Christmas toys for two year-olds
Around the age of two, children are becoming much more independent, and will really enjoy role-play toys as they become able to copy adult behaviour. Their social skills will also be developing, so toys which can be played together are ideal to introduce now. Children are likely to also become more aware of brands and characters and are likely to have favourites, so look out for toys based on these too.
This Christmas, we want good quality toys children will enjoy again and again. So rather than spending a small fortune on a toy that is destined to gather dust, why not get some inspiration from our Good Toy Guide experts? These little elves spend all year trying out tons of toys - with the help of children, parents, and child carers - to add some sparkle to your gift list this Christmas.
- Flaps to lift and things to spot get toddlers interacting with the book, encouraging a love of reading
- Gentle rhyming text makes reading fun and helps with pre-reading skills
- Can help to calm anxieties about visiting the doctor
Discover what the busy doctors do all day in this lift-the-flap book for inquisitive toddlers, from Campbell's Flip and Find range. Our testers loved the familiarity of the doctor's surgery, and talking about their own experiences really helped to hold their interest.
- Works with a selection of free apps to get toddlers to practise shape recognition, build vocabulary, get creative and more
- Makes the most of digital play while giving toddlers another dimension of interactivity
- Includes a bag for easy storage and playing on the go
Tiggly Shapes does a fabulous job of combining physical toys with a collection of free apps to offer fun learning opportunities. Our testers couldn't get enough of Tiggly Shapes and we were impressed with the design of the blocks; good quality and easy for little hands to handle, and despite being banged repeatedly on our iPad screen, the iPad remained unscathed.
- Great for imaginative play, encouraging creativity and an understanding of the world (e.g. making the animal sounds)
- Children can be encouraged to talk about the animals and vehicles, developing speech and language
- Small toys such as these are good for improving grip, strengthening hand and finger muscles (which are important for things like holding and using a toothbrush)
Playmobil 1.2.3. is a range of quality toys suitable for younger children; everything we love about Playmobil, but without the tiny pieces to worry about. This particular set takes toddlers on an African Safari, complete with a funny monkey in a tree. Our testers were captivated by the range of animals to choose from.
- Familiar characters will be big hit with fans of the show, and offer the perfect springboard for imaginative play
- Pulling the boat along encourages toddlers to move around while they play, improving their coordination
- A variety of interactive features really help to stimulate a toddler's inquisitive mind
Twirlywoos fans will be enthralled by the pull-along Big Red Boat Playset, complete with Great BigHoo and Peekaboo figurines. There are all sorts of interactive features to discover, plus lots of attention-grabbing sounds and lights, to feed children's curiosity.
- Role play helps young children understand the world around them
- Caring for a doll is a good way to encourage children to start thinking about the needs of others
- Pushing a pram around gets children moving, strengthening their leg muscles and improving balance
Role play becomes very popular around this age, so props like the Wooden Heart Pram from Indigo Jamm can be a big hit. Our testers certainly took a liking to this pram, tucking their doll in and wheeling it around again and again.
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This post was written by Anna Taylor