Mom recommended toys for 2 years old Updated August 2023| Honest reviews by real moms

Here is a list of mom recommended toys for 2 years old. These are toys that I bought or used when my kid was 2 years old so they have been tried and tested by me.

These can make real awesome gifts for Christmas or birthdays, perfect for kids between 2-5 years old. Choosing a gift is always a task, not anymore with this handy list that we have thoughtfully curated for our lovely readers.

Keeping a 2 years old engaged is not easy and so is buying toys for kids. So today I am compiling a list of toys that I got for my kid when he was 2 years old. Some of these toys were not used at the time but we started using it as and when my kid was ready.

What do I mean by my child being ready for a toy ?

For e.g. I take out a sticker pad and I see my kid shows no interest in it. Or  lets say he does not display the skills to play for it (is unable to peel the stickers at the time even after trying his best). And as a result is getting agitated. That means it is time for me to put it away and then take out after some time.

Another thing I used to do is buy toys or take out toys based on my kids interest. Also called Child led.

What do I mean by Child Led Toys ?

For e.g. I see that he is taking a lot of interest in peeling things with his finger or trying to pick up things from the floor. Time for me to take out a sticker pad. If I see him trying to play with dough while I am making chapatis, time to try out the pack of play dough from my almirah.

So without further ado here is a list of toys that I bought or used when my kid was 2 years old.

Best Gifts And Educational Toys For two-year-old Toddler 

Looking for the best toys for 2 years old?  Here is a list of toys that you can buy for your two-year-old. You can find anything from the best educational toys, pretend-to-play toys, puzzles, and much more. 

By the time your child is two years old, you will realize that they spend most of their time keeping themselves engaged doing things they like. They would love to sort out colors, explore with different play materials, get to know and arrange shapes, and love pretends to play.

Color Doodle Amaze or Magnetic Slate

I think I got it when my son was one and a half years old and my son is showing interest in it even when he is three years. So it is definitely a must buy. It is good for developing fine motor skill and hand eye coordination. I am also using it for prewriting tracing activities (started recently after my kid turned three)

Melissa and Doug Wooden Blocks

I already had Fisher price mega blocks set but now I wanted to get wooden block which can be used for balancing and spatial arrangements. So I got these blocks. They have 100 pieces of wood of various shapes, are light in weight so easy for a child to pick up, are wooden (so safe) and are good quality and non toxic.

When you leave a child alone, you can find the kids exploring and enjoying themselves. I would recommend this as one of the best toys for a 2-year-old boy. This can be used for balancing and spatial arrangements.

A good toy. A little expensive but since they can be used till the child is three to four years old, its value for money.

Related – List of best Handpicked books for toddlers that you can invest in without thinking twice

Melissa and Doug water wow activity Book

Now this is a must buy. Its just great to keep a two year old engaged.

Its one of those toys that I have also gifted to other kids in the family as I could see that my son loved it. Its also great as a travel toy. You can fill the brush with water and use it for painting. The water does not leak. All a kid has to do is use brush on the booklet and color appears. The pages are re-usable because the colors disappear when the pages get dry.

So considering the price and the usability, its definitely a must buy. We started with the one below

There are themes available so you can get animal themed, or alphabet themed or anything else based on your kids interest.

It is good for developing fine motor skill and hand eye coordination. It can also be used for teaching alphabets, numbers, animals or anything else depending on what theme you are buying.

Check out all themes of Melissa and Doug Water Wow here

Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pad

Again a must buy.  I am not recommending any toys in this list that I have bought and not liked 🙂

This is the sticker pad that I was mentioning in my examples above. My kid starting using it a little after two years and still plays with it (at 3 years).

So the sticker pad contains 5 colorful backgrounds and at least 100 above reusable stickers. That can be peeled, added wherever you want and then if you want put back (the part that we are using as a puzzle, as you need to match shapes with sticker). We have the one below

The sticker pad is also available on various themes. The one we have is Adventures sticker pad. Apart from developing fine motor skill and hand eye coordination, we are also using it as a puzzle for developing critical thinking.

Check out all Melissa and Doug Sticker pads themes here

Also Read – What are the Activities I can do for developing fine motor skills with my kid

Skillofun Lacing toys

Another one in my list of must have and travel toys. They are small, are good for fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and improving concentration.

We have a Butterfly shaped lacing toy as my son was in love with butterflies at that age.

But these lacing toys come in a variety of shapes so you can choose the one that matches your kids interest

Check out all SkilloFun Lacing Toys shapes here

I also got a set of Skillofun plastic beads with it so at times we used this toy without beads and others we used it for beading.

Skillofun Knobbed puzzles – Animal themed

I had introduced two piece puzzles to my kid when he was one year and got these puzzles as the next step. He was in love with dogs as well so our puzzle is a dog shaped Knob puzzle.

Skillofun toys are pocket friendly and are usually good quality.

Apart from hand eye coordination and fine motor skills development, these puzzles are also good for developing critical thinking ability.

Check out all Skillofun Knobbed Puzzles here

Also Read – How to make DIY Puzzle from Popsicle sticks and Printouts

Skillofun Wooden Nursery Tray with Alphabets and Pictures

This is another puzzle that we are still using. The quality of it could have been better but its been good enough for us and mainly it has survived for more than a year.

This toy can be used as a puzzle as well as a picture game. It is also good for learning or introducing alphabets. These puzzles are available as numbers or lower case alphabets. So you can pick up a theme that works for you.

Leapfrog My Pal Scout

Now lets also talk about a toy that I got for my kid at 6 months and its still being used.

So introducing you to Scout by Leapfrog.

It is a soft toy that can be programmed for your kids name and choices of favorite color, animal. If we press Scouts one hand/paw the toy will talk, If we press another hand/paw the toy will sing nursery rhymes. If we press one leg/paw it will be switched off and if we press another leg/paw the toys will play a sleeping tune for few minutes.

The diction is good.

I think I fell in love with Scout when I saw it in Hamleys so bought it. Its a good toy to engage your kid but a little expensive. So  won’t call it a must buy. But its definitely a good toy and we love Scout.

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Tomy little Chirpers Sorting Eggs Learning Toys

Now lets also talk about another toy that I got for my kid at 6 months and was used til he was 2 and a half years old.

I don’t know what is it about these eggs but my kid has loved them since he was 6 months old. First he used to press them for squeaking, then he used it for shape sorting, then shape and color sorting and then finally emotions.

This toys can be used for shape sorting, color sorting, improving hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and introducing emotions.

Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards

Another toy we love from Melissa and Doug. What we love about this toy is that what we can do a variety of things with this toy. How we use it keeps on changing as we grow. So it can be used from 2 years till your kid is 4 years at least.

The toy contain wooden pattern boards and wooden blocks of various colours and shapes. So it can be used for stacking, sorting, color recognition, pattern building, matching, learning shapes, learning colours, problem solving, critical thinking and increasing concentration.

Its a little expensive but considering that it can be used in various ways and for a good amount of age range. I would recommend this toy as must have toy.

Melissa and Doug Tape Activity Book

This is another great toy from Melissa and Doug.

The reason i have kept it towards end is because I got it at 2 years but we started playing with it after my son was 2.6 years old.

But once we started playing with this, my kid loved it. If nothing else worked we would play with the tape activity book.

So what it contains is 20 reusable pages featuring 20 unique pictures. The pictures have to completed using tape. So the activity involve peeling tape, breaking it (it can be easily cut with hand) and pasting it on the pictures.

So it is a kind of cut and paste activity with tape. And my son loved doing these activities.

This activity books is good for hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and increasing concentration.

Interesting Toys for 2 year old children

Below we have listed some more toys that can make awesome gifts for 2-3 year old children.

VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight

A lovely learning, educational toy with flashlight to make learning fun for little ones. Flash a light somewhere and you will see your little one noticing it. That’s how I was convinced to get this one for my lo. This special product comes with many educational songs, music, sounds, and phrases, plus five different colors. What’s more, you can enjoy your little one singing those songs along in a few days. 

Leap frog, My Pal Scout

It is one of my favorite toys and is worth the money spent. You can program this soft toy with your kid’s name and choices of favorite color, animal. If we press Scouts one hand/paw the toy will talk, If we press another hand/paw the toy will sing nursery rhymes. If we press one leg/paw it will be switched off and if we press another leg/paw the toys will play a sleeping tune for a few minutes.

Mega Blocks

So when I found my lo arranging glasses and tumblers one on the above other, I thought why not try something like building toys? Toys like mega blocks are an entertaining educational toy for 2-year-old boy India as it helps him develop his motor skills and encourage imaginative play. I also use this as a sensory toy to play with and even put them in the water tub. 

Pingfong Baby Shark Cube

To me, this is one of the best electronic educational toys for two-year-oldsas they can play the songs by themselves over and over again. It comes with adjustable volumes too. 

My First Number Train

You can’t always sing number rhymes and teach kids right? I introduced my kid to this and let her learn numbers in a fun way. The set comes with 23 pieces and your child can easily learn how to count up to nine. Interesting educational toys for 2-3 years old right?

Beach Toy & Sand Play Set

I am sure, my child is not the only one to get excited with water and sand and all sorts of messy play.

Kids love to play with sand, and if you want to give the best gift for a two-year-oldI would recommend this as it keeps the child engaged for a very long time.


My little one gets bored so easily. All I do is take her out and yes that too with a tricycle. If you are a parent who does not want your child to keep fidgeting with mobile or playing with electronic items, then this is the best option. They can play outdoors and enjoy some fresh air too.

You can check-out our most loved article on Best Tri- Cycles for toddlers


Turning two is a milestone for kids as they have a high leap on their thinking abilities and develop their thoughts and skills. They are not sure of what they want, but yes, they know what they like.

So, here we have put some questions that are frequently asked.

What Should My 2 Year Old Be Playing With?

Choosing toys for toddlers might seem like an easy task. Every time I go shopping for toys for my child, I feel overwhelmed with the options available for educational toys for 2-3 years old. That is when I decided to take my child’s thinking ability to the next level. 

Remember, your child must be able to play many different games with the same toy set, just like the ones with building blocks, legos, etc. They can make a house, build a road or make a train using a building block set. That’s how smartly you have to make a choice.

What Should A 2-year Old Know Academically?

It could sound strange to expect a 2-year-old to know something academically where most of the kids would talk gibberish. Remember, they don’t need to go to school to learn everything. Here are a few things which they would be well versed in by now. 

1. Language Skills

The toddler develops a decent vocabulary and learns to name the things they see around. Parents need to teach them new words and help them make sentences so they communicate better and build their sentences. 

2. Reading

Your child can’t read what’s inside the book, but yes. They will know how to hold the book right and what pages to look at and flip over. They get attracted to images and learn their names by looking at pictures. 

3. Vocabulary 

It shows how strong your kid is at communication. Your kids pick up words like yes, no. Keep talking to them and encourage them in question and answer sessions so they get to learn new things and new words. 

4. Drawing

At 2, drawing is an important fine motor skill as drawing reflects the motor development of the child. Let the child scribble and draw lines or circles and things they wish. Of course, not a perfect drawing. You can encourage them by getting many coloring books or print worksheets.

Related – How to plan activities when you don’t have time

How can I stimulate my two-year-old brain?

You don’t need to send your child to a proper school/class — or even spend a lot of money to improve your baby’s brain development. Games such as building blocks, puzzles, and memory are a great way to stimulate your child’s brain. You can also refer to my list of educational toys for the two years old mentioned above. 

Why do toddlers need learning toys?

Brain development happens rapidly in the first few years. Learning through play is the way to stimulate the brain. That is the reason many parents look out for best-selling educational toys for 2-year-olds. Hence, introducing baby toys for 2-year-olds could be a great supplement to teach your child specific skills.

Note – The recommended age for playing for some toys above is more than three years. but since my kid seemed ready,we were able to play with these toys together.

So that brings me to the end of this list of must have toys for 2 years old. If you have any toy that you have used, loved and would like to be added in this list, please let me know using comment below I will update the list with your name, comments and inputs.

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  1. Loved reading this. So informative and I am definitely buying some of these!

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