Elias’s Favorite Toys: Age 1

by jessicaturner on July 20, 2009

He actually is quite a bit more serious in this picture than he usually is with his Elmo! :)

Elias is soooo busy these days. He spends hours playing with his toys, dumping things out of baskets and just having a grand time. I thought it would be fun to share some of his favorite toys with you.

  • Melissa & Doug First Shapes Jumbo Puzzle – While Elias doesn’t seem to get the hang of putting the pieces in the correct spots, he loves taking this puzzle apart and banging the pieces together. The knobs make them really easy for him to hold. We have several other Melissa & Doug puzzles that are also great.
  • Wonderworld Stacking Rings – Elias loves taking apart these wood stacking rings, banging them together and stacking them up. He isn’t very good at putting them on the center wood peg yet, but he’ll get there. I love what a quality toy this is.
  • CAT 6 in. Mini Vehicles – Dump Truck – Elias has several of these little mini CAT trucks and he is so cute crawling and pushing them around. How do boys just know how to do that?! They are only $3.99 at Toys R Us, which I thought was a total steal. Most of the other small cars are a lot smaller than these.
  • Little Tikes Tap a Tune Xylophone – Elias is really into music lately, so this xylophone was a big hit for his birthday. He did get his finger caught inbetween two of the keys, so even though it says it is age appropriate, I’m not so sure. He hasn’t done it again though.
  • Hokey Pokey Elmo – Elias loves this thing! He gets so excited every time that Elmo starts Hokey Pokey-ing. His day care has Chicken Dance Elmo and he also loves that one. The toy itself is a bit annoying, but he is so cute dancing to it that I just have to love it.
  • LeapFrog Alphabet Pal® Caterpillar – I generally prefer non-battery operated toys because I think they stimulate creativity better, but this toy is one of the few exceptions we have made. It sings the ABCs, does letter sounds and says the letters. Elias loves pulling the cord and making it sing.
  • LeapFrog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set– I just got this toy this weekend for Elias and it has been a HUGE hit. The magnets are really cute. Basically you can mix and match the animal parts and it sings little songs based on if you match the parts. Again, I am generally not a fan of noisy/battery toys, but I really like this one.

What toys were/are your kids into as young toddlers?
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Southern Gal July 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

My daughter loved her babydolls. She was a prisspot…still is. Always a necklace, purse, hairbow and frilly socks with her little outfits. Sigh. She just got married in May.

My older son loved anything he could push, punch or bang together. His favorites were plastic balls and bats. He ended up being able to toss a ball in the air and hit it at 18 months. Loves sports.

My youngest loved a Leap Frog Alphabet Drum. He's a product of the electronic age, I guess.

All my kids loved their books. Any kind of book. Just had to be prepared to read until I was croaking.


The Fritz Facts July 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm

My kids still love the Leap Frog Alphabet. It is not my favorite toys however…so loud!

Boo was really into blocks and trucks. Even then she was a bit of a tomboy. She loved bringing her trucks outside and digging with them, getting covered in dirt. It was wonderful.


Felicia July 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Graham loved those fridge magnets too.. still does! LOL!

One thing that I am so glad I got for him though was the Meet the Letters DVD by preschool prep. Trust me, it is so annoying, but he learned the entire alphabet upper and lower case in 3 weeks at 18 months old. No joke. I bought all the DVDs and he now knows colors, shapes, numbers, several site words.


ANDREA July 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Wow! I can't believe Elias likes that Elmo. We have the "Tickle Me" version and both my daughters were VERY scared of him at age one. A little bit like Santa Clause They've since warmed up to him though and think he's hilarious. :)


Jessica Turner July 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I need to get Elias on video dancing to the Elmo. He kind of bops his body up and down while he sits and watched Elmo dance. It is super cute.


Jennifer July 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm

AWW… he is adorable!! I hope he is doing well after getting those tubes put in his ears! My younger brother had them put in when he was little… they really helped him.


HeatherOz July 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Hi Jessica,
Perfect timing! Thanks for the toy reviews! We are getting ready for my Babe's first bday and are having a hard time deciding what toys would be best. She already has quite a few toys that her sister and brothers have handed down but we have to get her SOMETHING for her birthday. We do have the hokey pokey elmo. You reminded me that I need to get some new batteries in it so Miss Daisy can do a little dancin with elmo.


The Belton Family July 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Taft is 13 months old and loves the Leap Frog Fridge Farm. I kinda hate that in the stainless steel age of fridges, they don't stick. I wish they made a stainless steel look that was magnetic. He just loves it in the floor though.
He is also a big fan of boxes and baskets and will set for hours just taking things in and out of them.


KK July 20, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Happy belated 1st Birthday to little Elias. He is as precious as always.
Blessings today and always,
Matthew 21:22


Mike, Liz and Sophia July 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Sophia is 2 1/2 and she has always been into her babies. She loves them. It is a little scary to see your parenting come out in your child but always funny.

She also has a table and chairs and that was the best thing we ever bought. We get lots of use out of it. Eating, playing, coloring, you name it and she does it on that table.


becca July 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Well, our son is 23 months old, but for the past year, his favorite toys have stayed exactly the same…farm animals from the dollar spot at Target. Just this past week, they had sea creatures and I went wild over them…got one of everything. They have become his new favorite (along with the farm animals!)

Also, even though they are not in his age range, Transformer's Bumper Battlers are his other favorites. :)


becca July 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

oh, and his train table that he got for Christmas from my parents…invaluable – we use it EVERY day.


♥Kim July 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Jess these are great ideas, (hope you wouldn't mind if I steal a few ideas). Hunter has a few toys he loves, his red wagon that we push him in outside, he loves throwing his ball, the ball pop toy (throws balls up).
Elias is such a cutie! :) I bet that's cute watching him dance! :)


Melissa: The Goldilocks of the Bear Den...and the Momma! July 22, 2009 at 5:50 am

Besides Brandon's love for our cell phones, remotes, cameras or keys? You mean this kid has ACTUAL toys?

Right now he is really into a push riding lawn mower he pushes around the yard.

He has the laughing elmo and he likes to push him over and over. He has a whole sesame street car/driving set. We take it in the car with us so he can drive.

He also is starting to love little matchbox cars and now says 'vroom, vroom'.

What a fun stage.


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