Toys that welcome creativity.
Items that spark conversations.
Open-ended items. (aka no buttons or lights flashing directing the play)
Props (toys) to extend their imagination.
Toys that create an interesting experience to play out prior experiences.
Manipulatives that extend their initial interest and lead to mathematical problem-solving.
Toys that keep their brains and bodies moving.
Are toys good for toddlers?
The truth is that some toys are good for toddlers, yet they are certainly not all created equal.
There is a saturated toy market for toddlers that have a lot of bells and whistles. Beware! These toys will keep your toddler’s attention for three minutes. After that, it will be tossed aside, just waiting to be sent to Goodwill. We want toys that engage in learning through play.
Allow me to be your guide to finding high-quality toddler toys!
As a former educator and a mom to three young boys, I have studied how children play and what they need to enhance storytelling and imaginary play.
We are looking for an open-ended toy that has flexibility around how the play will unfold.
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What are good toys for a two-year-old?
Here’s where I come in!
I hand-selected each one of these toddler toys to help your child thrive. You can see how these all fit together in one playroom, or you can pick a few to strategically place throughout your home. Find what works best for your home environment for play.
My two-year-old plays with these just as much as my five-year-old!
A REALLY GOOD toy will do that!
Value the toys you purchase your child, and you will see how they get played with years later.
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The Best Toys for Toddlers
This is my list of the all-time top toys for toddlers. These toddler toys welcome creativity, ignite the imagination, and allow toddlers to expand on ideas they’ve experienced.
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Toddler toys they will use for years
Imagination and pretend play
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Toddler toys for gross motor
Toddler art supplies
Sorting and stacking toys
Toddler kitchen play
Toddler Toys for Sensory Play
Toddlers benefit from sensory play. Here is a list of our favorite items to put inside a sensory table.