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Top Five Activity Ball Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Anyone who’s spent any amount of time with babies and toddlers knows they LOVE balls. In fact, “ball” is often one of their first words. Anything round becomes a “ball” in the hands of a child. They love to throw them around and watch them roll across the floor, then chase them down to start all over again.

Some of our grandson’s favorite toys are balls, and they have been a favorite since the beginning. He likes the little squishy ones he can chew on, the bigger ones that bounce, the type with little spinning and clicking actions, and everything in between. Balloons are “balls,” too, and after our son’s birthday, we kept the balloons around a lot longer than I would have liked just so Ayden could play with them on Saturdays when we babysit him.

When shopping for toys and gifts this year, look for activity balls – balls that also have textures, colors, bumps, shapes, patterns, sounds, and colors. Your little ones are bound to love them and they can learn while playing, without even knowing it. Activity balls are great for hand-eye coordination and learning cause and effect, too.
Each of the ball toys on this list are available on Amazon and as of the time of this writing, they are all under $15, making them great, affordable gifts!

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1. Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

This ball has multiple textures and materials to engage your little one’s developing tactile sensitivity, chunky bumps to encourage reaching and grasping, rattle sounds to create neural connections, and bright colors and bold patterns.

2. Baby Einstein Bendy Ball

This easy-to-grasp ball is fun for babies to hold onto and for toddlers to toss and roll. Its soft, flexible plastic is easy to clean, BPA-free, and brightly colored. The cute caterpillar on the band around the center attracts smiles and the rattles inside stimulate baby’s hearing.

3. VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Roll and Discover Ball

This plush ball decorated with adorable characters and bright colors introduces numbers and animals through sight and sound. It utilizes a motion sensor triggering sounds and phrases as your baby or toddler rolls and tosses it around. It also features soft textures and tags for tactile play and developing motor skills.

4. Baby Einstein Rollar Pillar Activity Balls

This is a fun and playful set of five balls, each featuring a different activity, forming a caterpillar when placed together. The caterpillar’s head lights up and the other balls rattle, chime, and mirror. Each ball is about an inch and a half in diameter, making it the perfect size for little hands.

5. Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball

With a spinning frog, a caterpillar bead chaser, a spinning paddle with mirror, a squeaker and clacker rings, and handles with multiple textures easy for little fingers to hold onto, this enticing ball toy will keep your little one entertained for a long time.

In short, look for activity ball toys that teach, but are also fun. Look for cute characters, bright colors, sounds, soft edges, and parts that are easy to grab. Roll them back and forth, shake them to make noise, and play along with your baby or toddler. Whichever one you choose, balls of all types are sure to be a great gift.

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