1. Motion Bubblers This is our favorite, but there are so many different sensory bottles you can get and so many you can make too! This is similar to a lava lamp. When you tip it over, the bubbles are created by different colors. It looks so cool! Both kids will play with it and, now at 2, Lincoln loves to count the bubbles and name the patterns the colors create.
2. All-natural crayons So, toddlers put things in their mouth constantly. These are all natural and made from beeswax. Aside from that, they're chunky and easy to hold. They resemble chalk sticks in size. The colors are vibrant and unique. The kids love to take out the box of these when doing art projects. They have quite a few bite marks, but don't have paper to peel or snap easily.
3. Cleaning set This is actually one of my favorite purchases ever! A common phrase in toddlerhood is "me do" or "me help" and this set makes it not turn into a battle. Whenever there's a mess, Lincoln will go straight to his broom and dustpan and "help" me clean. We added a small swiffer to it so he feels included when doing that task as well! Such a fun item to have!
4. Knob puzzles Yes, these could've been on the educational list as well, but I love these style puzzles for this age! They are so fun and invite so much language development. I found that as we neared 2 year old, Lincoln would use the large pieces to make stories and pretend the pieces were real. We have the one shown above and a farm one and a house item one and a shape one. They're all universally loved.
5. Bristle blocks These are really unique and fun! I love that they're a weird texture and there isn't much else on the market that has this feeling. They are easy to squish together, feature no small parts, and create fun projects to do. We've used ours as sensory play, building tools, painting tools, and probably more. They're nice to have put in a basket and to pull out as a fun item!
6. Boppin Bugs Cause and effect items are really fun for this age because they teach the kids when something happens, there's a reaction. I like this one because it's diverse. Instead of just hitting, it has you push, press, twist, and squeeze which make sit a little more interesting and will last longer.
7. Fisher Price Activity This is a game changer to be honest. It lets the younger infants work on pulling up, standing up, and walking. Layla literally uses it as a push toy around the living room. The activities on top aren't flashing and just singing, they're more interactive and enjoyable. It has 3 levels so sometimes Lincoln will sit and press buttons and I can turn it to spanish, which is amazing!
8. Race track We like this one because it's repetitive, one piece, and is fun to watch. We'll do speed races with different styles of cars. It's all wooden and colorful. No pieces can come off or fall off. Again, it hits on cause and effect and overall is just a fun toy to have around, especially if you have a car enthusiast.
9. Animal figures These will last FOREVER and you'll want them to. Kids go through phases and these style of animals (they also have marine animals, farm animals, and pets) never go out of style. They are a diverse toy because the kids use them for EVERYTHING (including sleeping with them!). They can be washed in the dishwasher or with hot water and soap and they're durable.
10. Magnetic tow truck This is a great set because it's an activity as well. Sure, you can use the cars alone or the truck alone, but together it makes a really fun fine motor and focusing activity. The magnet works with hotwheels cars and any metal so I find the kids picking up all sorts of things and discovering what's magnetic or not. There's a few different styles of this set, but we love it!