There are huge changes between your little baby who needed you to do everything and your one year old. A one year old is either walking for close to it, is eating solid foods, is beginning to say "words" or getting there. They are really starting to show their personality at this stage. They are much more involved in exploring and find toys a bit more interesting now.
of the things from the previous stages are still excellent toys and
will remain excellent toys for quite some time, for example: blocks,
balls, toys where one thing disappears (think jack in the box). By one
they are branching out a bit and start enjoying things that they can
push or pull while they walk. Scooping and stirring are interesting for
them. Water play and other sensory activities are beginning to be fun
and between one and two they can start to use art supplies that are
designed for their age (with some help of course).
Here are few toys that we loved at this age:
1) Pop-up toys where you twist, push, buttons and then an animal pops up.
Duplo Legos, they have come out with some really fun sets a few that
are particularly interesting for the 1 1/2 and up group. There are some sets that include trains, dinosaurs, and more.
3) Simple puzzles, ones with nobs are much easier for toddlers to handle. There are some with added texture, great for sensory play, and learning about texture words.
4) Shape sorter
This one is multi functional because it is also a pull along toy:
5) Dr. Seuss board book set
6) Beginner games.
7) A pretend phone, pretty much the bees knees in a youngsters eyes.
A walking toy, either to pull or push. The thing about the ones that a
toddler pushes is it might go really fast and cause baby to fall, some
have something to slow the pace down but most do not so keep an eye on
them at first.
We have ride on toy that can be pushed also and my 6 year old still uses it.
9) This eating
set is great for toddlers starting to feed themselves. It is really fun
and they have it in a construction theme and garden theme. It even has a
little pusher to help push food onto the spoon or fork.
Another good investment at this point is a zoo membership or children's museum membership.