12 Best Toys for 2 Year Olds

Best Toys for Two-Year-Olds

July 29, 2019

Best Toys for Two-Year-Olds

Best Toys for Two-Year-Olds

Despite all the talk of the “terrible twos,” this age (and the awesome gear that comes with it) is a blast. Your toddler is ready to learn and explore through play, and toys like play kitchens, tool sets and building blocks help them imagine and grow into their world all while having tons of fun.

Their little hands will be busy building fine motor skills, dexterity and coordination. It’s all about giving them the freedom to be creative, whether that’s through role playing with a baby doll, steering a train down the hallway or “cooking” you green eggs and ham. Here are some things to think about when searching for the perfect toys for your toddler:

  • Look for toys that can be shared with playmates or siblings. While sharing with friends may not always be a breeze, remember that it’s a work in progress and the right toys can help foster social skills.
  • Look for toys that can grow with your child. Toddlers seem to grow at the speed of light, so toys that work for a wide range of ages (2-5 years, etc.) will keep growing kids entertained (and you don’t have to keep buying new toys all the time).
  • Encourage creativity and exploration through imagination. Toys like molding clay and building blocks can teach young children how to create new things from scratch and build on their imagination by shaping things in their own way.
  • Foster responsibility and confidence. Your toddler wants to be just like you. With pint-sized kitchens, tool sets and baby dolls, kiddos will love pretending to be big and following adults’ examples as they cook, build and play house.

Here are some of the most-loved toys to help 2-year-olds explore and learn.

A Set of Wheels

A toddler’s first set of wheels is a big deal for both kid and parent—kids get newfound independence and agility, parents get teary-eyed over their baby all grown up. A great way to make a first tricycle last is to find one that grows with your child. The 4-in-1 from Radio Flyer, for example, has an adjustable seat, optional 3-point harness and removable footrest and holds up to 49 lbs, so kids can enjoy it for years! This trike also has a removable push bar so adults can help kiddo along if their legs are too tired or short. Top it off with a snack tray, cup holder and rear storage bucket, and it’s a perfect option for a gift with longevity.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 9 months-5 years
Weight Capacity 49 lbs
Product Weight 16 lbs
Dimensions 19.9” x 35” x 40.8”
Harness 3-point (removable)

A Set of Building Blocks

A future architect in the making? Encourage coordination, imagination and confidence with these classic large connecting blocks. The 80-piece set includes lots of different shapes for stacking and building, so toddlers have endless possibilities for architectural genius (not to mention sharing). And good news for parents: the blocks come in a large zippered bag that makes cleanup a breeze.

Additonal Specs
Child Guidelines 12 months-5 years
Dimensions 12” x 6” x 14”

An Art Toy

Opportunities for artistic expression are endless with this classic art time favorite. With dozens of colors to choose, toddlers can test their imaginative limits by shaping balls of clay into their favorite animals, people, shapes or creations of their very own invention. And moldable clay isn’t just a tool for the imagination—did you know that it’s also great for developing fine motor skills? As small fingers push and pinch and poke their way through a colorful dough ball, they’ll gain strength and dexterity.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 24 months and up

A Train Set

So much learning in one train set! This customizable track teaches letters, colors, telling time, foreign language greetings (English, Spanish, German and French), sing-along songs and train-related phrases. Even more awesome: when the train is stopped at certain locations along the track, sensors trigger sound effects, music and sayings. The set includes 32 interchangeable pieces, so kids can customize the track to their hearts’ content. And with so many interactive pieces (buttons, cranks, lifts and more), this train set will keep little hands (and minds) busy.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 12 months-5 years
Includes 32 track pieces, 1 motorized SmartPoint train, 1 cargo car and 3 AAA batteries

Bubbles!

Bubbles can be a slippery, sticky hazard, right? Not with this no-spill design! The simple joy of blowing bubbles is now a mess-free activity for all, allowing toddlers to chase bubbles through the air while you sit back and forget about cleanup from any accidental spills. And the wide-handled wand is a good fit for small hands with imperfect grips, so toddlers can practice their bubble-blowing technique on their own.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 18 months and up
Dimensions 5.2” x 3.2” x 9”
Contents 4 oz of bubble solution (refillable)

A Peg Puzzle

Fishies, colors, numbers, letters, animals, trucks…whatever your two-year-old is into, Melissa & Doug has just the right peg puzzle. Each piece has a peg for small fingers to grab, and some puzzles offer larger knobs for a whole-hand grip. Many peg puzzles even make sounds to signal a perfect fit (just know, you may hear an unprompted moo or choo-choo in the middle of the night).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 24 months-4 years
Dimensions 11.7” x 8.4” x 0.9”

A Baby Doll

A charming, rosy-cheeked, soft-bodied doll can be a beloved companion for toddlers, especially during naptime or while playing house. A baby doll encourages young children to learn nurturing and responsibility, and is especially helpful for prepping toddlers for new siblings. Corolle’s baby dolls feature easy-to-clean materials, interchangable outfits and a light vanilla scent that will soothe toddlers as they cuddle and cradle their new friend.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 18 months-5 years
Dimensions 12” x 4.3” x 9”

An Indoor Playspace

Even the busiest toddlers need to sit down…sometimes. The Ikea CIRKUSTÄLT is a 47-inch-high indoor tent, perfect for playing with toys or curling up with a cozy blanket and book. The Big Top design inspires all sorts of whimsical pretend play scenarios. Better still, it’s easy to setup and easy on the wallet (a win-win).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 18 months and up
Dimensions 21.25” x 1.25” x 21.25”
Product Weight 2 lbs, 12 oz

A Play Kitchen

Two-year-olds may not love real vegetables, but they’ll be more than happy to play with pretend ones in their very own kitchen. It’s equipped with all of the mealtime must-haves, including an oven, stove, fridge, microwave and coffee station. It comes with 45 accessories, so your tiny chef can get cooking right away (heads up: accessories don’t include food, which needs to be bought separately). Made of plastic, it’s sturdy, yet lightweight, so an adult can easily move it around, and it’s large enough for two toddlers to share. Kids especially love how the stove lights up when pots and pans are placed on the burners. Minimal assembly is required, and it comes with a set of stickers you’ll need to add for decor. (It also comes in tan for those who prefer more neutral colors.)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 24 months-6 years
Dimensions 12.5” x 35.8” x 41”
Product Weight 22.7 lbs
Includes Step2 kitchen, 2 storage bins, 5 toy condiment bottles, 2 place settings with plates, bowls, cups, forks, knives and spoons, salt & pepper shakers, colander, pot & pan set with lids, 2 serving spoons, 1 slotted spoon, 1 spatula, 3 coffee pods, 1 travel coffee cup with extra lid and sleeve, and 1 play phone

A Sports Activity

Here’s another toy with oodles of interaction to provide endless entertainment. A basketball hoop’s educational potential has skyrocketed with this animated sports center that teaches counting (it keeps score!), shapes and songs, and even plays scoreboard animations. It’s a 2-in-1 basketball/soccer combo, so you don’t have to pick a favorite. Keep in mind: this toy isn’t very large (it stands about 2 feet high), so the basketball hoop isn’t meant for jumping or slam dunks.

Additional Specs
Child Guildelines 12 months-3 years
Dimensions 16.5” x 22.8” x 24”
Product Weight 4.6 lbs

An Interactive Book

What’s better than a great book? A book with buttons to pop on each page! This collection of interactive stories helps toddlers learn to count by pressing raised buttons on each page that make a delightful little popping sound. As they say, once you start popping, there’s just no stopping.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 24 months and up
Dimensions 9.3” x 1.4” x 7.2”

A Fun Nightlight

Bedtime with a two-year old can be quite an ordeal (to put it lightly). They’re masters at getting tired parents to do a zillion things other than turn off the lights. But thanks to this cute turtle, toddlers will actually look forward to lights out. It projects star constellations on the ceiling, helping to ease fears of the dark and make bedtime a happier experience for all.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Newborn and up
Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12” x 8” x 3.9”
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