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:
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
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
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
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
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