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When you're shopping for a 2-year-old boy, you want to make sure any toy you pick out keeps him engaged and encourages development. Development focused toys can be based on physical skills, like a tricycle to help with balance and gross motor skills, or learning-based, like a board book to encourage language development. Above all else, the toys should be fun—toddlers love color, sound, and characters, so anything bright and friendly is sure to grab their attention.
Here, the best toys for 2-year-old boys:
This tricycle is tough enough for the bravest little dudes out there and makes a perfect toy for a 2-year-old boy. This rad ride is a mini replica of a big-time Harley-Davidson, complete with awesome details like the Harley 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.
"This Fisher-Price Trike boasts a black body with orange flames, an orange seat, and orange pedals—plus the cool Harley-Davidson branding that kids love. The trike has solid silver handlebars with a comfortable grip, pedals that are large and easy to turn, and a spacious seat that seems comfortable for a range of body types."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
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!
"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
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 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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Going to the doctor can feel like a scary experience for any child, but this kit may just help them feel less intimidated by the tools they see in the pediatrician's office. The 11-piece deluxe set features a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, and more. Everything packs up neatly in the clear container with a large handle small hands can easily grab.
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 even get 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.
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. 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.
A hammer, screwdriver, and saw usually aren't appropriate for tots, but this set features kid-safe 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.
This toy lets him pair his love of building with the idea of using it in a smart home. When he connects pieces together he'll be able to hear sounds, letters, numbers, and more, teaching him while also letting him play. This affordable set comes with 61 pieces and even connects to other LeapFrog products.
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.
Toddlers love pretend play and this sweep and mop set from Melissa & Doug will get them moving and even hopefully encourage them to clean up behind themselves (maybe). The set includes a broom, mop, and duster that kids up to six years old can enjoy. The toy doesn't just develop motor skills, but can even encourage a sense of independence.
We bought two top-rated toys for 2-year-old boys that our reviewers tested for eight hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these toys, from age appropriateness to skill development. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
Age appropriate When purchasing toys for young children, it’s crucial to ensure the products are age appropriate. Some toys have small pieces that can pose a choking hazard for little ones, so make sure you check to see if the product’s age recommendation includes 2-year-olds.
Skill development Two is a key developmental age where toddlers are learning all sorts of physical and mental skills. At this age, 2-year-old boys will need to practice walking, pulling items, building block towers, holding crayons, doing small puzzles, and more. As such, it’s often beneficial to purchase toys that encourage toddlers to further these skills.
Open-ended play In addition to practicing developmental skills, 2-year-olds often benefit from toys that encourage open-ended play. For instance, a musical toy with a few preset buttons won’t be as engaging as, say, a bucket of blocks that can yield an infinite number of creations. As an added bonus, these open-ended toys can often grow with your child, providing several years of entertainment.