The 10 Best Toys for 15-Month-Olds to Promote Independence While Learning

Dump trucks, puzzles, blocks and more are our top picks to extend playtime fun

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Best Toys for 15-Month-Olds

Verywell / Chloe Jeong

Children are gaining more independence at 15 months old, so having the right toys on hand is very helpful to promote their new freedom. At this age, they're developing important milestones, like stacking blocks or hugging a doll. Many of these important developmental skills can be promoted through playtime with toys.

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The VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck features more than 30 songs and sounds for little ones to enjoy as they drop balls in the dump truck or pull it around by string. For a toy to use on the go, we recommend the Buckle Toy Blu Whale Learning Activity Toy.

Safety is the most important feature when it comes to toys, so you’ll want to avoid anything with small pieces. While keeping toy safety in mind, also consider the entertainment value of the toy to ensure your kiddo has fun while learning. We carefully looked over toy safety, along with design, material, age recommendations, and value when reviewing products.

Here are the best toys for 15-month-olds.

Best Overall: VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

VTech, Drop and Go Dump Truck

Walmart

Pros
  • Develops fine and gross motor skills

  • Durable

  • Batteries included

  • Teaches tools and colors

Cons
  • Small parts could be a choking hazard

What do buyers say? 85% of 30,100+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 5 stars.

The VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck tops our list because it fosters multiple skills, sings dozens of fun songs, and features vibrant balls for learning fun. 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, children 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 also work on gross motor skills, too, by walking the truck around with the attached string.

Price at time of publication: $22

Best Puzzle: Melissa & Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle

Melissa & Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Develops hand eye coordination

  • Easy to grasp

  • Durable base

Cons
  • Pictures may peel off

Puzzles are a great toy option for 15-month-olds who are really starting to work on their hand-eye coordination. 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 be on the lookout for potential choking hazards), we like Melissa & Doug’s cute house-shaped knob puzzle because of the vibrant colors and the large wooden knobs that are easy for tiny hands to grasp.

Price at time of publication: $15

Best Travel Toy: Buckle Toy Blu Whale Learning Activity Toy

Buckle Toy Blu Whale Learning Activity Toy

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Develops fine motor, cognitive, and problem-solving skills

  • Easy to clip on strollers, car seats, etc.

  • Includes a storage pocket for other toys

Cons
  • Can be difficult to unbuckle

Hitting the road with a little one can be stress-inducing for any parent. A screen won't hold a 15-month-old's attention for long, and bringing all of their favorite toys in the car or airplane isn't practical. “Blu,” the cute Buckle Toy whale, will keep little hands busy and entertained as they try to open and close the buckles in various clasp styles. They'll work on their fine motor, cognitive, and problem-solving skills on the go as a bonus. However, even if they aren't interested in the buckles, they'll still have a cute cuddly toy to snuggle with!

Price at time of publication: $25

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

Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag, 80 Pieces

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Inspires creativity

  • Develops fine motor and problem-solving skills

  • Includes a storage bag

Cons
  • Can be hard to use for younger kids

It's never too soon to start building! This block set comes with 80 pieces and has a carrying bag that makes cleanup a breeze. These blocks work on a whole range of skills including fine motor, problem-solving, and hand strength. 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!

Price at time of publication: $20

Best for Fine Motor: Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze

First Bead Maze

 Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Stimulating

  • Develops fine motor skills

  • Durable

Cons
  • Suction cups could be stronger

Kids and adults alike will delight in 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 works 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 with while you are getting dinner ready.

Price at time of publication: $19

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

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Courtesy of Walmart

Pros
  • Develops gross motor skills

  • Can be driven or pushed from behind

  • Generous weight capacity

Cons
  • Doesn't roll well on high pile carpet

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.

Price at time of publication: $62

Best Bath Toy: Sago Mini Dennis’ Bathtub Squirter & Boat Floatie

Sago Mini Dennis' Bathtub Squirter & Boat Floatie

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • BPA-free

  • Easy to clean

  • Easy to grasp

Cons
  • Mold is possible if not cleaned properly

Upgrade your child’s time in the bath with something much better than the traditional rubber duck. The Sago Mini Dennis’ Bathtub Squirter and Boat Floatie pack comes with one adorable octopus named Dennis and his bathtub; both of which are small and easy enough for tiny hands to hold and squeeze. The top also comes off Dennis, which means it's easy to keep clean and mold-free. They're also BPA- and phthalate-free.

Price at time of publication: $13

Best Musical: VTech Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone

VTech Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Comes in various colors

  • Includes interactive songs and sounds

  • Batteries included

Cons
  • Noisy

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 to sing along to their favorite tunes and gives them access to 60 additional musical features.

Price at time of publication: $15

Best Book: First 100 Words: A Padded Board Book

First 100 Words - A Padded Board Book

Amazon

Pros
  • Teaches words, animals, colors, and more

  • Has a board book option

  • Travel-friendly

Cons
  • Some reported printing errors in physical copy

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.

Price at time of publication: $6

Best Crafts: Crayola Crayons Jumbo 8ct Peggable Tuck Box

Crayola Crayons Jumbo 8ct Peggable Tuck Box

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Easy to grasp

  • Durable

  • Affordable

Cons
  • Small color range

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.

Price at time of publication: $10

How We Selected the Best Toys for 15-Month-Olds

We chose the best toys for 15-month-olds by studying the design and features of more than 30 toys on the market and researching reviews from customers and competitors. We also monitored shopping trends to bring you the best, and most up-to-date, offerings on toys for 15-month-olds. We considered design, features, toy safety, age recommendations, material, ease of use, and value when reviewing products.

What to Look for in Toys for 15-Month-Olds

Safety 

Avoid toys that can fit entirely into a 15-month-old’s mouth, especially anything with small pieces that can be removed or broken off, as they’re choking hazards. Look for toys that are sturdy, made from nontoxic materials, and don’t contain button batteries or high-powered magnets. If the toy has any loose materials, like ribbons or stuffing, avoid it. 

Milestones

Tracking your child's developmental milestones can help you determine if they are growing and learning at an appropriate pace for their age. And many toys can help children reach these important milestones. At 15 months, your child may:

Entertainment

If you want your 15-month-old to have fun and learn while playing, you’re in luck! There’s power in play when your toddler has the right toys. Toddler toys as simple as blocks, empty containers, and puzzles help cultivate a young child’s creativity and imagination. Provide opportunities for children to engage in pretend play by offering an empty cup or toys that enable make-believe, like an age-appropriate toy phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What toys should my 15-month-old be playing with?

    Developmentally, 15-month-olds are exploding with new skills. They are becoming little problem solvers as they notice the world around them. Toys that help them figure out how the world works and how they play a part in it are helpful and fun for them. That could mean puzzles, trucks, or blocks. Anything that helps with fine or gross motor skills is helpful at this age. Fifteen-month-olds love bright colors, faces, and anything they can manipulate and do repetitively—such as a truck they can dump and refill.

  • What toys do 15-month-olds play with?

    Popular toys for 15-month-olds include board books, puzzles, and cars. Anything that can harness a little imagination will be fun and help develop new skills, such as identifying and sorting shapes and colors.
    You don’t need to buy specific toys for this age group. You might have noticed your 15-month-old loves playing with boxes, pots and pans, and other household items; they are good for exploring and imagining too.

  • What games should I play with my 15-month-old?

    Playing with toys like a dump truck or puzzle, or reading books together, are good options for 15-month-olds, but there are some old-fashioned games that you can play as well. You might throw and catch a ball or balloon to help with coordination, play with puppets to spark their imagination, or have a good old-fashioned dance party to promote coordination, imitation, and balance.

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