Two-year-olds are always on the move, and they're learning new skills every day. These toys allow plenty of fun to keep toddlers engaged in the activity, but most of them also have some educational value, whether they encourage the use of imagination, or build skills like stacking, counting, and phonics.
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You know how toddlers always seem to want to play with the box a toy came in? The Bilibo is the toy version of that box. There are no flashing lights or moving parts. It's all imagination-powered, which is perfect for this age and beyond. Bilibo can be used as a simple chair, or for rocking, scooting, spinning, wearing as a hat, hiding stuffed animals in or whatever else a toddler's mind comes up with. There are even little holes in the sides for fingers to wiggle through or eyes to peek... out of.
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The Rody Horse offers active play for toddlers in several ways. It makes a great seat or just a spot to practice balancing. It's even more fun to bounce on the Rody Horse, and toddlers can even make it hop across the floor. A base is sold separately to turn the Rody Horse into a rocker. The horse is available in loads of bright colors, so you can find your toddler a horse in his or her favorite color fairly easily. I bought a Rody Horse for my son when he was 2, and he still plays with it at... least weekly now that he's 4.
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A set of alphabet blocks is a perfect gift for a 2-year-old. Blocks appeal to a toddler's desire to stack things up and then knock them over, and then repeat the process. These wooden blocks from Melissa & Doug also have letters and numbers on them so your toddler can get a head start on reading and counting. This block set is the right size for making towers and other structures, and the blocks are a perfect fit for small hands. Best of all, they cost less than $15!
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Active toys are always a good choice for toddlers, and this cool balance bike is one that can grow a bit with a toddler, for several years of use. The Skuut Balance Bike has no pedals - toddlers just push along with their legs, which makes it easier for little ones to get the hang of. The bike is lightweight and easy for toddlers to maneuver. Once they've mastered walking along with the bike, they can run with it, too. According to the manufacturer, kids who develop good balance with a bike... like this will never need a bike with training wheels.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Discovery Toys Castle Marbleworks
This cool toy from Discovery Toys combines a building set with a toddler-friendly marble track. Once the castle pieces are fitted together, you can drop the jingling balls from the top and watch them wind their way around the curves and loops to the bottom of the castle, where they hide inside for a moment before popping out of the drawbridge on the front. This game can be easily be shared by more than one toddler, or kids of different ages.
Order through your local Discovery Toys consultant or... via the company's online shop.
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Toddlers can be sci-fi fans, too, thanks to this cool rocket ship. The rocket opens up to reveal three areas where the two included space explorers can play. A silly alien friend is also included with the set, as is a cute spotted dog and a little-wheeled vehicle for expeditions away from the rocket. What rocket would be complete without a countdown sequence? Toddlers will enjoy counting down along with the rocket and launching new space adventures.
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Toddlers can learn letter sounds incredibly fast with the phonics toys from LeapFrog. This set has a base that can be used on the fridge or elsewhere, and individual magnetic letters that fit inside the base one at a time. When the letter piece is on the base, a voice sings a song that tells the name of the letter and the sound it makes. Toddlers love putting the various letters into the base and hearing the music, and this is a great way for parents to start teaching the child the letters that... make up his or her name.