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When buying toys for multiples, whether they are curious toddlers or hard-to-buy-for preteens, it’s important to consider toys that are appropriate for sharing and joint play.
To help with your search, we researched the best toys for twins to use together, considering the age recommendation, safety, and durability of each pick. Our favorites include a karaoke machine from Kidsonor for harmonious duets, a sturdy wagon for two from Step2, and a two-person wooden fishing game from Melissa & Doug.
Here, the best toys for twins.
Kidsonor Kids Bluetooth Karaoke Machine with 2 Microphones
Comes with two mics
Gender neutral design
Sound quality could be better
Karaoke is always better with two singers. Now, twins of all ages can sing their hearts out together with this stylish karaoke machine that comes with two microphones. Perfect for sleepovers or karaoke-themed birthday parties, twins can belt out lyrics together or invite friends and family members for a night of music, fun, and inevitably, lots of laughter.
Connect this karaoke machine to your smart phone using Bluetooth to play all of your favorite music, then charge it up with the included USB cable to get ready for next time. The wood exterior makes for high-quality sound, though some users claim it can be a big louder and crisper.
Still, the user-friendly remote control includes different sound and light effects, making this our favorite pick. Also, the top-handle and manageable size make this perfect for bringing on the go to friends and family members' houses for even more musical fun.
Toyk Aqua Magic Mat
Perfect for collaboration
Suitable for various ages
Multiple accessories for hours of play
Water pens can be difficult to refill
Coloring with twins can be difficult as they grab each other's crayons and constantly try to scribble on the same sheet of paper. Erase the mess and the fights with this Aqua Magic Mat that comes with all of the materials needed for your pair to create beautiful art together harmoniously: stencils, templates, stamps, and more. Kids use refillable water pens to color which makes for easy erasing and starting over. Plus, no need to worry about marker stains on the walls or furniture.
Step2 Wagon for Two Plus
Easy to push or pull
Spacious for small kids
Storage space and cup holders included
Can be difficult to assemble
Kid wagons are a smart idea for families with twins or triplets. They're great fun for riders and a convenient transportation option. The Wagon-For-2 features ample space for two similar-sized children, with storage space under the seat and two cup holders. As the twins grow—(note the wagon can accommodate them at up to 75 pounds total)—they'll continue to have fun with this toy, pulling each other and all their gear.
Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Wooden Fishing Game
Great for learning numbers and motor skills
Magnetic pieces for easy clean-up
Two rods included perfect for twins
Short pole strings
Avoid fights with this adorable wooden fishing game that comes with two rods, perfectly made for a set of curious twins. Little ones ages 3 and up use their magnetic fishing poles to catch 10 numbered colorful fish to promote fine motor skills while learning numbers and colors. Magnetic pieces and a mesh bag for easy storage makes cleanup easy, making this a perfect educational option for your pair.
Hasbro Gaming Electronic Battleship Game
Upgraded version of classic game
Perfect for two players
Provides hours of play
Can be difficult to set up
Games are great for multiples: They're never at a loss for opponents! From Candyland and Monopoly to Chess and Scrabble, consider two-player games for twins, and multiple player options for triplets and higher. Battleship, a classic strategy board game that's been popular for generations, is the ultimate two-player battle. (And a fun way to find out if identical twins do have ESP!)
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home
Multiple ways to play
Educational and interactive
Suitable for various ages
Some users reported receiving missing pieces
The fun and enjoyment of the Laugh and Learn Smart Learning Home is only multiplied when shared among two or more babies or young toddlers. With plenty of gadgets and gizmos to keep babies' hands busy, it also features interactive learning activities that will stimulate toddlers, including over 200 songs, sounds, and phrases in four different language to introduce letters, numbers, shapes, and more.
Uncle Milton Ant Farm
Suitable for various ages
Easy set up
Can be difficult to transfer ants
An ant farm is a fun, educational way to learn about the insect world. An ant farm village is a perfect option for twins, with two stackable habitats. Recommended for children five and over, this science kit is perfect for twins of all ages looking to learn something new about the natural world around them.
NERF Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-pack
Great for collaborative play
Engaging sounds and effects
Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
Users reported buttons stuck over time
You've got to have a partner to play Lazer Tag, making it an awesome option for twins or multiples. The set is packaged for two players, with audio and visual features just like in the arcade version. Get the whole family involved with two, four, or even six shooters for a larger and even more thrilling tournament. With no foam bullets to worry about breaking furniture, this set can be used indoors in addition to being a perfect option for outdoor play.
Fisher-Price Little People Noah's Ark
Perfect for young kids
Enough pieces for collaborative play
Fisher Price's Little People playsets are a great play value, offering lots of stimulating creative play opportunities for multiples. The Noah's Ark playset is particularly appropriate for twins, with a double dose of animal characters to play with. Add the optional accessory set for additional animal friends. (Be warned: There's only one Noah in the set. He may have to disappear to avoid squabbling conveniently.)
What to Look for in Toys for Twins
Before making any purchase decisions, check the manufacturer’s recommended age. These guidelines are there for a reason, and will help you decide whether the toy will be safe and stimulating enough (or too stimulating!) for the children.
When shopping for any toys—but especially ones for babies and toddlers younger than the age of three—it’s important to consider safety. Toys labeled 3+ may have small parts that can be a choking hazard for younger children, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association. You should also consider material and size. If your children are small or unsteady on their feet, avoid hard and heavy objects or toys that are long and unwieldy.
Stability and Durability
Toddlers have a tendency to throw or drop things, so when you have multiple children using the same toy, it’s sure to take a good beating. With that in mind, look for toys that are particularly durable, as they’ll better withstand frequent and rigorous use. Often these toys will be made of thick, durable plastics or solid wood.
Appeals to Multiples
Does the toy provide the opportunity for joint play? Look for items that come with multiple interactive features, like a karaoke machine with two microphones, or larger toys that allow two (or more) kids to play with it at one—a set of building blocks, for example.
As an added bonus, these types of toys are great for teaching important social and emotional skills, like taking turns—something that’s very important to instill from a young age, says Elizabeth S. Norton, Ph.D., Language, Education, and Reading Neuroscience (LEARN) at Northwestern.
Can you buy one gift for twins?
When thinking about buying one gift for twins, consider how easy it is to share the gift. A book or an art set is fun to share, as is something like a wagon or a sprinkler that’s designed to be used by more than one child at a time. However, most toys, stuffed animals, or dolls cannot be easily played with by more than one child at once, so one should be given to each child.
What makes a great gift for twins?
A great gift for twins will depend on how old the duo is. Parents of newborn twins will appreciate gifts that make their lives easier, like a double stroller or two of any helpful infant product, like swaddles, bouncy seats, or onesies. For older twins, a gift they can share, like a puzzle or a game, is a good idea, as are two separate but complementary gifts, like a vet set and stuffed animals or building blocks that can be used together.
Should you buy two of the same gift for twins?
If you’re not sure whether or not to buy two of the same gift for twins, you can always check in with their parents to find out if the children enjoy the same activities or hobbies. If they like the same things, it can be nice to get twins the same gift so they can play together without having to share.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Additional research for this article is provided by Grace Gallagher, a writer and editor with more than eight years of experience covering lifestyle and home decor, among other topics. This article was updated by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays.