Best Toys and Gifts for 2 Year Old Girls in 2017

Once your little girl hits the 2-year mark, her developmental needs change as well. She’s moving on to the next level of her cognitive, psychomotor, communication, social, mental, and emotional development, so you should also level up on the toys that you’re giving her. With 2-year-olds, imaginative play is critical, because their imagination is kicking to a high gear at this stage. When you have a 2-year-old at home, you’re not dealing with just a child but a princess, or a mermaid, or a mommy, or a unicorn.

With so many options out there, it’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed. But we know how important it is for you to get the right toy, so we’ve picked out the 20 best toys you can give your 2-year-old.

1. Baby Stella Doll

Make-believe play is something that 2-year-olds love, and with this Baby Stella Nurturing First Baby Doll by Manhattan Toy, your little girl can imagine that she is taking care of her own baby. It’s also a great way to teach grooming, dressing up, and nurturing. This one is ultra-soft and ideal for cuddling (it even works as a sleeping aid), and it’s dressed in an easily removable onesie and cloth diaper. You even have a magnetic pacifier!

What’s Great About It – The beauty of this toy is in the unique details, which you won’t simply find in other dolls. You (and your little girl) will definitely love the ultra-plush feel, the doll’s embroidered facial features, embroidered toys and belly button, as well as the soft tuft of fleece hair.

2. Foldable Doll Stroller with Hood

When your 2-year-old has dolls to nurture and care for, she will also need this Foldable Doll stroller with Hood from Precious Toys. It’s made with top-quality materials and has double wheels attached to each of the four legs, so it’s quite stable. You also get a seat belt and a basket in the bottom area for storage, and it’s really easy to use because it’s compact and foldable.

What’s Great About It – This passes the test for USA safety regulations, and you can be sure that this is lead-free. But the wonderful thing about this toy is that your 2-year-old can really use it for imaginative play, and you can even use it to teach her how to nurture and care for others.

3. My First Dollhouse

Giving your 2-year-old her very first dollhouse is always special, because this toy is perhaps the pinnacle of make-believe play. FisherPrice knows that playing with dolls is really something that little girls love to do at this age, but it’s also great to give those dolls their very own home, where your 2-year-old can really imagine scenarios for the characters depending on what room they’re in. Whether that’s mom in the kitchen, dad in the living room, or baby in the bedroom, your little girl can really set her imagination on fire.

What’s Great About It – Aside from helping your child develop her dexterity as she uses her hands to move the figures around the dollhouse, this particular toy is actually useful in helping your child make sense of her own home as well as the roles that each figure plays.

​4. Musical Rainbow Tea Set

Pretending to have a tea party is a great way to practice your little girl’s motor skills, mastery of certain numbers and colors, and even her imagination as she works with a teapot, 2 tea cups, and 6 cake slices. This Musical Rainbow Tea Set from LeapFrog ensures that while she does that, she also gets to hear 7 fun teat-time melodies, 50 learning phrases and sounds, and get visually delighted with 6 magical colors.

What’s Great About It – This is a great tea set that comes with really beautiful colors and sounds, but what you’ll love about this toy is that it also helps develop your little girl’s social skills. She actually gets to ‘host’ a tea party, and as you play along with this make-believe world, you get to impart valuable lessons such as good manners and proper etiquette for instance.

​5. Little Bakers Kitchen

If she has her very own mini kitchen to play with, your 2-year-old will definitely become your little baker in no time. The Little Bakers Kitchen by Step2 has everything you’d ask for in a kitchen play set. It’s as complete as a real kitchen – with an oven, a microwave, a refrigerator, a faucet, a boiling bag, a special frying pan, and even a doll seat. You also get a 30-piece accessory, so your little one can have play food and containers to make her kitchen more realistic.

What’s Great About It – When your little girl pretends to cook on the stove, it make realistic frying and boiling water sounds. So this is a really great toy to unleash your child’s imagination, and you can also teach her kitchen organization and good housekeeping while you’re at it.

​6. Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

Because pretend play is so much more relevant for 2-year-olds, they’d have more appreciation for this Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket by LeapFrog, which you can use to have a pretend picnic. It’s basically a picnic basket that’s complete with everything you need inside, but every time you lift the lid, you also get music and sound effects.

What’s Great About It – This picnic basket not only teaches your child to sort and match the pretend food (with different shapes) in the plates, it’s also a great way to teach manners, sharing (it’s good for two), and the power of their imagination.

7. Little Princess Castle Play Tent

This Princess Castle Play Tent by Kiddey is perfect for your 2-year-old princess whether she wants to use it indoors or outdoors. Lightweight and easy to set-up, this comes complete with everything you need to assemble it, and it even has glow-in-the-dark stars to make evening play more interesting.

What’s Great About It – The design is truly fit for a princess, but it’s the flexible fiberglass frame and mesh windows that help with ventilation and make this usable practically anywhere.

​8. Princess Castle Girls Tent

Made with 100% polyester fabric and designed for princesses everywhere, the Princess Castle Girls Tent from POCO DIVO is a great toy that can really encourage imaginative play. It also boosts social skills because they can play pretend with their friends. The mesh windows help circulate air inside, and the sturdy poles make this easy to assemble.

What’s Great About It – This comes with a zipper carrier bag so it’s easy to keep when you’re not using it. That also makes it easy to bring around with you.

​9. Big Building Bag

There’s nothing like a Big Building Bag of Mega Blocks to encourage your little one to build whatever structure she wants. You get a variety of 80 multi-color blocks for your child to play with however long she needs to, and this includes a wheel base in case she wants to build vehicles.

What’s Great About It – This comes with a reusable PVC-free zipper bag, which is great because playing with building blocks can get pretty messy really fast.

​10. My First RC Baja Buggy

Radio-controlled cars are a big part of any kid’s childhood, and with My First RC Raja Buggy from Kid Galaxy, your little princess can have one as well. It’s also designed with toddlers in mind, so you get soft squeezable material that won’t ruin your furniture or your floor. Your little girl can move this buggy forward, backward, or spin it around.

What’s Great About It – This is great for motor skill development, but it also targets your little girl’s spatial intelligence and coordination. It’s also pretty cool that the controller is shaped like a steering wheel, so your princess will really feel like she’s going for a drive.

​11. Barbie Tough Trike

There’s nothing like going around places with your very own vehicle, so this Barbie Tough Trike from Fisher-Price will really ignite your little girl’s love for exploring. Designed with handlebars that are easy to grip, a wide and stable wheel base, and big foot pedals, this one’s tough enough but also comfortable enough for your 2-year old to bring around.

What’s Great About It – What you’ll love about this is that its safety features and sturdy/tough construction are perfectly balanced with stylish colors and a girly design. So your little princess will really feel like this trike is hers, and be safe while she’s at it.

12. Race Car

It’s never too early for your little girl to ‘drive’ her own race car and bring it wherever she wants to go. With this sleek and stylish Race Car from Green Toys, your little girl can develop her motor skills and imagination, and she can do so with a toy that doesn’t harm the environment. Even better, this has no metal axles and you’re assured by Green Toys that it doesn’t contain any PVC, BPA, phthalates, or harmful external coatings – so it’s completely safe for your 2-year-old.

What’s Great About It – Green Toys is famous for making toys that are friendly to the environment, and that’s what you get with this one. Made in the USA with 100% recycled plastic milk containers, you know you have a toy that helps reduce greenhouse gases and basically save the Earth.

​13. Monster Plush 6-Pin Bowling Game

Bowling is enjoyable no matter how old (or how young) you are, and this 6-Pin Bowling Game by Melissa & Doug is perfect for your 2-year-old in all its monster-y cuteness. All of the six pins as well as the ball are made to look like adorable monsters, with visually appealing colors, hand-stitched details, and a plush feel. You also get a zippered carry case so you don’t have to worry about putting it away after playing.

What’s Great About It – Because this is a bowling set, it helps develop your child’s balance, coordination, and motor skills. But because of its plush material, it’s definitely safe and squishy enough for 2-year-olds to enjoy without you being paranoid.

​14. Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

It’s highly likely that your 2-year-old can already stand and walk on her own, so she can focus more on the activity center aspect of this Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker from VTech. What’s great about this mobile learning center is that she can push it with her no matter where she wants to go, and she can continue to develop her skills while she’s at it.

What’s Great About It – Because of the number of features that this learning walker has, from shape sorters to piano keys, it’s really great for imaginative play. It also enhances your little one’s motor, visual, tactile, and auditory development.

​15. Whisper Ride Buggy

Your 2-year-old would definitely love to explore more of the world around her at this age, and this Whisper Ride Buggy by Step2 is the perfect vehicle that will take her everywhere she wants to go. From your backyard to around your neighborhood, she can really use this ride-on toy to go on new adventures.

What’s Great About It – The whisper quiet wheels ensures that she won’t be too noisy as you move around, but there are also safety features like the seatbelt and the horn (in case you need to honk at pedestrians or motorists).

​16. Food Groups

The great thing about an educational toy like the Food Groups from Melissa & Doug is that it encourages your little girl to have fun, but it also helps her have a better-balanced diet. That’s the end goal, because what this toy does is it teaches your child the 5 major food groups through 4 crates and 21 hand-painted wooden pieces. From fruits (e.g. banana, watermelon) to protein (e.g. fish, chicken) and carbohydrates (e.g. bread), this toy remains fun and educational and you even have wooden crates to store everything neatly.

What’s Great About It – The educational part of this toy helps you teach your little girl the different food groups, but it also teaches her recognition, language (by learning what each piece is called), and it even encourages imaginative play.

​17. Laugh & Learn My Pretty Learning Purse

A unique and stylish educational offering from Fisher-Price, the Laugh & Learn My Pretty Learning Purse comes in just the right size for your 2-year-old. Not only does your princess get to have her very own pretty purse, all the learning pieces fit into it as well. Just like a big girl’s real purse, she gets her own vanity mirror, credit card, keys, bracelet, and toy cellphone.

What’s Great About It – It’s basically a multifunctional talking purse, and it teaches your little girl a number of things. She can use it as her very own purse but there are also three modes of play (learning, music, imagination) that helps her learn along the way.

​18. Teach My Toddler Learning Kit

This learning kit by Teach My Toys is as complete as you could get when it comes to teaching your little girl the basics of numeracy, literacy, shapes, and colors. With 55 flash cards, 4 board books, 7 puzzles, and 4 posters, you have all the tools you need to help with your child’s early learning and development.

What’s Great About It – The best thing about this learning kit is its completeness, because it really has practically all the basics that you need to teach your little girl. Apart from those specific skills, this also promotes language skills, spatial intelligence, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.

​19. Doc McStuffins Talk and Trace Clipboard

This Talk and Trace Clipboard by VTech is perfect for your 2-year-old who wants to draw, write different letters and numbers, and basically doodle to her heart’s delight. This magnetic drawing board is basically a complete education center because it comes with 3 detachable stencils, over 30 tunes and sounds, and 4 learning activities. The stylus you get is also just the right size for your little girl’s tiny hands.

What’s Great About It – Aside from just encouraging your little girl to doodle and learn letters and numbers, this toy is also a great way to promote motor skills and teach early health concepts.

​20. Spin and Learn Color Flashlight

If you never imagined that a flashlight could teach your little girl letters, numbers, nature sounds, and other nice melodies (it has over 50!), then you certainly haven’t come across this Spin and Learn Color Flashlight by VTech. It’s easy for your little girl to carry around because its chunky handle is ideal for little hands. This can go from flashlight mode to toy mode easily, and it comes with 5 different light colors.

What’s Great About It – This toy is great when you want to improve your child’s communication and language skills but give them something fun and visually exciting at the same time. It also helps with auditory development because of all the sounds that you get.

How We Narrowed It Down to 20

The 20 toys were chosen based on their ability to enhance three skill sets that are critical for 2-year-old girls. We have consulted with child development experts and considered what your 2-year-old needs at this stage. The first 9 toys were chosen because they are perfect for imaginative play and helping your little girl create her own make-believe world. The next 6 toys were chosen because they are perfect for the continued development of her motor skills, and the last 5 toys were chosen because they’re educational and can teach your little one many of the things that she will need as she grows older and more sure of herself.

Aside from ensuring that the toys chosen will really help your child in her developmental milestones, we also ensured that the manufacturers are credible, and that they comply with industry standards and safety regulations. We’ve taken a close look at the user experience of those who have already tried out these toys, with a careful consideration on the issues and difficulties they might have encountered.

What to Expect From Your 2-Year-Old

Imaginative play is important for 2-year-olds – whether it’s playing dress up, taking care of their own ‘baby’, or setting up a tea party, They have an increased interest about the how the world around them works and why things happen. They love playing make believe because it helps them make sense of the world and create their own. It’s important to really take advantage of this interest and enhance your child’s imagination and creativity at this stage, and the right toys will help you do just that.

Aside from being extra imaginative, your 2-year-old princess will also love to explore. Her motor skills are already pretty much advanced at this stage, because chances are she’ll be walking (and even running) everywhere. You should also encourage her curious side so she will explore more, and that means you should also be there to answer her questions and guide her along.

Another thing you have to remember about 2-year-olds is that while they love to imagine things and explore their surroundings, they also get bored (or distracted) easily. You have to hold their attention span with toys that really suit their interests, and this is also why injecting some variety in choosing their toys is important.

Physically, your 2-year-old will have more control over her motor skills, but it’s good to keep developing it as you go along. She will love riding on a trike, playing ball games, running around, and exploring the neighborhood in her buggy. She will also have more control over her language and communication skills, and she will want to express herself more. This is when you can help her widen her vocabulary and help her communicate better.

With your 2-year-old angel, choosing the right toys is still very important because her skills have now improved. So while she will have some toys leftover from when she was younger, it’s high time to give her toys an upgrade as well. The 20 toys we’ve shortlisted are all age-appropriate and will truly help in her development, so this is definitely a good place to start.

    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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