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109 Gifts for 2 Year Olds

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Green Toys Dump Truck

It’s BPA-free, has a workable dumper, and improves gross motor skills.

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Monkey String Yarn Stix

These 500, 6" yarn sticks bend, wrap and twist into 2D or 3D figures.

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Alex Bath Beep Beep Stickers in The Tub

Soft foam pieces create a roadway drive for toy cars.

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Melissa and Doug Wooden Fish Puzzle

Easy-to-grasp pieces in vivid colors make it an ideal beginner puzzle.

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Toddler Busy Board

With buckles, zip pockets, 123s, and more to develop cognitive skills.

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Musical Learning Workbench

Has an electric drill, a chainsaw, and more with real tool sounds.

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Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Has 2 spinning rollers and 3 shape sorters to develop motor skills.

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Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

Made of kid-friendly wood with safe edges that will not harm a child.

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“Press Here” Book

Teaches about color and shapes in a fun and imaginative way.

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Lego Duplo Number Train

A buildable locomotive with 3 wagons, numbered bricks, and more.

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VTech Chomp and Count Dino

Recognizes the 8 food pieces as you feed him and gives fun responses.

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Melissa & Doug Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Wooden Tool Kit

It features 15 pieces including screws, hammers, and more.

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Rainbow Pounder

Hammer in all the pegs then flip the bench over and start again.

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Tap and Spin Toolbox

Hit the nails and the spinner rolls, and it reveals numbers 1–10.

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Tacobear 36Pcs Magnetic Fishing Wooden Montessori Toy

You get 26 letters and 10 numbers all magnetic, shaped as sea animals.

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Fat Brain Toys for Building and Construction

250 wooden blocks in 8 geometric shapes combine to create designs.

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Water Wow Coloring & Painting Book

This paint-with-water book has 4 reusable pages and a water pen.

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The Block Set

Contains 70 colored wood pieces, 20+ activity guide and other add-ons.

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Ocean-Life Wall Chart

It's foldable, waterproof, tear-resistant, and has a protective film.

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Robot Baby Toy

4 toys in 1 keep kids engaged from infant to toddler to preschooler.

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No Spill Musical Bubble Machine

Comes with 16 oz of nontoxic, dye-free bubble solution.

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Numbers, Letters and Counting Fun Cards

There's 37 colored wooden blocks to be matched to 36 flashcards.

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HABA Number Maze

It's lightweight, and made from kid-safe lime plywood and plastic.

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Baby Shark Soundbook

A 10-button book that plays singing songs — with 16 illustrated pages.

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Click and Learn Laptop

With 123 and ABC buttons, a shapes flipper and 40+ educational songs.

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Wooden Peg Puzzle

Each animal "sounds off" when the puzzle piece is placed correctly.

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Learning Wagon

Roll the wagon or press the buttons to activate phrases and more.

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Monkey Around Game

The game prompts hugs, high-fiving, balancing, hopping and more.

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“Roar I’m A Dinosaur” Book

Transform into a dino with this interactive mask book with eyeholes.

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Kids’ Activity Cube

Promotes counting and develops color, pattern, and shape recognition.

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Skoolzy Lacing Beads

Includes 36 string beads, 4 strings, and teaches color matching.

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Boon Building Bath Pipes

With 5 shapes that can be combined in a chain or used individually.

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Montessori Busy Board by BusyPuzzle

This sensory puzzle helps develop gross- and fine-motor skills.

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NASHRIO Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers

An animal print 6-in-1 jigsaw puzzle kit for cognitive development.

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Building Block Set

Mold 100 CPC-certified magnetic tiles into unique 2D or 3D shapes.

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LeapFrog Scout and Violet 100 Words Book

All the words come with sound effects and fun facts.

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See & Spell Learning Educational Toys

Matching letters game with 56 flashcards and 52 wooden letter blocks.

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Atoylink Wooden Counting Peg Board

A multi-functional learning tool suited for your pre-schooler.

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Fun

Press and Stay Building Blocks

4 blocks with interesting textures — easy to put together/pull apart.

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Musical Instrument Set for Toddlers

Made of high-quality non-toxic wood, they’re safe and durable.

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VTech Drum Set

Play along to 9 songs — the set also sings about letters and numbers.

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My First Big Book of Coloring

With almost 200 pages of fun and appealing, child-friendly artwork.

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Kids Delight Tablet

This 2-in-1 tablet can be used as a standalone or with the keyboard.

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Baby Shark Bath Toy

Water-activation is what brings this singing toy to life!

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Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Tap the balls onto the keys or pull out the xylophone and play it.

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Track Shower Water Slide Bath Toy

46 bright-colored pieces that encourage unique DIY assembly ways.

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Jomyfant Light-Up Floating Rubber Bath Toys

8 water-activated color-changing toys, ideal for tiny tots’ hands.

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Baby Shark’s Ultimate Shipwreck Playset

The set includes over 25 pieces and multiple ways to play.

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Dinosaur Construct and Play

It includes 106 pieces and comes fully assembled and ready to play.

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ToyVelt Dinosaur Take Apart Toys

It has moveable parts and is made of nontoxic ABS plastic.

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Kiddieland Mickey Ride-on Plane

It features shifting gears, a revving sound, and moves side-to-side.

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Fat Brain Toys Bugzzle

Contains 15+ puzzle pieces, a bug-shaped tray, and 40 challenge cards.

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Mini Deluxe Eco Scooter

It features parts made of recycled ocean plastic and supports 110 lbs.

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Radio Control Cars

The remote controls come with forward and reverse left motions.

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Fisher-Price Vacuum

Press "On" for vacuum sounds and "Off" for learning songs and phrases.

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Play-Doh Slime Unicorn colors

A 13-pack with 7 non-toxic compounds that are differently textured.

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Nuby Floating Purple Octopus Interactive Bath Toy

Brightly colored and perfectly textured to engage kids’ senses.

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Nutty Toys Pop Tubes Sensory Toy

8.2" tubes that stretch to 27.5" and are joined to make fun shapes.

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Weighted Plush Bunny

Enjoy the cuddles with this super soft, 16" stuffed toy.

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Toy Guitar

It has 3 play modes and can sound like an electric or acoustic guitar.

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Peppa Pig Wooden Car And Boat

They have rolling wheels and room for Peppa Pig wooden figures.

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Baby Shark’s Big Show! Bath Sprinkler and Water Toy

Place these bright, smiley-faced balls in water; see them come alive!

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Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker

It's 28"L x 12"W x 22"H, comes already assembled and holds max 75 lbs.

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Mighty Echo Microphone

It's battery-free, voice amplifying, and perfect for small hands.

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Magnetic Drawing Board

Made of ABS plastic with round edges and a curved pen tip for safety.

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Draw and Doodle Classic Mat

Includes 1 aquadoodle mat, 1 pen, 4 colors, and 1 instruction manual.

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Race Track Set

Made of wood with 7 mini-cars that slide down 7 continuous tracks.

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Little Shopping Cart

Made of plastic, it’s sturdy with a deep basket and a fold-down seat.

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Indoor Slide

Made of foldaway cardboard, it’s safe and supports up to 50 lbs.

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Animal Magnet Set

With 20 animal magnets to manipulate/move around on magnetic surfaces.

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Fisher-Price Bounce & Spin Puppy

Bounces and spins 360° and can play 100+ songs, sounds, and phrases.

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Extra Large Hippo Snuggler

It's hand crocheted using bulky weight chenille yarn and measures 28".

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Ice Cream Counter Play Set

This 28-piece set replicates the entire ice cream buying experience.

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Alex Bath Beep Beep Stickers in The Tub

Soft foam pieces create a roadway drive for toy cars.

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Dinosaur Arts and Crafts Painting kit

Kids get to paint and transform the 12 different white dinos.

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Monkey String Yarn Stix

These 500, 6" yarn sticks bend, wrap and twist into 2D or 3D figures.

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Outdoor

Play Tent with Tunnels

It’s durable and pops open in seconds — has see-through mesh tunnels.

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Little Red Wagon

Made of plastic with sturdy wheels that are gentle on indoor surfaces.

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Little Tikes Horse and Carriage

Kids can take the reins and drive or parents can use them to pull.

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Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike

It has handlebar grips as well as a nifty storage compartment.

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Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber

It has a gentle slope for soft landings and a crawl tunnel/hide-out.

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Green Toys Dump Truck

It’s BPA-free, has a workable dumper, and improves gross motor skills.

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Step 2 Whisper Ride II Push Car

It includes a seatbelt and is a great alternative to a stroller.

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Giraffe Bike

Easy to maneuver with an adjustable seat and big, sturdy rear wheel.

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Tunnel and Ball Game

Has a flexible-fabric crawl-through tunnel and 2 ball-drop towers.

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Rocking Elephant

It has a sturdy wooden construction, plush material, and makes sounds.

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CENOVE Build a Bouquet Floral Arrangement Playset

It has 52 stem and leaf sections, 34 flower pieces and others.

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Eocolz Kids Ball Pit

Made from kid-safe, waterproof fabric and easy to clean and fold away.

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GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars

Designed with focus-free magnification and extra-large eyepieces.

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Move2Play Soccer Ball

It has sensors that recognize an activity and has hilarious responses.

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Excavator and Dump Truck Toy

It has real moving parts and is designed to withstand rough play.

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Bubble Lawn Mower

Makes realistic sounds and the bubble maker encourages pretend play.

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Rody Bounce Horse

It's inflatable, bouncy, and its contoured body keeps kids safe.

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Mini Deluxe Scooter

With a sturdy design, lean-to-steer tech, 3-wheel support, and more.

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Go and Grow Dino

The wide front wheelbase and big rear wheel make it sturdy/balanced.

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Bean Bag Toss Toy

Made of thick fabric with no sharp edges, 10 beanbags, balls and more.

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VTech Push & Pop Bulldozer

Press the buttons to learn colors, numbers, phrases, and music.

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Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base

It features a 5-point harness, and adjustable handlebar.

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Small Dinosaur Water Pistols

The edges are polished, with rounded corners, and won’t scratch kids.

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Crawl Tunnel

6 ft long, it's well-padded around the hardened spring steel wire.

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Baby Balance Bike

With a steering limit for safety, non-slip wheels and soft handlebars.

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Other Recommendations

Mortimer the Moose

Its tummy squeaks and awakens auditory awareness.

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Lettersaurus Toddler Pull Toy

Press the 26 letter buttons to hear the letters and their sounds.

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Mission Pal Sox

Made of soft, safe fabric and includes activated sounds from the film.

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Barbie Be-A-Fashion Designer Doll Dress-Up Kit

With assorted trimmings to make 5 plain dresses look stylish.

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Hicarer Nine Pieces Colorful Unicorn Bracelet

Made of fade-resistant, lightweight, crystal beads and elastic rope.

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Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment

This ointment includes 16% zinc oxide and seals out moisture.

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Custom Night Light Moon Star by CustomizeIdea

Engrave any text on this USB-powered acrylic and wood base.

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Custom Toddler Hat by Laserly Engraving

All hats are adjustable snap back and range from 46 to 58 cm.

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Baby Girls’ 6-Piece Bodysuits by Simple Joys by Carter’s

Features expandable shoulders and nickel-free snaps on the panels.

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Infant Romper Floral Suspender Dress by MBMSHEGH

It's made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex with a simple snap closure.

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Personalised print for girl by LittleWildlingsGifts

It's made of 230 gsm matte archival paper, with high definition inks.

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2-year-olds are fun, curious, and full of imagination. They connect more with people around them and they crave a bit more independence as they start to explore the world. The best toys encourage their exploration and facilitate the new skills they’re learning. 

Choosing the best toys for 2 year olds

Toddlers reach many new and exciting developmental milestones as their motor and cognitive skills improve and their curiosity intensifies. They can say short sentences with several words, point to things that you name, sort shapes and colors, and recognize familiar people. 

Toys that encourage their exploration, stimulate their imaginations, and enhance their cognitive functioning, like creative game and tool sets, and language tools, will put them on the right learning and developmental path. They’re also reaching the age where they can kick a ball, they’re starting to run, and they can climb on and off furniture. Physical games and toys, like age-appropriate climbing sets, will challenge their fine-motor skills and strengthen them the more they play. 

How we identified the best toys for 2 year olds

Toddlers love games that allow them to use their imaginations and activities that test and improve their motor and cognitive skills. We identified toys that will best enhance and strengthen these abilities.

To stimulate their imaginations, we selected building toys and creative play sets, which they can use to build or explore unique worlds of their own. As 2-year-olds’ motor skills develop, outdoor and physical activities become important for strengthening these skills. We chose a variety of toys — for indoor or outdoor use — that will keep them physically active, build muscle strength, and fine-tune their hand-eye coordination. 

Toddlers are beginning to speak and language development becomes important at this age. We chose great age-appropriate language tools that will best facilitate their learning and lay a solid foundation for when they eventually enter preschool. 

Tips for buying the best toys for 2 year olds

  1. Make learning engaging
    Toddlers’ attention spans are quite short. By selecting toys that are interactive and engaging, you can ensure that they’ll receive all the developmental benefits because they’ll play with them for longer periods of time and learn more as they do.
  2. Consider their safety
    Children this age should never be left unsupervised when they’re playing with toys. There’s a risk of them swallowing smaller components or hurting themselves if a toy is not age-appropriate. It’s important to select toys that have been designed with a toddler’s abilities and safety in mind.
  3. Get involved
    2-year-olds are eager to learn and explore. Choose toys that require a certain level of involvement and parental interaction — not only do you get to bond with your toddler, but you can help to give them the best possible learning experience.