If you're looking for the best toys for 2-year-olds, you're in the right place! In this blog post, we'll discuss what types of toys are good for development and explain what 2-year-olds enjoy. By the end, you'll have a better understanding of what to look for when shopping!

What Types of Toys Should I Buy

When shopping for toys for 2 year olds, it's important to keep in mind both development and fun! Here are some things to consider!

Cognitive Development

Look for toys that promote cognitive development, such as puzzles, matching games, shape sorters, and beginning coloring and drawing games and supplies. These types of toys will help your child learn new skills and concepts.

Gross Motor Skills

To develop gross motor skills, kids need to use large muscle groups. Having toys they can move around are great for this. As they get stronger and more coordinated, they will be able to pull, walk, push and moves toys faster and with more control. Great toys in this category are the old-fashioned (and new-fashioned!) pull toys, toddler lawnmowers, sweepers, brooms, buses and trucks, and even simple clothing items to pull on and off like cute, simple hats. Anything that gets them traveling a little bit further on their own strength.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills allow your toddler to grip toys tightly to perform finer tasks. Great activities are things like stacking blocks, moving figures around a playset, using drawing utensils, using a brush or comb, and placing puzzle pieces. We love this toy to remove and restuff little Baby Yodas! As they get older and their grip gets stronger, they will be able to hold onto the shapes and sizes and be able to direct them around a barnyard or easel with great success!

Cause and Effect

Something as simple as a pull toy helps them understand that they can control their environment, which is empowering! They quickly learn that when they pull the toy, it moves. Toys with buttons that open doors or make sounds are also great options. This simple concept is an important building block for later learning.

Fun and Enjoyment

It's also important to look for toys that your child will enjoy playing with! Consider their interests and choose accordingly. For example, if your child loves animals, they might enjoy a toy farm set or animal figurines. Toddlers love colors and sounds. Whatever you choose, make sure it's something that will bring them joy!


It's important to consider any safety issues for your kids. Review toy descriptions to avoid small pieces that are choking hazards. Look for recommended ages on toy packaging. Be careful where your kids might play. While it may seem obvious, pull toys aren't a great option upstairs!

And you know your kids best! You will be the best judge of your toddler's skills and whether a specific toy will appropriate and fun for them.

your child's gross motor skills by providing them with toys that encourage movement, such as ride-on toys, push toys, and balls. These types of toys can help your toddler develop balance, coordination, and strength.

The Bottom Line

When shopping for the best toys for 2-year-olds, keep in mind both development and fun! Look for toys that promote all types of development and that your child will enjoy. If you do both of these things, you're sure to find the perfect toy for your little one.

Check out a couple of our articles on favorite toys for kids that include items that are beneficial and fun for toddlers!

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Wishing lots of happy play time!

Maggie, Senior Blog Author
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