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Multiples require special attention in just about every way—play time included. While twins and triplets always have a built-in buddy, they also have to share the vast majority of their toys. So when buying toys for multiples, it’s important to consider whether they are appropriate for sharing and joint play.
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.
The suggestions included here are the best toys for twins, and are appropriate for same-sex or boy/girl twins, triplets, or other sets of multiples at a wide variety of ages.
Step2 Wagon for Two Plus
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 same-size children, with storage space under the seat and two cup holders. As the twins grow—up to 50 pounds each—they'll continue to have fun with this toy, pulling each other and all their gear. Ages one and up.
Hasbro Gaming Electronic Battleship Game
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 favorite 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!) Ages eight and up.
Fisher-Price Learning Home
The fun and enjoyment of the Laugh and Learn 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.
Uncle Milton Ant Farm
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.
NERF Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-pack
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.
Fisher-Price Little People Noah's Ark
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.
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.
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