8 Musical Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Music plays an important role in culture. It’s everywhere we go—on television and radio, in elevators, in restaurants, in kids movies. Parents and caregivers instinctively use music to calm and soothe their children. Music expresses joy and love, and it encourages social and verbal interactions.

Your toddler probably loves dancing and moving to music. Repetitious songs provide repeat exposure to word use and leads to memorization. Silly songs make children laugh and bring them joy. You can sing familiar songs with your little one and clap and tap out rhythms using your hands or rhythm toys. Music toys for two-year-olds enhance the child’s natural learning environment and help develop music appreciation.

1. Hape Pound and Tap Bench- $30

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The Pound and Tap Bench is a creative twist on the classic xylophone. Three vibrant balls fit into three slots above a colorful keyboard ramp. Pound one wooden ball with a hammer and it rolls down the ramp, producing a delightful ringing sound. With this versatile toy, you can also take the bells out and hammer directly on the keys. Though natural play interaction with this toy, you can introduce colors, rhythms, and early melodies.

Why we Recommend?

  • Versatile percussion toy
  • Sensory learning
  • Easily removable keyboard
  • Opportunities to learn rhythm, early melodies, and colors.
  • Includes 3 wooden balls, keyboard, frame, and hammer
  • water-based paint
  • Durable construction

2. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn® Rock & Record Microphone – $11

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Your little star’s show is about to begin! The Laugh and Learn Microphone from Fisher-Price makes a great music toy for 2-year-olds. This music toy provides two modes. Record mode records your voice and plays it back. You can even add fun pitch changing effects and record your own concerts. Sing-along mode provides karaoke and fun learning. As toddlers sing along to these rocking tunes, they also learn the alphabet, counting 1-20, advanced colors, and opposites.

Why we Recommend?

  • Sing-along songs
  • Imaginative play
  • Teaches ABCs, counting, colors, body parts, and more
  • Vibrant lights and colors
  • 2 modes
  • Record your voice
  • Sing along
  • Batteries Included

3. Alilo Smarty Shake & Tell – $38

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The Alilo Smarty Shake and Tell plays over 20 different sounds such as bubbles or a cow mooing.This toy comes preloaded with popular songs and stories for kids, and it’s silicone ears light up in different colors. It also plays classical music and identifies colors. To have the Smarty identify color, simply place it over an object and press down. The ears will lite up with the color and Smarty will say the color. This works best with the 9 included color cards.

Why we Recommend?

  • Identifies 9 different colors
  • Plays soothing stories and music
  • LED ears
  • Rechargeable Battery, USB cord included
  • Encourages language, color recognition, rhythm, and self-calming
  • Preloaded with popular stories and songs
  • 20+ different sounds
  • Come with 9 color cards

4. Fisher-Price Classic Music Box Record Player – $28

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TheClassic Music Box Record Player from fisher-price was first introduced in 1971. This blast from the past is a great music toy for 2-year-olds. This simple design has lasted the test to time. It is very similar to the original version in appearance and play as it has only been updated to match current safety standards Place a record onto the turntable, wind it up, and set the “needle” for a classic tune such as Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, London Bridge, or Camptown Races. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

Why we Recommend?

  • 5 double-sided records for 10 songs in total.
  • Classic children’s play songs
  • Convenient record storage inside the player
  • Carrying Case
  • Encourages fine-motor skills and an interest in music.
  • High-quality construction materials
  • Updated for modern safety standards

5. PlanToys Clatter – $20

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This Clatter from PlanToys is a excellent rhythm instrument for 2-year-olds. The Clatter to produce different click-clack sounds as the child’s hands go up and down. This toy is great for sensory perception skills. The Clatter requires use of both hands to perform different sounds witch encourages bilateral coordination, cognitive development, and cause and effect learning.

Why we Recommend?

  • Introduces Rhythm
  • Provides sensory stimulation
  • Promotes bilateral coordination and auditory skills
  • Engages motor skills and cognitive development
  • Made from chemical-free rubberwood
  • Water-based, non-toxic paints
  • Made using sustainable materials and manufacturing

6. Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo – $40

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The Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo is a fun music toy that encourages your 2-year-old to get up and move. Press the buttons on the LED grid on BeatBo’s tummy or feet for fun songs, learning content, and dance moves. The BeatBo has three grow-with-me modes. In the Dance n’ Move mode BeatBo shakes hips and nods along to lively music while encouraging kids to dance along. The Learning and Games Mode teaches ABCs, colors, and counting. There is also a “Freeze Dance” game. Customized Sing-Along mode let you record your own song or phrase, then BeatBo remixes it into a new song.

Why we Recommend?

  • Lively music
  • 3 modes
  • Dances
  • Encourages gross motor movement
  • Teaches ABCs, colors, counting, and more
  • Record custom songs
  • Vibrant colors and lights

7. Corolle Mon Premier Bébé Calin Melody Doll – $50

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The Mon Premier Bebe Calin Melody Doll from Corolle is a interactive, musical baby doll. Your little one will love to dance, twirl, and snuggle her beautiful baby doll. This 12 inch doll is the prefect size for toddlers to hug and carry. She has a detailed vinyl face and floral outfit. The vinyl is lightly scented with vanilla. The baby will close here brown eyes when laid down for a nap. To activate her 4 different melodies, simply press her tummy.

Why we Recommend?

  • Hums 4 different melodies
  • Eyes open and close
  • High-quality design and materials
  • Detailed face, arms, and legs made of soft vinyl
  • 12-inches—just the right size for little ones to hold
  • Vanilla scented
  • Batteries Included

8. Playme Pat Bells Station – $90

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Boost your child’s musical journey. Pat Bells Station from Playme offers a simple, fun music-making experience for parents and kids alike. The secure, wooden station holds the bells in place. 5 bells are arranged in a pentatonic scale complete in tonality. Every melody you play is garnered to sound pleasant and harmonious. No discord or jarring sound as your 2-year-old engages with the bell sounds. This makes Pat Bells the perfect introduction to music for early learners.

Why we Recommend?

  • Pentatonic scale guarantees pleasant melodies
  • Sturdy wooden station
  • 5 vibrant bells
  • Songbook and color-coded stickers included
  • Allows for free-form music creation
  • Introduces early learners to music
  • Promotes hand-eye coordination, cause and effect, and color matching

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