The 25 Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds In 2020

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Our Top Picks

Roll and Ring Ramp Tower at Amazon

"A hands-on toy, the Ramp Tower will teach your 2-year-old fine motor, sensory, and color identification skills."

T-Ball Set at Amazon

"Adjustable to adapt to your tot's growing height, this set gives your 2-year-old a head start on developing their motor skills."

Confetti Music Table at Walmart

"Explore basic sounds and rhythms with this music set, complete with a drum, cymbal, xylophone, and two wooden sticks."

Splash Play Mat at Amazon

"Bring the water park right to your home with this sprinkler toy, perfect for splashing or spattering."

Pretty Purse Fill and Spill Toddler Toy at Amazon

"Promote pretend play with this plush set, featuring a cell phone, key chain, mirror, and a purse to put them in."

Lego Duplo ‘Toy Story’ Set at Amazon

"Toy Story lovers will enjoy putting together this LEGO train set, accessorized with Buzz Lightyear and Woody."

Little Tikes Slide at Amazon

"A beginner slide that doesn't take up too much room, the toy can be used both indoors and outdoors."

Farm Puzzle at Amazon

"Kids 12 months and up can play with this puzzle which will help them learn hand-eye coordination."

My First Crayola Double Doodle Board at Walmart

"Bring your tot's ideas to life and improve their fine motor skills with this mess-free Doodle Board."

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog at Amazon

"With its 14 pieces, the Fine Motor Hedgehog promotes lessons in counting and color identification."

The drastic changes a child makes in their first two years of life is incredible. They go from not being able to hold up their own head to walking, running, talking little humans in seemingly no time at all. As exciting as that is, it makes shopping for toys tough because they may be too developed for a plush toy but still too small for anything with small pieces.

Here are the best toys for 2-year-olds, no matter their interests.

Our Top Picks

Roll and Ring Ramp Tower

Melissa & Doug Roll & Ring Ramp Tower

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With two race cars and a tower with a zig-zag ramp, kids can roll the cars back and forth on the floor or get some hands-on learning experience with physics and gravity. All of the parts are made from wood and are painted with bold colors. This set is great for kids 12 months and up. 

T-Ball Set

Toddlers and kids between 18 months and 6 years old can practice their swing with this T-ball set. The stand is adjustable to meet your child’s height and can fold down to store all of the parts and hang on a wall when it’s not in use. The set comes with the stand, five balls, and a bat. 

Confetti Music Table

Confetti Music Table

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Whether your kid is already interested in playing music or you’re hoping to introduce them to it, this table will let them do some early exploring. The wood table is equipped with a little drum, cymbal, and five-key xylophone, and you get two wooden sticks to play each mini instrument. This music set is designed for kids ages 2 and up. 

Splash Play Mat

With this backyard toy, kids 12 months and older can run through the shooting water and splash in the puddle it creates. The mat has a 68-inch diameter, is made from durable BPA- and phthalate-free plastic to avoid punctures, and is covered in fun pirate cartoons.

Pretty Purse Fill and Spill Toddler Toy

If your 2-year-old loves to put things into bags and take them out, this purse is for them. In addition to the purse, this set comes with a key ring (with removable keys), a play cell phone, makeup compact, and a coin purse with four coins. All of the toys can be either machine washed or wiped down to clean and are best for kids 18 months old and up.  

Lego Duplo ‘Toy Story’ Set

At two years old, your favorite little kid is ready to start playing with LEGO Duplos, and what better introduction than this "Toy Story" set? It comes with 21 pieces that make up a train and cactus, plus they get a wanted poster piece that features Hamm in addition to Buzz and Woody figurines.

Little Tikes Slide

This slide can be set up inside or outside and will keep kids between 18 months and 6 years old occupied—for as long as their attention span will allow, at least. Two steps lead your kid up to the slide which is 3 feet long. When it’s not in use, the slide can be folded down for easy storage. 

Farm Puzzle

Kids 12 months and up can play with this puzzle which will help them learn to identify different animals, work on hand-eye coordination, and practice spatial awareness. The puzzle and their pieces are made from high-quality wood, and each piece has a large knob so little hands can easily guide them into place. 

My First Crayola Double Doodle Board

Crayola Double Doodle Board

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If your little one loves to color and doodle, this double-sided board will bring them all kinds of entertainment. On one side, they can color with crayons (which wipe clean) and on the other, they can use their fingers to make shapes in the mess-free gel. It’s great for kids 2 years old and up.

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

This little hedgehog is more than just cute. It’s also a great tool for kids 18 months and older to work on their fine motor skills, color recognition, and counting.

Each spike is removable, allowing your child to use their fine motor skills to pull them out and put them back in, and the hedgehog’s back has numbers associated with each spike hole to help your tot learn and identify numbers. 

Brico Kids DIY Truck

Janod Brico Kids DIY Truck

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Kids 2 years old and up can have fun building this truck and then playing with it when they’re done. The set comes with 17 pieces, all of which are made of wood (with the exception of the truck’s plastic wheels) and include a wrench, hammer, screws, bolts, and the truck bed which has an attached string so your kid can pull it around once it’s built. 

Princess Castle Play Tent

What’s more fun than a playhouse? A castle playhouse! This tent is safe for kids 2 years old and up to play with inside the house or in the backyard. It’s held up with poles, which are safely tucked into hidden sleeves so kids can’t touch them. The fabric has hearts and glow-in-the-dark stars decorating it for extra fun, and it can be easily wiped down to clean. When it’s not in use, the tent can be folded down and tucked into a little carrying bag. 

VTech Care For Me Learning Carrier

Aspiring veterinarians between 9 months and 3 years old will have a lot of fun with this kit that comes with a plush dog, a carrying case, comb, ball, bottle, bone, and food bowl. The case has buttons and sliders that let your little one work on fine motor skills, and it also lights up and sings while teaching colors and numbers

Monster Bowling

Aside from being flat out adorable, this bowling set is a lot of fun for kids 2 to 6 years old. It comes with a carrying bag, a plush ball, and six little monster pins with weighted bottoms to knock down. All of the parts are made with durable fabrics that are brightly colored and great for sensory play

Alago Water Doodle Mat

You can let your kids color on this mat without having to worry about them accidentally coloring on the carpet (or furniture...or the walls) because the markers don’t have any ink! Simply fill them up with water and they’ll bring out the colors on the mat, which is also designed to soak up the water so it doesn’t seep into your carpet.

The mat will gradually dry, making the doodles disappear, and your kiddo can start all over. The set comes with one mat, four pens, drawing molds, a drawing booklet, and is safe for kids as young as 18 months.

Penguin Gelato Van

Penguin Gelato Van

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This little wooden truck is great for kids 18 months and up and is decked out in ice cream decals. It comes with a little penguin driver and three treats that can be propped up on top of the truck, stored inside it, or pulled out to play with. 

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Piggy Bank

With two different learning stage options, this piggy bank is equipped to aid development for kids between 6 months and 3 years old. It comes with ten coins that can be pushed into the little slot on its back and then taken out through the door on its side. The piggy sings and counts, and the coins are perfect for color sorting. 

Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Water Table

Water play never gets old, which is why this water table is such a great toy for kids between 2 and 6 years old. You get five plastic squirting balls, one pouring cup, and the table equipped with a water spinner, a downward spiral, a Ferris wheel, and a funnel with two water wheels.

It’s a great outside toy for the summer and, since they won’t get drenched, it’s even good on warmer spring and fall days.

Match and Roll Shape Sorter

Shape sorters have always been a great toy for kids, but this one is a little extra fun because it rolls around and is designed to teach kids about color pairing, in addition to shapes and spatial awareness. It’s made from high-quality long-lasting wood, has 12 shape blocks, and is designed for kids 12 months old and up.

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck

In addition to being adorable, this little food truck is designed for kids between 18 months and 3 years old and allows you to change the learning settings to match your child's development. It has 20 removable parts, makes more than 125 sounds, has a smart cash register, and all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a food truck. 

Playskool Sit ‘n Spin

This little toy is the next best thing to riding the teacup ride at Disney World. Kids sit on the stool and spin themselves around using the stationary wheel in the middle. As they get the hang of it, they can go faster and faster—so, expect a silly, dizzy kiddo. It’s a long-lasting toy, too, because it’s safe for kids between 18 months and 6 years old.

Fisher Price Little People Swing & Share Treehouse Playset

With this playset, your kid gets two people and one dog who can have all kinds of fun on the swing, tree tunnel, playhouse, telescope, and dog house. One of the buttons on the set makes the swing move back and forth, and if the puppy is sleeping in his house, the other button will have him pop out to play! This treehouse is best for kids between 12 months and 5 years old

Safari Puppets

Your kiddo can play pretend with this set of six puppets. The pack comes with a zebra, monkey, giraffe, tiger, elephant, and parrot, all of which are made from high-quality fabric and are machine washable. Kids as young as 2 years old can play with these, but they’re also designed to fit most adults for some family fun.

Pound and Roll Stairs

Kids 12 months and older can practice their fine motor and problem-solving skills with this three-piece wooden toy. Each level of the stairs has a hole cut out that the ball can be hammered through before it drops down to the next stair. It’s a simple game, but still a lot of fun. 

Cutting Fruit Chef Set

Cutting Fruit Chef Set

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For the little chef in training, this set will let them look and feel like they’re running their own kitchen. It comes with a striped apron and a wooden knife that “cuts” through an apple, watermelon, orange, and pear that are held together with velcro. This fun toy is great for kids as young as 18 months.

Final Verdict

There is something for just about every 2-year-old on this list, but if you’re not sure what their specific interests are at the moment, you’re sure to get a smile out of them with the Little Tikes Slide, the Playskool Sit ‘n Spin, or Monster Bowling.  

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Ashley Ziegler is a staff and freelance writer who covers lifestyle, home, parenting, and commerce content for a variety of platforms. She’s a wife to a public school administrator and mom to 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters. In addition to regularly scouring the internet to find the best things for herself, Ashley spends multiple hours a week researching, comparing, and writing about products specifically for kids and families.

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