The 10 Best Toys for 15 Month Olds of 2020

Inspire their senses with these top picks

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: VTech Drop & Go Dump Truck at Amazon

"As they get older, your kid can develop those motor skills by pushing the balls directly into the hole in the front of the toy."

Best Puzzle: Melissa & Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle at Amazon

"Vibrant colors and large wooden knobs that are easy for tiny hands to grasp."

Best Travel Toy: Buckle Toy “Blu” Whale at Amazon

"Will keep little hands busy as they try and open and close the buckles keeping them entertained."

Best Blocks: Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag, 80-Piece at Amazon

"Comes with 80-pieces and has a carrying bag that makes cleanup a breeze."

Best for Fine Motor: Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze at Amazon

"Has suction cups so it can easily adhere to a high chair or table without getting knocked over."

Best for Gross Motor: Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car at Amazon

"Has been around for 30 years, and the classic car only gets better and better with age."

Best Musical: VTech Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone at Amazon

"The puppy button encourages them to sing along."

Best Bath Toy: Sago Mini Easy Clean Bath Squirters & Floaties at Amazon

"Comes with four adorable friends and their float toys that are small and easy enough for tiny hands to hold and squeeze."

Best Book: First 100 Words at Amazon

"A cute board book that illustrates 100 words that are very useful to their daily life."

Best Crafts: Crayola Crayons Jumbo 8ct Peggable Tuck Box at Amazon

"Kids at this age are learning how to scribble so indulge them with crayons that are easier to handle."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: VTech Drop & Go Dump Truck

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Many of the toys you’ll find in the 15-month-old age range will foster multiple skills, but we like the VTech Drop & Go Dump Truck, an Amazon Best Seller, for many reasons. To start, repetition is a 15-month-old's best friend, so you’ll probably find that your kid enjoys dumping the brightly colored balls into the truck’s back dump section over and over and over again.

As they get older, your kid can work those fine motor skills by pushing the balls directly into the hole in the front of the toy, then watching them move swiftly into the back dump, all while the toy makes fun dump truck sounds and noises. Your 15-month-old can work on gross motor skills, too, by walking the truck around with the attached string.

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Best Puzzle: Melissa & Doug First Shapes Knob Wooden Puzzle

Puzzles are a great toy option for 15-month-olds who are really starting to work on their hand-eye coordination and have all but perfected their ability to pick up, hold, and move objects. While any puzzle with big enough pieces will do (15-month-olds may still have a tendency to put tiny pieces in their mouths, so you do need to still be on the lookout for potential choking hazards), we like Melissa & Doug’s cute house-shaped, large wooden knob puzzle because of the vibrant colors and the large wooden knobs that are easy for tiny hands to grasp.

One mom summed up the benefits of this puzzle perfectly when she wrote, “This is a great first puzzle—it’s sturdy and bright, all of the pieces can be put in at least two ways (like the oval can be put in upside down), which is awesome for kids who are just starting out with puzzles. I love that it can also be used to teach shapes and colors.”

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Best Travel Toy: Buckle Toy “Blu” Whale

Hitting the road with a little one can be stress-inducing for any parent. At just 15-months, a screen won't hold their attention for long, and bringing all of their favorite toys in the car or on the airplane isn't always an option. “Blu”, the cute Buckle Toy whale, will keep little hands busy and entertained as they try and open and close the buckles in a variety of clasp styles. They'll work on their fine motor, cognitive and problem-solving skills on-the-go as a bonus.

One reviewer said that Blu is a lifesaver to keep in the car for when your child gets a little antsy. Some kids will be pros at closing the buckles in no time, while others may struggle to get the task done. Even if they aren't interested in the buckles, however, they'll still have a cute cuddly toy to snuggle with!

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Best Blocks: Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag, 80-Piece

It's never too soon to start building! This easy to adopt block set comes with 80-pieces and has a carrying bag that makes cleanup a breeze. Your child will learn how to both stack and take apart these blocks to make imaginative creations—and who knows, parents might even get in on the action!

These blocks work on a whole range of skills including fine motor, problem-solving, and hand strength.

While some parents said that their 15-month-old couldn't quite get a handle on how to work the blocks yet, it's still a fun toy to have around for their kid grow into. One grandparent says their young grandchildren—2 and 4 years old—like to build a giant tower and then enjoy knocking it down.

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Best for Fine Motor: Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze

Kids and adults alike will delight in the addictive practice of moving brightly colored beads from side to side on the Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze. This toy helps stimulate your kid’s visual senses. Pushing the beads over the mazes from side-to-side will work those fine motor skills.

What is great about this toy is it has suction cups so it can easily adhere to a high chair or table without getting knocked over—making it the perfect toy for your child to play while you are getting dinner ready.

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Best for Gross Motor: Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe has been a mainstay for 30 years, a classic car that seems to only get better and better with age. Delight your 15-month-old and enhance their gross motor skills at the same time with this Amazon’s Choice product. The bright red and yellow colors are fun for kids, but the real fun is when your kid uses the steering wheel and uses their feet to push.

As your kid gets bigger they can work those gross motor skills by pushing the car from behind as well. This toy is meant for kids up to 50 pounds, so it will be with your family for many years.

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Best Musical: VTech Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone

This interactive musical toy for your 15-month-old will provide tons of tunes for them to listen to and help them find their own musical talent. The VTech Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone is great because it grows with your child (ages 3 months to 3 years) and comes with so many different ways to use it.

Using the microphone setting, your little one can discover their (sure to be amazing) voice. The puppy button encourages them sing along to their favorite tunes and gives them access to 60 additional musical features.

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Best Bath Toy: Sago Easy Clean Mini Bath Squirters & Floaties

Upgrade your child’s time in the bath with something much better than the traditional rubber duck. The Sago Mini Bath Squirters and Floaties pack comes with four adorable friends and their float toys that are small and easy enough for tiny hands to hold and squeeze. The tops also come off all four toys, which means they are easy to keep clean and mold-free. They're also BPA and phthalate free.

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Best Book: First 100 Words

As their vocabulary is rapidly expanding you'll want to indulge their need to learn more with a cute board book that illustrates 100 words that are very useful to their daily life like, high chair, socks, dog, and more. Your kid can point to anything they are interested in as you repeat (and repeat!) the words again and again. You'll get a kick out of how captivated your kid is with this book as you watch their growing mind work to put the pictures and words together.

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Best Crafts: Crayola Crayons Jumbo 8ct Peggable Tuck Box

Inspire your budding Picasso at home with a set of jumbo crayons that will have them coloring and scribbling away. This classic toy might not be the most original, but kids at this age are learning how to scribble so why not indulge them with crayons that are easier to handle!

Of course, your child might want to put these in their mouth, so keep a close eye on them whenever they are using the crayons or else you might get a surprise in their diaper. These crayons are non-toxic, so if they do eat them it is not the end of the world, but we would recommend avoiding this scenario if you can prevent it.

What to Look for in a Toy for a 15-Month-Old

Fun: Fun should be number one when it comes to toys! Of course, what’s fun for one toddler may not be fun for all, so consider your child’s skills and interests. And remember, sometimes what doesn’t look interesting to you may be enthralling for a little one, so don’t be afraid to experiment a bit.

Skills: While fun is great, if you can add in some learning at the same time, even better. Consider what you want to foster in your children—such as fine motor skills, language development, or math—and choose toys accordingly. Some toys are specifically designed to promote one skill, while others will cover multiple skills. 

Size: If you have a huge playroom and unlimited space to store toys, size may not be such a big deal, but if you're short on space, consider how easy a toy is to clean up and store. Also, if you’re looking for toys to take on the go, consider portability, too.

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