Toddler Toys | 12-18 Months | We Love Them!

16 March 2021

Continuing on from my ‘Fun And Affordable Baby Toys For 6-12 Months’, we’re moving onto toddler toys for 12-18 months. We’re officially in the Toddler zone! Honestly, the older Jin gets the more interesting his toys become, I love it!

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Baby To Toddler

We’re no longer dealing with a baby! 12-18 months was really fun because this is when Jin started walking, showing free will and getting more involved!

He was also completely settled into nursery so had access to all sort of toys there and was learning so much from other kids.

What Can Toddlers Do At This Age?

There are so many amazing milestones in this 12-18 months phase but it really can vary because I’ve seen toddlers achieve them all at different stages.

It’s difficult to pin point exactly when they’ll do what but here are the kind of wonderful milestones you can expect.

12-14 Months

Great vision
First steps
Better communication like showing they want a choice and also refusing
Begins to self-feed by holding a spoon
Understands simple instructions like ‘Can you bring me that ball please?’
Babbles with possibly some recognisable words

15-18 Months

Starts to scribble
Likes climbing things like the sofa and stairs
Helps around the house like laundry or wiping the table
Responds to directions like ‘Sit down’
Look at picture books on their own
Throws/kicks a ball
Takes toys apart and puts back together

Our Favourite Toddler Toys for 12-18 Months

Mega Bloks First Builders Maxi Bloks 40 Pieces

£11 @Argos
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Age Purchased: 11 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Lego Duplo Scattered
Lego Duplo Robot
Age From:1 Year+
Features:Ideal size for little hands

Sort, stack, build

Lightweght and good for on-the-go
Dimensions:Ranges from L13, H4cm to L3, H6cm

Leap Frog Chat and Count Smart Phone

£14.97 @Amazon
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Age Purchased: 12 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Leapfrog Mobile Phone Toy
Age From:18 Months – 4 Years
Features:2 volume modes

Voicemail message, playful conversations

Game to learn numbers 0-9

Guess the image game

Music and lights

x1 AAA battery (included)
Dimensions:2.9 x 6.9 x 14.5 cm

Super Wings Transforming Jett

£9.99 @Amazon
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Age Purchased: 17 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

An absolutely wonderful toy that has so many transforming features!

Super Wings Jett
Super Wings Jett with Legs
Age From:3 Years+
Features:The character ‘Jett’ from the TV programme ‘Super Wings’

Transform Jett from a plane to a bot in 10 fun steps

Parts that move: arms.,legs, landing wheels, tail
Dimensions:In plane mode, 15cm from wing to wing, 10cm from tail to nose

Leap Frog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket

£19.99 @Amazon
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Age Purchased: 13 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

A really fun shape sorting toy, perfect for taking on-the-go!

Picnic Basket toy with props
Age From:6 Months+
Features:A picnic for two – x2 cups, x2 plates to fit food shapes, x2 sandwiches, x2 watermelon, x2 oranges, x2 star biscuits

Sing along songs

Basket makes requests like putting certain shapes in the basket or pressing the button to play music

Shape sorter

Handle for on-the-go

x3 AA batteries (included)
Dimensions:H17, W22, D15.8cm

Wooden Fishing Game

£15.99 @Amazon
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Age Purchased: 17 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Wooden fishing toy
Wooden fishing toy underside
Age From:3 Years+
Features:Colourful wooden fishes with little magnets, decorated with letters of the alphabet

Double sided board:
1) catch fish with the magnetic fishing rod
2) use the cat doll to search and catch the fish inside the board

Tomy MegaSketcher

£16 @Argos
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Age Purchased: 17 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Pink Tomy MegaSketcher from Argos

This classic sketcher reminds me of when I was a kid and had a magnetic sketcher with the big pixelated board. This one is a lot finer and smoother and comes

Age From:3 Years+
Features:Large drawing area

Handle to carry on-the-go

Dimensions:33 x 43cm

I have a post all about First Drawing Toys here.

Lego Duplo – My First Car Creations Building Set

£11 @Argos
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Age Purchased: 17 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Duplo Vehicle toys
Age From:1.5 years+
Features:24 pieces that make 4 vehicles: red fire truck, blue helicopter, yellow taxi, green garbage truck.
Dimensions:On average L10, W6, H7cm

Cars 3 Lightning McQueen 1:24 Radio Controlled Car

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Age Purchased: 14 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Lightning Mcqueen car and remote
Age From:3 years+
Features:Drives left, right, forward and back

Turbo mode

Suitable for carpet use

Car is USB rechargeable, controller has x2 AA batteries

Up to 20mins drive time
Dimensions:H14, W14, L28cm

Asda George Home, Wooden Toy Kitchen With Washing Machine

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Age Purchased: 12 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Asda Toy Kitchen with Jin

We personally think this is the BEST toddler toy ever! It has a little bit of everything and the additional props we bought are so realistic, we love playing along with him.

I have a post dedicated to Toy Kitchens here

Temi Fire Engine Toy

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Age Purchased: 19 Months
Used Until: Still using at 20 months

Fire Engine Toy with little toys lined up
Age From:3 years+
Features:x1 Large carrier truck with flashing lights and a button that plays siren sounds

x4 Small vehicles:
Helicopter, Airplane, Fire Engine, Ladder Truck
Dimensions:Large truck 43 x 14.5 x 18cm
Small Vehicles on average 11.5 x 5.5 x 8.5cm

There are two other colours for this set!

Other Mummies Recommend:

Vtech Playtime Bus with Phonics @Argos (2 Years+) £20

Counting Bears 17pcs @Amazon (3 Years+) £11.99

Little Tikes My First 3ft Toddler Slide @Argos (18 Months+) £27.99

Interactive Sound Books like this one @Amazon £9.21

Final Thoughts

I hope this has given you a good idea of toys for toddlers around the 12-18 months age.

Any toys you would recommend to others? Please share in the comments below!

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  • Brittany 21 March 2021 at 6:56 pm

    So many great toy suggestions! I especially love that kitchen!

    • BeingNaomi 21 March 2021 at 9:10 pm

      I’m so glad you think so! It’s a little plastic heavy so I think I need to get more natural toys though lol. The kitchen is definitely a great investment, they can play with it for a long time!

  • Rachael 21 March 2021 at 3:24 pm

    This is a great list. I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old. The play kitchen is a favorite in our house starting right around age 1. Will have to try some of the other toys too!

    • BeingNaomi 21 March 2021 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh wow, you must be so busy with a 3 year and 10 month old! I have my hands full with just one 1 year old…
      Yes the kitchen is definitely a favourite here too, along with the little vehicles!

  • Meika 21 March 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Wished I had this list when my son was a baby. He’s 5 now!?

    • BeingNaomi 21 March 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Oh thank you so much!
      It’s hard to imagine my 1 year old being 5 right now. I wonder what kind of toys I’ll be writing about when he’s that age ?

  • Kimberlie 21 March 2021 at 12:17 pm

    My 4 year old had most of these or some variation of them. Hands down his favorite was the Megablox. He still plays with those now.

    • BeingNaomi 21 March 2021 at 12:37 pm

      No way! It’s so great to know that these can be enjoyed until at least 4 years, thank you for sharing!

  • Miss Obou 18 March 2021 at 12:26 pm

    I love mega bloks! My little boy plays a lot with it and his big brother helps him for making big towers! They also have a wood kitchen…a big success also! They prepare meal every day! 🙂

    • BeingNaomi 18 March 2021 at 3:34 pm

      Oh my gosh the Mega Bloks are a must! My son is also building towers but not quite at the stage to make anything else.
      We have a wooden kitchen too! I love joining in and playing with all these toys ?

  • Apocalypse Daddy 18 March 2021 at 11:19 am

    Love the big duplo bricks, we have some of those. The wooden fishing set looks like great fun. Seeing as we live near a river and often see people fishing on our walks. I try to keep replica phones and tech out of the house, perhaps that isn’t such a great idea with the future my children are heading into?

    • BeingNaomi 18 March 2021 at 3:32 pm

      Yes the Duplos are brilliant aren’t they!
      I totally know what you mean about keeping tech out… it’s really hard though because the adults are on their phones for work or whatever so the kids like to copy… all in moderation I guess!

      I wrote this other blog post called ‘Toys Detox’ and surprisingly, my son didn’t care at all that I removed all the tech toys away! Shows they’re happy to play with anything ?