They call them “the terrible twos”, but with some thoughtful shopping and careful planning, the next year of your child’s life doesn’t have to be all that bad.
The best toys for 2-year old boys are the ones that will engage their developing urge to MOVE, whether it is scooting, hopping, rolling, twisting, pulling, or any other adverb that you can possibly think of. 2-year olds are at a unique period in their physical and mental development where they want to understand how their bodies work, how things work, and truly, how the world works.
We’ve been cataloging some of the best toys available for 2-year old boys, whether you need a birthday gift on the fly or are looking for a Christmas present for that special youngster. What follows is an examination of the Top 50 Toys and Gifts for 2-year old boys, reviewed and analyzed by how well they do at capturing and keeping a 2-year old’s attention.
Later, we’ll share more about our review process, as well as reveal the toys that made the very top of the list.
Our Top 50 Gift Ideas For 2 Year Old Boys
Popular children’s author Herve Tullet has created something really special with the “Press Here” Interactive Book, a page-turning visual and auditory adventure that explores the relationship between cause and effect in an entirely new way. By pressing the yellow button on the cover, kids are taking their first steps into an adventure of unexpected proportions. Each page will present the child with new directions, challenges, and unexpected happenings. It’s enough to keep parents excited for the next page as well! Known as the “Prince of Preschool”, author Herve Tullet has been making renowned kids’ books for over 15 years.
No matter what point your child is at with their journey of learning how to read, they are sure to appreciate the cool tractors, fast cars, and burly dump trucks that are featured in Brianna Sayres hit kid’s book, “Where Do Diggers Sleep At Night?” This illustrated tale is bright, vivid, and friendly enough to capture the attention of any 2-year old boy and provide them with a wholesome story that they are going to want to read again and again. This is part of a larger series of books that include trains and planes, so if he likes it, there is more where it came from!
There aren’t a whole lot of scooters out there that are friendly to preschool aged kids, but the Micro Kickboard 3-Wheeled Scooter certainly is. The extra wheel up front provides for significantly more support and balance than the traditional 2-wheel design of Razor-type scooters. In addition to the third wheel, the Micro Kickboard scooter doesn’t utilize a turning steering column, but instead relies on your child’s loaning body weight to control which direction it is going. An easy-to work push brake sits atop the back wheel. Most online retailers offer this model in 8 different colors, including the supremely popular Aqua-marine.
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If you’ve got more than one toddler or 2-year old running around, or if you are going to be hosting the next big block party or birthday shindig, then consider investing in this 5-Piece Ball Pit Tunnels Set by Hide N Side. This is a fully-featured ball pit set that has three different specialized chambers and two different connecting tunnels, all of which can be assembled in a number of different combinations. A basketball hoop and a Velcro-based toss game are some of the features that truly take the 5-Piece Ball Pit Tunnels Set above and beyond the competition.
With multiple functions like playback, recorded, and demo, the Play 22 Keyboard Mat is one of the most fully-functional musical toys on our list, and quite perhaps, one of the most highly entertaining. This gigantic electric keyboard play mat is made of extra strong vinyl, and can be made to play in a number of different tones, everything from piano and saxophone to trumpet, banjo, and guitar. The whole thing is powered off of 4 AA batteries, which is not a lot considering just how much fun you and your kid is going to get out of this ting.
The Triple Loop Wooden Train Set by Orbrium is one of the nicest train sets that we have seen in a while. Utilizing the classic style, feel, and shape of traditional toddler trains with a few modern tweaks, this manages to be simultaneously nostalgic and modern … a great blend for kids of all ages. These beautifully created beech wood pieces are all made from solid wood, which is a good indicator of just how long this toy will last in your family. For the ambitious toddler, purchasing multiple sets is a great way to expand the fantasy world that has been created.
While 2 year olds are usually not ready to dive into any heavy literature, it is an important time for them in terms of language development and speech structures. Toddler-focused books like the Around The Farm Sound Book by Mark Rader do a great job of introducing the basic elements of language and letters, while relying on a little help from some of our favorite barnyard creatures. The side panel of the book is an electric soundboard that can bring to life, cows, birds, pigs, horses, and much more as the story progresses. The artwork is charming and unique … this is sure to be a cherished addition to the family library.
It’s marketed as the number one preschool toy in the United States, and though we can’t be sure where the metric comes from, it is easy to believe. The Big Building Bag is a set of brightly colored plastic building blocks made by Mega Brands, the folks behind a number of the toys on our review guide. These large and dynamic blocks can be stacked together to create anything that can be imagined, and 2 year olds will appreciate the simple motions of snapping, stacking, pulling, and more. Look for other Mega Blocks sets, as anything from this series is interchangeable and can be combined into even larger creations.
There has been a lot of talk lately about how bad BPA-plastics can be for human health, so naturally, toys that still use it don’t seem to be doing as well. The BPA-Free Fire Truck from Green Toys is doing quite well in fact, due to both its non-toxic construction and well-designed functionality. At its core this toy is just a cool looking fire truck, but with the spinning wheels, rotating fire ramp, and removable side ladders, this is actually one of the coolest firetruck toys in existence. Lots of detailed logos, tools, and insignias are built right into the side of the fire truck, reducing the small parts that might otherwise prove hazardous to little kids.
As toy review experts, it is always nice to see something that we have never seen before. We expect that parents and shoppers share this mentality, if the popularity of Bristle Blocks is any indicator. This unique and innovative play blocks are different from Lego, Duplo, and the like. Utilizing an entirely new connection method, Bristle Blocks manage to create all-new possibilities for building and constructing. It works by simply pressing the bristles into one another, and remarkably, they hold together very well. This 112 piece set is a great starting point, but consider combine multiple Bristle Blocks sets for even more exciting possibilities.