Friday, November 28th, 2008
Essential Toy Guide: 2-Year-Olds
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These are essential toys, the high value gender-neutral toys that your kids will enjoy and then later you’ll hand down to friends’ kids. These are not posh. They’re reality toys that you don’t have to mortgage your home to buy. Be sure to weigh in below with your opinion about other essential toys.
Aquadoodle Travel N Doodle by Spinmaster — Draw with the water-filled marker, and the “ink” evaporates in a minute or two. It’s marketed for travel, but who wants to refill a water pen on the road, one that is not tethered to the board? Nonetheless, it’s perfectly sized for jumping on the couch and doodling away. $17.
There is also a floor version available, Aquadoodle Draw N’ Doodle Mat, (rated for 3-year-olds for some reason). It’s more of a hassle to store. $19.
Geometric Stacker by Melissa and Doug — You can find stacking rings rated for 6-month-olds, but be honest, a baby will either throw or dine on the rings. Here’s a stacker that truly gauges development at 24 months. Stack ‘em any which way at first, then slowly teach how to properly sort shapes on each of the three stakes. $14.
Shopping Cart by Little Tikes — Graduate from walkers to shopping carts. They’re not so much about playing grocery store (although that does happen) as they are a transport vehicle for ferrying toys and stuffed animals between your child’s room and the family room. $28. If that’s too pricey, consider a comparatively cheap $17 no frills model from American Plastic Toys.
This toy guide is not finished! We need your expertise. Surely there are more great toys for 2-year-olds! Help other parents by posting a comment below with your suggestions for must-have toys that your child(ren) have loved. And if you have strong feelings about toys in this guide, or similar ones, share those thoughts too. Thank you!
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