The best toys for 2 year olds in 2024: 25 of the top-rated options

Reviewed by tiny testers and their parents, these are the best toys for 2 year olds

The best toys for two year olds
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Keep your little explorer entertained and learning through the power of play with the best toys for two-year-olds. 

At the grand old age of two, a child is learning how to express themselves through speech and language. In fact, at this age, experts suggest a child will have a vocabulary of around 25-75 single words. 

So whether you're browsing for the top Christmas toys, checking out toy deals, or wondering which are the best toys for two-year-olds, do look out for educational toys that allow a child to play, whilst engaging their mind to learn key skills at the same time. 

At two, most babies will be walking confidently (or most likely running) and be quite physically independent, baby care expert Millie Poppins tells us. Therefore, at this age, Millie suggests investing in anything that encourages their gross motor development such as climbing frames, slides, tunnels and obstacle courses. 

Another key stage we see emerging at two years old is a child's interest in role-playing. ‘This is essentially where they take an interest in imitating adult activities such as cooking, cleaning, driving and baby care,’ Millie says. ‘I would recommend a play kitchen and equipment, toy brushes and brooms.’

With this in mind, we tasked a range of two-year-olds to test out the best toys for this age category. From a wooden play kitchen to LEGO blocks, here are the best toys for two-year-olds (according to our tiny testers). 

For some festive inspiration, don't forget to check out our guide to the top Christmas toys and the best Frozen toys

Best toys for 2 year olds - how we tested them

We enlisted a panel of two-year-old testers and their parents to put the toys in our roundup to the test, rating them on everything from how fun they were to use to whether they’d buy them for friends. All the toys we’ve included are designed to have your child returning to them again and again, with many becoming family favourites, not just with our testers, but with their parents too. In our quest to find the best toys for two-year-olds, we made sure to include toys across a range of budgets and types to appeal to two-year-olds with all sorts of interests and abilities.

Best toys for 2 year olds in 2024

Mega Bloks Build n Learn Table - £27 | Argos

Mega Bloks Build n Learn Table - £27 | Argos

Good for: Dexterity, numbers, and colours | Age suitability: 1-5 years | Batteries required: No 

This sturdy, colourful table from Megablocks comes with 30 chunky bricks and 1 vehicle, and the table itself works as a platform for play and a place to store everything away at bedtime. While it’s light enough to move around the house or take away with you, it's sturdy enough to hold a toddler’s leaning weight, and sits at a good height too. 

'The large blocks mean no concerns about choking, as I would with my older son’s lego,' says Ben Addis, who tested the toy with his 2-year-old son Joe. “The table also helps keep the mess in one area, and I appreciate being able to quickly dismantle it and slide it under the sofa when not in use. Joe especially loved using the blocks to build towers, and I liked that they didn’t fall down easily and cause disappointment!”


Vtech Touch & Teach Tablet - £22.99 | Amazon

Vtech Touch & Teach Tablet - £22.99 | Amazon

Good for: Exploration and imaginative play | Age suitability: 1-3 years | Batteries required: Yes

Vtech’s Touch and Teach Tablet offers 25 light-up buttons that support and encourage kids to learn numbers, letters, colours, animals and shapes. There are 20 melodies onboard and 3 singalong songs, and little people can make pretend phone calls, check the time and take virtual pictures.

“It’s a perfect size and weight for small toddler hands, but feels sturdy enough to be knocked about a bit!” said Ben Addis, whose son Joe tested the toy. “Joe was enthralled by the animal buttons for a while, and there are so many different buttons and functions for him to explore too. This will be an especially good toy for long car journeys, I think- the two volume levels will come in handy here, too!”


Educational Beads from Lalaboom - £23.15 | Amazon

Educational Beads from Lalaboom - £23.15 | Amazon

Good for: Sensory and fine motor skills | Age suitability: 10 months - 4 years | Batteries required: No 

A brilliant open-ended toy for fans of Montessori learning, Lalaboom educational beads might make you think of a fresh take on the once-viral fidget spinners. Toddlers from 10 months to 4 years can pop, twist, mix, stack, and lace them together. Each of these steps is suitable for a different age group, so you can rest assured that the toy will grow with your child and adapt to their growing abilities. They come in different pack sizes - Ben Addis tested the 36-pack with his 2-year-old son Joe, who was able to do four of the five functions. 

“36 is a generous amount, and gave Joe a big, colourful pile of pieces to work with. Clicking the pieces together to make towers was particularly enjoyable. As they’re made of plastic, they’re quick and easy to wipe clean if needed. I even found myself fiddling with them too!”


Infantino Sensory Plug & Play Plumber Set - £23.99 | Amazon

Infantino Sensory Plug & Play Plumber Set - £23.99 | Amazon

Good for: Gross and fine motor skills | Age suitability: 10+ months | Batteries required: No

With 16 pieces including 2 suction cups, a funnel, and a shower head which is also a squirter, this set of bath time toys is designed to develop gross and fine motor skills as little ones pour water into the robot's head. 

'Bath time toys guarantee lots of fun and this set will help two year olds explore cause and effect as they pour water back and forth,' says Consumer Editor, Heidi Scrimgeour. 


TIMIO Starter Kit - £64.99 | Amazon

TIMIO Starter Kit - £64.99 | Amazon

Good for:  Speech, language, intellect and imagination | Age suitability: 2 years | Batteries required: Yes, 3 x AA 

The Timio screen-free audio toy is for children two and older, many of which are able to control the player themselves thanks to its simple and straightforward design. It consists of two parts, the first being the chunky player, with a wide green handle on the top and on/off button on the back. On the front, you attach the second part- a plastic disc. Five discs are included in the starter pack, which Ben Addis tested with his two-year-old son Joe, and there are additional five-pack disc sets available to buy too (plus a single Christmas disc!). Each pack includes a variety of themes, from classical music to sea creatures to body parts to time. Everything plays in 8 languages too, making it a handy tool when language lessons begin at school.

'There is a brilliant blend of education and entertaining discs, though most actually do both!' said Ben. 'It’s clever that kids can have autonomy over which disc they use and which image they press too.'


My First Noah's Ark Set - £45 | My 1st Years

My First Noah's Ark Set - £45 | My 1st Years

Good for: Sensory, motor and hand-eye coordination | Age suitability: 12m + | Batteries required: No

If you’re looking for an extra-special soft toy, perhaps as a gift or keepsake, this Noah’s Ark themed toy from Liliputiens is a winner. Inside the ark are 10 individual plush toys; a pair of giraffes, lemurs, crocodiles, tigers and rhinos (they went in two by two, after all!). The individual detailing on each is gorgeous, and the colours are brilliantly vibrant.

“We enjoyed taking the animals in and out of the ark door, and the amount of variety gives lots of opportunity for both role play and individual play,” said Ben Addis, who tested the toy with his two-year-old son. “The design means it’s easy to take away with us, and quick to pack up at the end of the day too.” 


Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset from Fisherprice, £33.39 | Amazon

Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset from Fisherprice, £33.39 | Amazon

Good for: Discovery, experience and imagination | Age suitability: 1 year + | Batteries required: Yes, 2 x AA batteries included

With buttons, lights, music and individual figures, the Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset from Fisher Price. Thanks to the button that offers three different levels of learning, it promises to grow with a child over a number of years. There is no need for expansion packs or additional animals as what is included is ample (although this is an option too!).

'This is one of my son’s favourite toys, he wanders over to check up on his animals almost every day,' said Ben Addis, who tested the farmyard with his 2-year-old. 'There are three sections, two levels, a spinning silo machine, barn doors that open and close and a slide, all of which help keep Joe entertained.'


Munchkin Bath Beats Musical Gift Set - £19.99 | Amazon

Munchkin Bath Beats Musical Gift Set - £19.99 | Amazon

Good for: Sensory | Age suitability: 12months+ | Batteries: No

A colourful and interactive toy, the Munchkin Bath Beats Musical Gift Set comes with everything little ones need to let off steam in the bath. It will appeal to older kids as well as younger ones. It's certainly one of the best toys for 2 year olds as it is easy and fun to play with.

The set features a Dingray Xylophone with metal keys in a rainbow of colours, as well as a mallet. There’s also a starfish shaker and a three-in-one Octodrum, which acts as a drum, tambourine and maze game in one. This toy is a great way to make bath time more fun and nurture their inner musician. Made for the, it has great durability and will last bath after bath.

When we asked mums for their feedback on the Munchkin Bath Beats Musical Gift Set they told GoodtoKnow how much they liked the uniqueness of this product. 'Most bath toys get filled with water and it's really hard to get the water out and as a result they collect a lot of limescale, but this toy seemed to be durable and maintain its finish well,' says Gemma, mum to Oliver and Sienna. 'I like the way this toy is easy to wipe clean and the fact that it encourages kids to nurture their musical skills.'


Lewo City Building Blocks - £38.99 | Amazon

Lewo City Building Blocks - £38.99 | Amazon

Good for: Hand-Eye Coordination, colour recognition, motor skills and problem-solving skills | Age suitability: 2 years+ | Batteries: No

These Lewo City Building Blocks help develop creativity and hand-eye coordination. We think it's a great choice in our best toys for 2 year olds round up. This set includes over 100 blocks featuring different buildings, people, letters, numbers and mathematical symbols. We think it's a great toy for adults and children to play with together to develop imaginative play - with no annoying sounds in earshot. It's also a toy that will last through the years as your child gets older and develops their imagination and fine motor skills.

Our tester mums really like the classic feel of this wooden toy. They thought that it has a good mix of different shapes and items to keep kids engaged - including a school, hospital, fire station, hotel, and more. Each piece can be configured in a different way so kids can experiment and create a new scene each time they use it.


LEGO DUPLO Wild Animals of the Ocean Set, £17.99 | Amazon

LEGO DUPLO Wild Animals of the Ocean Set, £17.99 | Amazon

Good for: Fine motor, social and cognitive skills| Age suitability: 2 years+ | Batteries: No

This bath toy for toddlers includes a brightly coloured submarine, two diver figures and three animal figures. Kids can play with this toy both in and out of the bath. We consider it one of the best toys for 2 year olds as it encourages early learning through play, fine motor skills and creativity for kids.

Kids love to play with water and buying them a toy that is specifically designed to be submerged in water means they won't be disappointed. 'My kids are always throwing their toys in the bath,' says Jenny, mum to Logan and Becky. 'Then they complain if the toy gets ruined and say a sticker comes off or a part falls off. Their toys often end up looking like the misplaced toys in Toy Story! But I love the fact that this Lego Duplo set is made from water. It means they can put it in the bath and play with it to their heart's content, without having to worry about it getting damaged.'


Melissa & Doug Safari Shape Sort Truck - £16.99 | Amazon

Melissa & Doug Safari Shape Sort Truck - £16.99 | Amazon

Good for: Imaginative play and fine motor skills | Age suitability: 2 years+ | Batteries: No

2 year olds love playing with toys on wheels, so you can't go wrong with a motor such as this Melissa & Doug Safari Shape Truck. This safari truck does one better by including a whole host of colourful animals inside! It is simply great for imaginative play and fine motor skills. Parents who have bought this toy have loved how long it kept their children captivated.

'While it may be a simple toy with just a few animals and safari rangers to play with, I like the fact that everything can be compactly stored on the toy after use,' Catherine - mum to Oliver - told GoodtoKnow. 'It's simple, but an effective toy in that it is a colourful design with popular animal characters that kids love. It's a good way to teach kids about colour too as each piece is bright and bold.'


Janod Magnetic Rocket - £19.99 - Amazon 

Janod Magnetic Rocket - £19.99 - Amazon 

Good for: Motor skills | Age suitability: 2 years+ | Batteries: No

This eye-catching silver wooden rocket by Janod is ready for take-off using magnets for easy construction and play. Made of 5 parts and complete with an astronaut ready to shoot to space,  this toy promises hours of fun. 2 year olds will love building this rocket so it's ready for blast off and we love that the sturdy wooden parts.

Made from Chinese cherry wood, it can be deconstructed into 3 pieces with the little astronaut sitting snugly inside. 


Play kitchen - £88 | Great Little Trading Company

Play kitchen - £88 | Great Little Trading Company

Age suitability: Imaginative play and fine motor skills | Age suitability: 2 years+ | Batteries: No

This wooden play kitchen is full of lovely little details and it looks gorgeous too. This is an important consideration if it's going to become a new addition to your living room decor. Using toys that replicate items from the real world is a great way to develop a child’s speech, language and communication skills. This set has endless imaginative play potential and comes with an oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and sink. There's also a clock with movable hands and a storage cupboard for all those little pots and pans.

'There are a lot of garish toy kitchens out there,' says Gemma, mum to Oliver and Sienna, but I think this one has a very stylish design, which is an important consideration for me when buying such a permanent fixture as this. I've come across a range of wooden toy kitchens that are all finished in tasteful colours including pale blue and bold red, but this grey and white design seems to be the most neutral. It comes with lots of fun features too including the cute microwaves on top and oven, sink and kettle. I think owning a toy kitchen gives parents a great opportunity to encourage kids to learn how about nutrition and how to cook too!'


Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails Game - £13.73 | Amazon

Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails Game - £13.73 | Amazon

Good for: Matching and observation skills | Age suitability: 18 months+ | Batteries: No

This award-winning farm-themed game teaches toddlers matching and memory skills whilst being fun and engaging. You’ll love seeing little one’s faces light up when they complete the challenge and the game can be played with up to 4 people. This is a great way to encourage them to share and take turns.

Orchard Toys has such a great range of imaginative toys for under 10s and we think you can't go wrong with gifting one of these. We think the Post Box Game and Smelly Wellies would also among the best Best toys for 2 year olds.


Early Learning Centre My Little Medical Case Playset - £18 | Amazon

Early Learning Centre My Little Medical Case Playset - £18 | Amazon

Good for: Role play | Age suitability: 3 years+
Batteries: No

Playing doctors has never looked so cute with this toy doctors set. The set comes complete with a stethoscope, thermometer, reflex hammer, healing 'lotions' and a blood pressure gauge to really bring your 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.

'I always love playing doctors and nurses with my kids as it means I can lay on the couch and relax for a few moments, while the kids play around me,' smiles Jenny, mum to Logan and Becky. 'This set is one of the more tasteful designs I've come across, with wooden pieces that have a classic feel and feel like they will last a few knocks, scrapes and bumps.'


LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book - £18 | Argos

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book - £18 | Argos

Good for: Speech | Age suitability: 18 months+
Batteries: Yes

A great interactive toy for toddlers, this digital book encourages educational development in a fun and engaging way, teaching children over 100 words through three different learning modes: words, facts and fun sounds.

‘This is quite a bulky toy but it comes packed with a lot of fun features,’ says Gemma, mum to Oliver and Sienna. ‘I like the fact that it encourages learning a different language and gets kids used to a different sound – you can slide the language switch and hear the words and songs and instructions in French, for example. My kids particularly loved the silly sound effects in the Fun Sounds mode.’


Wooden Shape Sorting Snake - £28 | Amazon

Wooden Shape Sorting Snake - £28 | Amazon

Good for: Logic and problem solving | Age suitability: 2 years+ | Batteries: No

This bright wooden puzzle is great for teaching 2 year olds about shapes and colours. It will really test and help grow their logical thinking and problem solving skills. Once they have managed to complete it for the first time, they will no doubt feel such a sense of achievement, which is why it makes a great gift for a 2 year old.

If kids love this, they may also like the stacking effect of the Tender Leaf Toys Wooden Rainbow. Equally educational, with that strong and durable wooden finish, it encourages kids to crack the puzzle by placing the rainbow in the correct position.


Personalised Cascading Wooden Car Game, £25 | My 1st Years

Personalised Cascading Wooden Car Game, £25 | My 1st Years

Good for: Sensory skills and colour recognition | Age suitability: 2 years+ | Batteries: No

Little ones will love watching cars zoom down a cascading wooden car game. The bright colours are a great sensory stimulant and help with colour recognition, too. Such as simple, yet effective game that will leave 2 year olds mesmerised for ages.

'I've had six kids and each one has loved playing with wooden toys,' says mum Karleen. 'It may look simple, but this is a traditional toy that you can't go wrong with buying for your own kids or gifting for someone else. I've seen them with a simple wooden finish, but I particularly love the colourful nature of this design, which includes all the colours of the rainbow.'


Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table - £80 | Amazon

Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table - £80 | Amazon

Good for: Sensory | Age suitability: 24 months +
Batteries: No

2 year olds will just love playing with this great outdoor toy.  It's also a really great sensory and educational toy. The water stimulates the touch sense, whilst the interchanging pipes and fittings also introduce science learning to preschool children in a fun and visual way. It's one of those toys for 2 year olds that can be played with alone, but it's even better with friends.

Like Tikes has mastered the outdoor play area with its range of colourful toys for kids. As well as this Fountain Factory Water Table, the company sells a very popular Anchors Away Pirate Water Playset, which is equally fun in design. This Fountain Factory Water Table, however, is slightly taller in design and more colourful. For a slightly smaller option