year old girls are already little explorers. By giving them the Laugh ‘N Learn Puppy and Friends Learning table, you are actually providing a lot of opportunities for exploration. The learning table plays more than 60 children’s songs, melodies, and fun phrases. It’s got a book with colorful images, a piano with colorful keys and plays interesting melodies, a telephone with large number pads, and a laptop that lights up and plays the alphabet and other melodies. The table’s legs can be detached for floor play.

What We Like about It – It offers a lot of learning activities for any 1 year old girl. Great for developing hand-eye coordination, mastery of colors, visual stimulation, and language development.

2Laugh ‘N Learn Smart Stages Chair by Fisher-Price

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If only they made a chair like this when we were still kids. The Laugh ‘N Learn Smart Stages Chair is a learning center that is littered with fun activities. The arm rests have built-in colorful storybook as well as a numeric keypad. There are dials on both front-facing arm rests designed for switching the learning chair into a different learning mode and to teach kids about shapes. The seat itself plays more than 50 sing-along tunes, songs, and melodies as well as fun phrases when kids sit on it. Standing from the chair also activates sound effects.

What We Like about It – It’s a very interesting and comfortable way to teach kids about letters, numbers, and shapes. It also helps develop their fine and gross motor skills while helping develop their language skills.

3LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket by LeapFrog

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While you can’t expect your 1 year old girl to share her playthings yet, it’s never a bad idea to start introducing this concept with the Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket. This colorful purple on pink picnic basket contains about 6 different food items and 2 sets of plates, forks, and cups. It also comes with a picnic blanket perfect for simulating a great picnic. Opening the lid of the basket plays a variety of instrumental melodies as well as fun sound effects.

What We Like about It – The toy is ideal for introducing the concept of sharing a picnic basket with someone else. Additionally, it also helps teach kids about colors and basic shapes. Also helps develop fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and language skills.

4B. One Two Squeeze Blocks by B. Toys

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One year old girls will love the colorful blocks of the B. One Two Squeeze Blocks especially during bathtime as these are completely buoyant. They are soft, stackable, and chewable, too. The set comes with 10 of these colorful blocks complete with numbers and animals embossed on each side.

What We Like about It – Helps develop mastery of hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and creativity. May also help in developing color recognition.

5Pink Whisper Ride Buggy by Step2

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Encourage the little explorer in your 1 year old girl with the Pink Whisper Ride Buggy. This sleek and sexy buggy provides absolute riding comfort for your little princess with its patented Quiet Ride wheels. It also features a storage space under the hood, a fully functional horn, cup holders, and a seatbelt for safety.

What We Like about It – Ride-on toys are excellent for stimulating kids’ imagination. Can also help in the development of hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, and arm muscle strengthening especially in steering the buggy.

6Pink Dump Truck by Green Toys

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Let 1 year olds play in the sandbox, in the beach, or even in their play area with the Pink Dump Truck. This toy truck comes with a fully unloadable dumper for real action. It’s made of 100 percent recycled milk plastic jugs and comes with no added phthalates, PVC, or BPA.

What We Like about It – It’s excellent for open-ended play. Does not include any batteries so all the action is done by hand. Perfect for developing motor skills, hand eye coordination, and imaginative play.

7Pink Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker by VTech

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If there’s one very apt description about the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker, then that would be a learning center on wheels. This walker is filled with a lot of learning activities such as a 5-key piano that plays wonderful children’s melodies, a shape sorter, a make-believe telephone, colorful movable gears, and light-up buttons. Everything either plays melodies, tunes, and phrases or lights up in dramatic fashion, or both.

What We Like about It – It’s great for developing gross and fine motors skills, enhancing kids’ sensory and language development, and stimulating imagination. Besides, it’s from VTech.

8Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball by Billy Kikkok

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It may be an odd-looking ball but the Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball is anything but. This soft and colorful ball comes with 12 bumps in different colors, patterns, and textures. Two of these bumps serve as rattle for additional stimulation. The bumps have been carefully stitched so that they won’t get easily torn from the ball itself.

What We Like about It – The ball is excellent for stimulating visual, tactile, and auditory sensory development. It also helps strengthen gross and fine motor skills of 1 year old girls. The different colors and patterns also help in color recognition and simple problem solving.

9Pink Spin and Learn Color Flashlight by VTech

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Young kids love to play with colorful lights. Now, one year old girls can play all they want with the Spin and Learn Color Flashlight. The toy projects 5 colorful lights and features numbered and animal buttons for more interactive play including more than 50 melodies, children’s songs, fun phrases, and sound effects. The ladybug sitting atop the flashlight handle also activates the sounds.

What We Like about It – It helps reinforce sensory development and allows young kids to be as imaginative as they can be. It’s also great for developing fine motor skills and color recognition.

10Pink Baby’s Light-up Laptop by VTech

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If you have a laptop, don’t you think your 1 year old girl would want one, too? Then give her the lovable Baby’s Light-up Laptop. It has 6 buttons that teaches letters, numbers, colors, and animals as well as piano keys to teach musical notes. The piano keys also play 12 children’s tunes. It comes with a mouse that can help define letter and number ordering. The laptop plays more than a hundred songs, phrases, and sounds.

What We Like about It – It’s great for helping kids develop their speech, language, and communication skills while at the same time enhancing sensory development. Also allows for imagination as well as motor development.

11Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys by Nuby

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Bathtime will never be boring again for your 1 year old girl. The Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toy, with its large colorful head and equally colorful tentacles, can really make bathtub time more fun and exciting. It comes with 3 colorful marine animal-shaped rings to toss onto the octopus’ tentacles.

What We Like about It – It’s good for developing hand-eye coordination and spatial intelligence. Also helps stimulate imaginative play. The purple octopus is great for color recognition, too.

12Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker by Fisher-Price

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Let your little princess take care of her little baby doll by walking it with the Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker. This make-believe stroller comes with spinners, flipbook, and a roller bar for additional fun. Pressing on the wiggly jiggly bear on the handle bar activates 3 different melodies. The wheelbase is wide enough to support the little walker in your 1 year old girl.

What We Like about It – It helps in the development of kids’ gross motor skills while stimulating their creativity and imagination. It’s also helpful in enhancing sensory development as well as developing balance and coordination.

13Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone by VTech

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Your little girl may not be a diva yet but you sure can cultivate her love for vocalization with the Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone. Like a real microphone, the toy amplifies the sounds made by your little princess. It also has several buttons that play different songs and melodies as well as sounds and phrases. It has a ring at the neck of the mic that can be turned to play different animal sounds or different melodies.

What We Like about It – It’s a fun way to stimulate speech development in kids. The rattle and the different light shows can also help enhance brain development. Great for enhancing motor skills, too.

14Smart Shots Sports Center by VTech

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Who says that playing ball is only for boys? With the Smart Shots Sports Center even your 1 year old girl will have plenty of fun shooting the basketball or scoring a goal on this 2-in-1 basketball and soccer trainer. It comes complete with children’s songs, interactive lights, and tons of learning activities.

What We Like about It – It helps develop gross motor skills particularly in strengthening the muscles of the legs and arms. It’s also beneficial for imaginative play as well as hand-eye coordination and balance.

15Mozart Magic Cube by Munchkin

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Mozart’s masterpieces are renowned for improving the cognitive development of kids. With the Mozart Magic Cube, you can empower your one year old girl to take the musical cube with her wherever she is. It plays 8 of Mozart’s classical pieces in violin, piano, flute, harp, or French horn renditions. Or, she can play the masterpiece in an orchestra style. It comes with fun colored buttons, too.

What We Like about It – The musical cube is excellent for developing the cognitive abilities of children. It is helpful in stimulating imagination, creativity, and the use of fine motor movements to manipulate the buttons.

16Laugh ‘N Learn Learning Kitchen by Fisher-Price

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At just over a foot tall, the Laugh ‘N Learn Learning Kitchen is the smallest kitchen set you can ever give to your kids. However, small as it may, it’s packed with a lot of learning activities designed to stimulate optimum cognitive and psychomotor development in any 1 year old girl. It has a mini kitchen complete with stove, oven, and kitchen sink. It folds out to reveal the refrigerator. It plays songs, provide interesting light effects, and has a shape sorter.

What We Like about It – It’s excellent for stimulating imaginative play. It also helps enhance language development, motor development, and sensory development.

17Clip & Go Firefly Fifi by Lamaze

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The Clip & Go Firefly Fifi is one very educational and colorful firefly. It comes with a peek-a-boo mirror, a squeaker, and a teether. It also conveniently and easily clips onto any baby furniture like a crib, a car seat, a stroller, and even a carrier.

What We Like about It – It has a relatively simple yet useful design. It’s perfect for enhancing sensory development while at the same time help soothe any teething pains or discomfort a 1 year old girl may experience.

18Discover and Play Piano by Baby Einstein

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Think your 1 year old girl is a piano virtuoso in the making? If so, then why not give her the Discover and Play Piano and let her discover the wonderful and magical world of music? The toy comes with 3 different modes of musical instruments including guitar, drums, and trumpet. The numbered keys are made of soft materials and can play more than 20 classical tunes, melodies, and fun sound effects. The instrument buttons light up as melodies play.

What We Like about It – The piano toy is a great and fun way to help develop a one year old girl’s language and communication skills. It also teaches about numbers as well as common animal sounds. Ideal for imaginative play.

19Pink 4-in-1 Trike by Radio Flyer

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If you need a ride-on toy that your 1 year old girl will grow up with, then you need to give her Radio Flyer’s Pink 4-in-1 Trike. It’s a stroller, a walker, a supported trike, and a trike all rolled into one. Each phase is intended for use by a particular age group from little 1 year olds to bigger 5 year olds. All you have to do is to remove the wraparound tray and the pushing handle and your kid will have her very own trike when she grows up.

What We Like about It – We love that it can accommodate up to 5 year olds. At the very least, you don’t have to buy another trike anytime soon. Great for developing imagination and motor skills.

20Busy Learners Activity Cube by VTech 

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With 5 fun-filled sides, the Busy Learners Activity Cube is the perfect companion for your one year old girl’s exploration of her world. The learning cube provide 14 highly interactive learning activities including light-up buttons, fun sounds and melodies, numbers and letters, shapes and colors, and fun animal figures. It’s also made of child-safe materials.

What We Like about It – It’s helpful in developing the language and communication skills of 1 year old girls. It also enhances hand-eye coordination and facilitates mastery of motor skills. Stimulates creativity and imagination, too.

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.

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Last Updated On 23rd September 2016

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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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