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Best Toys for 20 Month Old Toddler

Updated on December 30, 2014

What to buy a 20 month old toddler?

This article gives lots of suggestions of great toys for 20 month olds that will keep them engaged and occupied and stop them getting into everything. They are based on the toys that my son loved to play with when he was around 20 months. He was a very active toddler and into everything so when I found a toy he liked it was a God send as it used to keep him occupied and give me some breathing space.

Read on for suggestions of the best toys for 20 month old toddlers.

Outdoor Toys for 20 month olds

Its worth getting a few outdoor toys for toddlers at 20 months. It's great to have a few options outside to let toddlers burn of their energy and outdoor toys are great investments as if you buy the right ones your 20 month old will be using them in years to come.

Some of the toys can also be used indoors if you have the space.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

There used to be three Little Tikes Cozy Coupes at a toddler group we used to go to and they were always occupied. My son and niece loved them and would play in these cars for ages.

 
Little Tikes First Slide, Red/Blue
Little Tikes First Slide, Red/Blue

A slide is another great toy for an active 20 month old. They will love going up and down it over and over again. This slide featured is actually recommended from 18 months to 4 years. It may be a good choice as it will last a toddler for quite a while. My son is now 3 and he will still go on his slide over and over again.

Of course, if you have the space indoors there's no reason why you couldn't use the slide indoors as well or instead.

 
Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table
Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table

The Step2 Water Wheel Activity is a highly recommended toy for keeping toddlers occupied outside. My son would spend ages filling up the containers and participating in water play. It would be great on sunny days as I could actually read my magazine in the garden for a while and have a few moments to myself.

 

Step 2 Rollercoaster

Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster Ride On
Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster Ride On

This is such a fun, cool toy.

They have this at a toddler group I go to and all the little ones love it.

It can be set up indoors (if you have the space) or outdoors.

The ride on goes over a bump and it's a little thrill for toddlers to go on. When they've finished toddlers love trying to pull the car up to the top of the ramp.

 

Ride On Toys for 20 Month Olds

Ride on toys are great for 20 month olds. The love to push them and scoot around on them.


Little Tikes Push & Ride Racer
Little Tikes Push & Ride Racer

My own son love the LIttle Tikes Push and Ride Racer. He used to love to scoot around and was playing with it until he was over 3! I think it's particularly good as it's simple to get on and off as it's quite low. This makes it easy to scoot around on too. It's lightweight so it's easy for young children to push it around. It's such a simple ride on toy but it has excellent reviews. You can also get different colors for both boys and girls.

 
Power Wheels Thomas & Friends, Thomas Train with Track [Amazon Exclusive]
Power Wheels Thomas & Friends, Thomas Train with Track [Amazon Exclusive]

This is such a cool little ride on. It works on and off the track. It can work indoor and outdoors.

It's an electric powered toy. There's an easy push button for starting and stopping. And it includes Thomas phrases and sounds.

 

Fun toys for 20 month olds

Here are a few more of my recommendations for 20 month old babies based on the toys my son loved at this age.

You can't go wrong with play doh. 20 month olds love the stuff and will play with it for ages.


Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck (Handle Color May Vary)
Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck (Handle Color May Vary)

The Tonka truck is such a cool toy and well worth the money. 20 month olds will love pushing it around, putting stuff in it and carting it around, sitting in it and being pushed around. Its great for indoor or outdoor play and a toy that will last for years and is great for children of all ages.

 
Little Tikes Shopping Cart - Yellow/Red
Little Tikes Shopping Cart - Yellow/Red

My son used to spend ages pushing around his shopping cart at around 20 months. He used to love putting all kinds of things in and out of the cart and pushing them around. This is a good investment of a toy as when they get older and start more imaginative play its good to pretend to be Mom or Dad and go shopping in the supermarket.

 

Toys for 20 Month Old Toddler Girls

There are some great toys aimed at girls this age. Even though I had a son, there were quite a few girly toys that he used to play with at the playgroups we went to.

My son loved cars, ride ons and traditional boys toys but he also loved playing with kitchens, a vanity table (look for one with drawers as he loved putting things in and out of the drawers) and a dolls house.

Check out a few options below.

Kidoozie My First Purse, Fun and Educational, For Toddlers and Preschoolers, Encourages Safe Play
Kidoozie My First Purse, Fun and Educational, For Toddlers and Preschoolers, Encourages Safe Play

My son loves bags, carrying them around and putting things in and out of them.

Little girls will love this first purse. It comes with lots of items you can play with, put in and out of the bag and take around with you. They include a phone, pretend lipstick, keys and wallet, unbreakable mirror and debit card. The items are big enough that you don't have to worry about them choking.

 
LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket (Frustration Free Packaging)
LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket (Frustration Free Packaging)

This picnic basket is another cute item that encourages imaginative play. It includes lots of items to take with you on a picnic. The items include a shapesorter plate with different shaped food toddlers have to put in the right place. This is great for fine motor skills too.

In total there are 6 food items, 2 plates, 2 forks, 2 cups, 1 blanket and 1 basket, so you can use it to have a pretend picnic.

The basket is great for toddlers to carry around with them (my son loves carrying bags, baskets and all kinds of items around and filling it with stuff which he puts in and out).

There's also lots of educational songs to teach things like colors, manners and shapes. Lift the picnic basket lid to hear instrumental music and fun sound effects too.

 
Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess, Songs Palace
Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess, Songs Palace

Fisher Price little people are always a hit with toddlers.

The chunky characters are perfect for their little hands to handle.

This set includes 7 different play areas.

You can place any princess on the magical palace dance floor to hear her name, phrases, and a song. Cinderella and Snow White are included but you can buy other princesses if you desire.

The dance floor spins.

A fanfare is played every time the door opens (and toddlers love opening and shutting doors).

You can also take the elevator to the balcony.

This toy has a lot of play value and toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy playing with it.

 

Educational toys for a 20 month old

A lot of toys are educational for 20 month old toddlers as everything is so new to them, they are learning all the time. However, the toys featured below have particular educational value and will keep toddlers occupied too.

Peg puzzles are also good toys for 20 month olds to start honing fine motor skills and see how things fit together.


LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics and Numbers
LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics and Numbers

One of my top educational gifts are the leapfrog letter phonics. (featured first in the list). They helped teach my son letters. You put each letter in the tile to hear a song about that letter.

 
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

This is very similar to the leapfrog phonic set above, but the letter slider is magnetic so you can place it on the fridge. This is great as it will entertain kids while you are working in the kitchen. My son loves playing with magnets on the fridge as well - they are the perfect toy for a toddler, entertaining, educational and fun too.

 
Mr Potato Head Playskool
Mr Potato Head Playskool

Mr Potato Head is great for teaching body parts and my son used to play for ages with this toy. Not bad for a toy that only costs about $6.

 

Construction toys for 20 month old

20 months is the perfect age to introduce construction toys. They will be able to build towers and knock things down before beginning to create more complex structures. They're great for honing fine motor skills.

Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic

Megabloks are a great first set of blocks. Toddlers can build very high towers with these. We used to play "toddler bowling" which involved building three high towers and then trying to knock them down with a soft ball.

 
LEGO DUPLO Bricks & More Deluxe Brick Box 5507
LEGO DUPLO Bricks & More Deluxe Brick Box 5507

Lego duplo are bigger than normal lego and perfect for little hands to manipulate.My son and I used to build lego towers, lego farms and using the different colored bricks was great for developing his fine motor skills too.

 

Kitchen

Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen
Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen

A kitchen is a great toy for a toddler.

They just love opening doors on cupboards, ovens and putting things in and taking things out.

Kitchens are also great for imaginative play. As they get older, there's lots of role play little ones can take part in.

 

First Train Set

20 months old is a great age to get a first train set. As you are starting young they will get all kinds of play from it.

There are lots of different train sets to choose from for toddlers and you can see lots of options on this article about train sets for toddlers.

However, I think for a 20 month old, look for something with big tracks and trains that little hands can manage. I like the Vtech smart train track below for that reason.

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset

I think this is a cool set for a young toddler.

Firstly, the train vehicles and track are big so great for little hands to control.

It includes an electronic train station, bridge and tunnel, conveyor belt hill and more. There's lots of opportunites for different play such as turning the hand crank to make the train ride up the conveyor belt.

It comes with 1 train vehicle but you can get more to play with. There's also lots of songs and sound effects to keep toddlers engaged.

You can build the track into different configurations. This is particulary great as they get older they can have a go at building some different tracks themselves.

Another good thing about this track is that it's big when laid out so if you have more than one vehicle its good for more than one kid to play with a time.

 

Hot Toys for Christmas 2014

What should you get your 20 month old toddler for Christmas 2014?

Well, as well as choosing from the suggestions above, there are some great new releases of toys for Christmas 2014 which will be perfect for 20 month olds. Check out some ideas below.

Let's Imagine Elmo

Sesame Street Playskool Let's Imagine Elmo
Sesame Street Playskool Let's Imagine Elmo

Elmo has been a favorite with young children for a long time now so this toy is sure to be a hit.

This Elmo has 3 fun hats which you can put on him.

Each hat unlocks a different mode of play. Put on the cowboy hat and Cowboy Elmo counts up to 20 with your child and then sings a reward song when they reach 20.

The crown unlocks Prince Elmo and the sea captain hat unlocks Elmo who's and ocean going captain. When Elmo isn't wearing a hat you can still play with him by getting bounced, tickled, and having his nose squeezed.

 

Cars and Garages

My son loves cars and playing with them. He will play with them for ages just moving them up and down.
He also loves sending cars down the ramps at toddler group. The garage below is pefect for a toddler and is another hot toy this Christmas.

Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway
Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway

This is a reallly cool garage play set which stands over 3 feet tall.

Toddlers wil love whizzing the cars down the ramps but there is lots more for imaginative and interactive play as well.

There is a one point of entry on top with three exits on the bottom, one of which is a jump. Toddlers can flip different switches to make cars change paths. It comes with the City Skyway play set, working crane, traffic signal, gas pump, parking meter, gate that opens & closes and Koby & Tessa cars. The cars are the perfect size for little hands to play with.

 

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