Congratulations! Your tot is turning two and you are now officially out of baby territory – but what do you buy for a toddler who has (almost) everything?
What are the best toys to buy a two-year-old?
By two, you’ll probably notice your baby has become more assertive but is often torn between a want to do things independently and needing your help. Her language skills are improving, and she can definitely make her wants and needs to be known, speaking in simple sentences. She’s also developed a little imagination, and can form images in her mind.
The best toys to help your baby’s development at two years old will:
- Help improve their language skills, and encourage pretend play: Look out for dressing up clothes when shopping, as these can inspire a two-year-old’s creative play. It’s also a good time to buy art supplies for your baby and set up an area where you invite her to get creative (and messy!)
- Construction toys are great at this age, as puzzles: anything that asks your tot to match things, be that colours or shapes, together is a good thing. Think plastic keys opening doors, four-or-five piece puzzles, or trains and cars that can be linked.
- Mini-me toys: By two, you’ll notice your tot copying everything you do, so now is also a good time to introduce that toy kitchen set, washing machine and vacuum cleaner.
- Balance bikes and trikes: Your baby will also show more of an interest in ride-on toys now, so shop for a balance bike or trike.
From our Mother & Baby playtime award winners – tested by tots all over the country to other great buys, we’ve spent hours searching high and low so you don’t have to.
Best kitchen toy for a two-year-old : KidKraft Red Vintage Play Kitchen
There are probably cheaper kids’ kitchens, but how cute is this for your little chef? Complete with a hob and oven, sink, microwave, fridge and telephone!
Best puppet toy for a two-year-old: Zoo Friends Hand Puppets
You’ll find yourself playing along with your kid as she/he gets the hang of turning these hand puppets into characters. Role-play together and help your little one develop important conversation skills.
Best farm toy for a two-year-old: Bigjigs Toys Wooden Farm Playset
Encourage your little one to bring the farm to life. This wooden farm is complete with 50 pieces!
Best wooden puzzle toy for a two-year-old: Bigjigs Toys Wooden Safari Cube Puzzle
It brings six different puzzles in one brightly coloured tray. It helps develop matching skills, concentration and dexterity from an early age.
Best paper puzzle toy for a two-year-old: Ravensburger My First Floor Puzzle - The Gruffalo
Bring your tot’s favourite story to life with this 16-piece cardboard floor jigsaw puzzle. This bright colourful scene will teach your little one important problem-solving skills.
Best stroller toy for a two-year-old: Bayer Design Doll`s Stroller (Blue)
Your little one will love pushing their toys around in their buggy, and this inexpensive one does the job just fine! Getting away from the pink hues of so many doll products, this pushchair can be folded away for easy transportation.
Best playdough toy for a two-year-old: Play-Doh Shape and Learn Set - Letters & Languages Set
If you haven’t introduced your tot to playdough yet, now is the time. Encourage her to get creative, whilst learning letters with these clever little cut outs.
Best scooter toy for a two-year-old: MMD003 Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter, Pink
Suitable from two years old, this scooter has been designed to grow with your tot. With two front wheels to make scooting easier, and an innovating steering system teaching your little one to balance, our mums loved how intuitive the scooting style was. Read more reviews of the Micro Scooters Mini Micro Deluxe here.
Best music toy for a two-year-old: Halilit Little Hands Music Band Musical Instrument Gift Set
Beautiful, richly coloured musical instrument gift set. It includes a Baby Xylophone, Ocean Drum, Rattle Roller and Rainbospinner. Your baby will be able to watch as the colourful beads cascade, creating fascinating sounds and wonderful visual effects that will delight young children.
Best matching toy for a two-year-old: Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails Game
A fun matching activity that can be developed into different games as your tot grows, these cards feature 12 farm characters and objects for your little ones to match. The cards are wiped clean (perfect for messy hands) and big enough for your baby to recognise the animals. Read more real mum reviews of the Orchard Toys Farmyard cards here.
Best lego toy for a two-year-old: LEGO 10847 Duplo My First Number Train Preschool Toy
Built with chunky DUPLO bricks designed for small hands, this is aimed to help your 24-month-old baby learn how to match pairs. Perfect for building the car and pushing it around.
Best easel toy for a two-year-old: NextX Kids Double Sided Height-Adjustable Standing Art Easel
Suitable for 2 years, this is a great way to encourage your tot to get creative. With one chalkboard and one whiteboard, this clever easel can be folded flat for easy storage.
Best ABC toy for a two-year-old: Tidlo Wooden ABC Board
A fun way to encourage your little one to learn the alphabet, this colourful puzzle teaches them to match letters and pictures. Helping develop hand eye coordination and problem-solving skills, this is a great buy.