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10 Best Under $10 -- Educational Toys for 6 to 12 Months Old Babies

Updated on June 27, 2014

Why spend over $10 for the toys your baby needs?

I am a father of four wonderful girls. My youngest will be 11 months old in a few weeks. Kids grow up way to fast. I can remember when she was born. It seems just a few days ago. Anyway, I'm getting of track. This lens is about what babies like with regard to toys. These toys are all educational in nature. Learning and development for our youngsters are important, but there is no need to speed a lot of money providing them with to toys they need to grow with. The good news is that nothing on this list is over $10. If you find it over $10, you've spent too much. So come on, and enjoy the count down of the ten best educational toys for babies 6 to 12 months. Here we go.

Stacking and Sorting Toys

The first set of toys on my list are stacking and sorting. My daughter loves to put things in and out of box, buckets, my wife's purse. At my house, we can find toys almost anywhere. So, if your house is like mine, these toys will help your baby stack and sort things where they belong. In there toys.

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack

This is a classic toy that has been around since the 60's. I remember playing with this toy when I was little. All my daughters have played with this toy, and some of my fondest memories are watching them trying to stack the little ring in order on the pole. This is a very good toy for babies and young children. If you don't have it already, you should get it.

 
The First Years Stacking Up Cups
The First Years Stacking Up Cups

This was one of my favorite toys growing up. It teaches youngsters to stack things in order from biggest to smallest. The beauty of this toy, that my girls discovered, is that when our children get old this toy changes in to cups for a tea party, planters for flowers, extra. This one is a very versatile toy for now and the future.

 
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks

I remember buying this for my oldest daughter when she was a baby. She is eight now, so she no longer plays with it. I so enjoyed watching her trying to put the blocks in the holes and then dumping them out. Each of my other girls loved to play with this toy. Even the youngest likes to play with it. This is a excellent toy for babies and young children. I recommend that if you don't have this toy yet, you should.

 
Castle Toys My First Shape Sorter Play Set
Castle Toys My First Shape Sorter Play Set

This is another toy that brings me back to my youth. This toy doubles as a sorter and a ball. My two oldest daughters us to have this toy until they broke it from over use. That is how much they loved it. Anyway, even thought I haven't got around to buying a replacement (by the time the third and fourth child come along, you have some many toys that you don't know what to do with them all), I would recommend that this be one of the toys your child plays with. It is a shame my younger daughters can't enjoy this toy. I my just have to replace it anyways.

 

Texture and Manipulative Toys

Babies love to grab things, anything, and put them in there mouths, or bang them and hit things with them. But most of all, they go in there mouth. These toys will help with the ever so important sensory development of touch and hand eye coordination. Each toy in this section has a different texture for our youngsters to experience. My daughter loves playing with her texture balls. I am betting, so will yours.

Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set
Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set

If your baby is anything like my baby, she likes to touch and feel everything. These textured balls are a perfect way to have baby explore the difference between rough and smooth, wave and dibbled, and soft and hard. You will enjoy watching your youngsters explore there environment with these great little balls. I know I have.

 
Baby Einstein Bendy Ball
Baby Einstein Bendy Ball

If ball features a fun and colorful little worm on one side. It is perfect size for little fingers to hold, grab, and most importantly to put into mouth. This one is a new discovery to me, but I would recommend it for any baby. In fact, I may go out and get it for mine.

 
Bright Starts Roll Shake and Spin Activity Balls
Bright Starts Roll Shake and Spin Activity Balls

My girls had this set of ball since my oldest was a baby. Each one loved to play with them. To this day, I can still catch my older daughters playing with there younger sister with these balls. I highly recommend them.

 
Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball
Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball

To be honest, I haven't had a chance to us with my girls. I saw it on Amazon, and I thought it looked intriguing. There is enough activities to engage my daughter. This is one item I my have to add to my daughters' collection. Feel free to add it to yours.

 
Earlyears Twirly Ball (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Earlyears Twirly Ball (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

This is another item that I also found intriguing from Amazon. This little ball has numerous activities to entertain little hands and minds. Feel free to add it to your collection. I will make a wonderful toy for any baby. Maybe even mine.

 

Imaginative Play Toys

Play is extremely important for babies of this age, as well for, children of all ages really. Some toys are designed just for that. For the love of play. These toys, babies play with just to play with. Simple said, they are fun. My daughter loves them. Oh, yes she does.

Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone [older version]
Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone [older version]

This is a classic toy that has been around since the 60's. I remember growing up pulling this toy along behind me. I remember make calls to other family members. My girls have this toy and they love it. This one is a keeper. If you don't have it yet, you should. You can never go wrong with a classic toy that has stood the test of time, and will continue to wow children for years to come.

 

Final Words

When I started to compile this list, I found it hard to narrow this down to only 10 items. These items where chosen because I feel they have something to offer babies between 6 to 12 months. Keep in mind, there are many toys out there that will keep your cost below $10. I found three I’ve never seen doing this lens. Keep on searching, you will find the right toys for your babies. At a price that is affordable. But, when in dought, give them a box. They will be as happy as can be. Thank you for spending your time with me. Look for more reviews to come. I'm outta here.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Parents have to be smart shoppers in many ways. Nice to know that some of these classic toys are still affordable!