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Best Toddler Gifts for Grandchildren

Sure to Please Children From 1 to 3


I admit it. I'm partial to toddlers. One reason they are so much fun is the joy they take in new skills and discoveries. These toddler gifts are geared to helping little ones develop and grow. Of course, they are also a whole lot of fun.

1. Italtrike Orange Trike

Italtrike good toy for toddler grandchildren
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Italtrike makes a series of tricycles in eye-catching styles. Some are two-seaters, but I'm partial to this little orange number. Grandparents will love its durability. If you are looking for a tricycle to keep at your house to go through a series of grandchildren, this one is the ticket. Of course, it also makes a great gift for a grandchild's birthday. In most cases, they'll be ready to ride by age 2.

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2. Lego Duplo Large Brick Box

Lego Duplo Blocks are perfect for toddlers but will be enjoyed by older kids as well.
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The large-sized Duplo blocks by Lego have been one of the most reliable performers in my toy room for years. Kids can usually learn to use them somewhere around the two-year mark, and they will be played with regularly for years to come. Don't be surprised if your grandchildren are still playing with these easy-to-manipulate blocks when their ages are in double digits. This set features 71 pieces and can be used to build buildings and vehicles.

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3. Manhattan Toy Put and Peek Birdhouse

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This fabric birdhouse is fun to carry around and comes with four colorful birds. The roof and the door open and shut, and toddlers will love peeking through the see-through windows. Your grandchildren will use this for carrying around other toys, too. It comes in a doggie version as well.

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4. iPlay Super Spiral Play Tower

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Ball runs are perennial favorites for toddlers, and this version by International Playthings has a couple of advantages over similar toys. It's sturdy and comes complete with sound effects that are cute rather than obnoxious, although it is equipped with an on-off button for shutting off the sound. Besides the balls, it comes with a cute penguin and frog. This toy is good for teaching cause and effect.
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5. Haba Little Scamps Dolls

Haba doll for toddler grandchild
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Haba dolls are among my favorites, and the Little Scamps line is great for toddlers. They are the perfect combination of sweet and sassy. With cloth bodies, well-constructed clothing and chenille hair, they are great choices for first dolls. Choose the girl Mette or the boy doll Michael.
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6. Step2 Push Around Buggy

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My grandkids didn't have this toy, but I have friends who swear by it. Children like to use the steering wheel, toot the horn, and put things in the storage compartment in the front. The handle is the right height for most adults, and it comes off and stores underneath the car. The size is perfect for most 1-year-olds, but it will be outgrown fairly quickly, so use it while it fits. The wheels on the standard version make a lot of noise, but the company has come out with a soft tread model. This toy was the subject of a 2010 recall, but the models in the stores should be safe.

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7. Melissa and Doug Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks

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This block set allows toddlers to engage in two favored activities: stacking and nesting. In addition, the colorful pictures depict a nice variety of animals, from elephants to sea horses. They don't take much room to store, and they will present a number of teachable moments as you and your grandchild investigate animal species, animal habitats and animal sizes.
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8. Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon

Radio Flyer Wagon
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The Radio Flyer Pathfinder is a classic wagon with modern improvements, like seats, seat belts and cupholders. Parents will like the handle which is extra-long for pulling comfort and which folds under the wagon for storage. The kids will like stashing their stuff in the storage compartment and taking a ride. Solid rubber tires are quiet and durable.
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Still Need Gift Ideas?

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