Learning and Development – 1 & 2 year old Toy Gift Guide

Starting with a solid base of education and imagination is one of the best things you can do for your children. Some would argue that they start learning even before they are born. Everyone has heard the phrase, “Kids are like sponges, they absorb everything!” This is never truer ┬áthan in the early toddler years. That magical time between being babies and growing into the little humans they were meant to become. The brain is molded and changed more in these years than you can possibly imagine.

Two developmental facets that hit the fast track during these years are language and emotional development. They discover how to communicate more clearly with both their parents and the world around them. They also realize that they are independent of their parents which can be tough for some kids to deal with. During these delicate years, helping them find ways to express frustrations and fears through play can be extremely effective and therapeutic. It can even help lead to fewer temper tantrums. What parent doesn’t want fewer of those!

Enter Discovery Toys. They have developed toys for helping your child deal with all that is to come during this challenging time, while still have SO MUCH FUN!


If you have a one or two-year-old on your list this year check out some of these awesome gift options!

One Year Old Gift List


Hide Inside Cottage – When I first saw this I fell in love. The bright colors and friendly animals could not possibly be more charming. Each animal offers a special sensory experience, from rattles to chimes. You child will be able to spend hours imagining the world the animals come from and of course putting them in the house and taking them back out again. Oh, and a special note, this toy was named on Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products for 2016!

Hammer Away! – I remember this little tug boat from when I was small. I would spend tons of time playing with this toy. It is wonderful for object permanence, something not a lot of parents realize toddlers can really struggle with. Just because you cannot see something does not mean its gone. The primary colors and fun of banging on those big balls into the boat (hand/eye coordination) are enough to occupy any child while teaching them more than they could ever realize.

Tangiball – This little ball might look very simple and unassuming but it is a powerhouse of fun and stimulation. Learning to roll, push, toss, grab and kick are all things that little kids need to learn for a variety of reasons. They are foundations for greater motor skills and this ball does it all. Not only is it pretty, and attracts their attention but it is specially designed for little hands. The best part for parents is it never goes flat and it BPA and Phthalate Free.

Two Year Old Gift List


Measure Up Cups – These wonderful cups are perfect for one to five-year-olds because they provide so many different learning opportunities. Stack them, knock them down, fill them with water, put them in color order, number order, size order, there are so many options it’s limitless. Using these cups also introduces the basics of math and volume. These are wonderful tools, my mom still has ours!

Night Owl and Happy Lion Puzzles – When my daughter hit between one and two puzzles became all the rage in our house. We had a stack of like ten under our television so she could play whenever she wanted to, which was often. I love the idea of a two in one puzzle. Each of these adorable puzzles has dual sided piece that can be mixed and matched to create different puzzles that kids will love. They are so freaking cute I can barely stand it!

Castle Marbleworks – Discovery Toys has the best toy in the world, in my opinion, called Marbleworks. But it is for older kids. Well, at least that’s what I thought. Here is an answer to the marble problem. This beautiful castle is perfect for 2-year-olds and up. It is the precursor to the Marbleworks play set but for little hands. It comes with 3 weighted chime balls which kids cannot swallow, like a traditional marble. They still get all of the benefits with fun for their size. Bonus, when they are not playing with the balls, it is a fun castle that can allow for hours of imaginary fun.

So those are my favorite toy picks for 1 & 2-year-olds. As you can see from the photo there are tons of other options out there and I encourage you to pick and chose any to explore. Please drop me a line if you have any questions and I would love to hear from you if you would like to order any of these wonderful toys for the holidays!


Kristin – The Perfectionist Mom

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