I’ve found that 18 months – 24 months is one of the more difficult stages for play. Your little one is too old for “baby” toys, but is still too young to imagine and pretend play on their own. My littlest will play around with our pretend kitchen and tool bench, but it doesn’t last long. I felt this same way when my oldest was at this stage, so I made a list of ideas for Maintaining Sanity and a Budget while entertaining an 18 month old. You can find it here.
With Christmas season upon us, (let’s face it, Christmas prep begins WAY before December), I thought I’d share a list of a few of our favorite toys for 18 months – 24 month boys. Granted, girls may like these toys, too, but I have 3 boys. All I know is BOYS. Thank you for understanding my current point of view. 😉
1.) Alex Jr Bead Table
My youngest plays with this most every morning right after I get him out of bed. My 2.5 year old likes it as well. I like it because it is a piece that can become one of those, “your daddy played with this when he was your age” toys for my grandchildren. It’s well made and it’s a classic toy. My guys also like that there is a wire that runs under the table and back up – they’re often lying under this toy and playing. 🙂 You can find it here on Amazon.
2.) Melissa and Doug Nesting Garages
We LOVE Melissa and Doug! I love these toys because they’re not full of lights and sounds. They are well made and well-loved in my home. My 4, 2.5, and 1.5 year old love them! We’re on our second set of these because my guys loved the first set so much that it was worn out (i.e. – I can only tape the blocks back together so many times until they no longer “nest” in one another!) You can find these here on Amazon.
3.) Melissa and Doug Nesting Barns
Again, we love these toys. My youngest loves the animals and putting them in the barns. After playing with the bead table, he grabs these barns.They nest inside one another for easy storage. You can find them here on Amazon.
4.) Melissa and Doug Lock Puzzle
This puzzle is a little difficult for my 1.5 year old right now – he can do some of the latches, but not all. But, he loves opening the doors to find the animals. My 2.5 year old loves this! As does my 4.5 year old who likes to help the younger guys with it. You can find it here on Amazon.
We don’t have this exact tepee, but we have a similar tepee (hello, cute gray and white chevron! It was the missing piece for my guy’s woodland nursery). My youngest LOVES his tepee. I’ll find him sitting in it, flaps down, reading a book or working the abovementione lock puzzle. Sometimes I’ll find him hiding in the tepee, looking out with ornery eyes, waiting to be found. We love our tepee. I think it makes a great gift (and it’s not a brightly-colored monstrosity) 😉 ! Just make sure you have room for it! You can find this one here on Amazon.
6.) KidCraft Fire and Police House
Let’s face it, I bought this because I was grasping at straws for any chance of buying a doll house. Ha! I didn’t think my guys would go for the pink dream home I had my eye on, so Santa delivered this fire station. My 18 month old loves it. He’s not quite old enough to pretend play with the rooms, but he enjoys moving around the furniture (which I gladly rearrange at the end of the day ;)), and standing any of his superhero action figures in it. My 2.5 and 4.5 year olds use it with their action figures. It’s been a turtle hideout, a fire station, a secret cave….we really like it. It’s big but doesn’t require much assembly (so Santa won’t need to stay up late with this!) You can find it here on Amazon.
7.) Noisy Peekabook Books
We have a few of these lift the flap books. All of my guys have liked them. The words are simple and the sounds on each page are great. I encourage reading by having books available in every room where we spend time. I believe in raising bookworms! 🙂 You can find this one here on Amazon.
8.) Melissa and Doug Magnetic Ice Cream Set
This is SUCH a cute toy! My 18 month old and my 2.5 year old LOVE this. The scoops of ice cream stack on top of one another, onto the cone, and even magnet to the scoop so they can “scoop” out the ice cream. Adorable! I also like the learning ideas that are on the back of the box. If you’re looking for a small gift that will be enjoyed for awhile, I would recommend this ice cream set. In fact, if I’ve bought a gift for your children lately, I probaby gifted one of these to you! 🙂 You can find it here on Amazon.
I hope this little list helps with your Christmas shopping!!
I’d love to hear from you if you have more ideas! 🙂