Finding a toddler toy that keeps your toddler happy and busy can feel like a lottery win

After all, the best toddler toy gives the gift of the most precious commodity parents have: time. Having the opportunity to tend to other things without the guilt that goes hand in hand with parking tots in front of the television or giving them your smart phone is pretty priceless.

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But more than simply keeping kids occupied, the best toddler toys stimulate their minds and spark their imaginations. From helping little guys and gals strengthen their fine and gross motor skills to building their vocabularies, and learning colors, numbers, and shapes, toddler toys can teach just as much as they entertain.

Whether you’re hoping to foster a love of music, art, agriculture or architecture, we’ve found the best toddler toys to engage and delight your little one when you can’t — at least not for a little while.

Best Toddler Toys
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Hape Sunny Valley Adventure Dome

Hape's toys almost look like heirlooms, and this 3D dome magnetic maze lets kids use the magnet in the bird's beak to drop beads into the slides. This is a toddler toy that's great for group play. It also encourages open-ended play, and the development of fine motor skills as kids try to get the beads where they need to go.

Buy Now $35.96

Fisher-Price Wonder Makers Design System Special Delivery Depot

The post office gets a major makeover with this playset, which lets kids design, build, and create their own adventures mailing packages. The set includes 35 pieces, and a wooden track.

Buy Now $9.62

LeapFrog LeapBuilders 123 Counting Train

LeapFrog's counting train lets kids insert the 10 double-sided learning blocks into the train to hear sounds and phrases that introduce professions and colors. Plus, when kids press buttons, they can hear as melodies and songs all while building hand-eye-coordination.

Buy Now $12.34

Melissa & Doug First Play Jungle Wooden Activity Table

This wood play table from one of our favorite brands has eight different activities to help kids develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It has colors, patterns, and attached pieces that turn, roll, flip, spin, slide, and just generally keep your toddlers engaged and happy.

Buy Now $33.99

Green Toys Shape Sorter

Sorting shapes is an integral part of child development. This set is made from recycled plastic, and the shapes are the perfect size for little hands to try and fit them into the correct slots. They learn color-matching, and without all the bells and whistles, kids are more likely to use their imagination.

Buy Now $17.71

Pewi Walking Ride On Toy

This isn't just a ride-on toy. Oh no. The Pewi YBike can be used for riding, pushing, sitting, and supported walking. It's great for kids nine months and older.It helps toddlers develop their balance, coordination, strength, confidence, and spatial awareness, all under the guise of having fun. And it works best on smooth surfaces, in the home.

Buy Now $49.99

Think Fun Move and Groove Dance Game for Toddlers

Help kids ages 18 months and up with their coordination, spatial orientation and confidence. You toss the plush cube to determine a color, choose a matching colored card and perform the directed move. You make a fool of yourself for your kids' amusement. What could be better? Please note, this game doesn't actually play music. So you'll need to provide your own.

Buy Now $18.76

Battat Big Red Barn

Kids can pretend to be farmers, or animal caretakers, with this wonderful barn toy.Great for kids 18 months and older, this toy farm helps kids improve concentration and hone their hand-eye coordination as they move the animals in and out of the barn.

Buy Now $24.99

Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Solid Wood Workbench

Suitable for kids three and up, this toddler workbench is a treasure trove of education, entertainment, and stimulation. It's the perfect size for little builders, and includes a functioning vise, a tool rack, wooden tools and hardware, and a storage shelf. Your kid's imagination will run wild, and he and she can hone hand-eye coordination skills as well.

Buy Now $79.99

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair

Kids one year and up will be sitting pretty in this musical chair, which has three developmental ages. Each stage is age-appropriate and teaches your kid things like numbers, opposites, actions and pretend-play. It helps kids learn numbers, phrases, colors and songs. It keeps them entertained by having them turn book pages, press remote control buttons, and life the seat cushion to learn cause and effect.

Buy Now $39.95

Hape Mighty Mini Band Wooden Percussion Instrument

Toddlers love making music and this melody-making music machine comes with a xylophone, a drum, a cymbal, a guiro, a clapper and drumsticks. No earplugs, sadly.

Buy Now $32.98

Oombee Cube Sorter

One of our favorite brands strikes gold yet again with this cube, which encourages kids 10 months and older to explores shapes. It's made of 100 percent food-grade, BPA-free silicone, and helps toddlers develop fine motor skills and visual-spatial skills.

Buy Now $16.95

Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set

This is one dirty dozen you'll love. The eggs help toddlers learn to count, sort, and match. Each plastic egg contains a different color and number, with corresponding pegs and holes for little hands to explore. It's ideal for kids 18 months and up.

Buy Now $17.99

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Great for kids two and older, this water table lets kids make it rain while they splash and play in their own backyard. They learn cause and effect, and enjoy the wonders of getting soaked. The set includes a rubber duck, a water-squirting frog, fish, five maze pieces, one large bucket, one flipper and three water scooping tools.

Buy Now $49.90

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks

Ideal for kids ages two to five, these cardboard blocks provide endless opportunities for them to create castles and cities and forts and whatever else they dream up. The set includes 40 blocks in three sizes, with a wipe-clean surface for simple clean-up.

Buy Now $29.99

Light Stax Illuminated Blocks

Few toys are as classic as construction blocks. But these take the fun factor to new heights by lighting up when connected.These brilliant light-up blocks help kids learn hand-eye coordination, and promote creativity through open-ended play. Kids can design their own nightlights, robots, towers, and more as the configuration possibilities are endless. This set includes 36 blocks with four modes for your desired brightness: always on, 15 minute auto-off, flashing, and fading.

Buy Now $29.99

Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy

Test out fishing without getting seasick with this tub-time favorite, which lets toddlers pick up bobbling sea creatures that double as bath toys and encourage hand-eye coordination. It’s suitable for kids 24 months and older.

Buy Now $7.73

Melissa & Doug Latches Barn Toy

Bring Old MacDonald to life with this play farm which comes with animals and features six doors that kids can unlatch and open, giving them a chance to identify and admire animal pictures. In addition to prompting imaginative storytelling and pretend play, this farm helps toddlers work on fine motor and counting skills.

Buy Now $35.99

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

This is the only kind of hedgehog you want to see in your playroom. Thanks to its colorful quills, kids build color recognition, sorting, and counting skills while working on their fine motor skills.

Buy Now $14.99

Betheaces Water Drawing Mat

SAFE & REUSABLE WATER COLOR -- Doodle Drawing Mat is made of soft polyester material, eco-friendly and non-toxic, non-polluting, safe enough for kids. Fill the pen with clean water and draw on the mat. The marks will magically disappear after 3-10 minutes (depending on the temperature and air flow), kids can draw on doodle board mat again and again.
LARGE SIZE & COLOR BOX PACKAGING -- Size: 34.5 x 22.5 inch. Enables your kids to paint on the desk or floor or grass with their friends together. Can be folded to compact size, portable for indoor outdoor and travel.NOTE:The opening direction of the pen is backwards,you need to loosen the head of pen in POSITIVE direction.
MESS FREE -- Never make a mess, clean and safety for babies and children. Don’t need to extra cleaning. The back of the mat is water-resistant nylon material, no worry about wetting the floor. Environmental Protection, no ink, no paint.
GIFT & COMMUNICATION -- Not only a toys but also a communicative link between you and baby. Let your kids to doodle freely with their friends and parents to share their happiness.Inspire your kid's creativity and imagination, exercise hand-eye coordination & the color perception ability.The best choice for kids Birthday gift stocking stuffers or Christmas gift.
KIDS TOYS -- Betheaces strongly stands behind each item it designs and sells. Ensure the complete safety of our toys. Each product we sell has passed a rigorous testing and certification process before landing at your door.

Buy Now $21.99

Little Tikes First Slide

Bring the playground indoors on those rainy days with this slide that allows little ones to work on their gross motor skills by promoting fitness, balance, and coordination. It folds and unfolds in seconds. The weight limit is up to 60 pounds.

Buy Now $34.97

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