Best Toys for an 18-Month-Old Boy – 14 Ideas

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Looking for a little inspiration? Do you need to get a gift for a VIT (Very Important Toddler)? 

We have compiled a list of some of the best toys for 18-month-old boys, and you are most certainly going to find something for the special someone below.

From ride-on toys and lawnmowers to building blocks and tablets, we have some very fun ideas for you. What's even better is that a lot of these toys will continue to hold his interest as he gets older, and many double as great learning tools. You might want to check out these other articles if your kiddo is specifically into wooden train sets or ride-on toys.

Shape sorters, sing-along songs and games abound. All you need is a curious 18-month-old boy!

Our top picks are as follows:​

  • Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil' Rolling Giraffe Ride-On
  • Tech Grow and Discover Tree House Toy Tent
  • VTech Spinning Lights Learning Hippo
  • Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag
  • VTech Little Apps Tablet
  • WolVol Musical Activity Cube Play Center with Lights
  • LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket
  • Fisher-Price Little People Loops 'n Swoops Amusement Park
  • Fisher-Price Laugh 'N Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table
  • Little Engineer Multifunctional Learning Tool Workbench for Kids
  • Fisher-Price Rock 'n Roll Trike
  • Little Tikes Gas 'n Go Mower Toy
  • VTech 3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter
  • Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker

Read on for the entire list and all the details.

Go and Grow Giraffe Ride-on

Kids love riding this adorable giraffe toy. The friendly face makes them happy and the foot-to-floor format makes it easy for little ones to scoot along and ride.

It's the perfect toy for your  toddler, and it comes with an adjustable seat, so the little giraffe will "grow" right along with them. Perfect for safe, fun mobile play!

Toy for an 18-month-old

What we love:

  • This toy is fun, brightly colored and has an adjustable seat, so it adapts to your growing child
  • It has an over-sized back wheel, for better stability
  • It has a wheel guard, which makes it safer
  • The wide front wheelbase helps toddlers perfect their balance
  • It can be used indoors and outdoors
  • It has as a controlled steering radius for early learners

What we don't love:

  • There is some assembly required
  • There's a weight limit of 50 pounds, so older kids can't use this

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Grow and Discover Tree House Toy Tent

This tent playset for kids is ideal for toddlers (and babies too!) and features four sides of treehouse fun. Let them explore the activity center, which allows your baby’s senses to run wild as they discover ball play, the shape sorter, baby gears and much more.

It also has an electronic learning toy play panel that introduces early learning concepts, and with the movable parts help develop those fine motor skills. Who’s ready to camp out?

gift for an 18-month-old boy

What we love:

  • It has an electronic learning panel, which teaches kids shapes, animals and colors
  • It has movable toys to help develop fine motor skills
  • It's awesome for pretend play
  • There are more than 90 songs, sounds, phrases and melodies
  • It's recommended for babies from 6 months to kids 3 years of age

What we don't love:

  • The music and sounds could get on parents' nerves after a while
  • It requires assembly, which some customers have said is challenging

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Spinning Lights Learning Hippo

Have a blast with this light-up toy hippo. It's interactive and will teach your little one letters, numbers, objects and more.

Your toddler will love this bright, cheerful purple  toy and will want to take it everywhere. With music and games, this is the perfect early learning companion for your child.

toy for an 18-month-old boy

What we love:

  • It's a great preschool learning toy that will keep your kiddo entertained
  • It teaches fun facts, activities, melodies and sing-along songs
  • It's perfect for an 18 month old baby, but it can grow with your child until he's 4
  • It has 50 quiz questions, which reinforces interaction and learning
  • It has movable toys to help develop fine motor skills

What we don't love:

  • Like most toys, the music and sounds might annoy parents
  • Only one child can use it at a time

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First Builders Big Building Bag

This is the perfect first building set, designed especially for small hands. With so many pieces and bright colors, your toddler's imagination can take him anywhere.

As an added advantage, this kit also helps kids develop their fine motor skills while having fun.

The blocks are easy to set up, hold and take apart—the perfect kit created with toddlers in mind.

toy for an 18-month-old boy

What we love:

  • The set comes with 80 blocks, so kids can build a wide range of things
  • It comes with a reusable bag for easy storage
  • You can count the blocks (early math skills) and sort them into colors
  • It teaches fun facts, activities, melodies and sing-along songs

What we don't love:

  • There are a lot of blocks, so play time can get messy
  • These are made of hard plastic, so they hurt if you accidentally step on them

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Little Apps Tablet

Toy for an 18-month-old boy

Kids today love electronic devices. So why not make it fun and educational for them?

This awesome tablet is a safe way to introduce toddlers to the world of tech. With a color-changing screen, letter buttons and a piano keyboard, this tablet feels a lot like the adult version, but is designed especially for your 18-month-old. Let them learn numbers, letters and more in a fun, interactive way.

What we love:

  • It has tons of interactive features
  • It's perfect for kids up to age 5, so your 18-month-old will be able to use it for years to come
  • It's parent-friendly: it has a volume button and automatic shut-off
  • It's got 12 learning activities with progressive learning levels
  • Kids learn all kinds of things, from letters to counting

What we don't love:

  • Your tablet is clearly a lot more awesome, so if you're looking for an alternative that won't make them want to play with yours, this probably isn't it
  • Some previous customers have said that customer service is on the slow side

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Activity Cube Play Center with Lights

Toy for an 18-month-old boy

With this activity cube play center, there’s always going on to keep your busy toddler interested and engaged. Who knew learning could be so much fun?

With a strong, sturdy design, and bright, cheerful colors, you and your kiddo will love this toy. It also makes a great gift!

The box of fun your toddler always wanted...

What we love:

  • Each object on the box has a different function, to keep toddlers engaged
  • The music plays softly and is calming
  • The built-in microphone lets your child practice his favorite songs
  • The steering wheel function has real sounds, and a
  • Your 18-month-old can practice talking on the detachable phone
  • It plays fun songs that your son will love

What we don't love:

  • With so many things to do, this toy may overstimulate babies
  • The songs and music might annoy parents after a while

Click here for more info and current pricing.


LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

Toy for an 18-month-old boy

Teach the values of caring and sharing with your toddler, as you take him on a picnic! This toy will help him explore shapes and colors with pieces of food, and gives him material for plenty of fun activities.

As you lift this picnic basket, it plays sweet instrumental music and fun sound effects, sure to delight any 18-month-old. Extend playtime by talking about food and arguing over who’s going to eat the last piece of pie!

What we love:

  • It comes with 6 food items, 2 plates, 2 forks, 2 cups, a blanket and a basket—a 14-piece set!
  • It has a song button, which kids will love to push
  • Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning path to get customized learning ideas 

What we don't love:

  • The music and sounds might annoy parents
  • The food and pieces can fit inside a child's mouth, so parental supervision is strongly recommended

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Fisher-Price Loops 'n Swoops Amusement Park

What kid wouldn’t want to play with their own amusement park every day? This 2-foot tall ridiculously cool toy is anchored by a rolling ramp that's filled with twists and turns, ending with a gravity-defying 360-degree loop-the-loop!

Flashing lights, sounds, and a fun song keep kids engaged. With many ways to play, alone or with a group of friends, expect your toddler to be cheering for more thrills.

Toy for an 18-month-old boy

What we love:

  • It has two ramps, so there are multiple ways to play with it
  • It comes with 2 wheelie vehicles that work perfectly on the ramps and even do loop-the-loop action
  • The bottom level has a ticket booth, a food stand, and a fun house mirror, among other amusement part details
  • It has a push-button easy-release that starts the roller coaster ride, which kids love

What we don't love:

  • Parents might not love having to assemble this toy, as it requires a screwdriver and considerable patience

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Table

There's a lot to love about this learning table. You can remove the legs and your child can use it sitting down, or he can stand up while playing with its multiple features. 

It's a fun, educational toy that toddlers love, with bright colors, easy-to-push buttons and learning activities galore. Your munchkin will have plenty to do with this toy.

Expect a whole lot of giggles as your kiddo opens and closes the book or cruises around bangs on the keys.

Toys for an 18-month-old

What we love:

  • There are over 60 songs, tunes and phrases your baby or toddler can explore
  • It's bilingual, so you can teach your child two languages
  • Use it as a floor toy for younger babies or add in the legs to create a play table that toddlers love
  • Four light-up centers encourage baby to cruise around the table to explore new areas 

What we don't love:

  • The legs are made of plastic and can be quite slippery on wood floors, so caution is needed for those toddlers still a little wobbly on their feet 
  • The table is not sturdy enough for toddlers to pull themselves up on 

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Multifunctional Workbench for Kids

Let your kid start building things, with his own hands! This deluxe, multifunctional workbench has 8 different interactive game modes to cultivate your toddler’s creativity.

With lots of different tools, all of which are designed for small hands (and big imaginations), your 18-month-old will have a blast with this toy. Give him a taste of the grown-up the world and let him get building!

toy for an 18-month-old boy


What we love:

  • There are 7 different tools including an electric drill, chainsaw, screw driver, hammer, wrench and workbench
  • There are 7 fun, sing-along melodies with working sounds as well as a flashing light
  • It has a drawer, which is perfect for storage
  • It has volume control, for quiet play

What we don't love:

  • Some parents say that the toy is too small in general, and that shape-shifting toys are too small for younger toddlers

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Rock, Roll 'n Ride Trike

This sturdy trike offers serious bang-for-your-buck. You can ride it three different ways, and it grows right along with your child. The first way to enjoy this trike is by locking in the base, creating a fun ride-on toy that stays in place and helps build those early balance skills.

As your child grows and gets more confidence, the base converts to an extra long parent handle, so you can comfortably stroll and steer the trike-riding action while your little one learns to pedal and steer. And when he's ready to ride on his own, remove the handle and he's off!

Toy for an 18-month-old boy

What we love:

  • The seat adjusts for older kids to ride independently, and the weight limit is 50 lbs.
  • It grows with your child and helps him develop real bike-riding skills
  • The wheels work on grass, concrete or even carpet
  • The extra-long parent handle lets parents comfortably push the trike on long walks

What we don't love:

  • The wheels are made of plastic, so kids can get stuck in uneven or rocky terrain
  • Some parents say that the handle doesn't stay put and that the pedals are out of reach of some toddlers during the pushing stage

Click here for more info and current pricing.


Little Tikes Gas 'n Go Mower Toy

When kids see you doing something, they just want in on the action. That's why this little lawn mower is such a great toy.

It sparks young imaginations and gives them the real-life experience of mowing the grass. If you're really lucky, they might develop a real love for it and help you with the lawn someday!

This badboy looks feels, and sounds just like a real lawnmower, only smaller!

Toy for an 18-month-old boy

What we love:

  • The sounds are mechanical, so it doesn't require batteries to operate
  • When you pull the chord, you can hear the sound of an engine
  • It has a clicking key and a movable throttle
  • It has a removable gas can that kids can pretend to fill up

What we don't love:

  • Ironically, it's difficult for children to push in really thick grass 
  • Some previous buyers have said that, with rough use, the throttle can start to fall off, which may frustrate some kids

Click here for more info and current pricing.


3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter

This Zebra scooter is a fantastic grow-with-me toy for any child. With bright colors and a fun design, it's actually 3 toys in 1.

There are lots of fun ways to interact with it, and it's perfect for kids aged 1 to 3.

What starts out as a push toy for early walkers becomes a sit-and-ride push bicycle, and then a ride-on push scooter! Practice early bike-riding skills like balance and control, and have a blast doing it!

Toy for an 18-month-old toy

What we love:

  • It comes with over 90 songs, melodies, phrases and sound effects
  • It features 5 light-up buttons that make sounds, and an electronic horn so kids can “beep beep” when parents are in their way
  • It teaches colors, animals and destinations
  • It also has a walkie-talkie, compass, flashlight and horn buttons

What we don't love:

  • The wheels are fixed, so some parents have said that kids get their feet stuck in them when trying to push this toy
  • It requires some assembly

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Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker

Designed for little minds and little hands, Melissa & Doug toys nurture creativity and imagination. They're known for bringing back classic wooden toys, and this geometric stacker is just one great example.

With bright colors and a fun stacking puzzle, little kids will spend hours stacking and restacking these wooden block pieces to get the puzzle just right. And they're learning the whole time! Who doesn’t love that?

Toy for an 18-month-old boy

What we love:

  • This toy offers exceptional value, with 25 colorful wooden pieces to match and stack on three wooden rods
  • It helps with early shape recognition and differential skills in early learners
  • It's got 3 different shaped puzzles – rings, octagons, and rectangles 

What we don't love:

  • Sometimes the wooden pegs can snap off, and someone might get hurt. It's important to use with caution
  • Some parents say that kids have put the rings on their fingers and they've got stuck, so parental supervision is advised

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We sincerely hope you found the gift you were looking for on our carefully curated list of the best toys for 18-month-old boys, and if you didn't we hope we gave you some good ideas.

Please feel free to share your experience and suggestions by commenting below or writing to us via the contact page so we can make this list as awesome as possible.

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