The Best Toys for 2 Year Olds

Best Toys for Two-Year-Olds

November 19, 2018

Best Toys for Two-Year-Olds

Best Toys for Two-Year-Olds
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Your toddler is on a mission to have fun. Encourage them with these fun toys.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 tons of fun. Your toddler is on a mission to explore, imagine and understand their world through play, from toy kitchens to tool sets.

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. And a good rule of thumb: always buy washable markers. (PS: while sharing with friends may not always be a breeze, remember it’s a work in progress and the right toys can help foster social skills.)

These are our favorite toys for two-year-olds.

A Set of Wheels

Nothing says happy holidays or birthday like a shiny new bike. This retro-style trike for toddlers who are ready to pedal has larger wheels than most tricycles for a super-smooth ride. The low center of gravity prevents tipping, while making it easy for kiddos to climb on and off. Complete with classic touches like tassels, mustache-style handlebars and a bell, this sweet new ride is one your tot will love. And thanks to the adjustable seat and higher weight capacity (55 pounds), kids will be able to zip around the ‘hood for years. Check out more of our favorite toddler approved bikes.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2-5 years
Weight 21 lbs.
Weight capacity 55 lbs.
Harness None

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 place in the correct spot. 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 Ages 24 months-4 years
Dimensions 11.7 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches

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. (This is 100-percent true from experience.)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2-4

A Tool Set

Ready for some DIY? This classic toy (with an eco-friendly twist!) gives kids the tools to build hand-eye coordination, as well as gross and fine motor skills. With each fix-it job, your resident handyperson will role play, problem solve and get creative. Made in the USA from 100-percent recycled plastic milk jugs, it’s free from BPA, phthalates and PVC. Plus, it meets FDA food contact standards, should your jack-of-all-trades need a snack break.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2-5
Includes Tool box, Phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, hammer, saw, wrench, pliers, 2 two-hole connectors, 2 nails, 2 bolts and 2 nuts

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 (in various soothing colors) on the ceiling, helping to ease fears of the dark and make bedtime a happier experience for all.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2-4 years
Weight 12 ounces
Dimensions 12 x 8 x 4 inches

An Active Toy

One of the best parts about being two is being small enough to shoot hoops in the living room. This classic basketball hoop adjusts to six heights (from two to four feet). So your little one can keep “swishing” as they grow. It’s the perfect holiday gift for getting active indoors, and it’s easy to move outdoors during warmer weather. We know lots of parents who are just as excited about this present as their kids.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months-5 years
Dimensions 23.8 x 22 x 61 inches
Weight 7 pounds

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 yet, it’s easy to setup and easy on the wallet (a win-win).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+
Dimensions 21.25 x 1.25 x 21.25 inches
Includes 2 pounds, 12 ounces

A Kitchen Set

Two-year-olds may not eat real vegetables, but they’ll be more than happy to play with pretend ones in this cool, compact kitchen. It’s equipped with all of the mealtime must-haves, including an oven, stove, fridge and coffee station. Plus, it comes with 21 accessories, so your tiny chef can get cooking right away. Made of plastic, it’s sturdy, yet lightweight, so an adult can easily move it around. 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.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2-6 years
Dimensions 32.5 x 12 x 42.8 inches
Weight 20 lbs
Includes 21-piece accessory set (accessories may vary): pots and pans, utensils, a coffee machine wiht pods and cups (food not included)

A Doll

Relive your own childhood with this sweet Cabbage Kid doll, reimagined as an adorable little animal. This 9” doll has a soft, cuddly body (note: that head is plastic), with cute fox ears and a tail. It sucks its thumb, and comes with a number and name for collectibility in the future. (Check out more of our favorite baby dolls.)

A Train Set

All aboard! Toddlers and trains are quite a duo. Perfect for solo or group play, this 17-inch train and block stacking set will help your tot develop creativity, gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Better yet, it’s a sturdy toy that stands up to wear and tear from two-year-olds.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2-4 years
Includes Engine, two train cars and 15 blocks
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