Best Learning Toys For 2-Year-Olds

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Best Learning Toys For 2-Year-Olds

With Christmas right around the corner, one of the things I’m most excited for is watching my son open gifts. Last year, he understood a little about what was going on and learned all about ripping wrapping paper. But, this year he helped decorate the tree, hang the stockings, and is constantly reminding his 9-month-old twin sisters: “Don’t touch the ornaments!”.

There is no shortage of toys available on the shelves at Target (or in our basement), but there are some that Hudson plays with constantly. He loves to learn, so we try to encourage that with the toys we gift to him. Below are some of his current favorites along with a few that he will be opening in just under a week (don’t tell him).

Melissa & Doug Match and Roll Shape Sorter

When he was around 1.5 years old, this toy was perfect to roll around and hear the block tumble. As he got older, he was then was able to work on more fine motor-skills and put the shapes in the designated spaces. As a 2.5 year old, he’s working on identifying the shapes. There’s a handy guide on the bottom just in case you forgot (or like me, never knew) the difference between a trapezoid and a parallelogram.

This toy is possibly his favorite toy so far in his short life. He learned shapes that I didn’t even know existed. Quatrefoil? Yes, a quatrefoil. It’s a thing.

Sesame Street Elmo’s on the Go Letters

What could be better than a briefcase full of letters!? Hudson loves carrying this around the house and showing off to anyone who will listen. The pictures underneath the letters helps him learn the sounds that letters make.

He also likes to take all the letters out and line them up on floor. I keep hoping that it will spell out some prophetic message, but have been disappointed so far.

Melissa & Doug See Inside Numbers Wooden Peg Puzzle

This toy is so cheap, I think every kid should have it. Hudson went from just putting the pieces into the puzzle, to starting to recognize the numbers, and now he’s working on counting the animals that are under each number. He’s been obsessed with this toy for over a year now and still plays with it almost daily.

Lego Duplos

This is total nostalgia as Legos were by far my favorite toy growing up. Hudson’s received a couple smaller sets, and as much as these are a pain to clean up, he loves playing with them. They have also been helpful in teaching him how to put toys away.

The bigger sets are fun, but honestly, a basic board and classic bricks are about the only things he needs since his favorite thing to do is build towers as tall as he can before they fall.

Magformers Magnetic Building Blocks

After doing some research and asking friends for toy recommendations, Magformers Magnetic Building Blocks kept coming up as a favorite for two and three year olds. With various set sizes, you can spend anywhere from around $20 all the way up to $200.

We were able to find a great deal on Amazon for a set in the middle of that range. This is Hudson’s big gift from us and I can’t wait to play with it myself watch him play with it!


From Head to Toe

Hudson is obsessed with this book. It’s interactive and tells you different actions you should do as you read along.

Little Pea

Who wouldn’t want to read a book about a pea who is forced to eat his dinner (candy) before he can have his favorite dessert (spinach). Hudson loves saying “yuck” along with Little Pea as he forces down his candy dinner.

Little Blue Truck, Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

Hudson loves the original and we’re hoping he feels the same way about Little Blue Truck’s Christmas because he’s getting it for Christmas!

Is it too late? Not with Amazon Prime 2-day shipping! We’ve done over half of our Christmas shopping this year on Amazon.

What other great toys are out there? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

About the author
I am a professional dad of three. Let me clarify - I'm not a professional dad. I am a professional. And I'm a dad. I have a career that I love as a high school social studies teacher. And I am a dad of three to a two-year-old son and twin baby girls.

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