We’ve rounded up the best toys for 2-year-old kids so whether you’re looking for gifts for 2 year olds that they’ll love or to treat your little one to a new toy that’s both fun and great for their development, we’ve got you covered.
Most parents will tell you that the ‘terrible twos’ is definitely more than a myth, but along with the tantrums and testing times also comes and amazing age that sees a child’s personality really start to shine through.
As your toddler continues to grow and develop, their toys will need to change with them too. Sensory baby toys will no longer keep these tots with endless energy entertained.
Best toys for 2-year-olds for boys and girls
Pull Along Activity Train 2yrs+
Age suitability: 2+ years| Batteries required: None | Price: £45
A wooden pull along train is a great toy for tots who love to be on the go while they play. Trains with removeable blocks and shapes stimulate creativity and enhance motor skills when played with – and, as blocks can be rearranged over and over again will provide endless entertainment.
Personalised Tenderleaf Wooden Bunny Counter Stacker
Age suitability: 18+ months | Batteries required: None | Price: £26
With this stacker, young minds will learn to count to 10 using the cute numbered carrot rings, which are painted in a soft orange gradient to encourage colour sorting and hand-eye coordination. Designed by wooden toy specialists Tender Leaf, this toy is both educational and adorable and will make a beautiful addition to any nursery.
City Building Blocks
Age suitability: 2+ years | Batteries required: None | Price: £55
These city blocks help develop creativity and hand-eye coordination. The set includes 20 puzzle pieces and 100 blocks featuring different buildings, people, letters, numbers and mathematical symbols. A perfect toy for adults and children to play with together and one which will last through the years as your child gets older and develops their imagination and fine motor skills.
Hey Duggee HD21 Smart Tablet
Age suitability: 2+ years | Batteries required: None | Price: £17.99
This kid-friendly play tablet has 5 fun activities, a touch sensitive screen and it teaches little ones about about shapes and numbers making it great for childhood development and education. It’s a great gift for fans of the Hey Duggee TV programme!
5 In 1 Activity Cube 2yrs+
Age suitability: 2+ years | Batteries required: None | Price: £95
Eco-friendly wooden play cubes will provide kids will have hours of fun playing with the five different activities either alone or with playmates – all of which are proven to develop fine motor skills in little ones.
Fisher-Price FHG50 Little People Helpful Neighbor’s Garage
Age suitability: 2+ years | Batteries required: None | Price: £24.99
Includes 2 Wheelies vehicles with built-in characters and little ones can turn the crank to ride the elevator up and down, and it’s a lovely gift for any child who loves to play with cars. It’s a great way to encourage roleplaying and creative play.
Sustainable Wood 10 Piece Doctors Set With Carry Case
Age suitability: 18 months and up | Batteries required: None | Price: £32
Playing doctors has never looked so cute than with this 10-piece doctors set. The set comes complete with elasticated stethoscope, thermometer with sliding temperature gauge, reflex hammer, ophthalmoscope, antiseptic ‘cream ‘, note pad, medicine and spoon to really bring you child’s games to life. No soft toy will go without treatment when the kids set up their own surgery at home with this set!
GZMY Piano Music Dance Mat for Toddlers
Age suitability: 2+ years | Batteries required: 3*AA batteries (not included) | Price: £16.99
This kids dance mat is foldable and easy to carry, and has 8 piano function keys and 8 kinds of animal sounds to encourage your little one to create their own great musical tunes and learn all about song and dance.
LEGO 10928 DUPLO Town Bakery Playset
Age suitability: 2+ years | Batteries required: None| Price: £34.97
This toy features a busy bakery with cafe and delivery van, table and chairs for customers, cakes, cupcakes and food appliances and includes two DUPLO figures: A girl and the bakery seller figure for pretend role-play.
What are the best toys for 2-year-olds?
The best toys for 2-year-old kids will allow them practice their newly learnt skills as a toddler whilst helping them develop new ones.
‘Most children will take their first steps and say their first words by the time they are 18 months old,’ says Geraldine Butler, who is a health visitor and author of Teach Yourself Successful Potty Training.
So when buying toys for 2-year-olds you want to keep in mind that this little one is a walking, talking, explorer with bags of energy.
The best toys for two-year-old children will depend on what stage they have reached in their development. Research shows that boys often reach physical milestones earlier, while girls tend to learn to speak at a younger age and have better fine motor skills. So buying toys for 2-year-old boys may differ from the best toys for 2-year-old girls at the same age, if they are at different stages.
No matter what developmental stage they are at, however, children thrive on love and attention. So choosing toys that can be played with together with loved ones is always a great idea.
Especially at the age of two when kids are learning and growing so quickly, parents should commit to spending at least 10 minutes each day giving their child their full, undivided attention.
How do I stimulate my 2-year-old and keep them busy?
The best toys for 2-year-olds will do both of these things and more. The key to keeping a 2-year-old occupied and busy for long enough to give you a break – or at least finish a cup of tea – is for them to be engaged in what they are playing with.
Two-year-olds also have a wider vocabulary of around 50 single words by this age. Encouraging them to play with toys that develop their use of language and where they can practice these words will be both stimulating and educational.
At this age too your child may begin to show an increased interest in playing with other children. Interacting with other kids is not only highly stimulating and enjoyable for two-year-olds but is also educational.
Child development expert and psychologist Dr. Amanda Gummer explained to us the benefits of children playing with their peers at this age: ‘building a tower with bricks develops hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness etc when done alone. But when children are playing together to build the tower, there’s a lot more going on – communication, collaboration, turn-taking, discussing strategies, imagination, and a shared sense of achievement.’
Learning to share, take turns and communicate with others are all important lessons for little ones. However, you may need to supervise along the way to make sure not every play date ends in tears.