Best Toys for 2 Year Olds

Two year olds are some of the most fun children to watch  – they are busy discovering every thing!

24 months have gone by and much has happened in that big brain of theirs.  We’ve put together our favorite list of best toys for 2 year olds!

Our daughter turned two and was super independent at that stage. She wanted to do everything herself (and still does!), but also enjoys learning and experiencing new things.

Sharing was a big obstacle to overcome at this age. Every time we go to a friend’s party and open gifts, many of the toddlers at this stage don’t understand that the gifts are not for them 🙂

“Mine!” was heard several times during these parties!

24 month old play kitchen
My daughter loves to pretend cook with her play kitchen, which is next to her Step 2 playhouse.

Imagination also starts to really become big at this age.

We bought our daughter a Step 2 playhouse to keep in our bonus room for her birthday, and she LOVES it.

She loves playing house, ringing the doorbell, cooking and hiding in it.  It was a fantastic purchase.

Another important item? Reading.  

A nurse recently told me at a friend’s birth that parents who read to their children every night know approximately 20,000 more words than children whose parents do not read to them.

And it’s extremely difficult for those kids to catch up.  Definitely something to think about.

Here some things to consider when purchasing the best toys for a 24 month old: 

  • Creativity/Art – Colors and shapes are coming into play, as well as pretend play. Coloring books, washable paint and other art options are all good ideas!
  • Coordination/Fine Motor Skills:  Building these skills with games, puzzles and other activities are a great opportunity. 
  • Continued Pretend/Role Play – This activity is starting to take off more and more. Toys that encourage pretending and role playing are a great match for this age!
  • Continued Reading –  Their vocabularies are expanding more and more! Reading helps build their vocabularies and start to understand more concepts. 

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Best Toys for 2 Year Olds: Creativity/Art

2 year olds are huge into expressing themselves and beginning to assert their independence.

Creativity and art are a great way for them to do this, especially with so many mess-free options available these days. We’ve rounded up some great options below.

 Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel Crayola My First Finger Paint Kit Crayola My First Palm-Grip Crayons Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes (set of 4) Melissa & Doug On The Go Water Paint Play-Doh Case of Colors, Pack of 10

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Best Toys for 2 Year Olds: Coordination/Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are huge at this age!

Some toddlers develop this skill faster than others, so it’s great to have these toys as a way to work on that skill if needed.

 Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up Melissa & Doug Deluxe Peg Puzzle 3 Pack Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn: Learning Piggy Bank Playskool Mr. Potato Head

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Best Toys for 2 Year Olds: Continued Pretend/Role Play

2 year olds are huge into mimicking what mom and dad are doing, so these are great options for letting their imaginations roll. 

From dressing up to talking on the phone like mom & dad, these are some of the top rated, best selling toys.

 VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone Fisher-Price Little People Disney Palace Minnie Mouse Clubhouse Costume Little Boys’ Deluxe Police Officer Costume VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Spinning Spiral Tower Playset Fisher-Price Little People Jump & Play Swing Set Fisher-Price Little People Noah’s Ark Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen

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Best Toys for 2 Year Olds: Continued Reading

Reading, reading, reading – SO good for continuing to build that vocabulary. Books that tell a simple story through repetition or use big pictures are great for this age. 

We’ve rounded up a few of the top rated books below that are perfect for this age.

 Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) Good Night, Gorilla One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself) Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books) I Am a Big Sister The Rainbow Fish


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