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The 30 Best Toys For A 2-Year-Old: For Learning, Active, & Imaginative Play

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Overview: What Are 2-Year-Olds Interested In?

Kids develop at varied rates and can have different interests. However, most 2-year-olds are likely to show interest in the following toys and learning activities, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): (1)

  • Plays with buttons, knobs, and switches on their toys
  • Enjoys playing with more than one simultaneously, such as different components of a play set (for example, ‘cooking’ food with a toy pan and stove or serving toy food on a toy plate)
  • Runs and kicks a ball
  • Points to objects or things on a picture book when asked where they are

 

The younger your child, the shorter their attention span. For example, a 2-year-old will likely focus on an activity or toy for about 4-6 minutes before moving on to the next option. (2)

According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), open-ended play (e.g., Montessori toys for toddlers) can help child development. It allows kids to reach optimal skills. It also helps develop cognitive learning, motor skills, language development, social interaction, and self-regulation. (3)

Toys for pretend play can also help your toddler’s brain development, enhancing their creativity, language and communication, self-regulation, problem-solving, and socio-emotional skills. (4) 

So, what toys should you get a 2-year-old? What’s the right toy size for their little hands? What should you consider when finding toys for this age range?

We share our 30 toy recommendations below.

 

Factors To Consider For The Best Toys For 2-Year-Olds

What Do 2-Year-Olds Like To Play With The Most?

Based on the CDC’s milestones for 2-year-olds, here are some of the best gift ideas for this age group: (1)

  • Play sets
  • Balls or toy sets with balls
  • Activity sets or toys with knobs, switches, buttons, and other things they can tinker with
  • Picture books

 

What Toys Should A 2-Year-Old Have?

Aside from the toys above, learning toys are also great gift ideas for 2-year-olds

However, it’s important to consider age-appropriate educational toys for 2-year-olds

For example, while easels and paint sets might interest preschoolers, they’re usually rated for children aged 3 and older.

Also, be careful when giving crayons or pencils to toddlers and young children — they might put them in their mouths. Consider non-toxic jumbo crayons such as Honeysticks Originals (made of beeswax).

 

Which Toy Would Be Most Appropriate For A 2-Year-Old Child?

Some of the toys ideal for a 2-year-old are those that help with their development and interests:

  • Building toys and block sets for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Bath time toys
  • Montessori climbing toys or other climbers (such as the Pikler triangle)
  • Toy sets (e.g., dollhouses with baby dolls, pretend cooking sets, train sets, Christmas sets, pretend food sets, etc.)
  • Wooden educational toys
  • Toys for practical learning (e.g., play kitchen, cleaning toys, etc.)
  • Outdoor playhouse with ramps and slides
  • Toys for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or STEAM (STEM + Arts) learning

 

Safety Considerations

  • Double-check for small parts (toys must be at least 1¼ inches in diameter and 2¼ inches long) to avoid choking risks. (5)
  • Avoid spherical or circular toys (e.g., coins, balls, games with balls, and marbles smaller than 1.75 inches in diameter). (5)
  • Always check for potentially sharp, breakable, or low-quality toys that might break apart, posing injury risks.
  • Monitor toy recalls.
  • Never let your toddler play with non-toy objects, including balloons, crafting materials such as scissors, or fireworks. (5)
  • Check for age appropriateness (most manufacturers put age recommendations on the box or product description); toys for older kids (e.g., 10-year-olds) might contain objects that can be unsafe for younger children.

 

Here’s our gift guide for high-quality, age-appropriate, and safe toys for your little ones:

 

Montessori Toys For 2-Year-Olds

LOVEVERY The Enthusiast Play Kit (28-30 months)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Early Science experiments for learning about geometric shapes, motor precision, and how to use weights and balance
  • Product Safety: Free from heavy elements and phthalates
  • Materials: Sustainably harvested wood, paper, and child-safe materials
  • Age Range: 28-30 months
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Fine motor skills, STEM learning, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive skills; learning through measuring and balancing stuff, imaginative play, and cleaning up
  • Extra Features: Includes a sticky shapes glue station, board book, stacking peg puzzle, and child-size squeegee cleaning set for little hands
  • Certification: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
  • Made In: China
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Can be pricey
  • Customer Reviews:

 

I love these play kits! My little one loves this kit, and it is all so high quality. I like that they are made of wood, are colorful but not overwhelmingly so, and keep my little one busy while he is also learning.” – Reviewer on LOVEVERY

Not as interesting as the previous playkits.” – Reviewer on LOVEVERY

 

HABA Rainbow Whirls Wooden Sorting and Stacking Game (2-5 years old)


  • Pros & Best Features: Rainbow-themed wooden stacking toy
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic
  • Materials: Beech wood with non-toxic, water-based stains and clear, protective, water-based lacquer 
  • Age Range: 2-5 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Open-ended play, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, creativity, imaginative play, and cognitive development; learning through color recognition and patterning, counting, and stacking at different heights
  • Extra Features: Protective layer makes it resistant to wear and tear
  • Certification: PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) for sustainability
  • Made In: Germany
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about the game being too simple; can be pricey
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My toddler loves to play with this toy. It is a little expensive but I am impressed by the quality wood and craftsmanship.” – Reviewer on HABA

The game was processed to a high quality, but what should the child really play with it? Our child quickly puts the parts together and after that, unfortunately, you can not do anything else…” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

STEM & STEAM Educational Toys For 2-Year-Olds

Skillmatics Thick Flash Cards for Toddlers: First 100 Animals (18 months – 4 years old) 

 

  • Pros & Best Features: 50 double-sided flash cards with realistic animal images
  • Product Safety: Certified safe for 18+ months old
  • Materials: Plastic-free, thick paper
  • Age Range: 18 months – 4 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: STEM learning and cognitive development; kids can learn the different animal categories
  • Extra Features: Includes an activity guide and three games
  • Certification: ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act)
  • Made In: India (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about the product being too thin for toddlers and getting easily damaged
  • Customer Reviews:

 

These flash cards are great for teaching multiple skills at once. You can work on vocab, letters, numbers, and colors all from this one product. Very durable for toddler play as well.” – Reviewer on Amazon

Cards got easily damaged after two or three times of us playing with them. The edges are completely gone.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Educational Insights My First Game: Bears in Pairs (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Hide-and-seek game box with three matching bear pairs and a game spinner
  • Product Safety: Child-friendly materials; no sharp parts
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Age Range:
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: STEM learning and cognitive development; matching bears in pairs inside colored doors
  • Extra Features: Includes a playhouse and game spinner
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about doors easily falling off and the game being too simple
  • Customer Reviews:

 

I purchased this for my young toddler, before he turned 2. He loves opening the doors and trying to find the bears’ match. It’s engaging but short enough to keep his attention. A cute, fun game!” – Reviewer on Amazon

Really they disappointing game. There’s nothing to it. The rules are basically “make up a game for yourself.– Reviewer on Learning Resources

 

Puzzles, Building Blocks, & Other Toy Sets

Lego Duplo Set – Mack At The Race (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Lego Duplo 14-piece set with Mack the Hauler from Disney’s “Cars
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic, BPA-free plastic (free from bisphenol-A)
  • Materials: ABS plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), a scratch-resistant, non-toxic plastic
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Self-expression, imaginative play, fine motor skills, and problem-solving
  • Extra Features: Includes a toy wrench and Mack the Hauler
  • Certification: EU and US standards
  • Made In: Mexico (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about Mack’s missing trailer
  • Customer Reviews:

 

This set is amazing, we need more Cars sets! This pairs up perfectly to the last Cars duplo set!” – Reviewer on Target

Son got this from the Easter bunny and loves it only complaint he had was Mac not having a trailer.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

BeginAgain Animal Parade A to Z Puzzle and Playset (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Animal-shaped wooden puzzle set
  • Product Safety: Child-safe materials, free from harmful chemicals
  • Materials: Plantation-grown, eco-friendly, and sustainable rubberwood
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Letter and animal recognition, hand-eye coordination, dexterity, cognitive development, problem-solving, and fine motor skills
  • Extra Features: Each puzzle piece is an animal that starts with the letter printed on its side; also includes a wooden tray
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Several customer complaints about quality concerns, especially about parts breaking off easily from the puzzle pieces
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Simple, fun, educational and decorative. It makes for a great gift for any baby shower or toddler.” – Reviewer on Walmart

Not a good puzzle at all. Very small and poorly made. The animals don’t even make sense.

 

Mudpuppy Jumbo Puzzle Map of the U.S.A. (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: USA puzzle map with jumbo pieces for tiny hands
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic, soy-based inks
  • Materials: 90% recycled paper
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Cognitive learning, problem-solving, fine motor skills, and learning about US locations 
  • Extra Features: Includes a box to keep the puzzle pieces when not in use
  • Certification: CPSIA, ASTM, and CE Safety Regulations
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Several customer complaints about missing puzzle pieces
  • Customer Reviews:

 

…My daughter was obsessed at 2.5yo. Now my son at 3 does these puzzles for almost an hour each day. It’s the perfect size for them to feel challenged and accomplished when they finish it.” – Reviewer on Mudpuppy

Normally we love these puzzles, but this box came with a missing piece, which was very disappointing!” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Skoolzy Peg Board Set (2-4 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Lacing and stacking peg board set
  • Product Safety: Free from phthalates, BPA, and lead
  • Materials: Non-toxic foam and plastic
  • Age Range: 2-4 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Hand-eye coordination, STEM learning, visual perception skills, visual motor coordination, and fine motor skills
  • Extra Features: Includes a drawstring bag for keeping the toys in one place
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about product quality
  • Customer Reviews:

 

“Purchased for my 2 1/2 year old. Options for games, stacking, color recognition. Perfect for working fine motor skills. My child was perfectly happy to play with these by himself or with me.” – Reviewer on Skoolzy

The board is flimsy, hair, fuzz sticks to it! You can’t stack more than 2 or board will fall over. Sent back, not worth it, surprised it said Montessori toy?!” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

2-Year-Old Toys For Learning Numbers & ABCs

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book (18 months – 5 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Interactive book with 100 age-appropriate words from different categories, including food, body parts, animals, opposites, etc.
  • Product Safety: Child-safe materials
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Age Range: 18 months – 5 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Vocabulary learning, cognitive development, and dual language learning (English and Spanish)
  • Extra Features: With sound effects and light-up star button
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about the toy being too loud and “overstimulating”
  • Customer Reviews:

 

“Good visuals woth bright colors. Sturdy buttons. Good music and animal sounds. Spanish is bonus.” – Reviewer on Amazon

If you touch more than one thing it starts playing lots of sounds at once. It doesn’t simply say a word it plays music or makes noises. Lots of loud noise and bright lights and music all at once…” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Sesame Street Learning Letters (Elmo’s Learning Bus) (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Interactive, bus-shaped activity board and playset
  • Product Safety: Child-safe and non-toxic
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Learning ABCs and colors, fine motor skills, and cognitive development; the Elmo button makes a sound, including music and letter-themed phrases 
  • Extra Features: Includes 26 removable letters and toy bus carrying case; uses two AAA batteries (included)
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Elmo only sings the alphabet and makes random phrases only for A-B-C
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My two year old son is obsessed with this learning toy. He loves listening to Elmo sing the alphabet.” – Reviewer on Walmart

This is a huge disappointment my grandson is already bored with it after 5 mins. It only names and recites the first three letters then sings the alphabet song.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Adorable electronic cookie jar for learning how to count from 1 to 10
  • Product Safety: Child-safe materials
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Age Range: 2-5 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Interactive toy for number learning; STEM learning, listening and thinking skills, tactile, motor development, and cognitive development
  • Extra Features: Push the cookie jar’s nose for interactive learning
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Imported; country not indicated (according to Walmart)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about difficulties in using the toy (e.g., the cookies are hard to insert in the slot, or the cookie jar is too complicated for kids to open on their own)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Daughter loves this cookie jar! She loved playing with this interactive cookie jar that asks her to find the correct number to put in the slot. It’s nice that it corrects her whenever she got it wrong.” – Reviewer on Target

Son didn’t play with it for long – he’s very good with fine motor skills but he found it difficult to get the cookies in the slot and even pinched his finger at one point…” – Reviewer on Target

 

Play Toy Sets For 2-Year-Olds

Fun Little Toys Kids Play Tent (2-4 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Play tent set with pretend food and camping materials
  • Product Safety: No sharp parts
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Age Range: 2-4 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Imaginative play, gross motor skills, and practical learning skills
  • Extra Features: Includes a usable tent and a battery-operated lamp
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about missing or broken toy parts
  • Customer Reviews:

 

This is a cute little set with lots of parts. The lantern and watch really work! My grandson has enjoyed it.” – Reviewer on Amazon

Just received this and the flashlight doesn’t work, the lantern doesn’t turn on.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

TOMY John Deere Talking Toolbelt (2-5 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Wearable, interactive toolbelt set with removable toy tools
  • Product Safety: Child-safe plastic
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Age Range: 2-5 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Motor skills, imaginative play, and practical life skills
  • Extra Features: Three LR44 batteries included
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Vietnam (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints on safety issues (e.g., the tape measure is too hard and can hurt fingers when they snap back in place)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My son is all about doing what his uncle does, working on various things. This toy is perfect for him to work side by side pretending. They are very durable!” – Reviewer on Amazon

Junk the tape measure is a finger breaker it’s hard to pull out and when you get it pulled out it snaps your fingers, it really hurts!!” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

HABA Kullerbu Kringel Domino Playset (2-8 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Colorful domino track set
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic
  • Materials: Beech wood and child-safe plastic
  • Age Range: ​​2-8 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, planning, and fine motor skills
  • Extra Features: Includes a track for setting up the domino blocks
  • Certification: US and European Federal safety standards
  • Made In: Germany
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about the set being too short and needing to buy more extension tracks
  • Customer Reviews:

 

We love this track set, and love that you can expand!” – Reviewer on HABA USA

…The play doesn’t lend itself to imagination. Without a lot more pieces and sets to build, the play doesn’t last long.” – Reviewer on HABA USA

 

Musical Toys For 2-Year-Olds

Plantoys Rainmaker (18+ months old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Musical instrument toy that recreates the rain’s sound
  • Product Safety: Child-safe, chemical-free rubberwood, organic pigments and water-based dyes, and formaldehyde-free glue
  • Materials: Eco-friendly
  • Age Range: 18+ months old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Musical, auditory, emotional, and creative learning; also promotes concentration and coordination
  • Extra Features: Wooden toy that also aligns with the Montessori philosophy
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Thailand
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about the toy being smaller than expected
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Quality of the wood was good. And the sound also was pleasant and low…” – Reviewer on Amazon

It was smaller than I thought it should be.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

b.Toys Little Beats Toy Drum Set (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Toy drum set
  • Product Safety: Rounded edges, no sharp parts
  • Materials: Child-safe plastic
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Musical, auditory, coordination, creativity, and motor skills
  • Extra Features: Light-up drum set with a pair of drumsticks
  • Certification: US, CPSC, Canadian, and EU standards
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about the product not sounding like a real drum
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Perfect size and very sturdy: doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. Perfect size for now but also when my baby gets bigger. He loves it.” – Reviewer on Amazon

Not enough sound, I hear more of plastic hitting noise than the music sound. I returned and bought VTech brand.” – Reviewer on Target

 

Bath Toys For 2-Year-Olds

Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Magnetic toy fishing set
  • Product Safety: Latex-free
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Hand-eye coordination and gameplay
  • Extra Features: Includes magnets on the toys for easy “fishing”
  • Certification: CPSC and ASTM standards
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about the product growing mold and leaking water
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Love this toy. When thrown in water the magnetic knobs in the “fish” point upwards making it easier for the “fishing rod” to “catch” those. Good for hand eye coordination.” – Reviewer on Munchkin

Do not last but a month or 2 as they grow mold and dirty water leak out.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Yookidoo Kids Bath Toy Mold-Free Submarine Spray Station (2-6 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Battery-operated submarine toy with a spray station
  • Product Safety: BPA and phthalate-free; submarine toy activates even in shallow water
  • Materials: Child-safe plastic
  • Age Range: 2-6 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: STEM learning (cause and effect), creativity, socio-emotional and cognitive development, and imagination
  • Extra Features: Includes a spraying activity station and a removable funnel
  • Certification: IPX7 waterproof certified bath toys
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about safety and quality issues (e.g., leaking batteries, mold growth, breaking down. etc.)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My 2 year old and 9 month old fight over this toy! The quality is amazing and I have confidence it will last a long time unlike other bath toys with similar features.” – Reviewer on Amazon

This children’s bath toy is a disaster Not only does it fail to keep water out, but it also leaks batteries, creating a safety hazard.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Ride-On & Other Active Outdoor Toys For 2-Year-Olds

Strider Balance Bike (18 months – 4 years old)


  • Pros & Best Features: Unique bike design without pedals
  • Product Safety: Child-safe materials; meets the CPSC bike standards
  • Materials: Alloy steel frame with flat-free foam rubber wheels
  • Age Range: 18 months – 4 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Balance, coordination, and gross motor skills
  • Extra Features: With adjustable seat heights to grow with your child
  • Certification: CPSC standards
  • Made In: Not indicated 
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Doesn’t have a braking system
  • Customer Reviews:

 

“I bought this for my friends sons 2nd birthday. He absolutely love it. It’s adjustable and allows you to move the seat up as they grow. So far it’s been durable as well.” – Reviewer on Amazon

For the price, it should at least have real rubber tires and not plastic ones. Seat didn’t stay locked in position, kept swiveling to the sides. The assembly of the handle bar isn’t intuitive and not easy to get it aligned with the wheel assembly, it always seemed a bit off.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Schwinn Roadster Tricycle (2-4 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Vintage-inspired tricycle with adjustable seats (moves forwards and backwards)
  • Product Safety: Low center of gravity for safe, easy ride for young kids
  • Materials: Steel frame with pre-assembled nuts and bolts
  • Age Range: 2-4 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play:
  • Extra Features: Includes a warning bell and tassels for the handlebars
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customers complaints about quality (e.g., misaligned parts and scratched paint)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Great quality, perfect for a toddler.” – Reviewer on Amazon

…The welds were obviously performed by a complete amateur. In addition pieces of the bike were welded with an incorrect orientation which prevented proper alignment of the parts…” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Micro Kickboard Mini 3-Wheeled Scooter (2-5 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Three-wheeled scooter with replaceable parts
  • Product Safety: Includes a foot brake
  • Materials: Steel frame, flexible fiberglass reinforced deck, and high-quality wheels
  • Age Range: 2-5 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Balance, coordination, gross motor skills, and confidence
  • Extra Features: Can be purchased with a mini-seat attachment
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: An older model has been recalled in August 2012 because the front wheel base’s one-piece plastic platform can break, posing laceration risks (6)
  • Cons: An older model had a recall; some customer complaints about the product tipping forward while in use
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My kids love this scooter! It’s so smooth!” – Reviewer on Micro Kickboard

“What the features / reviews don’t tell you is that these scooters tip forward very easily if something low hits the wheels – your child will go face forward into the pavement even at very, very low speeds. There is no safety mechanism to prevent this.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Toy Trucks, Cars, Trains, & Other Vehicle Play Sets For 2-Year-Olds

Green Toys RV Camper Set (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: 3-in-1 vehicle play set with toy picnic accessories
  • Product Safety: Free from BPA, phthalates, and PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
  • Materials: 100% recycled plastic and eco-friendly inks
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play:
  • Extra Features: Includes two characters
  • Certification: FDA food contact standards
  • Made In: USA
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints on quality control issues (e.g., missing parts, such as the connector for the trailer truck)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

“Very sturdy, easy to clean and grandkids love them.” – Reviewer on Walmart

My 3 year old grandson was very excited to receive the gift but very dissapointed that he could not actually use the truck to hitch anything to it as it was missing from the truck.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Melissa & Doug Nesting and Sorting Garages and Cars (2+ years old) 


  • Pros & Best Features: Garage play set with stackable wooden cars
  • Product Safety: Free from lead (heavy metal) and other toxic materials
  • Materials: Wood and cardboard
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Creative play, hand-eye coordination, color and number recognition, and size concepts
  • Extra Features: Includes stackable garage blocks
  • Certification: FSC-certified
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about quality issues (e.g., the cardboard garage boxes can easily get crushed)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My little one got great use out of these. They are very sturdy.” – Reviewer on Amazon

Nesting garages are very cheaply made. There is a sticker on top of the smaller garages that were peeling right out of the box.” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Dolls & Stuffed Toys For 2-Year-Olds

Educational Insights Plush Mixaroo Stuffed Animal (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Adorable stuffed animal with switchable parts for imaginative play
  • Product Safety: Child-friendly materials; no sharp parts
  • Materials: Fabrics
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Imaginative play, motor skills, creativity, and problem-solving skills
  • Extra Features: Includes 11 easy-stick pieces for turning the stuffed animal into different designs (e.g., dragon, lion, and spiked lizard)
  • Certification: Not indicated
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about the pieces not sticking well to the toy
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My kids love, love, love this toy!!! They have so much fun making a new buddy and they love giving them new names. I love that they are using their imagination and creativity skills.” – Reviewer on Educational Insights

The cons of this toy is the pieces don’t stick well to the base Toy and it was a little frustrating for my nephew to keep having to put the pieces back on.” – Reviewer on Educational Insights

 

Fisher-Price Meditation Mouse (2-5 years old) 

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Go-to calming cuddle buddy and toy
  • Product Safety:
  • Materials: Stuffed animal with an embroidered face
  • Age Range: 2-5 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play:
  • Extra Features: Includes calming music and sounds; removable electronic parts to clean the machine washable toy
  • Certification: Play Lab kid-tested
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about the toy being loud and the music playing endlessly
  • Customer Reviews:

 

This mouse has done wonders for my son’s emotional regulation skills. I am so glad we found it.” – Reviewer on Amazon

Why is this so loud even on the lowest setting?? That’s not zen at all. If it wasn’t so loud it’d be perfectly lovely!” – Reviewer on Mattel

 

Toys For Pretend Play & Practical Learning

KiwiCo Pretend Doctor’s Kit (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Mini doctor’s kit with pretend medicines and syringe sets
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic, baby-safe materials and paint
  • Materials: Fabrics, wood, and plastic
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Social skills and empathy with imaginative play
  • Extra Features: Includes an interactive checkup board for pretend patients and a zippered carrying kit
  • Certification: Independent product safety testing labs
  • Made In: Not indicated
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Limited availability (can only be bought from the KiwiCo website)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My kids love it!! Good quality.” – Reviewer on KiwiCo

 

Melissa & Doug Wooden Play Food (2-5 years old)


  • Pros & Best Features: Wooden toy sets from five different food groups
  • Product Safety: Free from lead (heavy metal) and other toxic materials
  • Materials: Solid wood
  • Age Range: Ideal for 2-5-year-olds
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Cognitive development, planning, sorting, and fine motor skills; food recognition and creating meal combinations for a balanced meal
  • Extra Features: Includes four wooden crates
  • Certification: CPSIA; also meets US and EU safety standards
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about paint coming off from the toys
  • Customer Reviews:

 

My little one loves these for playing in his play kitchen. The quality is great. No paint peeling.Reviewer on Amazon

paint came off one piece-I will not use this product.” – Reviewer on Melissa & Doug

 

Battat Musical Clean n’ Sing Vacuum (2+ years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Toy vacuum cleaner with sounds, spinning beads, and lights
  • Product Safety: Non-toxic and kid-safe
  • Materials: Worry-free, durable plastic materials
  • Age Range: 2+ years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Gross motor skills
  • Extra Features: Includes three AAA batteries
  • Certification: Meets EU, U.S. and Canadian safety standards
  • Made In: China (according to Amazon)
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Quality complaints from customers, including the sweeper not staying upright and the lights/sounds getting broken after a few days of use
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Lil ones that like to be helpful will enjoy this pretend vacuum. It has little ball inside, lights up and pops when pushed. On and off button, light weight and easy to push around. Good purchase.” – Reviewer on Amazon

Sweeper won’t staybin upright position and is losing little balls inside.” – Reviewer on Kohl’s

 

Other Educational Toys & Equipment For 2-Year-Olds

VTech Explore and Write Activity Desk (2-5 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Interactive learning desk with five activity sections
  • Product Safety: Child-safe
  • Materials: BPA-free thick plastic
  • Age Range: 2-5 years old
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Learning ABCs and phonics, social skills, creativity, and cognitive development
  • Extra Features: Includes a matching chair
  • Certification: US and European safety standards
  • Made In: China
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some complaints about quality (e.g., breaking and chipping easily)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Has many activities. The music and sounds are clear and adjustable volume. Has different modes and plays that keeps the kid engaged for hours.” – Reviewer on Amazon

This educational toy may work for a dainty toddler. My grandson is in his climb and break down and put back together period. The table lacks stability and worse are the changeable mats that need to be inserted for play…” – Reviewer on Target

 

ECR4Kids Bentwood Multi-purpose Wooden Table and Chair Set (2-9 years old)

 

  • Pros & Best Features: Multi-purpose wooden table and chair set with a scratch-resistant finish
  • Product Safety: Certified safe and kid-friendly materials and designs (with rounded corners)
  • Materials: Hardwood with UV lacquer
  • Age Range: Suitable for 2-9-year-olds
  • Educational Value & Ways To Learn Or Play: Learning furniture
  • Extra Features: The largest piece can be used as a bench or two-way table
  • Made In: USA, Mexico, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Spain, and Israel
  • Product Recall: None
  • Cons: Some customer complaints about quality and safety (e.g., mold growth and chipped or cracked parts)
  • Customer Reviews:

 

Perfect size, arrived ready to use, dual heights and versatile perfect for a growing toddler. Quality was great.” – Reviewer on Amazon

BEWARE – MOLD! This was great for a year or so, then it grew mold that cannot be cleaned! No matter how much we scrub can’t get it out, it’s INSIDE the wood. ” – Reviewer on Amazon

 

Bonus: Books & Learning Supplements For 2-Year-Olds

  1. Moonlite Mini Projector with 5 Mickey Mouse and Friends Stories (1+ years old)
  2. First 100 Words: A Padded Board Book (1-3 years old)
  3. Usborne Books “The Big Book of Colors” (1-4 years old)
  4. ”The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister (1-5 years old)
  5. Welcome to the Symphony: A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (2-4 years old) – 
  6. Urban Kiddy Baby’s My First Family Album (not indicated)
  7. My Very First Games: First Orchard (2-3 years old)
  8. “Press Here” by Herve Tullet (2-4 years old)
  9. “Lou” by Breanna Carzoo (2-6 years old)

 

Toys & Gift Options For Other Age Groups

 

Toy Recalls To Monitor

 

 

 

References

(1) https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-2yr.html

(2) https://www.cnld.org/how-long-should-a-childs-attention-span-be/

(3) https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/142/3/e20182058/38649/The-Power-of-Play-A-Pediatric-Role-in-Enhancing?autologincheck=redirected

(4) https://pathways.org/pretend-play-childs-developing-brain/

(5) https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/safetoys-young.html

(6) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2012/kickboard-usa-recalls-childrens-scooter-due-to-laceration-hazard

 

 

 

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