The BEST Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Looking for the best toys for a 2-year-old?

 

I have some amazing learning and play toy ideas that will be a HUGE hit! My little ones are currently 3 and 5, so I feel like I am an expert in the best toys out there for this age group.

 

It’s the best feeling to give gifts to kids that they will enjoy and use repeatedly. It drives me crazy when toys just sit on the shelves for months, and they don’t get played with. I promise you, with the toys on this list, that won’t happen!

 

Let’s get started with my list of The 30 BEST Toys for 2-Year-Olds!

 


Toy #1: LeapFrog Smart Building Blocks

 

I wish this toy were around when I was teaching my kids the alphabet! I love that kids can build with these blocks and learn at the same time!

 

This is an interactive toy that will talk to your 2-year-old when they press buttons and place the blocks inside the Smart Star Cube!

 

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How to help your child learn with this toy:

 

1. Focus on learning about 1-2 letters per until your child starts recognizing some of the letters. Keep on repeating those letters they know, along with 1-2 new letters!

 

2. Point out the different letters to your child, and if they are old enough, ask them to find specific letters to place in the playset.

 

3. For older learners, have your child place the letters in order on the playset in a specific spot, just a few at a time, because it’s not big enough to put the whole alphabet in one place.

 

Specifically, for alphabet learning, the phonics house is excellent! But, they also make different Smart Blocks; take a look here to see all their products to help with learning skills.

 

 

RELATED: Alphabet Activities For Preschoolers

 


Toy #2: Elmo’s On The Go Letters

 

Want more of a hands-on toy for your little one? We use these letters for so many learn and play activities!

 

In my experience with teaching my children, being able to touch and play with letters is the BEST way for kids to learn their ABC’s.

 

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I get asked the question a lot what the secret is to teaching your kids? My answer is always the same daily repetition, even if it’s for a few minutes!

 

Ways to Play:

 

1. Puzzle play– Take all the pieces out and have your little one find where it belongs! I love this method because they see the pictures underneath the letters, which starts the connection to the letter.

 

2. Search and match– This activity is my kid’s favorite! I hide the letters around the house, and they have to search for them. Once they find one, they have to tell me the letter; then they place it in the right spot.

 

3. Sensory play– These letters are PERFECT for sensory play activities since they can be placed in water. We did an activity called Alphabet Soup, where I placed them in water, and the kids had to find specific letters for each recipe!

 

alphabet soup activity

 

Want to grab these recipe cards? I have 36 different recipe cards! 20 are alphabet recipes, and 16 are sight word cards. This is an activity that can work if you have older children too!

Alphabet Soup Activity

 

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Toy #3: Letter Learning Popsicles

 

Aren’t these learning popsicles the cutest? My kids love using these popsicles for learning!

 

What a fun way to work on upper and lower case letter matching! I love the bright colors on the popsicles as well.

 

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How to help your child learn with this toy:

 

1. First, choose one letter to focus on. Have your child identify that letter! Then, place 3 potential matches in front of them. Have them try to figure out which one is the match!

 

2. Explain to them that there are upper case and lower case letters. They may see either of them when you read stories to them. Even though they may look different or smaller, they are still the same letter.

 

3. For older kiddos, you can have them make the sound that each letter makes as well when playing!

 

RELATED: The BEST Toys for 3-Year-Olds

 


Toy #4: Learning Puzzles

 

If you have seen my other articles or a part of my Instagram community, you know about my love for puzzles.

 

Puzzles are how my kids learned their letters, numbers, colors, and shapes as toddlers. I don’t like to brag about this, but I am very passionate about telling you what works so you can do this at home with your kids.

 

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This set is the best because you get three puzzles, and they are all Disney themed! You can’t beat that.

 

Ways to Play

 

1. Learning– For your child to learn best with these puzzles, you need to work with them and do them quite often. I suggest at least once a day! Even if you just pick one to work on each day, going over the letters, numbers or shapes daily will help teach your little one.

 

 

2. Independent play– Once your child knows some of the letters, numbers, or shapes, see if they can figure out where each puzzle piece goes!

 

3. Games– Hide the puzzle pieces around the house and have your little ones search for them. Once they find a piece, they can bring it back to the puzzle and place it where it belongs!

 

RELATED: The BEST Learning Toys for Toddlers

 


Toy #5: Picasso Tiles Handwriting Toy

 

It’s never too early to start some handwriting skills! I love this toy by Picasso Tiles because there is no pressure for the kids. It shows them how to form each letter by using the attached pen.

 

Work on upper and lower case letter recognition as well as pre-writing skills with this awesome toy!

 

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How to help your child learn with this toy:

 

1. Have your little one hold the pen as they would a pencil if they were actually writing.

 

2. There are numbers on each letter that tell the kids which lines they should create first. They should follow the steps, so when it comes time to use a pencil and paper, they can create the letters easier.

 

3. Kids should create fluid lines by not picking up the pen until their line is complete to do the next step.

 

4. Have them practice both the upper and lower case letters! This pad has a front and back to it, which is fantastic to practice both types of letters.

 


Toy #6: MEGA Bloks

 

These are my favorite blocks for younger kids! I obviously love LEGOs, and they are mentioned in my articles for older children.

 

Mega Bloks are perfect for toddlers! They are bigger building blocks and easier for kids to be able to build structures.

 

 

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Ways to Play

 

1. Play– Let your little ones explore the blocks! They can build whatever structures they want! See how tall they can make a tower without the blocks falling!

 

2. Creating towers– Place some painter’s tape up on the wall at different spots. Have your little ones use the Mega Bloks to build a tower up to the specific spot where the painter’s tape is.

 

3. Matching alphabet letters- Cut white labels into thirds. Write the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet on the labels and place them on the blocks. Then, have your little ones match up the correct upper and lower case letters!

 

matching alphabet letters

 

I also saw this awesome building table that goes along with the Mega Bloks that I had to mention!

 

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Toy #7: LeapFrog Leapstart Activity Book

 

I absolutely love LeapFrog products! The kids really enjoy them as well because they make learning so fun.

 

There are so many learning possibilities with this Leapstart Activity Book!

 

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There is an updated version that’s 3D and has a screen on it. However, I like this because I feel like the kids would get distracted by the screen and the characters.

 

How it works:

 

This set comes up with two sample books for you to see how it works! I recommend grabbing a few other books to work on some other skills to get the best use out of this toy!

 

You can work on the alphabet, shapes, colors, numbers, animals, reading, and much more!

 

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Using the pen, your little one can place it on the books, and it will talk to them! This is also an activity book that can grow with your child. There are different level books available for when they get older! This is a toy that they can use till around 7 years old!

 

RELATED: Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds

 


Toy#8: LEGO Duplo My First Number Train

 

Now, I did mention before that DUPLO blocks are for older children. However, these just aren’t regular blocks.

 

They have numbers on them, so this is a great way to work on number recognition skills. If they can start building with them, great! If they struggle with putting the blocks are the train, it’s a great toy to GROW with your kids.

 

 

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It has blocks that connect to make a train and has numbers on the blocks so toddlers can learn how to put them in order!

 

How you can help your child learn with this toy:

 

1. Tell your child what each number is on the blocks when they are playing with it.

 

2. Put a few number blocks in a line and ask them to find a specific number.

 

3. If your child is old enough and knows how to count, have them count to ten while putting the number blocks in sequential order.

 

4. If your child knows how to count and knows their numbers, have them try to put the numbers in order!

 

RELATED: SIMPLE Number Recognition Activities

 


Toy #9: Little People Farm

 

Little People are so wonderful for 2-year-olds! They are the perfect size for kids to hold, carry around, and play with.

 

We have multiple Little People sets, and the kids still love playing with them!

 

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I really love this set because you can teach your children about animals. Animals are a HUGE passion of ours. Animals are also a big part of the preschool curriculum. Plus, learning about the sounds they make and where they live is just fun!

 

Ways to Play

 

1. Free play– Let them explore the farm, move the characters around, and ask any questions they want to about the farm and the animals! While playing, talk about the different sounds the animals make and what they like to eat!

 

2. Sensory play– Create a sensory bin activity with these animals! The kids will love getting to play around with the different sensory items and the toy animals! We created a sensory bin with our farm toys using several different sensory fillers! I used corn, chocolate pudding, and oats for the kids to play around with!

 

farm themed sensory bin

 

 

3. Baby animals– A big part of the preschool curriculum is talking about baby animals! When playing with each of the animals, talk about what the baby of each animal is called.

 


Toy #10: Sprinkler Splash Pad

 

This is the cutest splash pad that I have seen! I love the fact there are letters on this pad! My mind is racing with all the fun learning possibilities that can happen with this toy!

 

Your toddlers and preschoolers will love splashing around on this little splash pad on warm summer days.

 

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Ways to Play:

 

1. Letter search- While playing outside with this toy, practice some letter recognition! While they are playing, ask them to stomp on certain letters. Some other ideas are to have them find the letters of their name, and you can even have them find the letters of the alphabet in order!

 

2. Cover the letters- With some water toys, have your little one cover-up the letter you shout out! They will love searching for the letters through the water. For beginners, start in one section and just do a few letters that are close to each other. For older toddlers, you can say any letter!

 

3. Animal sounds- Practice animal sounds by having your little one step on the animal, you say. When they step on it, have them pretend to be that animal by making the sound or even doing movements!

RELATED: Outdoor Toys for Toddlers

 


Toy #11: Play Kitchen

 

There is an endless amount of activities you can do with a play kitchen and fake food!

 

We’ve had this play kitchen for about 5 years, and the kids still play with it at least once a day.

 

 

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Ways to Play

 

1. Dramatic play- We have played restaurant, grocery store, cooking lessons, baking play, and many more dramatic play scenarios with our play kitchen. The kids love pretending to work in the kitchen to whip things up for us to pretend to eat. I love their imagination that goes into these dramatic play activities. Each time we play, it’s different, making it still engaging and interesting to the kids. 

 

2. Food group sort- Learning how to sort food into their correct category is a great homeschool lesson for kids that is simple to pull off! On a cardboard piece, I wrote the category names at the top, and then we worked on sorting the foods into their groups. This is a great way to teach kids what is healthy and what foods are not healthy.

 

food group sort

 

3. Create recipes- This kitchen comes with measuring cups, pretend condiments, cups, and utensils. Come up with some recipes with the fake food and kitchen supplies for your kids to make. They will LOVE this activity and want to do it over and over again. Plus, it’s great practice for learning how to cook and understand what measurements are.

 

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Toy #12. Musical Instruments

 

Kids love playing with musical instruments! It’s entertaining to listen to the different sounds each instrument makes.

 

This set is awesome because it includes various instruments, and they are all easy for 2-year-olds children to use.

 

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Ways to Play:

 

1. Explore– Let your little ones explore the instruments. Talk to them about what each one is!

 

2. Sounds– Each instrument will make a different sound. Discuss the differences like higher or lower pitch or what sound it makes!

 

3. Start a band!– Get everyone in your family involved and create your own band. Have each person have a different instrument they can walk around marching as a band would!

 


Toy #13: Vtech Alphabet Apple

 

I have talked to several parents that have this toy, and their kids love it. We don’t have it yet, but it’s on my list of toys to ask for, for Christmas this year.

 

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How you can help your child learn with this toy:

 

1.  For beginners, start with letter recognition, asking your child to identify a letter and press that button.

 

2.  This toy is interactive, so it will say what each letter says, but have your child repeat the sound, so they start memorizing what it sounds like.

 

3. For kids who know their alphabet, ask them to say it in sequential order to start memorizing the order of the ABC’s.

 

This toy also has a clock feature, so it can be used for several years to work on telling time!

 


Toy #14: Moonlight Stories

 

Do you do a bedtime story with your kids at night?

 

The Moonlight Story set is a different way to tell stories. Turn off the light and watch the story unfold by listening and watching the pictures appear on the wall!

 

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There aren’t a whole bunch of different ways to play with this toy; I just had to include it on my list because it’s such a neat spin on reading!

 

I can’t wait to see her face when we turn off the lights and start listening to the story at bedtime!

 

 


Toy #15: Dress Up Clothes

 

I can’t even tell you how many times my kids want to play dress-up each day.

 

Currently, while I am writing this article, we have been in quarantine due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Pretend play has saved my sanity many times throughout this time :).

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I love this set of dress-up clothes because it is gender-neutral, and it also teaches children about community helpers! Also, maybe your kids will love these so much, they may want to use it for Halloween, which saves money there, right?!

 

Ways to Play

 

1. Dramatic play- All of these outfits can be used for different dramatic play scenarios. Some examples are to use the doctor’s costumes to get a pretend check-up, pretend to build with the construction outfit, and pretend to put out fires as a firefighter!

 

2. Community helpers- These outfits are a great way to introduce the concept of what community helpers are to your kids. Explain what each of the outfits represents and what the accessories are used for.

 

3. Fine motor skills- Developing fine motor skills is essential to build little hand muscles to do everyday life activities! These include things like buttoning buttons and zipping zippers! Challenge your kiddo to put these outfits on themselves if they are old enough. Encourage them to try to zip and button if they can. Assist when needed, so they don’t get frustrated, but it’s great practice!

 

RELATED: 26 FUN Fine Motor Activities

 


Toy #16: Train Tracks

 

Train tracks are a classic open-ended toy that kids can find new ways to play with each time they pull this toy out.

 

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Ways to Play

 

1. Build your own track- Train tracks are so fun to build whatever design you want! Let your little one’s creativity run wild, and let them create a track for the trains ride on.

 

2. Alphabetical order- On dot stickers, write the alphabet letters and place one on each train track. Have your little ones work to put the letters of the alphabet in order to create a long track for the trains to ride on!

 

3. Train track building challenges- Challenge your child to build a specific track pattern like a circle or a track that goes through a bridge! These challenges will allow them to use critical thinking skills to see what train track pieces would fit together to create the pattern you want them to.

 

RELATED: The BEST Open-Ended Toys

 


Toy #17: Matching Egg Shape

 

My son LOVES these shape matching eggs. We actually don’t own them, my sister in law has them at her house, and he actually looks forward to playing with them!

 

It’s a gift that’s on our list this year! I love that it incorporates several learning skills.

 

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This toy incorporates color recognition, color matching, shape learning, and fine motor skills! They have to learn how to place the eggs together and pull them apart!

 

How to help your child learn with this toy:

 

1. Show your child how this toy works by matching up the same colored eggs so they can go back together! This is just a different way to do a puzzle.

 

2. Review the shapes on each egg that you play with! Also, ask questions about the colors of each egg.

 

3.  For older kids, talk about how many sides each of the shapes have!

 

RELATED: Shape Activities For Preschoolers

 


Toy #18: Crocodile Hop Floor Game

 

In my opinion, making learning fun and active will make it more memorable for kids!

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My son is one of those kids who loves to move around constantly. Trying to get him to sit in one spot for 5 minutes barely happens, so this toy is perfect for him.

 

How you can help your child learn with this toy:

 

*This may be a toy that is an excellent addition to other learning toys. I believe it would work best after using a manipulative toy like a puzzle first, then using this to check for understanding.

 

1. You can work on color, shape, and number recognition with this toy! There is a dice set that your child will roll to know where they should go on the learning pad.

 

2. Demonstrate how to do different motor movements if your child doesn’t know. They can hop, leap, spin, jump, slide, gallop, skip, or walk to different shapes, colors, or numbers.

 

RELATED: AWESOME Exercises For Kids

 


Toy #19: Step 2 Desk

 

I couldn’t recommend this desk anymore! We have had this since my daughter was 2 years old, and it is used daily!

 

 

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Features:

 

1. Drawing/coloring– The flat part of the desk makes it an easy space for your little one to practice drawing or coloring! If the marker gets on the white part, it can wipe off very easily! I do recommend if you are using crayons or another supply that isn’t washable, that you place an art tray down!

 

2. Storage– Store coloring books, sticker books, workbooks, markers, crayons, or other supplies right in the desk! I love this feature of the desk because I don’t need to use a ton of my storage space for the kids’ craft supplies!

 

3. Technology– it shows on the pictures that it can hold up an electronic device like an Ipad. You can have your little ones work on an educational app, or even if they are doing virtual learning, they can use this space!

 


Toy #20: Interactive Vocabulary Book

 

When my son was a baby, he was obsessed with this toy. It was so good for his vocabulary to touch the words and hear what each thing was repeatedly.

 

Kids learn through repetition. By playing with this interactive book daily, your child will learn 100 words!

 

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Ways to Play

 

1. Explore– Your little one can go through the pages and press on all the different pictures! When they press on one, it tells them what it is! This will help them learn about everyday objects.

 

2. Search– Ask them to find a specific picture on a page and have them point it out to you! They can also play this game by using the magnifying glass. I used to like doing this, along with my son, to see what he knew!

 

3. Opposites– In the back of the book, there are a few pages of opposites. Discuss why they are opposites and the characteristics of each thing!

 


Toy #21: Bowling Pin Set

 

Got a little bowler on your hands? This is a perfect set for your 2-year-old because you can add in some learning along with it!

 

You also get to work on the skills of rolling and aiming. Learning and practicing these skills early on will help them as they get older and interested in sports!

 

 

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Ways to Play: 

 

1.  Practicing rolling– Set all the pins up and have your child stand close to the pins. Have them practice rolling the ball to the pins to knock them down!

 

2. Number practice– Instead of setting the pins up like normal, set them up in a straight line. Say a number and have your child stand in front of that pin and roll the ball at it to knock it down! Go through all the numbers this way!

 

3. Challenge– If they are starting to get the hang of rolling and knocking the pins down, have them take a few steps back and attempt to roll it from a further distance!

 

RELATED: ENTERTAINING Indoor Activities For Toddlers

 


Toy #22: Sand Table 

One of the most beloved toys that we use outdoors is our sand table. I especially love the one that is shown below because there is a space for sand and water!

 

My kids always want me to add water to our sand table because we don’t have a special area for water like this one. This is the one I would get if I were to do it all over again.

 

 

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Ways to Play:

 

Materials to extend play: magnetic letters/numbers

 

1. Sand handwriting- Have your kids practice upper and lower case letters, numbers, and writing their own name in the sand! Grab my FREE letter and number traceable, so they can look at each letter or number’s shape so they can recreate it in the sand. 

 

Upper Case Traceable Letter Cards

Lower Case Letter Traceable Cards

 

Traceable Number Cards

 

2. Alphabet search– Do your kids love to play searching games? Hide some letters or numbers in the sand. When they come across one, have them tell you which one they found! You can also use my FREE Alphabet sheet so they can match it up like a puzzle.

 

3. Bury toys– This is kind of the same concept but with toys that they love! We hid our play bugs in the sand, and my son wanted to do this over and over again. Find some toys that won’t get ruined if you put them in the sand and see if your kids can find them all! They can also count the items they found to add some learning into play.

 

RELATED: FUN Handwriting Activities For Preschoolers

 


Toy #23: Basketball Hoop

 

This toddler basketball hoop is one of our favorite outdoor toys. I love it because it works on so many fantastic skills for toddlers!

 

A basketball hoop helps kids with their hand-eye coordination, aiming skills, and shooting skills. This is the first introduction your kiddo will have to the game of basketball!

 

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Ways to Play:

 

Materials to enhance learning: poly spots and small basketball.

 

1. Lay-up practice– Set the poly spots up in a curved line heading towards the basket. If your child is right-handed, set them up on the right side and vice versa for the left side. Have your child dribble the basketball, starting at the first spot down to the last place closest to the basket.

 

To practice proper lay-up skills, have them attempt to shoot with one hand (give them the cue to aim for the square of the basket). After they can successfully make the shots with one hand, you can add the tip of bringing the opposite leg up from the hand they are shooting with. Have them put both of these steps together to complete learning how to do a lay-up shot!

2. Hot spots- Set up poly spots around the basketball hoop. Have your child try their luck at each of the different spots! Depending on your child’s ability, you can move the poly spots closer or further away from the net.

 

Hot spots

 

3. Timed shooting– Set a timer for 3 minutes to see how many shots they can make in that amount of time. As they get older, you can also do this and shorten the amount of time!

 

RELATED: 14 PROVEN Basketball Drills for 5-Year-Olds

 


Toy #24: Bubble Wand Set

 

Speaking of bubbles… this bubble wand set for kids will be one of your kid’s favorite toys.

 

Whenever we pull this bubble wand set out, my kids come running over! I’m not exaggerating either. Your kids will get so pumped up to try the different bubble wands out.

 

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Ways to Play:

 

1. Strike the bubbles- This is a HUGE hit at my house. I use the larger bubble wands to create a ton of bubbles, and the kids chase them and hit them with their own bubble wands or hands. As simple as it is, I promise that it’ll be a winner!

 

2. Blowing bubbles- Let the kids have fun exploring all the different types of bubble wands! They will enjoy checking out the differences between the bubbles that each wand will make!

 

3. Counting bubbles- Sometimes, toddlers have a hard time blowing bubbles. If you blow the bubbles for them, they can attempt to count how many they see! This is a fun way to work on counting skills.

 


Toy #25: Water Table

 

Are you looking to have some summer fun with your little ones? A water table is your perfect outside addition to your toy collection.

 

Playing with water always adds more fun to any play. Toddlers and kids gravitate towards it!

 

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Ways to Play:

 

Materials to extend learning: water beads, fine motor tools, tear-free soap, sponges, or toothbrushes.

 

1. Free play- Sometimes, you don’t need to plan a specific activity. Just let the kids lead the play! Let them enjoy just splashing in the water and creating their own fun. They may learn some new ways to play as well!

 

2. Add water beads- Water beads are such a fabulous sensory play filler! With this specific water table, they would be SO much fun. Kids can work on pouring and scooping skills. You can also add some fine motor toys so the kids can work on building those tiny muscles!

 

3. Toy wash- Grab some of your little one’s favorite toys and put them in the water table. Add some tear-free soap inside the water table so they can wash their toys. Give them a sponge or a toothbrush to clean the toys! Make sure to have some clean water available in another container or bowl so they can wash off the soap.

 


Toy #26: Radio Flyer Tricycle

 

If you’re like me, you won’t be able to wait for your kids to start learning how to ride a bike!

 

I have dreams about going on family bike rides together in the Metroparks when my kids all know how to ride their bikes! This tricycle is the perfect start to your toddler’s journey to riding a bike.

 

 

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Ways to Play:

 

Materials to extend learning: toddler’s helmet and cones.

 

Always have your little one wear a helmet when riding a tricycle, bicycle, or scooter! 

 

1. Gently push- You’ll have to help your little one at first get the hang of what they are supposed to do with their legs and their arms to steer. At first, have them place their hands on the handlebars and their feet on the pedals. Gently push them, so it makes the tricycle move. They will see that the pedals start to move, and their legs will too! You also will have to help them steer at the same time.

 

2. Riding alone- Once they get the hang of what to do, the next step is to let them try it independently. I suggest having them do this on a straight away, so they don’t have to turn until their skills improve.

 

3. Set up obstacles- When your little one gets the hang of things. Set up come cones for them to practice weaving through them or set them up in a circle formation so they can practice steering to make turns!

 


Toy #27: Inflatable Easel

 

WOW, is this not the coolest toy that you’ve seen?

 

I’m obsessed with this inflatable easel that kids can play with outside! I can just imagine the possibilities of playing and learning with easel.

 

 

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Ways to Play:

 

1. Draw your family- I always love it when my kids draw pictures of our family members. By drawing features of people’s faces, kids learn how to draw different shapes, lines, and it shows they understand parts of the body!

 

2. Create lines- If your toddler isn’t able to make shapes quite yet, creating lines is also such a great activity. Have them dip their brush into the paint and put it on the easel. This is such great practice for handwriting skills! 

 

3. Number/Letter/Shape/Color Recognition- You do the painting this time! Paint some letters, numbers, shapes, or colors on the easel. Ask your little one to identify some of the things that you want them to go over. This is a fun way to do some learning!

 

RELATED: SIMPLE Number Recognition Activities

 


Toy #28: Me Reader

 

We’ve had our Me Reader for about 3 years. In the beginning, my daughter just listened to the stories; now, she is actually reading the stories without the Me Reader.

 

These stories have been her favorite ones to read lately! She is so proud of herself for reading these books, and I am proud of her too!

 

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Ways to Play:

 

1. Listening– The Me Reader is designed for your little one to flip the book’s pages and click on the shape that matches the page to hear the story. If your little one is too little to do this, you can do this part for them.

 

2. Looking at the pages– Looking and imagining what’s happening in the story is an excellent activity for kids. They will create ideas about the story, discover different characters, and learn about different settings.

 

3. Reading– Once your child gets old enough, they can start reading the books on their own without the Me Reader. Even if they have memorized the words to the book, this is still helpful because they see the words on the page and recognize them.

 

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Toy #29: Vehicles

 

Toy vehicles are the best because they can be used both indoor and outdoor play!

 

My kids have played with cars on our carpet, kitchen floor, outside on the grass, on tables, you get the drift. They can be used anywhere, which makes them a fantastic open-ended toy.

 

cars for kids

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Ways to Play

 

1. Painter’s tape road- This is fun and easy to create. Race cars by creating a road with painter’s tape! Have the kids race little vehicles, remote control cars, or even robots if they have them!

 

2. Cardboard box play- We had a giant cardboard box, and we created a little town set up with it! We used markers and do-a-dot markers to make the town. The kids used trains and cars that we had to play with! They played the entire day with this set-up.

 

3. Car washing Sensory Bin- I created this color car wash sensory bin for my kids to play with. It was the biggest hits with them. To pull this bin off, I mixed men’s foam shaving cream and food coloring together. I scooped it out of the bowl and placed it all in a container. If you don’t want to color it, you can just use white shaving cream; it’ll work just as well!

 

car washing sensory bin

 

4. Car Track Set– I wanted to include this because it is such an awesome first car track for toddlers!  I love that this track has twists, turns, and even a circle where the cars can go upside down! Your little ones will love this.

 

race track set

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Toy #30: Mess-Free Art Set

 

Have you ever checked out Crayola’s Mess-Free collection?

 

It’s a MUST try art activity. I actually make sure I grab a set each time we travel for long car rides or on a plane! 

 

mess free art set

 

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Ways to Play

 

1. Scribbling– The first step in handwriting is learning how to hold a writing utensil and scribble on paper! This is a wonderful way for your child to learn how to explore art in a mess-free way!

 

2. Stamps– Play and explore with the stamps! They can place the stamps into the ink, and it shows up on the paper! Again, this is so nice that ink won’t get all over the place, only shows on the paper!

 

3. Stickers– Have your little ones color the stickers and place them on the coloring pages! They will love peeling their creations off and placing them on the pictures!

 

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

There are so many toys out there; it feels overwhelming to choose the right gift for kids!

 

All of the gifts that I mention in this article are open-ended toys. That means that if you choose to give one of these as gifts, it can be used in an endless amount of ways. These won’t sit in a closet for a year; I can promise you that!

 

I hope this list of The BEST Toys for 2 Year-Olds helped you narrow down your choices! Do you have any toy recommendations for 2-year-olds that you didn’t see on this list that you think should be added? I’d love to hear about them! Please share your ideas with our community by commenting below!

 

Happy Toy Shopping!

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