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The Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Keep your kids engaged for hours with play sets and building blocks.

There’s a reason they’re called the terrible twos. By age two, according to the CDC, your little angel is showing some defiant behavior and craves more independence.

But your kiddo is also developing into a full-functioning little human who’s starting to run, not walk. She can point to pictures when you name them or things he sees in a book, can say four-word sentences, and starts to sort shapes and sizes. She can build towers with four or more blocks, can name animals, and kick a ball.

See more: Best Gift Ideas for 1-Year-Olds

We found the best toys for two year olds that foster your child’s development, without cutting back on the fun.

A classic toy that never loses this appeal, this spinning saucer teaches toddlers to sit, spin, and balance themselves.

Sometimes, we forget that simple can be spectacular. This spinning saucer is not only fun, but it teachers two year olds about controlling speed and helps them practice balance, coordination, and motor skills. 

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So your kid is asking for a pet? Give him or her this Fingerling monkey instead. It's fun, it's affectionate, it's responsive, and it doesn't need to be walked.

This monkey fully interacts with your child. He burps, he farts, he laughs, and he repeats what your kid says using a funny voice. Plus, he’s huggable.

Kids build their own toy train track and push cars around the track to hear a variety of sounds. The talking train set includes an electronic train station, bridge and tunnel, and a conveyor belt hill.

Start that language training early, as this train greets passengers in Spanish, German, and French. But even cooler is the brand’s SmartPoint technology, which adds an interactive element to the toy. When you roll the train or any other SmartPoint vehicle over a SmartPoint location, your child hears phrases and sounds.

Your kid will get an early education in the world of medicine with this seven-piece kit. It includes a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, otoscope, syringe, a bandage plus a fabric doctor bag. And when or she presses the button on the thermometer, the patient goes from sick to well.

House calls, anyone? This medical kit encourages pretend play and helps kids understand the vital purpose doctors serve in their lives.

Not only is this push bike mad-cute, but it has rubberized wheels to protect your floors and ensure that the wheels last longer. And it's a solid choice for kids starting to test their mobility and develop their motor skills.

This push-along scooter, from one of the toy industry’s best brands in terms of quality, is a great choice for developing muscle strength and balance, as a lead-up to an actual bike.

Your child can built forts and castles and anything else under the sun with this set of 60 natural-finished, smooth-sanded hardwood blocks by Melissa & Doug.

At this age, you want to encourage kids to sort shapes. And this Melissa & Doug set, made up of 60 wood pieces, is ideal for encouraging imaginative play. The blocks also help develop hand-eye coordination.

This toy, from one of our favorite brands, teaches fine motor skills, boosts concentration, and helps your child learn numbers 1-5.

This maze is brilliantly, deceptively simple. Your child uses a magnetic pen to move the balls around and match them with the corresponding animals and numbers. And when she’s done, you tuck the pen into a storage slot.

At this age, kids start to play simple make-believe games, so arm them with this solid and fun set.

Kids are encouraged to use their imagination and go to town with a child-sized broom, mop, duster, brush, and organizing stand. The red dustpan clips into all handles. They learn coordination, and how to complete a task. 

We love this brand because the toys are eco-friendly, and seem to last forever.

This deceptively simple and colorful set helps your two year old develop and build motor skills, and recognize different hues.

We can't say enough good things about this stellar building block starter set.

At age two, your child is starting to build towers of four or more blocks. He or she can go wild with this vibrant, solidly-constructed bag o’blocks, which comes with its own storage bag.

Help your child learn to sort shapes and colors with this fun wooden set.

By age two, your child can identify some shapes and shades. This wooden shape sorter hones those skills. You get eight blocks in four colors and four shapes, which fit into a corresponding opening.

Yes, kids love pounding things. But this genius bench actually serves a larger purpose.

We apologize in advance for the noise, parents, but this bench helps your two year old hone his or her fine motor skills, with the pegs going up and down when your kid nails each one with the mallet.

This set encourages imaginative play, which is crucial at age two.

To boost your two year old’s imagination, you get toddler-safe tools made from durable, soft plastic. The set includes a saw, hammer, screwdriver, wrench, drill, and toolbox.

Kids feed chickens, tuck in the horse, and hear tons of songs and phrases with this interactive farm set.

This set keeps two year old kids engaged because of all its (literal) bells and whistles. Your child rings a ball to call to his or her animals, opens the stall door to let the horse graze, and tucks the critters in for the night.

It's a fun and easy way to introduce your child to the joys of moldable toys.

This dough is solid because it’s made from actual ingredients we recognize (like flour) and lets your kids go nuts by making whatever they want, from simple ball they can now throw overhead, to ice cream cones and cars. Sorry in advance for the mess.

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