The 18 Best Toys for Toddler Boys to Keep Them Engaged

Our favorites from Melissa & Doug, Little Tikes, VTech, Fat Brain Toys, and more

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Experts, like Dr. Jody LeVos, chief learning officer for HOMER, say that play and learning are really one and the same in early childhood, so finding a perfect toy that also teaches an important skill is ideal for toddler boys.

We tested and researched the best toys available from top brands, considering each option's recommended age, longevity, and skills it'll teach your little one. Our top picks include an adorable ride-on tricycle from Fisher-Price, an interactive plush from Blue's Clues, and a charming cottage from Step2 for hours of imaginative play.

Here, the best toys for toddler boys.

Our Top Picks
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Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike

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Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to assemble

  • Can be used indoors or outdoors

  • Customizable with stickers

What We Don't Like
  • Seat can be flimsy

  • Can be difficult to maneuver

If your boy has a lot of energy to burn, this trike is a perfect toy. The pedal-powered bike is decked out with the Harley-Davidson logo and customizable stickers, 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 upright. And—bonus—an under-the-seat storage compartment provides a place to tote snacks and toys.

Setup is relatively simple except for a few of the parts, according to our tester. Still, the trike provides high entertainment value, especially since toddlers can ride it all by themselves. Little ones practice coordination, pedaling, and balance all while getting outside and staying active, earning it the top spot in this roundup. For especially small toddlers, the pedals may be a bit hard to reach, but this could be a great option to grow into. Compared to other ride-on toys, the price is very reasonable, especially for the iconic name and reputable brand.

Dimensions: 29.5 x 22.5 x 22 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Tough Trike

 The Spruce / Sarah Vanbuskirk

"The trike has solid silver handlebars with a comfortable grip, pedals that are large and easy to turn, and a spacious seat that seems comfortable for a range of body types."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

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Little Tikes First Slide Toddler Slide

What We Like
  • Sturdy

  • Indoor or outdoor use

  • Suitable for a variety of ages

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult to assemble

  • Hard to pack and travel with

The joy and thrill of the playground moves indoors with this slide, perfect for toddler boys. Young ones can slide into a ball pit, kiddie pool, or cozy carpet. Introduce little ones to a slide in a safe, fun, and easy way that can be enjoyed anywhere, thanks to it's folding capabilities.

Dimensions: 39 x 18 x 27.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

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VTech Pop-a-Balls Push and Pop Bulldozer

What We Like
  • Interactive

  • Educational

What We Don't Like
  • Material can be flimsy

Keep toddlers engaged with popping balls and cheery music. Little ones can push around the bulldozer and watch as balls magically pop out of the front. Meanwhile, the buttons on the side helps young boys practice colors and shapes and sing along to fun tunes.

Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 6.3 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

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BravoKids LCD Writing Tablet

What We Like
  • Reduces waste

  • Durable

  • Suitable for various ages

  • Usable in various environments

What We Don't Like
  • Flimsy packaging

  • Battery life can be short

Despite it being screenplay, this tablet is engaging, educational, and durable for toddlers. Kids can foster their creativity without creating waste or mess, wherever they play. This device makes it easy for young hands to sketch, color, and draw with ease—then start all over again.

Dimensions: 11.22 x 7.68 x 0.75 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

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Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles, Soft Baby and Toddler Toy Set

Melissa & Doug K's Kids Pull-Back Vehicles

Courtesy of Kohls

What We Like
  • Soft and durable with no hard edges

  • Easy for kids to use

  • Interactive and engaging

What We Don't Like
  • Not usable on carpet or rugs

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 vehicles on the road.

Also, no batteries required—simply pull the vehicle back to rev, let go, and watch it fly forward.

Dimensions: 8.75 x 11.75 x 4.75 inches | Material: Fabric | Recommended Age: 9 months - 4 years

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WEofferwhatYOUwant Robot Harry Electronic Pet Dog

WEofferwhatYOUwant Robot Harry Electronic Pet Dog

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Various functions

  • Engaging

  • Entertaining

What We Don't Like
  • Hard for little ones to touch and grab

  • Only runs on batteries

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.

Dimensions: 5.12 x 4.72 x 7.87 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

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Blue's Clues Peek-A-Blue 10-inch Plush

blues-clues

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Engaging

  • Easy to use

  • Good for practicing speech

What We Don't Like
  • Flimsy packaging

  • Different textures than expected

This is one stuffed animal that's stands out from the rest because of its interactive features. Besides being super soft, when Blue's belly is squeezed, her ears pop up and down. Your youngster will love this game of peek-a-boo with their new plush friend.

Dimensions: 110 x 6 x 13.5 inches | Material: Fabric | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

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VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Smart Shots Sports Center

Courtesy of Barnes & Noble

What We Like
  • Multiple activities in one

  • Educational

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Tools needed for setup

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.

Dimensions: 16.54 x 22.83 x 24.02 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

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Fat Brain Toys Shape Factory

Fat Brain Toys Shape Factory

Fat Brain Toys

What We Like
  • Engaging

  • Good bonding activity

What We Don't Like
  • Can be complicated for younger kids

As your toddler starts to become more and more curious, a love of shapes and colors is sure to begin. This puzzle by Fat Brain Toys includes 10 different pieces that they must fit in the appropriate spaces. The blocks are large enough for tiny hands to grasp, making this is a perfect toy for kids two and older.

Dimensions: 7.48 x 7.48 x 7.99 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

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Uncommon Goods Construction Plate and Utensils

Construction plate and utensils

Uncommon Goods

What We Like
  • Stimulating during mealtimes

  • Real life application

What We Don't Like
  • A bit expensive

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?

Dimensions: 12 x 3 x 12 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: N/A

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Step2 Charming Cottage Playhouse

Charming Cottage Playhouse

Wayfair

What We Like
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors

  • Multiple uses

  • Interactive

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to assemble

  • Bulky

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 6 years. 

Dimensions: 58 x 58.75 x 50.13 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

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Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

 Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Engaging

  • Available to kids of various ages

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult to assemble

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 kids down on a hot day. This toy can be used in multiple ways, with water or sand, or you can even fill it with rice or pasta for a really fun sensory activity.

Dimensions: 39.02 x 24.02 x 32.01 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

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Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set

Boon Pipes Bath Toy Set

Courtesy of Buy Buy Baby

What We Like
  • Sturdy and durable

  • Strong suction

  • Can be used in many environments

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to clean

Bath time is also playtime. This fun STEM-inspired pipe set lets kids 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.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.05 x 2.76 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

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Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

Little Tikes EasyScore

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Adjustable for different heights

  • Sturdy

  • Easy to assemble

What We Don't Like
  • Products can be flimsy

You may remember this basketball set from your youth—and there's a reason it's still around today! This toy can be used for children ages 18 months and up, helping them work on their coordination and keeping them active.

Dimensions: 23.75 x 22 x 61 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

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Little People Take Turns Skyway Wheelies Racetrack Set

little-people-take-turns-track

Courtesy of Walmart 

What We Like
  • Easy to put together

  • Interactive

What We Don't Like
  • Parts can be flimsy

If your toddler already has a strong love of cars that go fast, he'll love this racetrack. It's great for siblings, as long as your children are old enough to take turns peacefully.

Dimensions: 5.62 x 25 x 16 Inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck

Fisher-Price Food Truck

Courtesy of Fisher-Price 

What We Like
  • Suitable for various ages

  • Entertaining

  • Interactive

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult to assemble

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 play along as well.

Dimensions: 22.99 x 21.97 x 27.99 Inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

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Radio Flyer Inc. 3-In-1 EZ Folding Wagon with Canopy

Radio Flyer 3-in-1

Courtesy of Amazon

 

What We Like
  • Long lasting

  • Sturdy

  • Easy to travel with

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Cruise around the neighborhood in style with this clever wagon which you can load up with some snacks and have a picnic at the local park. Your toddler boy will get a kick out of this wagon and who knows, he might want to pull this around too.

Dimensions: 42 x 18.5 x 33 Inches | Material: Fabric | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

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VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

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VTech-Kidi-Beats-Drum

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Fun for a wide range of ages

  • Easy to regulate volume

  • Multiple play settings

What We Don't Like
  • Can be complicated for young ones

What better way to inspire your boy's creative side than with a drum set? With this set from VTech, they'll get drum pads, drum sticks, and cymbals as well as various settings for them to play around with.

Dimensions: 3.9 x 12.09 x 11.46 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

VTech KidiBeats Drum Set

"This small plastic instrument is equipped with four modes of play—Follow Me, Number Jams, Alphabeats, and Free Style. Different lights and a voice calling out phrases such as 'awesome' and 'follow the beat' encourages kids to play along."—Hailey Eber, Product Tester

What to Look For in Toys For Toddler Boys

Recommended Age

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—particularly those made for children aged 3 and over, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.

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. Pick one that's right for your toddler's development level.

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.

FAQ
  • How do you clean toddler toys?

    The best way to clean most toys is to use mild dish soap diluted in warm water. Dip a microfiber cloth into the bucket, wring it out, and gently wipe down the toy to remove dust, dirt, grime, and the remnants of whatever those pint-sized rascals had on their sticky little fingers that got the toys so dirty in the first place. There’s no need to use cleaning products such as bleach. If you want to disinfect the toys, simply add a splash of white vinegar to the mix. If there’s any soap residue left on the toy surface, wipe it with a clean damp microfiber cloth and allow to air dry. Or you can disinfect a toy by wiping a mixture of vinegar diluted in water and allowing it to air dry.

  • What do toddler boys like?

    Toddler boys are full of energy and find it hard to resist new shiny objects. Every kid is different, but toddler boys will generally appreciate toys such as illustrated picture books, animal figurine sets, finger puppets, brightly colored bath toys, alphabet blocks, crayon sets, and simple musical instruments like mini drums or xylophones.

  • What are must have toys for toddler boys?

    Toddler boys enjoy fun toys and interactive toys that allow them to explore their curiosity about the world and learn new skills. Must have toddler toys include things like building blocks, simple puzzles, musical instruments, stuffed animals, robot toys, coloring books, pop-up books, or age-appropriate ride-on toys

Why Trust the Spruce?

This article was written by Julie Evans, a writer who has been researching home products for The Spruce since 2017. She has extensive experience covering products for children, including toys and gifts. 

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