13 Best Balls for Babies & Toddlers

List Updated October 2021

Bestselling Balls for Babies & Toddlers in 2021


Playkidz: Super Durable 6 Pack Sensory Balls, Soft & Textured Balls for Babies & Toddlers

Playkidz: Super Durable 6 Pack Sensory Balls, Soft & Textured Balls for Babies & Toddlers
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Perfect for developing babys tactile senses and motor skills
  • Sensory ball improves hand-eye coordination & improve socialization skills
  • Soft ball in bright red color
  • Round shape dot ball for kids
  • Large size allows easy interactive play with older siblings or adults

Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set

Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • 6 months plus
  • BPA-Free
  • Helps develop baby's tactile senses
  • 6 easy-to-grab textured balls
  • Helps develop baby's tactile senses!

Kiddey Ball Pit Play Tent for Kids - 6-Sided Ball Pit for Kids Toddlers and Baby - Fill with Plastic Balls (Balls Not Included) or Use As an Indoor / Outdoor Play Tent

Kiddey Ball Pit Play Tent for Kids - 6-Sided Ball Pit for Kids Toddlers and Baby - Fill with Plastic Balls (Balls Not Included) or Use As an Indoor / Outdoor Play Tent
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021

Roller-pillar Activity Balls Toy

Roller-pillar Activity Balls Toy
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Rewards your baby's curiosity with a surprise in every ball
  • Perfectly sized for little hands to grasp
  • Includes 5 multi-sensory balls
  • Introduces hand-eye coordination and encourages crawling
  • Each ball features a different activity

KUUQA Kids Ball Pit Ball Tent Toddler Ball Pit with Basketball Hoop and Zippered Storage Bag for Toddlers 4 Ft/120CM (Balls not Included)

KUUQA Kids Ball Pit Ball Tent Toddler Ball Pit with Basketball Hoop and Zippered Storage Bag for Toddlers 4 Ft/120CM (Balls not Included)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Colorful polka dot hexagon kids playpen design is attractive for babies, can improve their ability to recognize colors and their physical coordination
  • Can be folded into a 18 cm diameter package; compact lightweight and convenient for carrying; good for indoor and outdoor play
  • Interesting for children and pets, improves their independence and coordination
  • Materials: Soft waterproof polyester fabrics and high-strength memory steel holder ; Easy to clean and dry quickly
  • The size fits for two kids (1 - 4 years old) inside; Folded product, please be careful when open it (Note: Play Balls are Not Included, Please Get Away from Fire)(PLAY BALLS NOT INCLUDED)

Ball Drop Advanced with Bridge. Educational Family Fun for Baby and Toddler.

Ball Drop Advanced with Bridge. Educational Family Fun for Baby and Toddler.
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • INCLUDES 2 SETS - and two purple bridges for taller and more complex ball drop towers for advanced 9 months and up.I
  • BUILD and CONNECT - streghten the towers with more possibilities. Try to drop balls from the bridge at high heights,
  • EDUCATIONAL PLAY - Promotes Intellect Skills, Creativity, Originality and Concentration for babies and toddlers. Teach your baby to build their own tower.
  • PLAY TOGETHER - LAUNCH ALL 4 BALLS AT ONCE - Stack'em higher and watch the ball swirl it's way down each ramp. Mix and match the building ramp and bridge colors with 4 spinning polycarbonate (PC) plastic balls that have fun noises.
  • SAFE PRODUCT and MONEY BACK GUARENTEE - Lead free, BPA free, Phthalate free and Non Toxic and certified safe for +9 months. All our toy gifts come with a 100% money back guarantee policy

EocuSun Polka Dot 3-in-1 Folding Kids Play Tent with Tunnel, Ball Pit and Zippered Storage Bag (Blue)

EocuSun Polka Dot 3-in-1 Folding Kids Play Tent with Tunnel, Ball Pit and Zippered Storage Bag (Blue)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Roomy. Consist of tent house, tunnel and ball pit pool. The 3pc playhouse for kids create a fun filled playground for child to crawl and play, improve baby's independent ability. BALLS NOT INCLUDED.
  • Safety. Soft fabric with non-toxic and odorless colorful polka dot printed allows for a safe & environmental friendly playhouse for the kids. Breathable mesh design visualize the view inside for watching out, Mosquito-proof.
  • Durable & Portable. Flexible and firm steel holder with safe hose. Doubly-sewed and washable polyester fabric is highly resistant to wear and tear. Quick & Easy to set up, fold and store. Lightweight with a zipper storage case.
  • Multifunctional. Best toddler toys for birthday parties, parks, picnics, backyard BBQs, playgrounds, day care, school, carnivals, sleepovers, indoor or outdoor play! Great for pets as well. The tunnel, tent & ball pit can be used together or separately.
  • Size & Warranty: 117"(L) X 47"(W) X 39"(H) (unfold size); folded package size: 20"(D). Six months with 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin Soccer Ball

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin Soccer Ball
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Get ready to kick up some learning fun with the Singin' Soccer Ball!
  • Plays fun songs & sounds with every press, roll or shake!
  • As baby rolls their friendly soccer ball around, they'll hear counting numbers 1-10 and songs about the different colors they see outside!
  • This friendly ball is the perfect playmate for baby as they both sing along to songs about rolling "fast" and "slow" and playing with a friend!
  • Soft, plush & machine-washable (with electronics removed)!

Playz 5-Piece Kids Pop up Play Tent Crawl Tunnel and Ball Pit with Basketball Hoop Playhouse for Boys, Girls, Babies, and Toddlers (Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red, Blue)

Playz 5-Piece Kids Pop up Play Tent Crawl Tunnel and Ball Pit with Basketball Hoop Playhouse for Boys, Girls, Babies, and Toddlers (Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red, Blue)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021

Edushape Sensory See-Me Ball, 7 Inch, Colors May Vary

Edushape Sensory See-Me Ball, 7 Inch, Colors May Vary
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • For ages 6 months and up
  • Available in 4 new fun colors
  • Logic and Reasoning

Eggsnow Kids Ball Pit Toddler Ball Pit Large Blue Baby Play Pit with Zippered Storage Bag Ideal for Toddlers Pets Indoor Outdoor Play Balls Not Included(42 Inch)

Eggsnow Kids Ball Pit Toddler Ball Pit Large Blue Baby Play Pit with Zippered Storage Bag Ideal for Toddlers Pets Indoor Outdoor Play Balls Not Included(42 Inch)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021

VTech Move and Crawl Baby Ball, Orange (Frustration Free Packaging)

VTech Move and Crawl Baby Ball, Orange (Frustration Free Packaging)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • Motorized, self-rolling baby ball is designed for 6 months to 3 year olds; great baby gift item
  • Baby toy has 3 light-up shape buttons that teach infants numbers and insects
  • 3 animal buttons teach babies animal's name and sounds; helps with baby music learning and recognition
  • Sensory ball has soft satin ribbons that enhance tactile stimulation
  • Spinning ladybug attracts baby attentions for training visual awareness; awareness promoting feature is a benefit among infant toys
  • Musical toy comes with 40+ sing along songs, sound effects and fun phrases
  • The toy comes with 3 easy to change AA batteries

Playz 4pc Pop Up Children Play Tent w/ 2 Crawl Tunnel & 2 Tents - Kids Tents for Boys, Girls, Babies & Toddlers for Indoor & Outdoor - Large Children Playhouse Ball Pit w/ Storage Case

Playz 4pc Pop Up Children Play Tent w/ 2 Crawl Tunnel & 2 Tents - Kids Tents for Boys, Girls, Babies & Toddlers for Indoor & Outdoor - Large Children Playhouse Ball Pit w/ Storage Case
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021

The Subtle Beauty of Child Development

In this age of academically aggressive preschools and flashcards for babies, it is important to remember that much of child development is a slow, beautifully subtle process.

Here's what we know from a research perspective: play is crucial to preschool-aged children. The playground is the "testing ground" for not only the academic skills they will need later, but perhaps more importantly, the social skills they will need to succeed in school and in life. More and more research is showing how children who lack social skills often fail to thrive in school, even though they are academically capable, because the social aspect is so important. Why is this? Because interaction with peers is one of the ways children learn not only learn how to "play nice" but it is how they learn to control their own emotions and behavior. This self-control, in turn, is one of the best predictors of academic and career success. In fact, some studieshave shown that training in social and emotional skills is as beneficial as academic training in helping students who are struggling in school. Furthermore, developmental scientists will tell you that young children learn concepts of math, sciences, and language better in a play-based setting than a "drill-and-kill" rote learning setting offered by many "academic" preschools, due in large part to the social interaction that is involved in play-based learning.

Beyond the research, however, is the question of why? Why do many parents feel the need or pressure to enroll their young children in such academically rigorous preschools? Although a lack of understanding of child development may be part of the issue, I think other factors must be at play. One issue may be the recent economic decline. Has the economic downturn of recent years made parents so fearful of their children's career future that they are resorting to academic preschools out of fear? This may be part of the motivation for many parents.

Additionally, I do feel that we have lost some understanding of subtlety in this country. By that I mean that there seems to be an emphasis on direct results, black-and-white answers, etc. The interesting thing about child development is that it is subtle in so many ways. If you watch a child carefully over the course of many months (if not years) you will see them gradually learn concepts, language, ideas, but you have to watch closely. You will not see quick results overnight with most aspects of child development. I think this is why play-based preschools are not as attractive to many parents, especially those parents that are the results-oriented, pressure-driven type. Over the course of time, a child will learn about concepts of volume, fractions, and density while playing with water and sand on the playground. This type of learning, however, is much more subtle than a child being able to recite some flashcards that they reviewed for a week straight. A child in a play-based preschool may not be able to tell you straight out that 2 + 2 = 4, but I imagine if you asked them to pick up 4 balls, they would know what to do. I admit that seeing a child recite answers to questions that you've reviewed with them is somewhat gratifying to us as adults, but is the other, more subtle type of learning any less valuable?

Although my son is only 2 years old, I have already seen evidence of this difference in learning. Lately I've been working with him on learning colors. I'll point out things at the store and name their color or mention the colors of animals, etc. Now, if I straight out ask him what color an object is, he will inevitably get it wrong. However, if hewants an object and is pointing to it and asking for it, he will almost always call it the correct color ("blue one"). There is something to be said for a child's intrinsic motivation to learn what important to them, not necessarily what's important to us.

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