The 7 Best Toys to Buy for 2-Year-Old Boys in 2018

Keep those little ones busy and engaged with these selections

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All too often 2-year-olds get a bad rap — the whole “terrible 2s” thing and all. One thing (among many) that isn’t terrible about boys this age, however, is finding toys for them. There are choices galore, and these little guys will be wowed by them all.

From rough-and-tumble play to educational...MORE toys, there are tons of toys out there to meet every need. Here are seven of our favorite toys for 2-year-old boys. We can’t guarantee these toys will stop tantrums all together, but they will provide lots of fun entertainment to keep them happy for at least awhile.

  • Best Electronic: VTech Call and Chat Learning Phone

    Hold the phone! Here’s a perfect, inexpensive toy for a little boy. Everyone else is always on their phone, so of course, the little guy is going to want to be on his too. This one isn’t for scrolling through Facebook and posting pics of their dinner on Instagram (though wouldn’t that be fun?), but rather it’s full of all sorts of educational opportunities at the touch of a button.

    It comes with 10 apps that include music, photos and games that teach skills like numbers, letters and time. There are five fun ringtones, and they can even store their favorite numbers in their own phonebook. Don’t worry, they won’t be ringing someone in the middle of the night though. It’s all just pretend, which is great for inspiring imaginative play and saving your data plan. Two AAA batteries are required.

  • Best for Bath: 3 Bees & Me Bath Toys

    At the end of sweaty, sticky day, toddler boys need to hit the bath, but getting them into the tub isn’t always the easiest feat. This fleet of brightly colored boats, however, will have them begging to dive right in.
    Four boats come in a pack, and they each have magnets so they can hook to one another to form a bathtub boat parade. They can also be used in a pool, sink or or even on dry land for hours of imaginative play.

    Little boys will love to race them, sink they, crash them — whatever floats their boat — and meanwhile they’re getting a great bath. The boats also decorated with numbers for a little splash of education as well. Talk about good, clean fun!

  • Best for Creativity: Aqua Doodle Mat

    Let his creativity fly free with this huge magic water drawing mat. No messy paints or markers needed. It comes with two pens that write like magic on the pad after you fill them with water, but they won’t leave a mark on walls, carpets or other surfaces. The drawings will magically disappear after a few minutes, then he can start all over again.

    The mat is 31.5" x 23.6", which gives him tons of territory to cover and allows more than one child to draw at the same time. It also folds up in a snap so that you can throw it in a bag for fun on the go. The best part: No mess, no matter where you take it.

  • VTech® Ring & Learn Cash Register

    Best for Pretend Play: VTech® Ring & Learn Cash Register

    Cha-ching! He’ll be ringing up customers left and right with this awesome little interactive cash register set. It includes the register with a scale for weighing food, a credit card scanner and a pretend credit card, of course. It also comes with a shopping basket and 10 pieces of healthy plastic food like fish, grapes and milk — no cookies or ice cream here.

    The battery-operated cash register (two AA batteries are required, but not included) plays more than 80 different songs, sounds and phrases with the touch of a light-up button or a swipe of the card. The cash drawer opens and closes, and rollers at the top spin and feature cute customer faces. Kids will love playing store while they’re learning colors, numbers and so much more. 

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  • Best Ride-On: Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike

    This tricycle is tough enough for the bravest little dudes out there. This rad ride is a mini replica of a big time Harley-Davidson, complete with awesome details like the Harley-Davidson logo and colors. There’s even a secret storage space under the seat so he can pack his snacks, teddy bear or whatever else he needs before he hits the cul-de-sac.

    The only fuel it needs is his energy as he puts his feet to the pedals to go, go, go! It’s great exercise, and the thick rubber tires make it more stable and safe. Recommended for ages two to six, he’ll get years of use out of this hog, cruising around the neighborhood in style.

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  • Best Musical: Kids Musical Instruments

    Strike up the band! This colorful music set has everything he needs to make beautiful melodies (or something like that). Included in the set are a xylophone, maracas, sleigh bells, castanets, blocks and a drum. Whether he’s going to play as a one-man band or get friends or even the entire family involved, there’s something for everyone to play.

    It all comes in a carrying bag, which makes it easy to clean up, store and take the show on the road to grandma’s house or wherever you may be headed. It’s a great way to inspire musical interest at a young age, helps develop hand-eye coordination, and it’s just a heck of a lot of fun to let loose and see where the rhythm takes them. If the beat goes on and on a little too long for mom and dad, there’s always earplugs.

  • Best for Builders: Mega Bloks First Builders 80-Piece Classic Building Set

    A staple in playrooms everywhere, these Mega Bloks are a perfect first foray into the world of block building. This classic set comes with 80 brightly colored blocks for tons of building fun, and clean up is easy as they come in their own storage bag.

    Made for little fingers, they’re perfect size for stacking, building and smashing… then starting all over again. They can create towers, buildings, creatures, and whatever their little minds can dream up. It’s a great activity to build motor skills and bring out their creativity too. These are also compatible with other Mega Blok sets, so you can continue to build on the fun with the purchase of other sets for even bigger and more impressive designs.