When it comes to baby gifts, it’s essential to choose items that are age-appropriate and help promote learning and development. First birthdays are a particular time for parents and kids alike, but finding the perfect gifts can be challenging.
As a Montessori teacher, I love finding gifts that light up a child’s face and encourage their learning and creativity for years to come! Here are my top 5 educational 1st birthday gift ideas for your little learner.
Wooden Name Puzzle
This giant wood puzzle is a stylish decor piece and a fun way to encourage a little one’s the fine motor and early literacy skills. This woody is sure to captivate your young learner for hours on end, featuring a cleverly designed, interlocking base and the ooh la letters of its namesake.
Our large puzzles feature a high-quality wood veneer with a durable, lead-free coating that has been tested to be both kid- and pet-friendly. This slick toy has all the bells and whistles, including a cleverly hidden base for easy storage, a felt bag to keep puzzle pieces safe between uses, and a surprisingly sturdy frame.
It is a well-crafted item that will delight the youngest of elves. A bespoke wood name puzzle is the perfect educational first birthday present. It will be an educational milestone in a child’s life that they will never forget, and it will surely be a proud moment on their big day. The best part is it is an excellent gift for a parent or grandparent too!
Personalized Mock Newspaper
One of the best 1st birthday gift ideas for your little learner is to get them something to help them learn. This can be an early educational toy or a set of books that will give them a head start on learning.
These gifts are perfect for any occasion because they will make your child happy and provide them with some good learning experiences! They will also help them develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive abilities.
If you are looking for a unique first birthday gift idea for your child, consider getting them a personalized mock newspaper! This will be a keepsake that they will cherish for years to come.
This mock newspaper will feature all the important events and news of the year they were born. It will include their picture, name, and date of birth! The newspaper will be delivered to you as a print-quality PDF file, and you can print it as many times as you want. You can also send it as an email so you can share it with your friends and family!
If you’re looking for a gift to spark your little one’s love of books and encourage them to read, a book subscription is a great option. These subscriptions offer paid memberships that send a new book to your door each month.
The right book subscription can help you diversify your library and introduce your child to new authors they might have yet to discover. These subscriptions also have coordinating items to make the reading experience more fun and interactive.
For example, Little Feminist’s book club highlights authors with engaging new perspectives that teach kids to be confident, inclusive, and supportive of their bodies. These books promote body positivity, anti-racism, and social justice.
They offer three different age levels:
- A baby and toddler box
- A preschool box for kids ages two to five
- An older kids box for tweens and teens
Each subscription box contains two to three new books.
Page 1’s literary matchmakers tailor their selections to your interests and can even link to your Goodreads account to find titles just right for you. You’ll receive a mix of hard- and paperback books in each shipment, and sometimes they’ll include a surprise or a gift!
Foam playmats are great for various reasons, like giving babies and kids a soft place to land after a fall or providing them with a clean surface for tummy time. They’re also easy to wipe down, and vacuum, and most are non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals like BPA, phthalates, and lead.
They’re also a good choice for larger children and pets because they’re shaped like puzzle pieces instead of squares. The puzzle pieces can be reconfigured to create patterns, so they’re adaptable for multiple age groups.
They also come in several sizes, including a substantial 83-inch long and 55-inch wide mat covering a playroom or bedroom floor. They’re also very portable since they fold up and snap shut for storage.
Kids at this age are just learning to walk, they have a keen sense of curiosity, and their perception is developing. The best way to encourage these skills is to gift them educational toys that help develop critical skills such as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
If you are looking for something that is both educational and fun, a water table might be the perfect gift for your little learner. They can use the water table to fill a cup, squirt bubbles, and even play in the water.
Another great first birthday gift for your little one is a Crawl Tunnel, which they’ll love playing with. It also boosts their spatial awareness and improves their motor skills.
If you’re shopping for a little one, pick gifts from reputable manufacturers that comply with safety standards. These toys are also more likely to withstand the inevitable wear and tear that a one-year-old will bring them.