Best Toys and Gifts for 2 Year Old Boys in 2017

As your child turns two, he enters his toddler years. While he will always be your baby, he’s not an infant anymore. By now he’ll most likely be able to move around independently, so you can combine this with his ever growing curiosity, and you’re in for some exciting and action-packed months ahead.

Finding the right toys and games for him is still highly essential, as the right products can continuously help foster his growth and development. To help you out, here are twenty toys and other gift ideas that will surely benefit your growing child.

1. Alex Toys Little Hands Button Art

One of the most popular toys for toddlers is the Alex Toys Little Hands Button Art. It works by letting your child place the buttons in its color-corresponding holes to complete a picture. It’s composed of 46 colored buttons, 10 different pictures, and a storage tray.

What We Like about This Product: This puzzle game combines color matching, tactile play, and problem solving in one handy package. It can also practice their color recognition since they’ll need to match the button’s color with the hole’s color. It’s a very simple play set but it can bring hours of endless fun for little ones as it comes with several puzzles for your little one to enjoy.

2. Little Tikes Count ‘n Play Cash Register Playset

2-year-olds will already enjoy playing make-believe, so giving them kiddie versions of everyday things can be an excellent way to encourage their imagination and creativity. Little Tike’s Count ‘n Play Cash Register Playset will let your little one re-enact the scenes he sees at the grocery, giving the both of you an excellent playtime.

What We Like about This Product: Equipped with a fake credit card holder, a handle to open the drawer, and a set of color-coded coins, your little one will get hours of fun with this little “machine”. They can practice their color recognition and matching skills with the coins. Their hand-eye coordination will also benefit largely from the various actions the toy makes.

3. Melissa & Doug Monster Plush Bowling Game

Uncomplicated, colorful toys are still some of the best toys and gifts for 2-year-old boys because they can really help your little one’s imagination soar. This is why Melissa & Doug products are always among the top gift choices for children as they make sure that their products will ignite your little one’s imagination. This is especially true for this Monster Plush Bowling Game as they can easily serve as a bowling set and separate character toys as well.

What We Like about This Product: The seven bowling pins are all different monster characters with funny faces and vibrant colors. Even the ball is a gnarly monster that your little one will love to play with. The fact that they’re all plushies with weighted bottoms also add to the charm as they will always stand upright, preventing any frustrations when setting them up for gameplay.

​4. Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Tough Trike

Harley-Davidson bikes may scream toughness and manliness, but it can also be the cutest thing when turned into a toy. Little boys (even dads and granddads) will get a nice kick out of this amazing kiddie bike.

What We Like about Its Product: Equipped with three large wheels for stability, this kiddie bike is completely pedal-powered, making it great for your child’s motor skills. It also has a secret compartment under the seat just like a real Harley Davidson bike would, which is a really nice touch to the toy. Complete your toddler’s look with a full biker gear and you have an adorable Halloween costume on hand!

​5. VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Since your kid will now be able to move independently and will surely want to move around a lot, getting them a VTech Smart Sports Center can be a good idea. It can put their energy to good use as they’ll learn the basics of basketball and baseball in just one toy and they’ll have a blast while expending their energy.

What We Like about This Product: What’s not to love about VTech Smart Sports Center’s design? It’s a soccer goal and basketball hoop in one toy, letting you save some space without sacrificing your little one’s excitement. Playing both sports, even without the application of the actual rules, can still foster your child’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination for starters. It can also encourage pretend play.

​6. Fisher-Price Power Wheels Thomas the Train with Track

A lot of young boys love Thomas the Tank Engine, so why not get him a Thomas toy? This Fisher-Price toy takes it up a notch as it doesn’t only show Thomas in action, but your little one can actually ride in it. It even has its own track, giving your little one an almost realistic train ride for his play time.

What We Like about This Product: Ride on toys are some of the best toys for little kids as they’re great for pretend play. This Thomas the Train toy ups the ante as your little one can actually ride Thomas the Tank Engine. Letting your young boy play with this toy will help them practice their balance and foster their imagination. As it can be used off the tracks as well, it can also be perfect for exploring.

7. ALEX Toys Little Hands My First Scribble

Designed to provide the perfect avenue to explore a kid’s artistic side, this Alex Toys product is a better-than-basic sketchbook that does more than just provide a nice space for your little one’s scribbles. It’s packed with simple illustrations that won’t overwhelm your toddler as well as blank pages for random doodling. It also has a few pages of stickers so your little boy can find more ways to enjoy.

What We Like about This Product: The first thing you need to know about this product is that it’s made with thick materials so your little one won’t easily rip it apart. Its activities are also simple enough to engage a 2-year-old as well as igniting their imagination soar. As it also encourages your little one’s use of crayons and pens, it can also help develop their motor skills.

​8. VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

Young kids will love to bang on surfaces, so why not take advantage of that and give them a musical instrument like the drums to play with? The KidiBeats by VTech is an educational toy that will not only let them play pretend but will also let them learn about letters, numbers, and even create actual music.

What We Like about This Product: Complete with a snare drum, 2 tom-toms, and a cymbal, the KidiBeats is an exciting drum set that will really let your kiddo rock it out. The drums even light up to help engage your child further into their make-believe play. It also has four modes of play that will teach your child to follow along with the nine pre-programmed melodies, as well as letters and numbers. There’s also a free-play mode if you want to do some one-on-one teaching as well.

​9. Hape Walk-a-Long Puppy Wooden Pull Toy

At two, your little one will already be capable of pulling things along, so a wooden pull toy from Hape can be a great product to help practice this skill. This toy is an excellent imaginary companion to young kids who can’t have an actual puppy at home since it’s fuss-free, dander-free, but still quite mobile enough for walks and trips to the park.

What We Like about This Product: This may be a very simple wooden toy in the shape of a puppy on a leash, but it can really help ignite a child’s creativity and imagination. As it is also designed to be pulled around, it can improve your little one’s gross motor skills and balance.

​10. Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag

While a lot of two-year-olds will already be beyond the phase of trying to get a taste of anything that they get their hands on, it’s still not safe to have toys that can fit their mouths near them. This is why the Mega Bloks is such a big hit for toddlers and infants as they’re bulky enough not to be choke hazards and can still offer an excellent building game for children.

What We Like about This Product: Building blocks are, without a doubt, some of the best toys for young kids. They will put your little one’s problem-solving skills to test and will challenge their spatial intelligence. Their hand-eye coordination and imagination will also benefit largely from these toys.

​11. LEGO Duplo My First Number Train Building Set

If you can’t wait for your child to start playing with actual Lego bricks, you should definitely check out the brand’s Duplo line. The products under this brand are larger than your regular Lego bricks, making them easier to handle and non-choking hazards. They’re also compatible with regular Lego products, so they can be the perfect starter for your young boys’ Lego collection.

What We Like about This Product: Featuring a numbered toy train set, this Duplo product is designed to teach counting to young children. With 31 pieces, it can also be used to create different shapes and things, letting your child explore his imagination and creativity.

12. VTech Touch and Teach Word Book

While two-year-olds will already have a good grasp of what an actual book is, they are still not fully aware that they shouldn’t rip it to pieces. This is why a good alternative would be an electronic book like the Touch and Teach by VTech.

What We Like about This Product: With pages made of plastic, your little one won’t be able to shred this book to pieces. It’s also equipped with a speaker, so it can actually do the reading for your little one. As it features illustrations of everyday items found at home and their surroundings, it can be a great way to teach them new words and name things. This is great for their vocabulary building and language development.

​13. VTech Little Apps Tablet

Most kids today already know what a tablet is. It’s a popular device a lot of parents use to entertain their kids so they can get some stuff done around the house. However, not a lot of experts recommend extensive exposure of young children to such gadgets. So, if you want to follow that expert advice but you still want an alternative to keep your child occupied and entertained, this tablet from VTech is worth checking out.

What We Like about This Product: This toy is a basic device that can teach your little one about the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes. There are actually 12 different activities that they can enjoy with this toy, providing many ways to stimulate your little one’s mind and develop his language skills.

​14. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Some two-year-olds are still learning how to walk on their own, so the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker from VTech can still be an excellent toy for toddlers. Instead of making them sit inside a traditional walker, which can be quite dangerous, push walkers of this nature are deemed as safer and better options by experts. Aside from letting your child actually use his legs and feet to support their bodies, it can also promote better posture, letting your child learn how to walk correctly and properly.

What We Like about This Product: The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is not only a push walker, but it also comes with an activity center that will surely bring hours of entertainment to your child. It has a toy phone for pretend play, 5 piano keys that play sounds and music, 2 spinning rollers, 3 light up buttons and 3 shape sorters. It has numbers and animals to teach your little one how to count and make animal sounds as well.

​15. Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table

Water is one of the best materials for your child to enjoy tactile play. They’re completely familiar with it, but some may have some hesitations or even negative connotations with this element. Exposing them to water through a toy like the Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table can be a great way to help your child deal with their anxiety and fear with the water.

What We Like about This Product: This toy basically puts water near your child without putting them in serious danger. This activity center will let them play with water for some sensory play. It can also help develop their motor skills as it is equipped with five different activities.

​16. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

For some families, every nook and cranny of their homes can be utilized as entertainment and learning areas of their little one. With the help of this LeapFrog product, you can transform your fridge into a blackboard by filling it up with a magnetic letter set that will help your little boy master the alphabet.

What We Like about This Product: Composed of 26 interactive alphabet tiles and a School Bus Magnetic Tile Reader, this set will teach your child the different letters and their sounds. It sings the alphabet and plays a few songs when used separately but what really makes it special is that you can place the magnetic letters into its window opening and it will read it out for your little one. This makes it great for improving your toddler’s language skills, but can also be used to improve their problem-solving skills at the same time.

​17. Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

As soon as your little boy can already run around, they can already enjoy playing ball sports like basketball. This is why a kiddie basketball set like this product from Little Tikes can be a great gift idea for your little one as it will surely get them shooting some hoops in no time.

What We Like about This Product: This set is specially designed to be enjoyed by young children with its oversized hoop and mini basket ball. Its height is also fully adjustable so your little one can use it for quite a while. Perfect for playdates or one-on-one games with mom and dad, this set will help develop your wee one’s motor skills and their hand-eye coordination.

​18. B. Toys B. One Two Squeeze Blocks

Your little one may not be an infant anymore, but at two, it’s still best if they have soft toys that will offer tactile play for them from time to time. These squeeze blocks from B. Toys is an excellent option as they double as building blocks, which are amazing toys for kids.

What We Like about This Product: Being soft building blocks, these B. Toys products can easily foster your little one’s imagination and develop their problem-solving skills. Being plushies, they’re also very safe for little one to play pretend with.

​19. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench

Want your little one to enjoy a classic arcade game sans exposure to electronics? This Deluxe Pounding Bench from Melissa & Doug may just be what you’re looking for. This peek-a-boo whacking game will surely get your little one excited.

What We Like about This Product: Letting your little one play with some force involved can help them control their emotions, making this Pounding Bench great toys for two-year-olds. It can help them release some stress and ignite their imagination. It’s also great for improving their coordination and gross motor skills. It’s made with wood, though, so make sure to only let your little one play with this set under adult supervision.

​20. Teach My Toys Teach My Toddler Learning Kit

Two is the perfect time to start sitting down your kid and teaching them basic stuff like shapes, letters, colors, and numbers. You’ll need the right materials to do that, though, so make sure to check out this learning kit from Teach My Toys. Packed with 55 flashcards, 7 puzzles, 4 posters, and 4 board books, you’ll be able to teach your little one a wide array of things in no time.

What We Like about This Product: It has everything you need to start teaching the basics to your little one. It can help develop your child’s language skills, hand-eye coordination, and even fine motor skills.

Our Criteria for Picking the Best Toys and Gifts for 2 Year Old Boys

Choosing the best toys for 2-year-olds can be a challenge if you don’t know how they’re developing at this age. This is why it’s important to seek expert advice in such matters, like what I did with this list.

Every item included in this list is evaluated carefully. I looked at how it can contribute to a child’s development in specific areas where learning through play can be of help. I also made sure to include a wide variety of toys and items in the list so parents can take a pick at which ones they like the most. Of course, quality and safety are also important considerations.

What to Expect from Your Child’s Second Year and the Right Toys to Get for Them

The beginning of your child’s toddler years is both an exciting and challenging time for most parents. If you thought that the first year brought in lots of changes, there will be more surprises for you in this year. The biggest and most notable developmental milestone of your wee one at this point is they’ll now learn how to walk, run, and talk. They will take full advantage of these newly learned skills, so you have to be prepared.

Most kids will start to move around on their own by the moment they turn two. Some are already capable of walking without assistance at this age, so expect that your child will already start running around as well as jumping up and down without assistance. This is why you should already baby-proof your home at this point as they will surely bump, hit, fall, and crash around your home.

At this point, they’ll also start talking. They can already say a few phrases and interact with you, but their skills will still be very rudimentary. With a limited vocabulary, they will try to express their ideas, but they will still not be able to communicate their feelings well.

This is where the phrase “terrible twos” come in. Your child’s second year will be very tumultuous for your little one, especially since they can already grasp a few concepts of how the world works, but since they’re still too small, they might feel frustrated about not being able to do or comprehend certain things. This can make them very emotional, so they can exhibit great mood swings from time to time.

While this can be taxing on you and your child, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a natural progression in life. You don’t have to do everything to placate your child’s temper tantrums as it will rob them of the opportunity to solve the problem on their own. As they lose their cool, you should maintain yours. You shouldn’t give in to their desire to buy a new toy just because they’re causing a scene at the store. Doing such will only reinforce the behavior and leave you dealing with a bad habit to break.

Building their vocabulary can be a good way to help them handle their emotions better at this age. You can do this by keeping your sentences simple and concise as they will most likely repeat what you say. As toddlers can already string sentences with 4 to 5 words, this can help them practice their new skill.

At two, your little one will be very eager to learn, express themselves, as well as participate in and explore their surroundings. This is also the time when they’ll really get into pretend play so you should do your best to support them with the right toys and games. The best picks will help spark their imagination and foster the development of their motor, language, and problem-solving skills so they can get the most out of their play time.

Conclusion

The start of your child’s toddler phase is one of the most exciting stages of your little one’s life. Make sure to take full advantage of it by getting the right toys and tools to help them learn through play. Our top 20 picks offer some of the best products in the market today, so we hope you can make the best out of it.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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