- 1. Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks -- These are probably the most played with toys in our house. My 1.5-year-old and my 3.5-year-old enjoy playing with these. Building towers, knocking them down -- you know how blocks work.
2. Musical Table -- If you can handle the noise, then these are fun, learning toys. Ours (the Leapfrog Learn & Groove Musical Table) has removable legs (so you can play on the floor) and ou can adjust the sound so it's not too loud. I'm sure they're all pretty much the same.
3. Kitchen + Play Food -- We have a small one, the Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen, but I do have to say that if you have the space, a larger one is better, though for our space, this one is perfect. In terms of play food, wooden food or high quality plastic ones are MUCH better than the Made in China alternatives. Cheapo plastic food breaks easily. Melissa & Doug make excellent wooden food.
4.Dolls + Doll Stroller -- A one-year-old (once s/he can walk) will love pushing around a stroller. You can also get a doll with a bottle and play food and s/he may enjoy feeding the baby.
In general, one-year-olds love playing ball, building with blocks, and wreaking havoc wherever and whenever they can. So buy accordingly. :)