Toddlers have got to be the hardest age group to buy for and finding the best gifts for toddlers can be a massive challenge. The best toys for 2 year olds are hard to find, sometimes they’ll happily play with a cardboard box for hours but the next day keeping them entertained is the most difficult thing in the world.
With two daughters and a whole heap of nieces, nephews and young cousins, I’ve spent many hours thinking of Christmas ideas for toddlers and trying to find the best toddler toys. Now I want to save you the time and put all the top Christmas gifts for 2 year olds in one handy place!
First, let’s look at a few things to consider when choosing the best toys for 2 year olds, Australia. Then I’ll break everything down into categories for you and give reviews of all the best gifts for 2 year olds I’ve ever bought (there’s a lot!).
Whether you’re looking for the best present for 2 year old girls or the best gifts for 2 year old boys, you’ll find them all right here!
- 1 Things to Consider When Buying The Best Toys For 2 Year Olds, 2019
- 2 The Best Educational Toys For 2 Year Olds
- 3 Best Books For 2 Year Olds
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Things to Consider When Buying The Best Toys For 2 Year Olds, 2019
Personality & Activity Level
Each child is unique in what they enjoy doing and, just like adults, some will be full of energy and need physical activity whilst others may enjoy quieter, low key toys and games.
The best toys for toddlers will be unique to each child, watch them closely next time you see them and make a mental note of what they enjoy. If they love moving around and developing gross motor skills, you could look for the best riding toys for 2 year olds. If they seem to be interested in reading or language activities, the best learning toys for 2 year olds may be a better choice.
Whatever you decide the best gift ideas for 2 year olds are ones that suit their personality at that moment in time.
Being aware of the environment a child spends most of their time in is absolutely necessary!
If they live in a 5th-floor apartment even the best outdoor toys for 2 year olds will be useless to them. Instead, try looking for the best games for 2 year olds, that can be easily stored away in a small space.
Yes, the best gift for 2 year olds is going to be something they will enjoy but it’s also important to consider the parents as well.
Do mum and dad try to avoid plastic toys for example? Or is there something specific they are trying to concentrate on teaching their toddler? Even the best Christmas gifts for 2 year olds are going to be useless if the parents are reluctant to let their child use it.
When my daughter was a toddler, I hated it if people gifted us things that were loud and flashy or generally annoying to listen to all day. Obviously, my daughter would love them and I would spend most days wishing I could throw them out a window!
The Best Educational Toys For 2 Year Olds
My absolute favourite place to buy the best educational toys for toddlers is Lime Tree Kids. They have an amazing range of wooden toys and and learning toys for toddlers.
The best developmental toys for 2 year old could be things to help develop fine motor skills, emotional skills, teach time telling, numbers, letters, colours or a whole host of other skills. Two year olds have brains like little sponges, soaking up everything they see, so it’s the perfect time for them to play with educational toys.
Click below to be taken to lime Tree Kids amazing range of educational toys for 2 year olds or check out my top 10 recommendations for some inspiration.
Lacing and threading is a great skill for toddlers to learn. It helps develop the fine motor skills further which in turn helps with gripping a pencil to write or holding a fork properly and so many other essential life skills.
This set from Melissa & Doug (one of my favourite toy brands) is particularly great because it has a range of different sized beads which you can also use to teach numbers, colours and shapes!
Start with the largest beads then, once your child has mastered the technique, start introducing smaller and smaller beads to challenge them further.
2. TODO Toddler Edition – Card Games for Kids and Parents
This family card game is such a wonderful idea and i was thrilled when a friend gifted it to us this year! If you’re anything like me, and have a serious lack of creativity, these cards are perfect for your family.
The idea is simple, pick a card at random and spend 30 minutes to an hour doing the activity with your child. They are fantastic for promoting bonding with your children at a time when, unfortunately, we often find ourselves busy and forgetting to slow down.
The TODO card game covers a range of different skills like developing emotional awareness, sensory play, language and so much more.
These animal flash cards are one of the best gifts for 2 year olds that can be used for years to come because of all the extra information on them.
Flashcards can be used from as young as 18 months. Even before my daughter could speak I would lay them out and say the names of the animals for her. Then I would ask her to show me the dog or cat etc and it didn’t take long for her to pick it up.
These cards are particularly great because i think it’s really important to show young children pictures of real things instead of cartoon images all the time. They also have the name of the animal in multiple languages and some fun facts so they really can be used for years to come.
Counting is such a vital skill and it’s never too early to start teaching young kids the basics. My toddler has just started showing an interest in numbers after counting the steps we walk up and down every day. She says 1, 2, 5!!! but hey, it’s a start!
These stacking rings are a great toy for toddlers to start learning numbers because the colour of the base matches the colour of that numbers rings. This allows them to easily see if they’ve got something wrong and correct it themselves. You’ll be amazed how quickly they notice their own mistakes!
This is another great toy from the Melissa and Doug range and, although it says 3 years and up, my 2 year old loves it. Some of the latches are a little fiddly for such a young age but some are easy enough to master and it’s great for keeping your child’s concentration for a while.
Once they’ve begun to master the locks, you can start asking them to name the colours and point out the animals as well, making it a really versatile toy.
Best Books For 2 Year Olds