Aside from shopping for First Birthday Gifts, second birthday gifts are my favorite to browse! Having finally mastered toddling and just starting to chatter up a storm, two-year-olds are at the perfect age to begin exploring new activities. Boys and Girls still share an interest in most activities at this age, so our Tot Ten list will focus on gifts that we think are just perfect for your own favorite two year old. Here’s our faves!
It’s a big world out there and sometimes toddling just can’t get you there fast enough. For the speed-lovin’ two year olds, it’s never too early to begin practicing pedaling motor skills- especially on this rugged Radio Flyer trike. Sturdily built to last, it features blinking lights, subtle sounds, and sizable under-seat storage that effortlessly held our television remote under a pile of blocks for days. Well, effortlessly for the trike.
Retails for $70.
Two year olds love showing off their new-found logic skills- especially those that involve animals! These sturdy puzzle pieces join their favorite animals’ fronts and backs and encourage early critical thinking.
Parents of newly mobile tots always seem to be asking “in or out?” (Or maybe it’s more like “in or out!”) It’s a tricky decision for a 2 year old and even trickier for the plan-ahead parent. This Step 2 wagon makes it easier (and “funner”) to venture out, and even thoughtfully includes cup holders for the folks doing all the work. Perfect for parents of two tots!
Retails for $120.
If you’ve never seen the Teach-Baby-to-Read ads you might be immune, but there will likely come a time in baby’s third year that well-meaning parents will begin to wonder, “should my baby be reading??” I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure the answer is no. But setting the scene for some basic phonics skills will be helpful later on, and I love that Leapfrog’s Fridge Phonics makes it fun- and super catchy too. You’ll be singing these songs all day!
I believe I still enjoy playing with PlayDoh just as much as I did when I was 2. Which is a pretty great feature of any toddler toy- the ability to play in parallel with your child. The Fun Factory is a perfect introduction and includes all of my favorite tools- just enough to inspire your future Michelangelo!
I think age 2 is the golden age for Little People. They’re perfectly sized for chubby little hands and a great introduction to role playing. This adorable Little People Airplane offers just enough *flash* to keep even the most easily distracted toddler focused on the task of play!
I don’t care if you’re 2 or 52, there’s just something particularly satisfying about watching something spin it’s way down a ramp. And when you’re 2, making it a chubby little car that flies down the hill is about as good as it gets. With two separate ramps to play on, this one is sure to be a playgroup hit as well!
Categorize this one in the “Things that are Much More Fun as a Child than an Adult” list. But if I got to grocery shop with my favorite stuffed animal using this pretty pink cart, I’d have a big smile on my face as well! This Little Tikes shopping cart is a classic that will never go out of style.
“Chunky” is the key to any successful toddler toy. Not only are these puzzle pieces sturdy and wooden, but their brightly colored animals motivate me to Wikipedia what exactly the sound is that an ostrich makes. Turns out it’s a lot like a 2 year old!
Cast yer gaze on the most sea worthy vessel ever to sail the choppy waters of a two year old’s bath. Complete with it’s own fish and fishin’ pole, the B. Toys Fish N’ Splish (how cute is that name??) is just as much fun out of the bathtub as in it. Ahoy!
Retails for $20.
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