What are the best educational toys for 2-year-olds development?
Educational toys for two-year-olds are simply toys that encourage the natural development of key skills. At this age, children are learning a huge amount and they do this primarily through play.
Best STEM toys for 2-year-olds.
It’s never too early to start thinking about STEM. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills are so important and yet many people find them daunting and don’t know where to start.
For toddlers you can start by introducing building toys. We love the Big Jigs click blocks as a sustainable alternative to mega blocks. And Tegu for their magical hidden magnets that add a whole new dimension to building and many more opportunities for learning.
If you are a fan of Grimm’s wooden toys these are also perfect for building and developing STEM skills. Plus they can be used in an untold number of ways for open-ended creative and imaginative play.
The Big Jigs twist and turn puzzle is another great STEM toy for 2-year-olds and makes a perfect birthday gift. Children develop hand-eye coordination skills, dexterity, concentration skills and sorting skills. That’s a lot of educational value for under £15.
Best musical toys for 2-year-olds
Music and musical toys are brilliant educational toys for toddlers. They encourage movement and coordination while teaching about cause and effect and rhythm as well as improving language, literacy and social skills.
If you love traditional wooden toys then the Tidlo percussion set is perfect. You get lots of instruments so toddlers can experiment with making different sounds. And there are plenty for you to join in as well teaching them rhythms and patterns that they can follow.
And if you are up for battery operated then the Just B Woofer is soo much fun. Children absolutely love it and will play with it for hours. Unlike many plastic guitars, this guitar has actual notes for children to learn and some great songs for them to play along with.
Best toys for developing fine motor skills in 2-year-olds
Fine motor skills are vital when it comes to writing and even things like getting dressed so it’s great to be able to encourage their development through play. Toys that involve pinching or threading are great for developing strength in the hands as well as coordination that children will later use in other ways.
The Grimms tweezers are an inexpensive simple toy that are brilliant for developing fine motor skills. See what you have around that toddlers can try and pick up with them. And give them bowls or boxes for them to sort into. The Plan Toys bees are also fab and providing you keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t eat the bees they are great for toddlers.
Threading toys are also really good for developing fine motor skills. There are loads to choose from and any one of them will be great so pick just pick your favourite. Little ones might not be able to do it straight away so demonstrate and let them have a go but don’t push it, just bring it out again in a few weeks and have another go.
Other great educational toys for 2-year-olds
There are so many fantastic toys for this age group that it’s hard to know which ones to put on the list.
Role play toys are also great for education and development as they help children develop their language and social skills. If you have the budget and space a wooden kitchen is a perfect gift for 2-year-olds.
Toys that encourage activity and movement are also really important. A balance bike is great for toddlers 2 and up and you’ll be amazed at how quickly they start racing around. And of course, we love a wobble board for every age, but at two this is a great way for children to learn to balance and develop their core strength.
Books should be a part of your child’s life long before they can read. By two years old they will love to sit and listen to a book with you and may well be interested in turning the pages and lifting any flaps. Reading is also a lovely way to wind down after a day of play/
Next up: Montessori toys for 2-year-olds.