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Best Toys for 18 Month Old Boy


What to Buy For an 18 Month Old Boy?

18 month old boys can be challenging to buy toys for as they are starting to develop at such a fast rate. When I first wrote this article, my youngest son was 18 months and this list has been inspired by the toys he was given. I've udate and is still playing with. I have recommended to buy gifts that are useful for kids at 18 months but will last too. The list includes toys that will hold their attention and maybe help them to develop certain skills and encourage their development. Additionally, they are simply fun to play with.

As well as specific suggestions of toys, I've also written a guide for the types of toys 18 month olds like to play with.

So whether your buying for your child or someone else's please look at some of my suggestions of gifts for 18 month old boys. I hope you like them.

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A Guide to Toys for 18 Month Old Boys

This guide was written when my son was 18 months old and hopefully will give you a few ideas.

Push along toys like cars and trains - My son loves to push along all kinds of toys with wheels especially cars. He also like to push along trains on the train table at a friends house.

Toys that stack or have pieces which fit together - At the moment he will spend ages trying to fit the lid on a pretend play saucepan. He also has stacking toys where he tries to put the rings on the ring holder. Blocks which you can build up are another good choice. He has also just started to do big chunky toddler puzzles.

Teasets and kitchens - he is starting to play imaginatively. He likes picking our cups out of the cupboards and pretend to drink out of them. He also loves to play with the toy kitchen at playgroup.

Ride on Toys - He loves ride on toys (especially ones with steering wheels - he will sit on them for ages just moving the steering wheel).

Climbing Toys - My son loves to climb. He will climb up on chairs. A safe climber is always a good choice for this age.

Playing with water- Sometimes you can put my son in the bath and he will spend ages just playing with water, pouring it in and out with cups mainly, having toys which float in the bath and sometimes we just put cars in there for him to play with.

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Ride On Toys

My eldest son loved ride on toys from about 18 months to almost 4 years and we have a ride on toy for my little boy at the moment which he loves.

However, if he didn't have one, I would be getting him one of these cool ride ons below.

Step 2 Rollercoaster

Outdoor Ride Ons

There are a lot of ride on toys for this age group that are great for outdoor use.

One idea is an electric ride on toy that they can use in the backyard or along the street. Just press the button and start the ride.

Another idea is the cosy coupe below which was favorite with both of my boys.

Little Tykes Car

18 Month Old Toddler in the Cozy Coupe Car

Here is a video of an 18 month old boy in the cozy coupe car.

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Educational Toys

Lots of toys have educational value, but I found my son really started to enjoy and learn from stacking and shape sorter toys at around 18 months. (Check out the shape sorter below).

If you're looking for educational toys, you should also check out this article on educational toys for toddlers.

At 18 months stacking toys are fantastic for developing the following skills:

  • Hand eye coordination
  • Hand strength
  • Spatial awareness
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Enhances logical thinking capability

Check out the Melissa and Doug train for the perfect stacking toy for a 18 month old.

Push Along Toys

Both my sons loved to push toys around at this age. Toys they pushed around included pushchairs. My youngest son used to love pushing around a pushchair at toddler group but it used to make me laugh as he would throw out the toy doll before pushing the stroller!

Another good push toy is a shopping cart. My eldest used to push a shopping cart round and round the house. He used to fill it with all kinds of things, push them around and then take them out again.

Melissa & Doug's Corner Kitchen

We bought our son a kitchen for Christmas as a main gift and he loves it. He enjoys putting things in and out of cupboards, putting lids on saucepans, opening and shutting ovens and lots more.

As in the Summer there are some great outdoor kitchen playsets you can try that include grilling sets.

Kitchen toys are often fun. Things like toy toaster, kettles and toy fridges often have lots of little hands to do as as toddlers get older they can use the for imaginative play as well.

Boys Love Their Cars - And Other Vehicles.....

I didn't buy my eldest son any cars when is was this age because i wrongly assumed he was too young. However my second son loved his older brothers car collection. It's been amazing to see him just lying on the floor moving little cars around. We even use them to chill him out before bedtimes.

There are lots of cool cars for toddlers and car playsets, check out some ideas below.

One More Car Toy - Fisher-Price Skyway

I had to include one more car toy as both my boys love cars. My eldest son used to play with toy cars and vehicle playsets every day until he was four!

The Fisher Price Sit n Stand skyway toy is a good choice for toddlers.

Train Set

If he loves cars and toys with wheels he may also love a first train set. It's not time to get a massive kids train set yet. But there are some great options of toddlers. Check out the Vtech train set below.

Outdoor Toys for 18 Month Olds

It's good to get kids outdoors when you can and there are lots of cool outdoor toys for those warmer, sunnier days. Here are a few of top choices:

A water table, sand pit, swing, play tent, ride on toys, toddler trampoline, playhouse, toy mower and bubble toys.

18 months old is a good age to get a first slide. They will need a little bit of supervision at first but it won't be long until they're climbing the stairs and coming down on their own.
A slide can be used outdoors or indoors in the winter if you have the space. Some slides fold down for easy storage too.

Play tents make really versatile toys. In the Summer they make a great instant shade from the Sun and kids will love to have picnics and snacks in there. But as well as fab outdoor toys, there is nothing to stop you from setting them up indoors during the winter from some imaginative play. You can also attach tunnels to this play tent for extra fun.

Check out a couple of ideas below.

Toy Mower - An Outdoor Push Along Toy

As I've already mentioned 18 month olds love toys which you can push along. The Gas n Go mower is a great outdoor choice.

More Cool Toys

Here are some more ideas of fun and cool toys:

Drum kit - Kids of this age love banging on the drums and a drum or little drum kit is the perfect musical toy. Young children will enjoy drumning freestyle and banging to their hearts content.

An aquadoodle drawing set - my youngest son showed an interest in drawing at 18 months. He would love to use his elder brother's crayons and pens but I was always petrified he would draw somewhere he shouldn't.

An aquadoodle set solved all these problems. Toddlers can draw on the mat and you don't have to worry about any mess. You just fill the pen with water and they can draw to their heart's content. The mat dries slowly so they can show you what they have drawn. Some aquadoodle mats are color mats to so little ones can see the colors as they draw.

Toy torch - the vtech torch is an excellent choice. It's a fun flashlight with sounds, melodies and lots of learning fun.

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Comments and Feedback on Best Toys for 18 Month Old Boy

Tetsuo on February 23, 2015:

Dan:I liked the run away alarm linked from your link. Although I heard a bit on the radio awlihe ago about someone who was making an alarm clock that would jump off the table and do a random walk around the floor when you hit the snooze button.Just what I need, 4 cats and a dog chasing the alarm clock around my bedroom first thing in the morning.John

freecoolstuff4u on August 12, 2013:

great ideas!

KateAdamsUSA on February 13, 2013:

Great ideas, especially the small push cart.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on December 26, 2012:

Hi great toys list for a 18 months old boy, congrats for making the front page. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

tuliprose lm on December 21, 2012:

I always find boys harder to buy for than girls - great ideas here.

Robz007 on December 20, 2012:

I find they are difficult to buy at this age because a lot of toys are for 2 years and up or less than 12 months. Good ideas here.

tahirmahmood on December 19, 2012:


Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on December 16, 2012:

Wonderful list for 18 month old boys! My little grandson is just turning 1 year this Christmas and I can see a few that he would like even at 12 months. Angel Blessings. :)

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on December 14, 2012:

Great selection and ideas here .

alanforts on December 13, 2012:

Nice ideas !

webmavern on December 09, 2012:

Lots of great ideas, kids would love them all!

lolicious on December 05, 2012:

Great gift ideas, they will all love it

anonymous on December 04, 2012:

Nice and cute gifts.

AshleysCorner on December 04, 2012:

Nice gift guide. Great ideas!

Bob from Kansas City on December 03, 2012:

Awesome lens... some really great ideas!

anonymous on December 03, 2012:

Thank you for sharing - you've made my life a little easier this Christmas!!

Karen from U.S. on December 03, 2012:

Our grandson will be 18 months in three months -- there are some great suggestions here that I'm considering for him for Christmas (and he can grow into).

JoshK47 on December 03, 2012:

Some excellent selections here - thanks kindly for sharing!

Vikki from US on December 02, 2012:

Awesome picks. Love shopping for the little ones!

cleanyoucar on December 01, 2012:

these great gift ideas for my son :D

Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on November 30, 2012:

These toys are spot-on for toddler boys...and girls will love the vast majority of them too. You do a great job describing the toys and what your sons like about them.

RebeccaAvery on November 29, 2012:

all the things are perfect.

Katyusha on November 29, 2012:

I have a little older son and he does the same-plays with cups, watter, he climbes.. Great list of toys :)

Avi Wolfson from Massachusetts on November 29, 2012:

This would be perfect for me except my daughter is 18 months, lol

Celticep from North Wales, UK on November 29, 2012:

Great selection and ideas for gifts. Love how you've presented them and described them with a personal touch!

IslandsTropicalM on November 29, 2012:

Bear is a very wonderful animal.

IslandsTropicalM on November 29, 2012:

Bear is a very wonderful animal.

dellgirl on November 27, 2012:

These are really nice Toys for 18 Month Old Boy. Thanks for sharing them.

seosmm on November 27, 2012:

Great selection!

triciaerics22 on November 27, 2012:

Nice lens and nice toys too for toddlers.

Kaellyn on November 27, 2012:

Great ideas! Thanks!

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