The 45 Best Toys for 2-Year-Old Boys of 2022

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The 22 Best Toys for 2-Year-Old Boys in 2022

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

When you're shopping for toys for a 2-year-old boy, you want to make sure any toy you pick out not only keeps him engaged and encourages development, but is also durable enough to withstand their often very active lifestyle. 

"Two-year-olds are developing their language and pretend play skills," says Colleen Mason, K0/K1 inclusion specialist with a Master's in early childhood education. "They love mimicking adult behavior and getting a chance to be in control, so toys like baby dolls, play kitchens, pretend lawn mowers or gardening tools can be really fun ways for kids to feel involved."

To help find the perfect toy for your toddler, we researched and tested the best options on the market, considering the educational value, durability, safety, and recommended age of each. Our top picks include a fidget toy perfect for little ones from Fat Brain Toys, a Thomas the Tank Engine ride-on from Fisher-Price, and Melissa & Doug chunky wooden puzzle designed for tiny hands.

Here are the best toys for 2-year-old boys.

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Brand Baby Toy

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Dimpl

Fat Brain Toys

What We Like
  • Sensory toy

  • Can be used as a bath toy

What We Don't Like
  • Might not be engaging enough for toddlers who need more stimulation

Small and lightweight enough to play on the go, this silicone bubble fidget toy provides entertainment anywhere, anytime. You can let your toddler bring it to bath time, or hand it to him when he needs to calm down or keep his hands busy. It's a simple concept, but it's brought hours of fun to users.

While there are a ton of counterfeit versions of this fidget popping toy, this model from Fat Brain Toys is the original. It's BPA-Free, and the bright, colorful bubbles are made of 100 percent food-grade silicone. Weighing at just under 5 ounces, this sensory toy can help baby build fine motor skills and understand cause and effect anywhere he goes.

One thing to note is that some toddlers may require more stimulation than this toy can provide. Still, it is great to have in pinch in case of tantrums or short car rides. Your toddler can also graduate to more complex fidgets if this pick is too simple.

Dimensions:  5.51 x 4.72 x 1.18 inches | Material: Plastic, silicone | Recommended Age: 6 months and up

Green Toys Tool Set Tool Set

Green Toys Tool Set Tool Set

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Well-constructed

  • Endures rough toddler play

What We Don't Like
  • Screws don't go into holes properly

A hammer, screwdriver, and saw usually aren't appropriate for tots, but this set features kid-friendly tools to keep your little one occupied. The toolbox has four holes on each side that kids can screw and hammer the nuts and bolts into. Also, everything is made from 100 percent recycled plastic and they're even dishwasher safe.

Dimensions:  11.75 x 4 x 6 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Pull & Play Learning Wagon

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Pull & Play Wagon

Amazon

What We Like
  • 135+ songs, sounds and phrases

  • Also has activities for sitting

What We Don't Like
  • Noisy

Get those feet moving and bodies grooving with this wagon that plays music. Little walkers can drag the wagon behind them, complete with blocks, learning toys, and a doggy friend, or babies can explore it while seated or standing. There are three stages of lessons so you can set the toy to the appropriate level for the 2-year-old.

Dimensions: ‎11.42 x 16.54 x 9.45 inches | Material: Plastic | Weight: 5.99 pounds | Age range: 6 to 36 months

Melissa & Doug Wooden Take-Along Sorting Barn Toy With Flip-Up Roof and Handle

 Melissa & Doug Wooden Take-Along Sorting Barn Toy with Flip-Up Roof and Handle

Amazon

What We Like
  • Good for small hands

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Wooden pieces can call out while putting other pieces in

Melissa & Doug created this small wooden farmhouse that lets kids play pretend and work on their shapes. The toy comes with 10 wooden farm-themed pieces including a tractor, farmer, and all kinds of animals. The flip-up roof allows for quick access to the wooden pieces once your toddler has pushed them through the corresponding holes.

Dimensions:  7.5 x 6.5 x 8 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 24 months to 5 years

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

Learning Resources Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

Amazon

What We Like
  • Quills can be stored inside

  • Allows for learning through play

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a 12V battery

Little boys can practice fine motor skills with this sweet little hedgehog that lost its quills. Peg-shaped quills must be inserted into the corresponding hole along the hedgehog's back. With many quills in many colors, concepts like counting and sorting can be introduced. The quills and hedgehog can be wiped clean and it all stores together in the hedgehog's back.

Dimensions:  9.1 x 9.1 x 3.9 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months to 4 years

Fisher-Price Plush Puppy Baby Toy with Smart Stages Learning Content and Lights, Laugh & Learn

Fisher-Price plush puppy

Fisher-Price

What We Like
  • Large library of sounds, songs, and words to teach

  • Multiple levels for learning

What We Don't Like
  • Some customers claim it stops working

With over 100 words and more than 75 songs, this Plush Puppy by Fisher-Price will entertain toddlers for hours. Touch is interactive thanks to the different light-up parts of the pup. There are three Smart Stages of learning for you to pick from so the learning is at the appropriate level.

Dimensions:  44 x 21.5 x 27.5 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

LeapFrog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart

scoop and learn

LeapFrog

What We Like
  • Variation in ice cream, toppings, and syrups

  • Comes with activity cards for learning

What We Don't Like
  • May be too complicated for some toddlers

A kid that loves ice cream (and isn't that every kid?) will love this ice cream cart. Little boys can serve up all kinds of combinations with four kinds of ice cream, three toppings, and three syrup flavors,a three toppings and three syrup flavors. Activity cards and the cart's features introduce colors, numbers, and flavors while they play pretend.

Dimensions:  20.31 x 8.54 x 24.88 Inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 to 5 years

Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse with Working Doors, Windows, and Shutters - Tan

Cottage Playhouse

Amazon

What We Like
  • Usable indoors and outdoors

  • Sturdy

What We Don't Like
  • No accessories included

Kids can play house with this cottage from Little Tikes. Two working doors, two working windows, and a mailbox provide various ways for kids to engage with the house — besides playing pretend in it. It's easy to assemble and a screwdriver is the only tool required. It's safe for indoor use and outdoor use.

Dimensions: ‎142.75 x 35 x 49 inches︱Weight: 32 pounds︱Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Pacific Play Tents Find Me Multi Color Tunnel

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 Pacific Tents Find Me Multicolor Play Tunnel

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Fun, physical play

  • Easy to set up

What We Don't Like
  • Wires might poke out from material

If your toddler loves exploring and playing peek-a-boo, this colorful tent is sure to be a hit. There's no complicated setup required, just take it out of the carrying case and undo the strings that keep it flat—it's ready for playtime!

Dimensions:  2.6 x 20 x 20 inches | Material: Polyester | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Pacific Play Tents Find Me Multi-Color Tunnel

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What Testers Say

"I have yet to come across another toy that makes my son light up as much as this tunnel does. If he’s cranky or if I need him to be occupied while I cook dinner, I can take out the tunnel, and he’s immediately happy and engaged. He keeps himself entertained (while I kept an eye on him, of course), so this tunnel is like a treat for him and me!"—Michelle Piccolo, Product Tester

RadBizz Push Pop Bubble Fidget Sensory Toy

Push Pop Bubble Fidget Sensory Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Rainbow colors

  • Solo activity for staying busy

What We Don't Like
  • Limited intrigue

This kind of push-and-pop toy has gained a lot of popularity recently as an option for occupying curious kiddos. It's lightweight, reusable, and washable, and made of a safe silicone. Bonus for parents — there's really no popping noise at all. It's a small sound, but nothing that would become irritating.

Dimensions:  5 x 5 x 1 inches | Material: 2.39 ounces | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Small Foot Compact Work Bench With Accessories Nordic Theme

small food nordic play set

Maisonette

What We Like
  • Weighs less than 5 pounds

  • Sturdy

What We Don't Like
  • Some toddlers may need supervision

Get to building at this small workbench. Whether they're sawing, screwing, or pounding, little boys will be having fun while "working." A bonus for parents, the workbench's simple Nordic design would be stylish in any space — not just the playroom.

Dimensions:  20.5 x 11 x 17.7 inches Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 2 to 4 years

b. Toys Toy Drum Set

parum-drum-set

Courtesy of Target 

What We Like
  • Items can be stored in the drum

  • Comes with many accessories

What We Don't Like
  • Holster isn't adjustable enough to accomodate smaller toddlers

Get the rhythm going with this small drum set. With seven pieces, there are plenty of different things to tap together and sounds to be made. Once he's done making music and working on his coordination, all the accessories can be packed into the drum for later.

Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Fat Brain Toys Timber Tots Hazelnut House Dolls & Dollhouses for Ages 2 to 4

fat brain toys dollhouse

Fat Brain Toys

What We Like
  • Creative take on the classic doll house

  • Has multiple rooms yet is still compact

What We Don't Like
  • Only comes with three accessories

Little boys can practice caregiving and fine motor skills with this little raccoon doll and her acorn house. A button makes the inside of the house spin and reveal a new room. Store the raccoon and accessories inside and the acorn house can be taken on the go!

Dimensions:  5.51 x 9.45 x 5.51 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 to 4 years

Fat Brain Toys Roll 'n Go Wooden Marble Run

roll n go fat brain toys

Walmart

What We Like
  • Well constructed

  • Good size

What We Don't Like
  • Higher price tag

  • No ball storage

Set the balls at the top and watch them go back and forth down until they hit the bottom. It only stands 10 inches tall, so it won't be a big reach for toddlers to put the balls at the top of the sturdy wooden structure.

Dimensions:  28.30 x 20.30 x 4.50 Inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Kidodido Montessori Baby Play Climber Set for Toddler

kidodido montessori rocker

Kidodido

What We Like
  • Able to pick and choose what elements you buy

  • Quality material

What We Don't Like
  • Requires adult supervision

This toy does double duty as an arch and a rocker. The set is customizable so you can get one of each of the arch, rocker, pillow, and ramp, or pick and choose to get only the components you want. The arch comes in two sizes, so you can get what you think will be best for your exploring kiddo.

Dimensions:  44 x 21.5 x 27.5 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Fat Brain Toys Zoom 'n Vroom Ladder Launch Crane

fat brain toys

Amazon

What We Like
  • Chunky material good for small hands

  • Batteries included

What We Don't Like
  • Plastic material is breakable

Who doesn't love a crane? This simple plastic toy from Melissa & Doug is constructed in such a way that small hands and young kids can enjoy it without the frustration that might come with a larger, more complicaed crane. Plus, boys will love the two mini trucks they can send flying by tilting the crane arm back — vroom vroom!

Dimensions:  14.45 x 4.65 x 8 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 to 2 years

Power Wheels Thomas & Friends Thomas with Track

Power Wheels Thomas and Friends Thomas with Track

Power Wheels

What We Like
  • Ride-on toy

  • Grows with your child

What We Don't Like
  • Small track

Most vehicle-themed toys are too small for toddlers at this age, but this Fisher-Price Thomas engine is designed for your child to ride on for hours of fun. He can cruise around in a circle on the included track, and once he's ready to start maneuvering the train on his own, he can venture off track—making it a perfect option that grows with your child.

Dimensions:  27.75 x 13.1 x 17.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train

Lego Luplo Train

Walmart

What We Like
  • Building toy

  • Encourages role-play

What We Don't Like
  • Wagons don't stick together when picked up

Kids can stack and build with this train set that helps them count from zero to nine. Each brick has a number and tots can stack them on one of the three locomotives. There are even two Lego figures, including a cat, in the set.

Dimensions:  13.94 x 7.52 x 3.58 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano Wooden Musical Toy

Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano Wooden Musical Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to clean

  • Wooden toy for toddler

What We Don't Like
  • Music sheets aren't as engaging

This little wooden piano toy will help him develop musical skills during play. It includes volume control buttons, music sheets, and two modes of play: compose your own songs or play along classic music. Babies will adore the colorful keys on the piano, which sit at a perfect height when sitting or squatting.

Dimensions:  ‎12 x 5 x 9 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 6 months and up

3 Bees & Me Bath Toys

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3 Bees & Me Bath Toys

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Engaging bath toy

  • Can endure rough toddler play

What We Don't Like
  • Needs to be cleaned constantly

At the end of a 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 even on dry land for hours of imaginative play.

Dimensions:  4 x 2.35 x 2.35 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

3 Bees & Me Magnet Boat Bath Toys

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Tegu Tints Block 24 Piece Set

Tegu Tints Block 24 Piece Set

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Durable material

  • Lots of play potential

What We Don't Like
  • Magnets could be frustrating for some young children

The 24-piece magnetic wood block set enhances the play building. Kids can work on pattern recognition, balance, building, and imagination with this building set that offers unlimited potential.

Dimensions:  14.25 x 10.25 x 2.06 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 12 months and up

Dolls to Play Baby Doll Car Seat with Toy Accessories

Baby Doll Car Seat

Dolls to Play

What We Like
  • Great toy for travel

  • Promotes nurturing skills

What We Don't Like
  • Doll's eyes don't shut

You can even strap this baby doll's car seat next to your toddler's, making it an easy option for play on the go. The set also includes accessories like two bottles, a bib, and a rattle toy for added fun. When he doesn't want feel like carrying baby in arm, your toddler can wear the baby seat like a backpack, thanks to the durable straps on the back.

Dimensions:  2.5 x 6.56 x 5.5 inches | Material: Plastic, polyester | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Melissa & Doug Safari Wooden Chunky Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Safari Wooden Chunky Puzzle

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Wooden toy for toddler

  • Easy-to-grab pieces

What We Don't Like
  • Paint starts to flake with use

Need an interactive gift for a 2-year-old boy? At this age, they'll start to fine-tune some of their fine motor skills and some will be able to identify shapes, animals, and such. Why not indulge all of these new milestones with a fun wooden puzzle that will have them saying "roar" and more. 

Dimensions:  8.86 x 11.81 x 0.79 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

LeapFrog Smart Sizzlin' BBQ Grill Learning Toy With Food and Tools

LeapFrog Smart Sizzlin' BBQ Grill Learning Toy With Food and Tools

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Teaches numbers and words

  • Easy to assemble

What We Don't Like
  • Wheels don't roll smoothly

This isn't just a play kitchen set, but one that's highly interactive for kids. The grill recognizes which foods are placed on top of it and says phrases like, "lets grill for three seconds" or "purple eggplant." Kids don't just learn about food but also numbers.

Dimensions:  9.88 x 20.79 x 17.13 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Little Tikes T-Ball Set

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Little Tikes T-Ball Set

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Adjustable height

  • Stand provides some storage for bats and balls

What We Don't Like
  • Requires adult supervision

Play ball! Get boys engaged in sports with this T-ball set. The height of the "T" is adjustable so it will fit your kiddo no matter their height. Once they're hitting the ball on the T, you can move to giving it a toss. The ball, stand, and bat are all plastic to keep the ouchies to a minimum and the fun at a maximum.

Dimensions:  12 x 11 x 22 inches| Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months to 6 years

Sesame Street Love to Hug Elmo

love-to-hug-elmo

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Talks and sings

  • Nostalgic toy

What We Don't Like
  • Body is made of hard plastic, not stuffed plush

What toddler doesn't love Elmo? Gift him this cute cuddly guy that loves to receive and give hugs. Simply squeeze Elmo and he asks for a hug. And when Elmo's tummy is squeezed, he raises his arms and asks for a hug. He also sings and talks!

Dimensions:  5.25 x 11 x 18 inches | Material: Stuffed toy, plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

VTech Call and Chat Learning Phone

VTech Call and Chat Learning Phone

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Realistic-looking

  • Great for pretend play

What We Don't Like
  • Sound is a little loud

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 social media, but rather it’s full of all sorts of educational opportunities at the touch of a button. 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.

Dimensions:  5.95 x 3.27 x 0.91 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

Little Tikes EasyScore

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Adjustable height is great for growing with child

  • Can be played with kids of various ages

What We Don't Like
  • Flimsy hoop

This oldie but goodie will have him shooting hoops like a pro in no-time or he'll at least just love attempting to make baskets. We love that this toy will get him moving and working on his coordination skills.

Dimensions:  23.75 x 22 x 61 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

LECAMEBOR Finger Crayons for Toddlers 12 Colors Paint Crayons Sticks

LECAMEBOR Finger Crayons for Toddlers 12 Colors Paint Crayons Sticks

Amazon

What We Like
  • Safety hole to prevent against choking

  • Washable

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't store conveniently

Instead of letting your toddler struggle to use tiny crayons, get these larger ones with a palm grip. The more scribbling, the more fun! The crayon will go all over the paper, but not their hands since these crayons are made not to get little hands dirty.

Dimensions:  5 x 3.5 x 1 inches | Material: Wax | Recommended Age: 3 months and up

Skip Hop Toddler Backpack

Skip Hop Toddler Backpack

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Fun and friendly design

  • Can fit a small lunchbox and clothes

What We Don't Like
  • Too small to fit medium-sized folders

While not really a toy, this backpack is the perfect size for most 2-year olds. He can store all of his toys in here when he goes to grandma and grandpa's house or use it for daycare. No matter the use, he'll enjoy having a bag of his own.

Dimensions:  11 x 5 x 12 inches | Material: Polyester | Recommended Age: Not listed

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

Amazon

What We Like
  • Indoor and outdoor toy

  • Additional toys and accessories included

What We Don't Like
  • Some users needed to use a power drill to assemble

A water table is a gift that keeps on giving. They'll enjoy this toy from around 18 months and well towards eight years old and possibly beyond. They can use their imagination while playing solo or with a buddy to create waterfalls and watch the parts move and spin.

Dimensions:  39.02 x 24.02 x 32.01 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Press Here (Interactive Book for Toddlers and Kids, Interactive Baby Book)

Press Here (Interactive Book for Toddlers and Kids, Interactive Baby Book)

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Interactive book

  • Can endure rough play

What We Don't Like
  • Can use a stronger binding

Books are always a great gift. This favorite teaches kids about following directions and the importance of cause and effect. Though it's a children's book, the entire family can enjoy this.

Dimensions:  8.75 x 0.5 x 8.75 inches | Material: Cardboard | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Green Toys Dump Truck

Green Toys Dump Truck

Walmart

What We Like
  • Great outdoor fun

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't perform well in sand

Boys (and girls alike!) are fascinated by trucks. Why not indulge their interests with a toy dump truck that they can play with for hours on end. This dump truck will help them work on their gross motor skills as they zoom this around the house and try to figure out how to dump the "trash" out.

Dimensions:  10 x 7.5 x 7 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Fat Brain Toys Alpha Abacus

Fat Brain Toys Alpha Abacus

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Contained pieces that won't get lost

  • Durable material

What We Don't Like
  • Example words could be too advanced for some kids

Toddler boys can put their hands to use while they learn their alphabet and numbers. One side of the spinning wooden blocks shows the number; flip to the other side and see an example word and illustration. And with all the blocks on rods in wooden frame, you won't have to go looking for missing pieces later.

Dimensions:  12.5 x 9.75 x 4.5 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

VTech Ring & Learn Cash Register

VTech® Ring & Learn Cash Register
Courtesy of Target.
What We Like
  • Exposes children to numbers

  • Encourages social play

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come with toy money

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.

Dimensions:  7.64 x 16.3 x 4.84 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Micro Kickboard Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter

Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter
Courtesy of Amazon.com.
What We Like
  • Can be used right out the box

  • Comes in various colors

What We Don't Like
  • Not easy to make turns

If he is pretty stable on his feet, why not push his gross motor skills even further with a scooter? This favorite has three wheels so it balances well for small users. He can zip around the neighborhood with ease and perhaps speed up your walks around the neighborhood.

Dimensions:  24 inches tall | Material: Aluminum | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Best Baby Shark: WowWee Baby Shark Official - Singing Bath Time Bubble Maker

WowWee Baby Shark Official Singing Bath Time Bubble Maker

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable caracter

  • Interactive

What We Don't Like
  • Parents may not enjoy playing this song over and over again

Baby Shark (still) isn't going anywhere. Indulge his love for this addictive song with a puppet that lets you change the tempo of the song so you can play it again and again!

Dimensions:  113.8 x 8.3 x 6.9 inches | Material: Plush | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag

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Mega Bloks

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Building toy

  • Large pieces

What We Don't Like
  • Blocks don't fit together securely

A staple in playrooms everywhere, these Mega Bloks are a perfect first foray into the world of block building. It 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 perfectly sized for stacking, building, and smashing, then starting all over again. They can create towers, buildings, creatures, and whatever their little minds can dream up.

Dimensions:  5 x 12 x 14 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag

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What Testers Say

"The Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag is rated for kids ranging in age from 1 to 5, making them one of the few block sets on the market for children as young as 12 months. That’s a major plus for parents concerned about the choking hazard posed by blocks with smaller dimensions."—Hailey Eber, Product Tester

Bluey Cloud Bag Doctor's Set

Bluey doctor set

Bluey

What We Like
  • Accessories back into the travel bag

  • Made of durable material

What We Don't Like
  • Stickers can only be used once

Let your little boy play pretend and practice his caring skills with the Bluey Cloud Bag Doctor Set. With seven play pieces, kids can "take care" of Bluey, you, and themselves.

Dimensions:  2.76 x 8.73 x 8.11 inches | Material: Plastic, paper, metal, PVC | Recommended Age: 36 months to 15 years

Playskool Little Wonders Pop-A-Tune

playskool little wonders popatune

Playskool

What We Like
  • Dome keeps the balls from flying

  • Comes with batteries

What We Don't Like
  • Price may be too high

Make music and play with balls with Playskool's Pop-a-Tune. Every time little boys tap a key, a colorful ball with fly. Choose from classic piano sounds or funny, silly noises. Only two AA batteries are required for hours of musical fun.

Dimensions:  13.97 x 7.48 x 9 inches | Material: Plastic and wood | Recommended Age: 12 months and up

Kid Kraft Foody Friends: Deluxe Baking Fun Puppy Activity Center

foody friends kid kraft

Kid Kraft

What We Like
  • Comes with many accessories

What We Don't Like
  • Requires assembly

  • High price tag

With this Foody Friends set, there's nothing a 2-year-old boy won't be able to "cook." He can practice his shapes and fine motor skills while combining different plastic ingredients to make something delicious. An apron and chef's hat seal the deal on this fun pretend-play and learning toy.

Dimensions:  24.61" x 17.32" x 18.35" | Material: Wood and plastic | Recommended Age: 2 to 4 years

Lillian Vernon Personalized Plush Zoo Animals Play Set

lillian vernon personalized zoo plush animal set

Lillian Vernon

What We Like
  • Able to be personalized

  • Packs up for easy storage

What We Don't Like
  • Limit of 12 characters for customization

Little boys can play on the wild side with this barn animal soft toy set. With four sets of animals — one adult and one baby — there's plenty of pretend play potential. Everything can be packed up and stored in the soft red barn for safekeeping.

Material: Fabric | Recommended Age: All ages

Bigjigs Toys Learn to Count

maisonette learn to count

Maisonette

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Teaches colors, numbers, and shapes

What We Don't Like
  • Pieces can get lost

This award-winning educational wooden puzzle acts as a fun introduction to mathematics and counting skills. Match the numbered squares to the dots on the base of the puzzle and then count the brightly colored discs as they are placed onto their individual pegs. 55 pieces are included to help develop dexterity and concentration. Made from high quality, responsibly sourced materials and conforms to current US safety standards.

Dimensions:  4.3 x 16.7 x 4.5 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Great Pretenders Storybook Lion Cape

great pretenders storybook lion cape

Maisonette

What We Like
  • Available in two sizes

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Specific dimensions aren't available for the sizes

Let kiddos "roar" to their heart's delight with this lion cape. A tail at the back and paws at the front that kids can slide their hands into complete this animal dress-up look. With the only closure at the neck, boys should be able to wear it for several years before they grow out of it.

Material: Polyester | Recommended Age: 2 to 6 years

Step2 Spill & Splash Seaway Water Table

Step2 Spill & Splash Seaway Water Table

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What We Like
  • Large accessories great for smaller hands

  • Comes with an umbrella

What We Don't Like
  • Messy

This two-tier water table is perfect for staying busy on a hot day with some cool fun. While many water tables are recommended for ages three and up, this one is suitable for kids as young as 18 months. Eleven accessories ensure there's plenty to play and experiment with. Use it indoors by the filling the interior with balls or dried beans.

Dimensions:  43.27 x 25 x 22.52 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months to 8 years

What to Look for in Toys for a 2-Year-Old Boy

Recommended Age

Make sure you check to see if the product’s age recommendation includes two-year-olds. This guideline is there to help you gauge how safe and engaging the toy will be, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.

Safety

Similarly, you should avoid any toys with small parts that pose a choking hazard—generally these toys are labeled 3+, says Morency Goldman. You should also consider material and size—avoid items that are too hard and heavy, as well as those that are long and unwieldy.

Durability

Toddlers tend to throw, drop, and generally run their toys ragged. Look for toys that are particularly durable—those made of thick plastics or solid wood—as they’ll better withstand frequent and rigorous use.

Educational Value

Development-focused toys can be based on physical skills, like a tricycle to help with balance and gross motor skills, says Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates in South Overland Park, Kansas. They can also be learning-based, like puzzles or building sets. Tactile toys, like finger paint or magic sand are also really fun for older toddlers and help them explore texture and build fine motor skills.

FAQ
  • What kinds of toys should a 2-year-old have?

    "Two-year-olds are beginning to develop their pretend play skills," says Dan Mason, a licensed pediatric speech language pathologist at Positive Development. "Think about toys such as baby dolls and food/kitchen toys."

  • What educational toys are good for a 2-year-old?

    Two is a key developmental age, so it’s a good idea to purchase toys that encourage toddlers to further their physical and mental skills. Consider toys like building block towers, crayons, puzzles, and other similar finds that'll promote toddlers to practice these skills.

  • What should you get for a 2-year-old who doesn't like toys?

    Look to toys that don't involve pretend play. Tunnels and sports toys are great for active kids, while blocks and crayons will cater to 2-year-old's creative side. Age-appropriate puzzles and books can be fun, too.

Why Trust the Spruce?

This article was written by Julie Evans, a writer and editor who has worked with a host of diverse companies including Microsoft, USA Today, Realtor.com, Brit + Co, CafeMom, and SheKnows among others. She started writing for The Spruce in August 2017.

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