10 Best Educational Toys For 2 Year Old
What exactly are educational toys? Are they ones that teach children alphabets, numbers, shapes and colors? Not necessarily. These are concepts that most children will start learning by the age of 4 no matter what. Rather, as parents, we should be trying to encourage independent play and creativity in them. Something that not every school teaches.
Keeping this in mind, we bring to you our list of 10 toys that every home with 2 year olds should have.
Best Educational Toys For 2 Year Olds
The best gift you can ever give your child is the sense to appreciate a good book.
It is never too early to introduce books to children. But at the latest, you should do it by the age of 2. You can read our list of best first books for babies to get an idea where to start. Options like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, Where is baby’s belly button are good starter books to choose from.
When my nephew was about 2 years old, he had an elaborate set of wooden blocks. I remember him trying to build a structure as tall as him. Though the blocks lost balance and fell down plenty of times, he kept on persevering till he built it.
Open ended toys like wooden blocks help children develop patience and perseverance. They overcome their frustration at failing and keep on going till they achieve what they want. Isn’t that exactly what we need to develop as adults too?
This is why wooden blocks and legos are some of the must-have toys for toddlers. Encouraging open ended play, creativity and building skills, children tend to get hooked to these toys for a really long time.
It is better to opt for eco-friendly wooden toys with children friendly paint so that you don’t have to worry even if they chew on it.
Some options to consider are-
The elaborate wooden blocks set from Melissa And Doug
A Smaller 38 piece set from Akrobo
Legos are a great alternative to wooden blocks. Encouraging spatial sense, building skills, studies have found that playing with lego help develop brain process needed for math skills. Just be sure to buy large lego blocks so that you don’t have to worry about young toddlers choking on it.
Some of the options to choose from are
Lego Duplo Sets that contains various structures like animals, birds, vehicles and other elements you see around yourself.
Pretend Play Toys
Children love to imitate adults. That is one of the reasons why pretend play toys are a huge hit among toddlers. Not only do they encourage imagination and creativity, but also collaborative mentality when they indulge in group play.
Options available are in plenty and some of them worth considering are-
Scribbling on walls is a messy affair. But did you know that toddlers are developing their fine motor skills through scribbling. So, save your walls and invest in a good quality easel. Of course, provide your toddlers with plenty of writing materials like chalk, crayons, pencil, sketch pen and so on so that they are hooked on. A sand tray is also worth investing in.
Ride On Toys
Outdoor play is quite important for a child’s overall development. Getting a ride on toy encourages children to be mobile and spend more time outdoor. Options like R For Rabbit Plug n Play Tricycle, Amardeep Tricycle are some of the favorites among parents and children alike. You can also take a look at our article on best Ride On Toys to find more options.
When my son was about 2 years, he loved to dismantle and put back together pens. He was also quite fond of his dad’s tool box which was actually out of his limits. To satisfy his curiosity, we bought for him a tool kit and he would spend hours together on it. We bought the wooden tool kit from Melissa & Doug. The option from Toyshine is also worth consideration.
Spoons, Bowls and Cups
You don’t necessarily have to go to a store for toys. Some of the best toys for children can be found from your kitchen. Be it spoons, bowls, cups or spatula, kids find immense joy playing with it. Just take care to ensure they are lightweight and without any sharp edges.
A train set again is one of the toys that encourage building and logical thinking. Rather than opting for one with fixed track shape, choose one where children can build tracks of various shapes and sizes, aiding their creativity and imagination. Thomas & Friends Battery operated train set is one such option.
Busy books are ironically called as quiet books too. They engage children for hours and help them stay quiet and still on flights, at doctors appointments and other places restricted spaces.
But its use is not restricted to keeping children quiet. Busy books also help develop fine motor skills, spatial skills and different learning skills like math, sorting, geometry etc depending on the busy book you choose.
You can find a lot of mompreneurs on Facebook selling busy books. Alternatively, you can check Amazon for options from Muddy Puddle for some innovative collections.
Play Doh again offer unlimited open ended play time. Kids love to knead, mould and make various shapes with it. If you feel your child might chew on it, opt for fresh chapati dough. You can add beetroot juice, spinach juice or pomegranate juice for color. You might also like to invest in a miniature Chakla Belan set for your little one.
Puzzles again help develop problem solving skills, which in turn boosts their independence. In addition, it also has benefits like developing fine motor skills, cognitive skills, hand-eye co-ordination and their overall confidence too. You can start off with simpler Frank puzzles and gradually upgrade to more challenging options.
Toys are an integral part of your little one’s childhood. Children not only play with it, but also learns with it. So, choosing the right ones for your little one is quite important.
Let us know in comments which toys your little one love the most? It could be of immense help to our readers and community.