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The Best Toy Trucks for Toddlers

Classic Stake Toy Truck by Luke's Toy Factory

Where to begin? This isn't just a truck. It's actually that, plus a five-piece stacking toy. Kids take the truck apart and put it back together. Which in and of itself is a problem-solving slash math lesson.

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Toy Firetruck by Hape

The first truck your kid will recognize and identify is the mighty firetruck. Kids put the ladder on the back of the truck, and help the firefighter climb it, hose in hand, to put out any flames.

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Jumper Magnetic Wooden Block Set by Tegu

Kids can use the 25 magnetic wood pieces to build a pickup truck, or any imaginary vehicle they dream up. A perfect blend of STEM and open-ended play, from Tegu, which is known for its quality.

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Toy Dump Truck by Hape

There's literally nothing more satisfying for little kids than transporting things from place to place. Ours is not to question why.

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Scooper Construction Toy Truck by Green Toys

This truck, made from recycled plastic, gives those motor skills a workout as kids use the moveable front-loader to pick up and dump out stuff.

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Recycling Toy Truck by Green Toys

Slightly more complex is this garbage truck, which has three chutes for depositing recycling. The whole recycling bed tilts back and back rear door opens, so kids can unload those recyclables.

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Magnetic Car Loader Toy Truck by Melissa & Doug

Kids use the magnetic arm to place the three cars on the back of this car-carrier trailer; it's a party for those motor skills.

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Fire Truck Ride-On by Pottery Barn Kids

This ride-on truck has rubber tires, a steel body, wooden ladders, and a chrome ringing bell. In other words, it's the ultimate toy for your firetruck-fixated child. The chrome steering wheel works, and it has plastic fenders to protect your walls and furniture.

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The Best Toy Trucks for Older Kids

Cement Mixer Toy Truck by Bruder

When it comes to highly-detailed vehicles, you cannot beat Bruder. This truck has a hand wheel that turns the drum and actually moves the contents around and — oh yes — the drum then empties out through the adjustable chute. Water even drains out of the water tank through the hose.

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Toy Trucks by Tender Leaf Toys

When one truck just won't cut it, this foursome should do the trick. The set includes a crane truck, excavator, road roller, a dump truck, and a front loader. The crane goes up, the dumpster empties out, and excavator, well, excavates.

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CAT Compact Toy Truck by Bruder

This workhorse accelerates with rubber chains that easily handle rough terrain, and the loading arm is height-adjustable and can be raised or lowered or locked into position.

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Steel Classics Bulldozer FFP Toy Truck by Tonka

Tonka's been around forever, and that's about how long these trucks last. It's got steel backbone, and kids can move dirt, sand, and rocks with the workable blade.

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Truck + Crane Construction Set by Eitech Toys

The standout feature of this very cool-looking truck is that kids use the included miniature screwdriver to take it apart and use the pieces to make any other vehicles they want. They get 340 pieces to build the truck of their dreams.

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Big Toy Dump Truck by Guidecraft

Big enough that your kid can (almost) ride it, this truck is made from solid beech wood with plastic parts; it has a movable bed for loading and unloading and bright wheels for going the distance. The wooden handle is functional: it raises and lowers the pulley, allowing kids to attach blocks to the crane and load them up.

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Walking Robot Car 45-Piece Set by Magformers

First, kids use the 45 magnetic pieces to build a dump truck or pickup truck or... imaginary outer space truck. And then they bring the whole thing to life using the RC watch, which is included.

BUY NOW $140.00

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