Best Toys for 2 Year Olds - Real Mom Recs

Best Toys for 2 Year Olds

best toys for 2 year olds

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2 year olds are BUSY, so any toy that captures their attention for more than a few minutes is a total win.  This is a year of learning explosion and there are tons of great toys to help them master colors, shapes, sorting, number and letter recognition.  This year they will also dabble in creative and imaginative play, which will continue much more in year 3.

Here are the best toys for 2 year olds:

Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart

This toddler-size metal grocery cart is a perfect mini replica of a real grocery cart. Kids especially love filling it with pretend groceries and putting a baby doll in the seat as they pretend to be Mom or Dad on a shopping trip. After seeing every toddler friend, cousin and neighbor play with this at our house, it has become my go-to gift for 2 year olds!

Melissa & Doug Food Groups - 21 Wooden Pieces and 4 Crates

If you give your toddler has a realistic grocery cart, he's going to want some realistic food to put in it. This cute set is a great way to get kids familiar with healthy food and the food groups. There is a crate for grains, dairy, fruits/veggies, and meat. Melissa and Doug also have some really fun cutting food sets that complement this set where the child can "slice" the food on a small cutting board.

LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

Looking for a toy that holds your toddler's attention while also teaching them letter recognition? This fits the bill! When your child puts a letter in the space and presses once, it says the letter name and sound (S! S says "sssss"!). Press again and it says a word that starts with that letter. It also sings the ABC song and Wheels on the Bus when you press the musical note. Fun and educational, we give this one an A+

Melissa & Doug Latches Wooden Activity Board

Keep little hands busy with this ingenius activity board. Open and close, lock and unlock 6 different types of latches. A fun way to develop fine motor skills. (Note- the picture shows two puzzles but it does only come with one!)

Tonka Retro Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck

All kids should own this classic, kid-tough steel dump truck. We actually have two- one that stays inside for loading up toys and pushing around the house, and one that stays outside for hauling around sand and dirt.

LEGO DUPLO Creative Play My First Box of Fun

This is a great starter set for a child's duplo collection. It has 95 pieces including two figures, several animals, house elements and a car. The box has extra room to store more sets you collect along the way.

Holy Stone Magnetic Drawing Board

Think the MagnaDoodle that you played with as a kid, but bigger and with color! Easy to scribble on, easy to erase, and comes with 3 shape stampers (a star, car, and circle) to add to your creations. Mess-free art for toddlers, CHECK!

ALEX Toys Little Hands Button Art

My son was exposed to this toy during occupational therapy sessions to strengthen his fine motor skills. He liked it so much, we got one to have at home. It comes with 10 different picture sheets for the child to match the colored buttons with. When he pushes them in correctly it makes a soft "click" sound that makes it a little extra gratifying.

Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home

A staple in our Little People collection, this house makes lots of fun sounds (refridgerator, oven, alarm clock). And don't think this is just for girls- my first son was completely fixated on this toy for months as a toddler, especially opening and closing the toilet lid and hearing it flush! Comes with a mom, dad, and child figure and closes up with a handle for carrying around.

Fisher-Price Little People Loops 'n Swoops Amusement Park

Another hugely popular addition to our Little People collection, this gets played with by every little kiddo that enters our house! All it's missing is some extra cars, like these Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies All About Trucks.

Magnetic Wooden Fishing Puzzle Game

Use the little magnetic fishing pole to go "fishing" for the sea creature puzzle pieces. Kids will sit quietly for an abnormally long time to accomplish this! Very entertaining for ages 2-4.

Little Tikes Count 'n Play Cash Register

My kids love this toy cash register. The three types of coins are different sizes and thickness so they only fit into the correct opening, so kids learn to sort in a very basic way. Swipe the credit card to drop all the coins down into the drawer. Pull the red handle and the drawer opens with a traditional cash register sound. Simple but clever toy.


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