Your little toddler is getting into all sorts of things. At this age, children are growing intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. 2-year-olds are learning many skills around language and problem-solving. Your child might be able to follow simple directions (when she wants to). Most children at this age can sort shapes and find things hidden under several covers.
Toddlers are also growing physical skills. Many 2-year-olds might be able to climb on the furniture, run well, and kick a ball. Fine motor skills such and coloring with a crayon also develop during this time. This age group is also developing their social and emotional skills. They copy others and play pretend. Typically, 2-year-olds are excited to see their friends and engage in corporative play. Toddlers learn best through play and exploration of their natural environment. Parents and caregivers can promote learning by providing opportunities to interact with educational toys and experiences.
- 1. Fat Brain Toys Personalized Name Puzzle – $27
- 2. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn, Learn to Dress Puppy – $18
- 3. Melissa and Doug Dump Truck – $20
- 4. Tag Toys Wooden Tumble Down Counting Pegs – $65
- 5. Lakeshore Learn the Alphabet! Dough Mats – $10
- 6. Leap Frog LeapStart – $40
- 7. Marvel Education Caterpillar Story Props and Book – $60
- 8. Hape Creative Peg Puzzle – $20
- 9. Fat Brain Toys Forrest and Friends Discovery Tree – $70
- 10. Melissa and Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob- $10
1. Fat Brain Toys Personalized Name Puzzle – $27
Some toddlers may start to recognize the letters in their name. The personalized name puzzle from Fat Brain Toys promotes letter recognition, name recognition, self-esteem, problem-solving, and fine motor skills. Each and every name puzzle is carved out of solid, high-quality wood and painted with vibrant, non-toxic colors. Promote your toddlers individuality with a unique, custom puzzle. The puzzle will be carved out exactly as typed on Fat Brain Toy’s website (Capital letters A – Z only). Each letter is 3-inches tall. The base measures 4.5 inches high. The width of the base depends on the length of the child’s name.
2. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn, Learn to Dress Puppy – $18
The Fisher-Price Learn to Dress Puppy is a great toy for 2-year-olds to learn basic getting-dressed life skills. This Puppy also helps improve fine motor coordination. This toy is loaded with upbeat songs and encouraging phrases to teach toddlers how to get ready for the day. The songs, sounds, and phrases play when you press Puppy’s belly. Toddlers can learn about different types of clothing, daily routines, body parts, and shapes. Your little one can practice buttoning a shirt, buckling a belt, tying one shoe, and using the velcro strap on the other. As toddlers practice buttoning, buckling, and tying to help Puppy get dressed, they are learning all-important life skills. This can boost their confidence in their own ability to help themselves.
3. Melissa and Doug Dump Truck – $20
Shape sorters and vehicles make excellent toys for 2-year-olds. This Dump Truck from Melissa and Doug is a combination an cool truck and wooden block shape sorter. Toddlers can drive blocks and small people figures around as they play. The shape sorter emphasizes basic math skills. Each of the 9 blocks fits into a different shaped hole on the side or top of the dump truck. Smooth rolling wheels deliver the payload wherever your little one desires. Lift the tailgate and dump the blocks out to play again. Toddlers can work on motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they fit the shapes into their corresponding holes.
4. Tag Toys Wooden Tumble Down Counting Pegs – $65
Teach counting in a concert, active, and enjoyable way with Tag Toys Wooden Tumble Down Counting Pegs. To start learning, put one of the 10 interchangeable number plates on top of the counting box. Encourage your 2-year-old to place pegs into the holes while counting out loud. When first learning to use the toy, and adult may need to count for the toddlers. However, with repeated interactions, toddlers can learn to count the pegs all on their own. Once the counting is complete, the child can pull the knob and the pegs tumble down. This cause-and-effect interaction stimulates like a reward, reinforcing the activity as a fun way to learn.
5. Lakeshore Learn the Alphabet! Dough Mats – $10
These colorful alphabet mats turn dough art into a fun, educational experience. Learn the Alphabet Play Mats from Lakeshore Learning outline upper- and lowercase letters. They also feature pictures of things that start with each letter. Children can use their own dough to form each letter on the mat. The whole thing comes with 26 mats that are size 8-inch by 10-inch. The dough is sold separately.
6. Leap Frog LeapStart – $40
7. Marvel Education Caterpillar Story Props and Book – $60
Engage children in imaginative, hands-on learning with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Props and book. Act out the Hungry Little Caterpillar by Eric Carl with these soft story props. Use the large, plus Caterpillar to act out “eating” each of the 16 food props then transforms it into a butterfly. Your 2-year-old will be amazed. Toddlers are starting to develop an understanding of narrative order. Teach literacy and story sequencing from a young age. You can talk about concepts such as first, next, and last.
8. Hape Creative Peg Puzzle – $20
Promote spacial problem-solving and fine motor skills with thisCreative Peg Puzzle. The grooved shapes add an extra dimension of challenge and fun to this colorful peg puzzle. Each peg has small wood protrusions that prevent the shape from sliding down easily. Fortunately, the shapes have grooved holes that allow them to fit when turned just the right way. Your toddler will have fun twisting to fit the grooved shapes along the complex peg system. This toy promotes logic, matching, spacial awareness, and critical thinking.