Our list of top toys for 1 year olds has been carefully selected by our chief toy expert Ruth (primary school teacher, and mother to two infants). Therefore, our selection of toys are guaranteed to deliver top marks for both fun and educational value. We also keep an eye on the top toy trends and toy awards, making sure only the very best toys make it onto our shelves. Ruth and her toy testers rate each toy across a range of development skills. These skills include;  motor skills, literacy and numeracy, and social and emotional (role-playing,turn-taking) skills. All of the listed toys are available instore and online at Cogs Toys and Games.

Spin Again

Spin again is the ultimate a stacking toy with a spin—literally. Spin again is our top selling toy for 1 year olds.

Drop the vibrant discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and go ooooh as they spin fast and smooth to settle onto the reversible base. Choosing how to set the base is half the fun for your toddler. Pick either the wobble base or turn it over for a solid seat.

Each disc is dual-colored, and from largest to smallest, they form a dynamic rainbow utilizing fun shades like magenta, lime, and teal, and your more traditional shades of lemon, red, and sky blue. The star-like discs alternate between daisy style and star-burst shapes, too.

This visually stimulating toy will keep your little ones enthralled as they practice their hand-eye coordination and baby engineering skills!!

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Tobbles Neo

Little hands can’t get enough of the stacking, toppling, spinning, balancing, wobbling, tilting, and wiggling! Another welcome invitation to timeless play.

Tobbles Neo is one of our favourite toys for babies – bright and cheerful colors, the physics of motion – and the addition of more tactile clout! The unique grippable texture of Tobbles Neo awakens touch. See those gentle, playful curves? They truly enliven tactile experiences.

Young minds revel in stacking, toppling, and the discovery of endless ingenuity with Tobbles Neo. Six uniquely weighted pieces balance, neatly nest, and incessantly spin beyond your expectations.

Gratifying to hold in your hands, weighted to invite investigation, and likely to be swiped from your possession.

Age: 6 Months+

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Spike fine Motor hedgehog

There is a reason this cute hedgehog consistantly tops best seller and must have toy lists for toddler toys. Not only will he help to develop fine motor skills, colour recognition and counting skills parents will love it because its easily tidied and stored as the quills are cleverly stored inside the back so you won’t lose pieces!

Ages 18 months+

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SmartMax My First Animal Train

SmartMax my first Farm Animals is great safe, fun introduction to magnetic toys. This set encourages kids to use two hands together and helps develop hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and matching skills. Children will have great fun mixing and matching the animal to make crazy combinations

SmartMax my First animal train also develops problem-solving and concentration as a child tries to connect the correct pieces together. But kids won’t be too bothered with any of that they will simply be having a great fun time playing this toy.

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Hape Fast Flip Racetrack

Watch the cars race down the wooden track and flip over from slide to slide. Made to Hape’s high standards it comes with 3 cars that can be attached to the side of the track when not in use. The track is approx 30 x 30cm.

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Hape Pound and Tap Bench

This clever award winning wooden musical toy combines a pounding bench with hammer and a xylophone with great effect and will give many years enjoyment.

When the balls drop they run over the xylophone playing all the notes as they go. as children get older you can take the xylophone out and use it on it’s own.

Hape toys are made responsibly using non toxic paints and glue and embrace the highest standards in safety ecological and social responsibility. Green manufacturing and satisfying employment for every employee are key to the Hape company philosophy.

Gold award winnder at the Independent Toy Awards UK 2015 and Silver at the Irish National Parenting Product Awards 2015

Age: 12 months+

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InnyBin is an incredibly unique shape-exploration experience toy for babies.

A 2020 Toy of the Year Finalist! The six chunky shape blocks are each designed with fascinating textures that are sure to thrill the fingers. There’s a cube, a diamond, a sphere, a triangle, a flower, and the happy Fat Brain logo…

But the best part? As kids push the shapes through the elastic bands of the cube, curiosity is sparked and young minds can’t help but explore, experiment, and discover.

InnyBin is a great toy for ages 10 months and up.

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Sensory Rollers Sounds and Senses Balls

The Country Critters wooden sort-and-discover activity play cube has five sides. Watch your child enjoy the beaded adventure land, a shape sorter, a stand in a queue, a turnplate and tap to the bottom activity

This activity cube is an animal-inspired play cube that includes ten pieces featuring wooden balls, shapes, a wooden pounder and more

This development toy is an award-winning shape sorter, recommended for ages 12 months and older.

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Whirly Squigz

Whirly Squigz are a set of three colourful silicone spinners that encourage fine motor skills, sensory exploration, cause-effect learning. Each one is made of 100% high quality silicone that’s colourful, pleasant to touch, and safe for teething.

Hold them, explore their unique contours, chomp on them and let them soothe sore gums…

Then, stick them to any smooth, flat, non-porous surface – like a bathtub wall, a table-top, or a window. Give them a spin, and… WHOOSH! – Around and around they go, faster than the eye can see!

Age: 6 months+

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Whale Music Fountain Bath Toy

Price:  €36.95

Make bath time magical with this wonderful musical whale fountain! Choose between watching the fountains dance to music or play each whale like the keys of a piano! Simply stick to the bottom of the bath with the attached suction cup.

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Hide and Squeek Eggs

The popular toddler’s educational toy comes with 6 different eggs and funny facial expressions. Crack them open to reveal 6 different colours that your little one can identify and match

This learning toy suits your baby needs as they grow. There isn’t just one way to play – play hide & seek, shape sorting, colour matching and more.

Give the gift of fun learning for Easter, your baby’s first Christmas or as a first birthday gift – you can’t ever go wrong with these.

Age: 1+

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Dimpl Duo

Dimpl Duo is an addictively fun fidget toy for toddlers (and older kids). A perfect for on the go (no loose pieces to lose). It’s a great sensory toy, that promotes sensory exploration, tactile learning, and shape learning and colour learning.  The buttons feel super soft and rubbery, and promote finger isolation and strength as kids push them back and forth and feel them pop. Dimpl duo is also a great way to teach cause and effect, and encourage active play and concentration.

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