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Perfect presents: The best toys for a two-year-old

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Two year old

Congratulations! Your tot is turning two and you are now officially out of baby toy territory – but what do you buy for a toddler who has (almost) everything?

What are the best toys to buy for 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 known, speaking in simple setences. 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 are 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.

Take a look at our top toys for two-year-old boys and girls here: 

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LEGO DUPLO My First Truck, £14.99, Amazon 

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 matching and memory games, our mums found their tots loved building the car and pushing it around. Read more reviews of the LEGO DUPLO My First Truck here. 
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Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails, £7.20, Amazon 

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 wipe 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. 
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Halilit Little Hands Music Band, £26.99, Amazon 

This musical instrument kit includes a baby xylophone, ocean drum, rattle roller and rainbospinner. Suitable from 12 months, our mums found their little ones loved the bright and colourful instruments, which kept them entertained for hours. Get those creative juices flowing! Read more reviews of the Halilit Little Hands Music Band here. 
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Micro Scooters Mini Micro Deluxe, £79.99, Amazon 

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.
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LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party, £15.99, Amazon 

Encouraging your little one to develop language skills such as counting, whilst also teaching them important skills such as sharing and taking turns, this cute toy is far more than just a tea set. Lighting up in six different colours, with seven tea-time themed learning songs, this ten piece set includes a teapot, teacups, a plate and ten slices of pretend cake. Read more reviews of the LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party here. 
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Honeybake Chocolate Gateau, £16.29, Amazon 

This cute chocolate cake party set is another toy to help develop those all-important imagination skills. With six Velcro attached cake segments and a cake slice, this is the perfect accompaniment to your tot’s tea parties. 
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John Lewis Chunky Wooden ABC Puzzle, £15.00, John Lewis 

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. 
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Red Plastic Easel, £44.00, 

Suitable from 2 years, this is a great way to encourage your tot to get creative. With one chalk board and one white board, plus a paper clip on each side for holding paper, this clever easel can be folded flat for easy storage. 
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Play-Doh Letter & Languages Set, £22.99, John Lewis 

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. 
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Little Tikes Cookin’ Creations Premium Wood Kitchen, £169.99, 

There’s probably cheaper kids’ kitchens, but how cute is this for your budding little chef? Complete with a hob and oven, sink, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine, a clock with moveable hands, clicking knobs to turn and accessories – all that’s missing is the piles of washing up! 
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Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen, £59, Ikea 

Whilst we’re on the subject of toy kitchens, this self-assembled toy kitchen from Ikea comes complete with a hob, microwave, sink, cupboard and hooks for utensils. If you’re pushed on space, Ikea really have thought of everything and also do a smaller Nybakad Play Kitchen. You’ll love watching your little one play mini-me. 
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Melissa & Doug Zoo Friends Hand Puppets, £16.99, John Lewis 

You’ll find yourself playing along with your tot as she gets the hang of turning these hand puppets into characters. Role-play together and help your little one develop important conversation skills. 
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Bayer Design Doll’s Stroller, £11.99, Amazon 

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. 
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My First Floor Puzzle – The Gruffalo, £8.00, Amazon 

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. 
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Happyland Farm, £18.00, 

Encourage your little one to bring the farm to life on the Happyland farm. Complete with animal sounds, your little one can open and close the barn doors, drive the tractors and lead the different animals to their pen. 
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Wooden Elmer Blocks, £12.91, Amazon 

Perfect for keeping little hands busy in the playroom, this set of nine Elmer Blocks is a great gift idea for a two-year-old. With multiple Elmer pictures to uncover, it’s ideal for bringing this much-loved kid’s character to life.