My Favorite Toddler Toys

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe plays with a dinosaur puzzle

Since I’m now ushering my second child through the toddler years, I can say with certainty that I know a thing or two about the toys that toddlers like to play with most.  My kids have really both always had a unisex attraction to toys– Major’s favorite toy ever has been this Melissa and Doug cleaning set.  And Marlowe loves dinosaurs and trains! I love how open they are to playing with a variety of things, but as the person who buys the toys I must admit I have certain criteria.

I look for toys that are well made, that spark imagination, and that have some kind of learning component.  Today I thought I would share my favorite Toddler toys with you! Just click on the collage below to shop, and learn more.

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major plays with his favorite cleaning set toy from Melissa & Doug

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major plays with his favorite cleaning set toy from Melissa & Doug

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe plays with a dinosaur puzzle


Photographs by Julia Dags.

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  1. Melissa says:

    Thanks for sharing these look great! I would love to hear some of your tips for functional (and attractive) toy storage?!

    09.14.18 Reply
    • Thanks, Melissa! I had our toy storage custom made but I also use pretty bins and baskets in our downstairs playroom and in the kids’ bedrooms. You can find a post I wrote a while ago about toy storage here

      09.14.18 Reply
      • Melissa says:

        Thanks so much 🙂

        09.17.18 Reply
  2. Annie says:

    The lack of details regarding why you like these toys screams “click the affiliate link so i can make money.”

    09.14.18 Reply
    • I wrote in the second paragraph why I like all of them. I’m not the primary person playing with them, though, and I doubt my daughter wants to sit down for an interview on Toddler toys. Sorry for the brevity! LOL.

      09.14.18 Reply
      • Annie says:

        Really? Because my daughter loves talking about her toys and explaining what each one does. But I don’t consider conversations with my child, an interview. I guess it’s because my business doesn’t require my phone being shoved in her face from the time she wakes up to the time I put her to bed.

        09.14.18 Reply
        • Meredith says:

          This is incredibly rude. Not sure why you take the time to follow or leave such a negative comment.

          09.14.18 Reply
        • Nicole says:

          Jeez! She should have entitled her reply own ‘Annie get your gun’.

          I love your visual presentation in this and similar posts. They scream ‘I want to share information to help others’ thank you Eva.

          09.14.18 Reply
        • I guess so! Thanks for the feedback, Annie. Super helpful!

          09.16.18 Reply
  3. Annie says:

    I bought the cleaning set for my son’s first birthday and it’s his favorite. He’s always cleaning everything 🙂 lol Instruments are a favorite too!

    09.14.18 Reply
  4. Rahel says:

    Thanks for sharing, Eva! I also base my toy purchases on that same sort of criteria, so it’s always refreshing to find recommendation from a great mama like you. Definitely getting my little one the Melissa & Doug cleaning set for her 2nd birthday!

    09.14.18 Reply
  5. Tina says:

    My daughter has most of this toys at home…😄 too bad if you lived in Paris WE could be best Friends…😂😂🤷‍♀️😘

    09.15.18 Reply
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    07.09.19 Reply
  7. Finding favourite toddler toys for kids may be difficult but it is good to have them.

    12.17.19 Reply