What Are the Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds in 2020?

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Choosing the best toys for your 2-year-old in 2020.

Choosing toys for 2-year-olds is fun. They are full of curiosity about the world around them, they are walking and talking and improving their vocabulary and motor skills every day, and they are learning to both problem solve and pretend. All of which makes them excellent at play.

If you have a two-year-old you will also know that they are discovering their sense of self and testing their boundaries. “No” is probably one of their favourite words, tantrums will happen and toys will be carried, dropped and trodden on regardless of their purpose. This means that toys for 2-year-olds need to be pretty indestructible.

Types of toys that are best for 2-year-olds

  • Toys that develop gross motor skills. Balance bikes and balance boards are perfect for 2-year-olds. As are push and pull toys as well as train sets or roadways that children have to learn to manipulate their bodies around, crouching and balancing in order to play without breaking the track.
  • Role play toys. Toddlers are little mini me’s, sometimes this can be incredibly cute, and sometimes a little embarrassing. In terms of choosing toys, it means that your toddler is getting into role play and will love toys that allow them to mimic mum and dad. Ideas might include tea sets, cleaning sets, a toy kitchen, a baby doll and pram.
  • Toys that encourage creativity. Choosing toys that allow your toddler to express and explore their creativity is important at this, end every, age. Plain paper and pencils, dough and paints are great to introduce at this age, as are child-safe scissors. Dress up is also lots of fun and can encourage them to learn some self-care skills at the same time.
  • Puzzles, blocks and stacking toys. At age, two children are still developing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as well as developing the ability to problem-solve. Toys that encourage these skills are great because they are educational as well as fun.

If you are wanting to buy toys for a two-year-old picking one or more toy that fits into each of these categories is a great place to start.

Our favourite toy brands for toddlers in 2020

Once you have an idea of the types of toys you are looking for it’s time to get specific and look at brands.

We only sell toys from ethical brands we trust and we carefully choose toymakers that make high-quality sustainable toys. And if we feel a brand is not living up to their commitment to high quality and sustainability then we will stop buying their toys. So you can trust that we only sell the best.

Our favourite toy brands for 2-year-olds include:

  • Tenderleaf
  • Indigo Jamm
  • Smallfoot
  • Big Jigs
  • Goki
  • Grimms

Next Read: What are the best educational toys or 2-year-olds development?