The 9 Best Educational Toys for 2-Year-Olds of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Mega Bloks 80 Piece Building Classic at Amazon

"Toddlers can build, create, and knock over their creations over and over again."

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Knob Puzzle at Amazon

"The large knobs are made for little hands, and the extra-thick wooden pieces are sturdy and safe."

Koala Crate at kiwico.com

"Koala Crates are a monthly subscription service that sends prepackaged, play-based learning activities that are fun and hands on."

Green Toys Doctor Kit at Amazon

"The kit includes familiar doctor tools and encourages motor skills, imagination, and prosocial behavior."

Step2 Heart of the Home Kitchen at Amazon

"It's stocked with a refrigerator, oven, microwave, tons of storage, and more than 40 kitchen accessories."

Alpha Abacus at Amazon

"This simple and well-made toy will encourage letter and number recognition and early reading and math skills."

Lovevery Play Kit at lovevery.com

"a unique toy subscription box that delivers toys to you every 3 months based on your kid's needs."

Janod Pure Banjo at maisonette.com

"Inspire their musical side with this banjo will help them jam out to their favorite tunes."

Pikler Triangle at etsy.com

"Young and big kids will love playing with this climbing set that can inspire lots of imagination and help them work on gross motor skills."

Toddlers can learn in so many ways. They are infinitely curious, and love to touch, play, move, and test boundaries. Some 2-year olds can sit and play quietly while others may be more interested in tactile learning or just simply wiggling their little bodies around. For every 2-year old, there’s a toy out there that will match their interest and educational needs.

Here, the best educational toys for 2-year-olds.

Our Top Picks

Mega Bloks 80 Piece Building Classic

Perfect for little hands, this budget-friendly toy provides hours of endless play at an amazing price point. The Mega Bloks bag includes 80 different plastic building blocks. 

Toddlers can build, create, and knock over their creations over and over again. At the end of playtime, the blocks all fit in the see-thru plastic storage bag. Playing with blocks is a big developmental milestone, so it is great to always inspire their learning. These blocks are ideal for ages 1 through 5.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Knob Puzzle

A perfect first puzzle, this jumbo wooden toy is a great educational activity that encourages hand-eye coordination, visual perception skills, and color and shape recognition.

The large knobs are made for little hands, and the extra-thick wooden pieces are sturdy and safe. Recommended for ages 12 months and up, this is safe and appropriate for any 2-year-old.

Koala Crate

Koala Box
Courtesy of Kiwico

Koala Crates are a monthly subscription service that sends prepackaged, play-based learning activities that are fun and hands on, crafted just for kids ages 2 through 4.

Choose a monthly subscription for as long as you like, and your toddler will love getting their very own package each month. While the activities are age-appropriate, most cannot be completed alone, so these do require hands-on adult help. This is a great way to get your kid working on their STEM skills.

Green Toys Doctor Kit

For many toddlers, imaginative play begins around 2 years old, so it’s the perfect age to encourage role-play. A doctor kit allows kids to become someone they are probably familiar with: a doctor!

Made from 100% recycled plastic, the kit includes familiar doctor tools and encourages motor skills, imagination, and prosocial behavior (along with helping to eliminate any fear of a doctor’s visit).

Step2 Heart of the Home Kitchen

For a splurge-worthy gift that’ll get tons of use, a toy kitchen is a smart buy. Kids love to imitate what they see, so toddlers will gain valuable motor skills and more by cooking and playing in their very own kitchen.

The kitchen, recommended for ages 2 years old and up, is stocked with a refrigerator, oven, microwave, tons of storage, and more than 40 kitchen accessories. Some adult assembly is required, but reviewers note that all you’ll need is a screwdriver, hammer, and some time.

Alpha Abacus

This simple and well-made toy will encourage letter and number recognition and early reading and math skills. The full alphabet and numbers are printed on blocks that spin. The double-sided blocks have the letter/number on one side and an illustrated example or word on the other. Made of wood, the Alpha Abacus is recommended for kids ages 2 years old and up and will lead to lots of learning.

Lovevery Play Kit

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 Courtesy of Lovevery

Finding toys to meet your kid at the right developmental milestone can be a challenge. Thankfully Lovevery takes care of this with a unique toy subscription box that delivers toys to you every 3 months based on your kid's needs.

Besides having unique and eye-appealing toys, Lovevery sends a comprehensive playbook to you with how to play with the toys with your kids and helps you understand what they are learning. Plus they send a helpful email with more ideas for play.

"The design on the toys is really pretty to look at, so I don't mind if they are all over the floor. This will be my new go-to newborn baby gift."Dwyer Frame, Senior Editorial Director

Janod Pure Banjo

janod-pure-banjo

Courtesy of Maisonette 

Inspire their musical side with this banjo will help them jam out to their favorite tunes. This banjo is great to help teach them cause and effect and help keep their ear in tune with the sounds they are creating.

Pikler Triangle

pikler-triangle
Courtesy of Etsy

Get them moving at home with this pikler triangle that helps them understand how to climb and manipulate their body. Young and big kids will love playing with this climbing set that can inspire lots of imagination and help them work on gross motor skills.

With this seller, you can customize size and colors to fit whatever your home needs.

As with any climbing tools, you'll want to keep a safe eye on your child while they use this.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter. She’s found the best toys for 2-year-olds are the ones that her older kids can play with too. Mega Bloks, a toy kitchen, and Do a Dot Art markers continue to get lots and lots of use in her house (even though she doesn’t have a 2-year-old anymore).

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