The 51 Best Toys and Gifts for 2-Year-Olds of 2023

Our favorite picks from Little Tikes, VTech, Fisher-Price, Slumberkins, and more

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47 Best Toys and Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

The Spruce / Zackary Angeline

Looking for engaging and interactive gift ideas that will keep your 2-year-old occupied and mentally stimulated? It can be a challenge, but we've done the research for you and found the best toys that meet the recommended age range, have appropriate safety features and offer educational value.

Our favorite picks include a hedgehog that fosters fine motor skills from Learning Resources, bristly building blocks from Battat, and an interactive gaming chair from VTech.

Here are the best toys for 2-year-olds.

Our Top Picks

Battat Big Red Barn – Animal Farm Playset

Battat Big Red Barn – Animal Farm Playset

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Travel Friendly

  • Large enough pieces for little hands

  • Easily closes for storage

  • Does not require batteries

What We Don't Like
  • Only Includes 4 farm animals

  • Does not make farm animal sounds

This childhood classic toy is ready to use right out of the box! No assembly is required. Barn doors open and close for simple access. Includes four farm animals and a farmer. Additionally, it expands into a larger toy and has a handle for small hands to easily carry. This toddler-friendly toy supports imaginative play and sensory learning.

Price at time of publish: $25

Depth: 31 in | Seat Depth: 21-28 in | Width: 28.8 in |Height: 29.8 in | Material: Faux leather, polyester |Weight: 41.6 pounds

Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag

4.2
Mega Bloks

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Reusable storage bag

  • Can be combined with other MEGA BLOKS bricks

What We Don't Like
  • Blocks do not secure tightly

This set includes 80 oversized blocks perfect for little hands to grasp! Little builders will enjoy stacking while developing their fine motor skills and exploring creativity. This traditional toy will grow with your toddler. From counting and color identification to size sorting. Playtime is guaranteed to be equal parts imaginative and educational.

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: ‎5 x 12 x 14 in | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 12 months and up

Art Creativity Bubble Lawn Mower for Toddlers

Bubble Lawn Mower

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great battery life

  • Easy to assemble

  • Includes 3 bottles of bubble solution

What We Don't Like
  • Buying additional bubble solution is recommended

Toddlers adore endless bubble fun! As tots push the lawn mower, a stream of bubbles fills the air. A great way to keep them active and engaged for hours. Perfect for indoor and outdoor fun!

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: 10.28 x 5.48 x 11.11 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 36 months and up

Little Tikes Shopping Cart

Little Tikes Shopping Cart

Amazon

What We Like
  • Promotes pretend play

  • Batteries not required

  • Easy to maneuver on indoor surfaces: wood, tile, and carpet

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly required

  • Toy accessories not included

  • Height not adjustable

This sturdy shopping cart promotes imaginative play and features a large basket for "groceries" and an open seat for a doll or stuffed animal. It's constructed out of durable plastic that's easy to clean and has four sturdy wheels that will glide over any indoor surface. Its small design is also great for new walkers!

Price at time of publish: $37

Dimensions: 16.50 x 12.50 x 23.00 in | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Battat Bristle Blocks

Battat Bristle Blocks

Amazon

What We Like
  • STEM toy

  • Helps with dexterity and motor skills

  • Not as frustrating as normal blocks

What We Don't Like
  • Wheels aren't as intuitive

  • Packaging comes in a bag, not a box

A STEM-based building set that goes way beyond stacking blocks for hours of fun and imaginative play, this set includes 112 interlocking pieces in assorted sizes and vibrant colors. It's ripe for creating everything from towers and cities to boats and cars. Unlike traditional blocks, these won’t topple and cause frustration—they stay securely together until your child decides to start anew.

Price at time of publish: $15

Dimensions: 12.5 x 3 x 14 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Learning Friends 100 Words Book

Learning Friends 100 Words Book

Amazon

What We Like
  • Educational and interactive

  • Promotes bilingual learning

  • Multiple ways to play

What We Don't Like
  • Pages are a little thin

  • Loud, no volume control

Help your child grow their ever-expanding vocabulary with this fun, interactive book. Three cute characters—Turtle, Tiger, and Monkey—come to life to introduce more than 100 age-appropriate words chosen by learning experts. As a bonus, all words, songs, and instructions can be heard in both English and Spanish for a fully bilingual experience.

Price at time of publish: $14

Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.2 x 1.9 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Theo Klein John Deere Farm 2 In 1 Sand and Water Kids' Toddlers' Play Activity Table

John Deere: Farm & Animal Water Table

Amazon

What We Like
  • Sand table and water table in 1

  • Great height for average 2 year old

  • Includes 2 removable basins used for sand and/or water

  • Includes 2 toy cows and 2 toy tractors

What We Don't Like
  • Adult assembly required

  • Does not include a cover

Indulge excavator-loving toddlers with this John Deere water and sand play table! Great for indoor and outdoor fun, this farm is equipped with drawbridges for tractors to cross and basins for digging sand and dirt! There's even a washing facility for cows to keep clean! You can rest assured this well-equipped play table features smooth and sturdy plastic to keep small fingers safe. Toddlers will have a ton of fun while honing their motor skills and understanding of cause-and-effect relationships.

Price at time of publish: $82

Dimensions:  64 cm x 46 cm x 60 cm | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and older

Playskool Mr. Potato Head

Playskool Mr. Potato Head

Walmart

What We Like
  • Comes with a storage compartment

  • Easy to clean

  • Nostalgic design

What We Don't Like
  • Pieces are difficult to insert into holes

Mr. Potato Head is another classic toy that has passed the test of time. Toddlers love playing with all the different parts and pieces—eyes, ears, and accessories—to create fun characters with unique faces and expressions. When playing together, the toy provides a great chance to practice identifying different body parts. Don't worry about losing all the pieces: The toy comes with a convenient suitcase for stashing everything.

Price at time of publish: $23

Dimensions: 4.02 x 5.98 x 7.52 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Melissa & Doug World of Animals Wooden Peg Puzzles

Melissa & Doug World of Animals Wooden Peg Puzzles

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Sturdy wooden construction

  • Easy to grasp

  • Adult assembly not required

What We Don't Like
  • Pegs not suitable for larger hands

  • No sound

This bundle includes 3 of the most popular and best-selling puzzles: safari, farm, and pets. Little ones will practice hand-eye coordination, memory, and fine motor skills. As a trusted brand, Melissa & Doug delivers on high-quality durable construction backed by their Happiness Guarantee.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 11.75" x 8.5" each | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Fisher Price DJ Bouncin' Beats Interactive Musical Learning Toy

Fisher Price Boucin' Beats

Target

What We Like
  • Interactive toy

  • 3 Smart Stages

  • Batteries included

  • No assembly required

What We Don't Like
  • Requires four AA batteries

This interactive music toy includes 75+ sounds, songs, and phrases for little ones to bounce, sing, and play with. They can even record and playback sounds and mixes!

Price at time of publish: $30

Dimensions: 13 In x 11 In x 7.5 In | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 9 months and up

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

Learning Resources Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

Amazon

What We Like
  • Educational

  • Easy cleanup

  • High quality

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Toddlers may lose interest quickly

Toddlers will love learning valuable skills with Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog. The adorable critter has 12 removable quills to help toddlers practice their fine motor skills as they maneuver them in and out of the holes. Young ones can also practice counting and sorting with the different colored pieces with this educational toy. When playtime is over, place all the quills pack in Spike for easy cleanup.

The spikes are rubber, so you don't have to worry about hard pieces or sharp edges. Reviewers love how this high-quality toy is suitable for a variety of ages. Babies can practice grabbing the quills before graduating to placing them into the holes. Once they master that, use the numbers on Spike to begin practicing counting for a more advanced lesson. The only downside is some reviewers found their children go tired of the toy after a while. Still, Spike is worth it for toddlers to play, practice, and learn in an engaging and affordable way.

Price at time of publish: $13

Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 3.9 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Little Tikes Go and Grow Dino Indoor Outdoor Ride On Toy

Little Tikes Go and Grow Dino Indoor Outdoor Ride-On Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors

  • Grows with your child

What We Don't Like
  • Cheaper and lightweight quality

Kids at this age love dinosaurs, and this trike features a friendly design that's liked by toddler boys and girls. This ride-on toy can be used indoors and outdoors, and it includes a wide front wheelbase and oversized rear wheel, making it easier to balance on and ride. Note that the max weight limit for this trike is 50 pounds.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 15.5 x 22 x 16 inches | Material: Plastic Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Pottery Barn Classic Art Easel

art easel

Pottery Barn

What We Like
  • Includes one paper roll

  • Adjustable legs

  • Easy to assemble

  • Wipe clean

What We Don't Like
  • Additional paper rolls required for extended use

Little budding artists will enjoy this dual-sided easel. One side is for chalkboard fun and the other is for refillable paper doodling and painting. It also features a deep tray for large paint cups and art materials. Parents will enjoy the sturdiness and adjustable legs of this classic playroom staple.

Price at time of publish: $140

Dimensions: 21" x 16.75" x 43" | Material: Solid Wood | Recommended Age: 24 months and up

YGJT Baby Balance Bike

YGJT Baby Balance Bike

Amazon

What We Like
  • Kids can push themselves

  • Nice design that's fairly durable

  • Can be used indoors or outdoors

What We Don't Like
  • Wheels on the back are close together

  • Can be too small for some kids

Small and balanced by four wheels, this little bike can get your toddler more comfortable riding a bicycle on their own. Use the bike indoors—or out—to help little ones develop confidence and learn balance, plus the feeling of going both backward and forward. The toy bike comes in three fun colors, so you’ll find the perfect shade for your son or daughter.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 19.29 x 9.76 x 7.09 inches | Material: Carbon steel | Recommended Age: 10 months and up

Fisher Price Little People World of Animals See 'n Say

Fisher Price See 'n Say

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Musical

  • Interactive

  • Batteries included

What We Don't Like
  • Must replace batteries after continued use

This classic interactive toy will take you down memory lane (think the 1970s)! It continues to teach children animal names and sounds by pulling down on the easy-to-pull lever. Tots can easily switch from farm animals to wild animals with the turn of the page.

Price at time of publish: $12

Dimensions: 1.56 x 8.66 x 8.86 Inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and older

Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

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Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great for developing hand-eye coordination

  • Can build musical appreciation

What We Don't Like
  • Xylophone is slightly off-key

Introduce your little one to the wonders of creating music with this high-quality wooden toy. The multifunctional instrument can be played in several ways: use it as a xylophone, or a keyboard, or shake the balls together like maracas. "This is one of the few toys my son plays with every day. Sometimes he taps the xylophone itself, but he really loves pushing the balls through their dedicated slots and putting them back in. He will even stand up and push the balls through the slots with his foot," said our tester. No matter which way you play, benefits abound, including helping them practice dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and cause and effect.

Price at time of publish: $28

Dimensions: 24 x 13.5 x 15 inches | Material: Wood, water-based paint, and metal | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Battat Wooden Activity Cube

Battatt Wooden Activity Cube

Amazon

What We Like
  • Farm theme

  • Durable construction

  • Multiple activities in one

What We Don't Like
  • Dull paint

  • May not be challenging enough for older toddlers

This expertly crafted, solid wood toy has five sides of fun to keep your toddler engaged longer. Depending on their mood, they can drive the tractor around, zig-zag the beads up and down, or move spinners to their heart’s content. You’ll love the toy’s rounded edges, which add an element of safety for children who aren’t fully steady on their feet.

Price at time of publish: $60

Dimensions: 13.4 x 11.81 x 17.72 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck

Amazon

What We Like
  • Includes fun food and accessory toys

  • Clear instructions

  • Multiple ways to play

What We Don't Like
  • Might be small for some toddlers

  • Light, so can tip over

What child doesn’t love to play pretend, especially when there’s food involved? The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck offers two sides of imaginative play, complete with more than 20 removable toy pieces. Plus, it plays more than 125 songs, sounds, and phrases to promote speech development.

Price at time of publish: $70

Dimensions: 21.97 x 22.99 x 27.99 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Pucci Pups Golden Dot Glam Bag & Cocker Spaniel Puppy Stuffed Animal

Stuffed Animal with Carrying Bag

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Includes plush pup, comb, and carrier

  • No batteries required for this toy

  • Soft and cuddly

What We Don't Like
  • Fabric bone not included

The perfect pet does exist! Save on vet bills and fall in love with this new furry friend! Plush cocker spaniel puppy comes in a sturdy carrying case with a mesh front for easy travel. Tots are sure to keep their new pup's golden locks well-groomed with the included comb. A wonderful toy for endless imaginary play!

Price at time of publish: $15

Dimensions: 9 in. x 6in. x 8in. | Material: Plastic, Fabric | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Amazon

What We Like
  • A classic favorite reimagined

  • Sturdy construction

  • Can be used indoors or outdoors

What We Don't Like
  • Instructions aren't clear

  • Lots of parts to assemble

A timeless pick in the toy world, these little cars are a household staple for a reason. Toddlers will feel empowered behind the wheel of this imaginative toy, thanks to a slew of fun features, like working doors, a steering wheel with a horn, a clicking ignition switch, a gas cap that opens and shuts, plus durable tires that spin 360 degrees. Ride-on toys are a great pick to use indoors and outdoors to burn off energy with your toddler.

Price at time of publish: $65

Dimensions: 29.5 x 16.5 x 33.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months to 5 years

VTech Ring & Learn Cash Register

VTech® Ring & Learn Cash Register
Courtesy of Target.
What We Like
  • Batteries included

  • 80+ songs and sounds

  • 10 Healthy food toys included with carrying basket and credit card

What We Don't Like


Little visitors will love this interactive grocery cash register. The register opens at a press of a button to hear fun sounds and encouraging food phrases. It will introduce numbers and colors, Parents report that v-tech has delivered on durability and design. The product can survive toddlers' release skills while maintaining its volume settings intact.


Price at time of publish: $43

Dimensions: 5.24 x 15.75 x 12.01 Inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 12 months to 36 months

Melissa & Doug 20 Wooden Animal Magnets in a Box

Melissa & Doug 20 Wooden Animal Magnets in a Box

Amazon

What We Like
  • Well-built and sturdy

  • Helps promote strategic thinking

  • Comes with storage case

What We Don't Like
  • Pictures can peel off slightly

  • Storage case doesn't come with cover

A simple yet engaging toy with plenty of educational benefits, your child will love arranging their very own set of 20 wild and domestic animals, whether it's on the floor or a magnetic surface like the refrigerator. For the most valuable learning experience, play together, naming each animal and imitating their sounds. When you’re done, tuck everything into the sturdy wooden storage case.

Price at time of publish: $12

Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Intelex Hippo Warmies

Hippo Warmies

Amazon

What We Like
  • Can be heated or frozen

  • Stays warm for long periods of time

  • Light lavender scent

What We Don't Like
  • Lavender pouch is not removable

  • Caution hot spots after microwaving too long

  • Not machine-washable

The best bedtime buddy exists in this microwavable plush. It's filled with wheat grains and French lavender for soothing and comfort. It offers great colic relief and reduces anxiety. The relaxing scent is also a great sleep aid for toddlers!

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 9 inches | Material: Plush | Recommended Age: 24 months and up

LOVEVERY Play Kits

Lovevery Play Kits

Lovevery

What We Like
  • Backed by healthcare practitioners and academics

  • You can skip or cancel subscriptions at anytime

What We Don't Like
  • One-time purchases unavailable

Academics, researchers, and healthcare practitioners carefully customize these Lovevery play kits according to your child’s specific age bracket, ensuring each toy is right on target in terms of skill set, development, and interest. Subscription boxes include items like puzzles, matching games, and mini science experiments, which are divided into 3-month age ranges to guarantee your child is getting them right when they're at the appropriate developmental stage. 

Price at time of publish: $80

Dimensions: Not listed | Material: Sustainably harvested wood, organic cotton, nontoxic paint, and baby-safe plastics Recommended Age: 1 year and up

SmarTrike 4 in 1 Adjustable Baby and Toddler Tricycle Push Bike with Canopy

smarTrike Tricycle Push Bike

Amazon

What We Like
  • 4 Configuration for different stages

  • Effortless Steering technology

  • 3-point safety harness and safety bar

  • Sun canopy included

What We Don't Like
  • Cumbersome assembly configuring to stages

This innovative smarTrike grows with your child; configures to four stages of independence. Enjoy the perfect ride with peace of mind thanks to its safety features and foldable footrest. No bump is too rigid for the front-wheel shock absorber. There's even a toy basket for their treasures!

Price at time of publish: $80

Dimensions: 14.57 x 6.97 x 15.83 inches | Material: Plastic and fabric | Recommended Age: 15 months and older

Kiwico Subscription Box

Kiwi Crate

Courtesy of Kiwico

What We Like
  • Hands-on learning

  • Includes everything needed for craft

  • 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions available (includes shipping)

  • Expedited shipping available

  • Shop and grab items available on site

What We Don't Like
  • Gift-wrapping not offered at this time

  • Adult supervision advised for crafts

  • Free shipping with subscription only

  • Crate from store, minimum purchase of $49 for free shipping

Choose between two innovative and developmentally designed projects: Panda Crate (ages 0-24 months) or Koala Crate. If you choose a subscription, a themed package will be delivered every month with a fun surprise of toys and activities that are expertly chosen to engage little ones. Each box passes rigorous safety standards for their designed age group, however, parental supervision is advised for projects. Also comes with idea cards for parents to stretch activities and eliminate guesswork from educational play!

Price at time of publish: $17 per month

Dimensions: Panda Crate 9 x 14 x 4.5 in. | Koala Crate 7 x 11 x 3.5 in. | Material: Varies | Recommended Age: 0 years and up

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Busy Boombox

Fisher Price Boombox

Target

What We Like
  • STEM toy

  • Interactive, lights up

  • Batteries included

  • 3 Smart stages

What We Don't Like
  • Only 2 volume settings

This retro-inspired boombox will have toddlers engaged in learning the alphabet, colors, shapes, and even counting in English and Spanish! The easy-to-grip handle is perfect for toddlers to carry around. Who can resist a toddler with a boombox?

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 12.5 in. | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 6 months to 36 months

The Learning Journey My First Match It

Animal Matching Puzzles

Amazon

What We Like
  • Educational toy

  • Large size puzzle pieces

  • Self-correcting puzzle

What We Don't Like
  • Must be placed on a flat surface to assemble

Let your toddler explore the world of animals with these simple puzzles designed to introduce problem-solving skills. The easy-to-handle pieces with rounded edges are self-correcting. After your tot has mastered the puzzle, simply flip over and use it as a memory game!

Price at time of publish: $10

Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.2 x 0.1 inches | Material: Cardboard | Recommended Age: 24 months to 5 years old

Manhattan Toy Playdate Friends Alex Doll

Alex Doll

Amazon

Let kids explore their nurturing side with this soft, high-quality baby doll. It’s an especially great choice for any toddler welcoming home a sibling, as it’s a great introduction to caring for and playing with a baby. It's machine washable and dryer safe; perfect for weekly washing!

Price at time of publish: $17

Dimensions: 14 inches | Material: Fabric | Recommended Age:  12 months and up

What We Like
  • Comes with removable clothes and animal companion

  • Promotes nurturing skills

  • No plastic

What We Don't Like
  • Removable items easily lost

eKids Cocomelon Karaoke Machine

eKids Cocomelon Karaoke Machine

eKids

What We Like
  • Comes preloaded with recognizable songs

  • Can connect your own devices via Bluetooth

  • Lightweight design

What We Don't Like
  • May become annoying to parents after a while

If your child can't get enough of Cocomelon, they'll love this adorable karaoke machine inspired by the show. The machine comes preloaded with their favorite Cocomelon songs to sing along with the included microphone. You can also connect your own smart device via Bluetooth to play additional songs for you and your child to belt and duet again and again. The lightweight machine easily stores and transports for play dates and parties.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 1 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone

VTech-Touch-and-Swipe-Phone

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Durable for toddler play

  • Touch screen is interactive, not just decorative

What We Don't Like
  • "Swiping" feature is really a lever mechanism

Now your toddler can have a more kid-friendly copy of your own phone. The touch screen mobile has 12 light-up pretend apps that are just like the ones you have installed, like a pretend calendar, clock, weather, and more. There’s an educational component, too, as the interactive device plays a variety of songs that help teach ABCs, 123s, and first words.

Price at time of publish: $14

Dimensions: 0.98 x 2.83 x 5.51 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 6 months and up

PigPigPen Kids Tunnel

kids tunnel

Amazon

What We Like
  • Mesh for easy sight-lines

  • Folds flat for easy storage

  • Promotes gross motor skills

What We Don't Like
  • Wires may poke through due to overuse

A great toy for indoor and outdoor play! This portable toy is easy to set up and has mesh sides for easy parental supervision. Tots will love to crawl and hide in this versatile tunnel. And the fabric lends itself to easy cleanup with the help of mild soap and a damp towel.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 17.5” (Diameter) x 67” (L) | | Material: Polyester | Recommended Age: 24 months up

VTech Mix and Match-a-Saurus

VTech Mix and Match-a-Saurus

Walmart

What We Like
  • Builds toddler appreciation for music

  • Helps promote emotional intelligence

What We Don't Like
  • Might be scary for some toddlers

This silly little dinosaur is like a pet, but better because you won’t end up taking care of it. It talks, moves, walks, and dances based on the tiles you put into its back. The 27 possible tile combinations include a range of emotions, music choices, and characters to help your child identify and understand their feelings and how they affect their behavior.

Price at time of publish: $29

Dimensions: 4.64 x 11.18 x 11.68 inches | Material: Plastic and metal | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

TOP BRIGHT Race Track Set

TOP BRIGHT Race Track Set

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Can help kids learn numbers and colors

  • Cars come with little magnets to stay on the track

What We Don't Like
  • Material is a little flimsy

This simple, high-quality wooden toy teaches cause and effect, plus promotes dexterity and hand-eye coordination as children watch their car zoom down the varying tiers to the finish line. Each car is numbered one through four and painted a different color, so you and your child can practice counting and identifying colors, too.

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: 8.86 in. x 3.81 in. x 10 in. | Material: Beechwood and polypropylene | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Fat Brain Toys MiniSpinny & Whirly Squigz Toys

MiniSpinny & Whirly Squigz Bundle

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • High-quality silicone smooth surfaces (great for teething tots)

  • Promotes fine motor skills, cause and effect learning, hand-eye coordination

  • No batteries required

What We Don't Like
  • Gears on the MiniSpinny may get stuck with too much inertia

Save big on this Fat Brain Toys bundle that includes two of the brand's most popular sensory toys! Whirly Squigsz suction toys are safe for teething. They double as bath and high chair toys! Easily suction on smooth flat surfaces and keep toddlers engaged for hours. Introduce the MiniSpinny for cause and effect learning. Toddlers will fixate on the gears spinning freely.

Price at time of publish: $35

Dimensions: Whirly Squigz 8.78 x 1.57 x 9.06 inches; MiniSpinny 3.25 x 3.25 x 8.25 inches | Material: BPA-Free Silicone and Plastic | Recommended Age: 10 months and up

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy assembly

  • Sturdy construction

  • Suitable for various ages

What We Don't Like
  • No pre-drilled holes

  • Screws can cause slight leaking

Promote hours of summer fun with this interactive water table. It’s a great choice for children with siblings, as there’s plenty of room for all, plus it's suitable for a wide range of ages from 1 and up. The 13-piece kit includes features like maze-like spinners, ramps, and buckets for tons of beneficial STEM play.

Price at time of publish: $79

Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 32 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Squishmallow Ultrasoft Plush Toy

Otter Squishmellow

Courtesy of Amazon

Why We Like It
  • Ultra Soft

  • Comes in many designs (over 1,000)

  • Budget-friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Not flame retardant

  • Avoid sharp objects or result in accidental damage

  • Machine-wash and dry not recommended

This ultra-popular high-quality stuffed animal is a favorite among kids (young and old). This large 14" plush is the ideal loveseat size for toddlers. Also comes in a variety of characters and sizes; it makes the perfect lovey for endless snuggles through car rides, nap time, and movie nights.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: Varies by character and size (14" shown) | Material: Polyester, Prop 65 compliant | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Hand2Mind Color Mix Sensory Fidget Tubes

Color Mix Sensory Tubes

Amazon

What We Like
  • Sensory toy promotes sight, sound, and touch

  • Easy-to-grip bottles

  • Suitable for independent play

What We Don't Like
  • Light scratches reported from overuse

Toddlers will be mesmerized by the movement of this unique yet simple sensory toy. A neat way to learn colors and color mixing. Easy to hold and durable. Parents report a great calming effect for toddlers and adults alike.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 2 inches| Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

VTech Level Up Gaming Chair Preschool Game Station Learning Tablet

VTech Level Up Gaming Chair Preschool Game Station Learning Tablet

VTech

What We Like
  • WiFi not required

  • Doubles as seat with tray

  • Tons of interactive learning activities

  • Can be used up to 4 years old

What We Don't Like
  • Takes up a good amount of space

VTech proves that it's never too early to start gaming with this adorable gaming chair and learning tablet perfectly sized for toddlers. The 2022 Toy of the Year finalist features a WiFi-free tablet, swivel chair, joystick, and pretend headphones. The tablet comes complete with games and lessons, teaching words, letters, numbers, and more. It's easy to remove the tablet and use the chair as a workstation for coloring, reading, or eating. Plus, your child can grow with this chair that's suitable for up to 4 years old and 110 pounds.

Price at time of publish: $31

Dimensions: 17.95 x 19.53 x 20.2 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

iPlay, iLearn Bouncy Pals Dairy Cow

iPlay, iLearn Bouncy Pals Dairy Cow

iPlay, iLearn

What We Like
  • Deflates for easy storage

  • Easy to inflate

  • Soft, yet durable

What We Don't Like
  • Can tip over easily when not in use

Unlike other ride-on toys, this adorable cow plush for iPlay, iLearn inflates easily for tons of fun, then deflates for easy storage in small spaces. The durable rubber covered by moisture-wicking fabric ensures your toy lasts for a long time and proves safe for your child's skin. If your 2-year-old isn't into cows, opt for another cute creature including unicorns, horses, dogs, and more.

Price at time of publish: $34

Dimensions: 21 x 12 x 24 inches | Material: Rubber, fabric | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Coco Village Montessori Rocker Climber

Coco Village Montessori Rocker Climber

Coco Village

What We Like
  • Multiple ways to play

  • Suitable for solo play

  • A great way to burn energy indoors

What We Don't Like
  • Takes up a lot of space

For rainy days when kids need to let out some energy, this climber from Coco Village is perfect. The minimalist toy allows babies and toddlers to crawl, climb, and rock around indoors. The possibilities for creativity for kids and parents are endless; you can create a fort, reading nook, obstacle course, and so much more. Kids challenge their fine motor skills while playing independently or with siblings. Just be sure to place this toy over a carpet for added safety.

Price at time of publish: $350

Dimensions: 20 x 38.5 x 17.25 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Fisher-Price Barbie Little DreamHouse

Fisher-Price Barbie Little DreamHouse

Fisher-Price

What We Like
  • Small figures fit small hands

  • Affordable play set

  • Lights, sounds, phrases

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries not included

Introduce your 2-year-old to their first Barbie dream house with this toddler-friendly play set from Fisher-Price. The included two Little People figures fit easily in small hands as kids activate lights, sounds, and over 45 phrases. There's a ton to explore before your child graduates to traditionally sized Barbies and a larger play set. This one fosters imaginative play and fine motor skills and even accommodates more than one child for extra bonding time.

Price at time of publish: $53

Dimensions: 5.25 x 24 x 16 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe 3 Scooter

Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe 3 Scooter

Amazon

What We Like
  • Three wheels and wide base help toddlers balance

  • Fun color combinations

  • Adjustable T-bar

What We Don't Like
  • Some assembly required

  • Lean and steer could be difficult for beginners

Take neighborhood walks to new heights (and—win for parents—burn more energy!) by gifting your child their very own scooter. Though your little one will still need to wear a helmet, this one is more toddler-friendly, thanks to low-profile wheels, a wide standing board, and a sturdy, adjustable handlebar. It’s a way to help your child gain confidence on wheels and practice their balance and coordination skills.

Price at time of publish: $95

Dimensions: 12 x 21 x 17 inches | Material: Aluminum, polyurethane, and fiberglass | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Manhattan Toy Double-Decker Celestial Star Explorer

Manhattan Toy Double-Decker Celestial Star Explorer

Manhattan Toy

What We Like
  • Multiple ways to play

  • Stunning design

  • Fosters motor skills

What We Don't Like
  • Must be aware for slightly sharp edges

Explore the galaxies from the comfort of your living room with this stunning activity center from Manhattan Toy. The wooden structure features four different areas of play with wire bead runs, spinners, and more to challenge toddlers' dexterity and problem-solving skills. The multiple elements are sure to entertain little ones for hours while it doubles as nursery decor when not in use.

Price at time of publish: $210

Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 27.5 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 1 year and up

Slumberkins Snuggler & Board Book

Slumberkins Snuggler & Board Book

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Plush is machine washable

  • Foster emotional learning

  • Bonding activity for kids and parents

  • Developed by licensed therapist

What We Don't Like
  • Not suitable for solo play

Slumberkins combine adorable plush toys with educational story books to promote an important lesson in kids of all ages. This fuzzy alpaca teaches children about stress relief and anxiety management in a digestible way for kids and families. The toy helps promote valuable routines for little ones and parents to foster emotional learning at a young age. Plus, we love that the plush is machine washable for when messes inevitably occur.

Price at time of publish: $52

Dimensions: 13.8 x 6.6 x 3.2 inches | Material: Minky fabric, polyester fill | Recommended Age: 0 year and up

Mudpuppy Dog Days Can You Spot? Puzzle

Mudpuppy Dog Days Can You Spot? Puzzle

Mudpuppy

What We Like
  • Made with recycled materials

  • Two activities in one

  • Adorable design

What We Don't Like
  • Young kids may need help completing

Puzzles are a great activity for young ones to complete with parents while practicing problem-solving skills and dexterity. We love this one from Mudpuppy that features adorable puppies when completed. The 12 large pieces are suitable for little hands to put together and take apart over and over again. Once complete, the fun doesn't end. The puzzles doubles as a finding game with five hidden images for 2-year-olds to discover and admire, before graduating to more pieces and more challenges.

Price at time of publish: $12

Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches | Material: 90 percent recycled paper | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Pottery Barn Kids Farm Animal Shape-Sorter Pull Toy

Pottery Barn Kids Farm Animal Shape-Sorter Pull Toy

Pottery Barn Kids

What We Like
  • Fosters fine motor and sorting skills

  • Doubles as nursery decor

  • Many ways to play

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey for a wooden toy

Pottery Barn Kids makes gorgeous, high-quality, wooden toys that look beautiful in a nursery and provide tons of educational fun for kids. With this cute truck, 2-year-olds sort different wooden farm animals and place them in the correct slots for a lesson on shapes and problem-solving without them ever knowing. It also doubles as a pull toy, perfect for little ones practicing walking and exploring new spaces.

Price at time of publish: $59

Dimensions: 17.5 x 5.25 x 6.5 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 18 months and up

WowWee Baby Shark Official - Singing Bath Time Bubble Maker

WowWee Baby Shark Official Singing Bath Time Bubble Maker

Amazon

What We Like
  • Timeless toy

  • Sings the classic "Baby Shark" tune

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Have to keep moving the puppet to keep the song playing

  • Could be louder

"Baby Shark" fans, including toddlers and their parents, will have hours of fun playing with these puppets. Simply slip your hand into the back of the doll to move the puppet’s mouth up and down to play the beloved tune. The song plays at varying speeds, depending on how fast or slow you move your hand, providing fun for the whole family. You can collect all three song puppets, including Baby Shark, Daddy Shark, and Mommy Shark.

Price at time of publish: $17

Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.3 x 6.9 inches | Material: Plush | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Little Tikes Jr. Jump n' Slide Bouncer

Little Tikes Jr. Jump n' Slide Bouncer

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Sturdy construction

  • Mesh sides for added safety

  • Slide at one end

What We Don't Like
  • Parental supervision is highly recommended

  • Requires continuous inflation, very noisy

  • Adult set up required

Keep your couch and toddler safe with this enclosed bounce house! The compact design saves on space but is built for two children to play and bounce at once. It also includes a storage bag and a heavy-duty blower for continuous inflation. This hassle-free bounce house easily inflates in 10 seconds and deflates in 5 minutes! Guaranteed post-bouncing naps for active toddlers!

Price at time of publish: $198

Dimensions: 10' x 7' x 5' total inflated size | Material: heavy-duty vinyl| Recommended Age: 24 months to 6 years old

nutty toys 8 pk Pop Tube Sensory Toys

nutty toys 8 pk Pop Tube Sensory Toys

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Sturdy

  • Strengthens fine motor skills

  • No batteries needed

What We Don't Like
  • Not designed as a teether

This unique toy is such a fun stocking stuffer! Their perfect design allows toddlers to explore and strengthen their fine motor skills. Tots will love stretching, bending, and pulling these colorful tubes.

Price at time of publish: $8

Dimensions: 9.88 x 8.31 x 1.69 inches | Material: Plastic| Recommended Age: 1 8months and up

AquaDoodle Draw N Doodle Classic Mat

AquaDoodle Draw N Doodle Classic Mat

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Mess-free

  • Soft-fabric border for comfort

  • No art supplies required

What We Don't Like
  • Pen requires water refills

Keep little ones from doodling on walls, couches, and clothes! This magical mat is large enough for two little artists. Doodles will disappear once the mat dries. Best of all: no clean-up!

Price at time of publish: $30

Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 2 inches | Material: Fabric | Recommended Age: 24 months and up

What to Look for in Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Recommended Age

Always consult the manufacturer's instructions for the recommended age. This guideline will help you determine whether the toy is safe and engaging enough (or too complicated) for your child, notes Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.

Safety

When shopping, keep an eye out for toys with small parts that can be a choking hazard—generally, these toys are labeled 3+, suggests Morency Goldman. Though 2-year-olds seem much more advanced than babies and younger toddlers, they’re still too young to handle toys with small parts. 

Longevity

As any parent knows, babies and toddlers grow into new stages, and their interests change in a flash. Consider how long they’ll be able to use the toy you buy. And, whenever possible, look for toys with multiple applications since these items will be more likely to hold your little one’s attention for a longer time.

Educational Value

Similarly, your 2-year-old is rapidly developing all kinds of important language, social, cognitive, and motor skills. Look for toys—ones with letters, colors, numbers, and other educational components—that help foster the skills they’re working on when you begin shopping.

"As toddlers get older, they begin to enjoy pretend play sets, trikes and scooters, puzzles, building sets, coloring books, basic craft supplies, early games, trains and racetracks, and musical instruments," says Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician in South Overland Park, Kansas. Why? These toys can help your toddler develop motor skills and social play before they start school.

FAQ
  • What are must-have gifts for 2-year-olds?

    Two-year-olds are new to life and love novelty. You can never predict what any kid will end up becoming obsessed with, but 2-year-olds are generally fans of illustrated children’s books, animal figurine sets, finger puppets, brightly colored bath toys, alphabet blocks, crayon sets, and simple musical instruments like mini drums or xylophones.

  • What do you gift a 2-year-old boy?

    Two-year-old boys are bustling with energy and curious about life. Give them something fun and interactive that will allow them to explore and learn new skills. Like an age-appropriate ride-on toy, building blocks, simple puzzles, coloring books, a musical instrument, or a whimsical pop-up book. 

  • How do you explain gift giving to a 2-year-old?

    The act of gift-giving is self-explanatory and does not require language to be understood. But you can help ritualize the act of giving and receiving by wrapping presents to create suspense, using simple language to let them know you are giving them a special gift, and encouraging them to say thank you.

Why Trust the Spruce?

This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. Additional research was done by  Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, interviews with experts, and more.

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Julia is the Assistant Commerce Editor at The Spruce, covering all things toys, gifts, and holiday. She studied English and minored in Journalism and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New York University. 

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