Simply the best toys for two year olds- without question. Check out these 18 amazing toys sure to be a hit with your toddler- and they’re educational too!
When it comes to figuring out the most age appropriate toys for your toddler, the options seem endless!
We’re going to narrow down the possibilities.
Before buying a toy, I always ask myself two questions:
- Is this toy educational?
- Will it help with any developmental milestones?
- Is the toy open-ended?
I know. Seems silly to think about. Why not just focus on something the kid will like?
But, it’s important to think about what are good toys for a two year old. And to me, that centers around finding a balance between a toy that is educationally appropriate AND helps with development.
Before we get to the best toys for a 2-year old, let’s take a look at what’s happening developmentally.
What’s happening developmentally at age 2?
Taking developmental milestones into consideration when buying toys is a good idea. Here are a few things that are happening around age 2:
- Walks up and down stairs with alternating feet
- Makes vertical, horizontal, and circular strokes with pencil or crayon
- Uses 4-5 word sentences and understands most sentences
- Imitates adults and playmates
Check out a full breakdown of 2-year old developmental milestones.
What should a 2-year old be learning?
This is a really important question as we look for the best educational toys for a 2-year old. Here are some educational goals that a 2-year old should be working toward:
- Makes mechanical toys work
- Matches an object in their hand or room to a picture in a book
- Plays make believe with dolls, animals, and people
- Sorts objects by shape and color
- Completes puzzles with 3-4 pieces
- Understands the concept of 2
Don’t be overwhelmed.
Your toddler’s education and development is a natural part of a healthy family dynamic and their interaction with the world through play.
Yes. Play is important. Toys are important.
Let’s take a look at some good toys for a two year old.
Soft Baby Doll Set
Dolls provide a unique opportunity for kids to mimic what they see and help them become caring adults.
Trucks or toys with wheels help kids with gross motor planning and fine motor skills.
Grasping the truck with their fingers, and pushing it to make it go are motor skills your child needs.
Shape Sorting Cube
Shape sorters help with problem solving skills, learning shapes, and even learning colors.
Bazillion Buckets Nesting Cups
Nesting cups help kids learn spatial concepts (under, on, in, etc.), describing sizes and colors, fitting pieces together.
Rainbow Modeling Clay
Clay is a great way to work on fine motor skills as well as nurture your child's imagination.
Wooden Block Set
Blocks are another great way to learn spatial concepts, as well as work on fine motor skills.
Stacking blocks is harder than it seems.
Soft, Textured Balls
Balls are a great way for toddlers to work on gross motor skills like throwing, balancing, and rolling.
But they can also help wth learning textures and colors, and playing together.
Musical Instruments Toy Drum Kit
I know, musical toys are a parent's nightmare.
But they really do have a place in every home.
They help kids learn movement, creativity, cause and effect (if I shake, it makes noise), and much more.
Surprise Animal Train
Pop-up toys and "busy" toys with knobs, buttons, and levers encourage fine motor skills and problem solving, and teach cause and effect.
Fat Brain Toys Kids Spinagain Toy
Sitting up while stacking allows toddlers to get used to stabilizing their core as they move about and use their hands.
Plus, this toy has a cool 'spinny' effect that my kids have loved.
Color Sorting Set
The ability to sort things into categories (like color, size, shape, etc) is a sign that your child's understanding of the world and their place in it is developing.
Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzles
Playing with puzzles requires children to grasp pieces of all shapes and sizes and manipulate them to fit exactly into a cutout shape or slot.
They're a great way to boost cognitive and fine motor development.
Servin' Up Fun Food Truck
Really any kitchen set with food will do, but I think this food truck is just super cool.
Believe it or not, simple kitchen/food toys help oyur child by encouraging teamwork, creating organizational skills, learn counting skills, boost social development, and foster communication.
Finger crayons are the BEST at working on pre-writing skills and transitioning to a pincer grasp.
Plus they don't snap in half when your kid applies too much pressure (ask me how I know).
Play Silks are good for whatever your child thinks they are good for. Their imaginations will surprise you!
Little People Playset
Any set like this will help your child expand their play and communication skills.
Tool Box Set
Pretend play with tools is a great way for children to mimic adults and work on fine motor skills!