The most engaging toys for 2-year-olds offer lots of different options for hands-on, manipulative play. Starting at around age 2, kids may be able to tackle toys that challenge their fine motor skills in more precise ways, such as stacking, fitting, and twisting smaller pieces. Two-year-olds are also beginning to show more interest in playing with other kids, and simple, beginner board games can help them practice the basics of sharing and taking turns. Any toy that lets a 2-year-old slide, wiggle, scoot, bounce, or otherwise expend some of their boundless energy is also likely to be a favorite.
We talked with Singh and other child development experts—along with parents and other caregivers on our staff—to identify memorable and engaging gifts for 2-year-olds. If you’re looking for more kids gift ideas, check out our guides to the best gifts for 1-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, and 10-year-olds, as well as wonderful stocking stuffers for kids. And please share your own best ideas in the comments below.
(Some of the toys on this list are recommended for children ages 3 and up. Our families have played with these toys outside of their official age range recommendations and found them appropriate, but if in doubt, you should defer to the age ranges printed on the boxes.)
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter