Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike at Amazon
"This trike is great for his gross motor and balance skills."
Best Musical: VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set at Amazon
"Three drum pads, two drum sticks, and cymbals, plus a variety of settings."
Best Cars: Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles at Amazon
"Parents love that these are some of the few toys that don’t require batteries."
Best Electronic: Robot Harry Electronic Pet Dog at Amazon
"This cute Dalmatian will teach toddlers what it’s like to have a pet dog."
"A slam dunk for little sports fans."
"Pair this fun, award-winning plate with the matching utensils."
"This adorable kids’ chair is a far cry from the typical colored ones."
"This fun playhouse has all the bells and whistles."
"Indulge their sensory experience with an active water table."
"Make bath time more playful with this inspired set."
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Best Overall: Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike
If your boy has a lot of energy to burn this trike is just your thing. The pedal-powered bike is decked out with the Harley Davidson logo which makes it super cool for Mom and Dad as well. It has easy-to-grip handlebars, large foot pedals, and a wide, stable wheel-base to keep your little one safe. And—bonus—an under-the-seat storage compartment provides a place to tote snacks and toys.
Our tester noted, “my child loved this toy and wanted to ride it all day. It’s safe and easy to use — it helped him keep his balance.”
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Best Musical: VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set
The best toys for toddler boys provide entertainment but also help them learn. What better way to inspire their creative side than with a drum set. With this set, they'll get drum pads, drum sticks, and cymbals as well as various different settings for them to play around with.
“This toy’s noises and flashing lights were initially entertaining and alluring to small children,” noted one of our testers. But they were quick to comment that “sounds and voices were annoying for parents”, which is to be expected with a musical toy!
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Best Cars: Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles, Soft Baby and Toddler Toy Set
If you're looking for toys for an 18-month old this set of four pull-back vehicles will provide hours of fun. It contains a school bus, a family car, a fire truck, and a police car to help teach your toddler to identify some of the most common cars and trucks on the road.
Parents love that these are some of the few toys that don’t require batteries—simply pull the vehicle back to rev, let go, and watch it fly forward.
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Best Electronic: Robot Harry Electronic Pet Dog
This cute Dalmatian will teach toddlers what it’s like to have a pet dog. Harry runs on battery power, as he barks and walks throughout the house. But unlike a real dog, this robotic version also talks, sings, and dances to keep kids engaged. What Harry does is up to you: He responds differently depending on whether you touch his head, his tail, his nose, or his back.
This toy is suited for children ages 24 months and up.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Best: VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
A slam dunk for little sports fans, this multi-use activity center allows toddlers to play their choice of two popular sports: basketball or soccer. No matter which game they choose, the light-up scoreboard keeps track of the score and plays fun sounds, like crowds cheering. The sides of the goal post feature a variety of buttons and levels that review shapes and numbers, phrases, and more than 50 songs for even more fun. This toy is suited for children ages 12 to 36 months.
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Best: Construction Plate and Utensils
Pair this fun, award-winning plate with the matching utensils (sold separately)—a bulldozer pusher, a forklift, and a front loader spoon—to encourage kids to explore their food and make mealtime more exciting. And, let’s be honest, with a plate this cool, who wouldn’t want to eat their broccoli?
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Best: Fox Animal Kids Chair
This adorable kids’ chair is a far cry from the typical colored ones—it’s sophisticated enough for a location front and center in your kitchen or family room, but fun enough that kids still love it. It’s the perfect perch for a wide range of activities, from coloring and crafting to reading and eating.
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Best: Charming Cottage Playhouse
A bit of a splurge, yes, but this fun playhouse has all the bells and whistles, like a working electric doorbell, a removable flower box for real or fake flowers, and indoor storage shelves for toys. Best of all? This roomy country cottage is big enough to go the distance—it’s suitable for kids as old as six years.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Best: Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table
The best toys for toddler boys let them get messy and have a sensory experience. Water tables are a great way to do just that, plus they can cool them down on a hot day.
This toy can be used in multiple ways, with water, sand, or even fill it with rice or pasta for a real fun sensory activity.
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Best: Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set
Bath time is also playtime. This fun STEM-inspired pipe set lets them build their own little creation where they can pour water through the pipes and watch it come out the other side. For parents who want to start getting their kids to shower this is a fun toy to get them excited about it, but it also works well in the bath.
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Best: Little People Take Turns Skyway Wheelies Racetrack Set
If you have a toddler at home there is no doubt you are working on their sharing skills. This fun racetrack encourages working on sharing because children will have to alternate turns racing their car down the track. This toy is great for siblings or anyone who frequently has playdates.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck
Inspiring pretend play is key at this age, so why not have him start his own food truck with this adorable playset. Here, he can "prep" his food, present a menu, "ring" up food, and "wash" dishes in the sink. This set is so adorable, mom and dad might also want to get in on the action.
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Products Tested by The Spruce
How We Tested
We bought two top-rated toys for toddler boys and our reviewers tested them for 10 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these toys, from their entertainment value to their longevity. We’ve outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Toy for a Toddler Boy
Age-appropriateness Whenever you’re shopping for a toddler, check the age range of the toy you choose before you buy it. Certain products may contain small pieces or other parts that can be dangerous for small children, so it’s of utmost importance that the one you pick is age-appropriate for the recipient.
Skill development Toddlers learn so much in these key developmental years, so you may want to look for a toy that helps improve their skills. Certain toys focus on motor skills or walking, while others help develop language skills or critical thinking — all of which are important for growing tots.
Longevity During their first few years, children grow, learn, and develop at an astounding pace, so it’s always beneficial if you can find a toy that’ll keep their interest as they progress. Toys that encourage open-ended play and can be tailored to a child’s development level are perfect, as they can often be used for several years.
Test Results: Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike (Best Overall)
Helps develop motor skills
A little big
“My child loved this toy and wanted to ride it all day,” raved one of our testers. “It’s safe and easy to use — it helped him keep his balance.” One reviewer also explained that it was great for teaching motor skills: “Children are able to ride the bike on their own by pedaling,” she said. “This gives them an understanding of movement and transportation, plus they feel a sense of ownership when they play with this product.” Although our testers didn’t have many negative things to say about this trike, some online reviewers noted that some 2-year-olds had difficulty reaching the pedals — so make sure to check out the trike’s measurements before you buy.
Test Results: VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set (Best Musical)
Entertaining to children at first
Too small for intended age range
“This toy’s noises and flashing lights were initially entertaining and alluring to small children,” noted one of our testers. One reviewer also liked its freestyle mode: “It allows kids to play and experiment on their own,” she said. On the other end of the spectrum, one of our testers thought that it was “overly complicated and stimulating with its various noises and sounds.” One reviewer also thought its “sounds and voices were annoying for parents” and also that its size was too small for its intended age range.