10 Best Toys & Gifts for 2 Year Old Boys in 2018

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Are you looking for the best toys for a 2-year-old boy that will be both entertaining and educational? Given the thousands of options, getting the best toy can seem daunting. Luckily, we’ve done the heavy lifting and found the best toys for boys that are educational, fun, and won’t break the bank.

The toys on this list are not only a treat to play with, they’re also designed to help children reach critical physical and cognitive development milestones. 2 year olds are just learning to run and jump with both feet. They’re expected to learn to throw and kick balls, balance on one foot, stack boxes, and climb stairs. They’re becoming more independent and can brush their own teeth, hold utensils and crayons with fingers instead of fists, and help a little with getting dressed. Cognitively, they’re able to follow 2 step directions, group objects by color and size, ask questions, talk about the past, and know over 200+ words. 2 year olds are also becoming more social and start to play with other kids.

We considered all of these critical developmental milestones in pulling together this list of the 10 best toys for 2-year-old boys. Children benefit from the stimulation these toys offer, and while we don’t suggest limiting your child to only the toys on this list, we think it’s a great start.

Note, this list is also great for 2-year-old girls. as the developmental standards are the same. Many of the products in the list are gender neutral or have color variations for both boys and girls.

1. VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

This soccer goal meets basketball hoop allows children to develop critical motor skills like kicking and throwing. Children improve their spacial reasoning skills playing with either a soccer-ball or basketball. It’s never too early to start practicing for the big championship. We love this sports center because it’s small enough to conveniently fit in most living rooms, giving even apartment dwellers the opportunity for athletic activity. Not surprisingly, this sports center is currently Amazon’s #1 best seller in electronic learning & educational toys.

Buy for $29.82 on Amazon

2. Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

Tobbles Neo is one of the best stacking toys around. They’re not only beautiful and modern, but also great developmental tools. Children learn to stack smaller objects on top of bigger objects, and also explore their creativity with gravity-defying bends. The tobbles can even spin.

This toy teaches children problem solving skills, and stimulates creativity. The pieces are safe for small children and easy to clean with a wet paper towel.

Buy for $25.75 on Amazon

3. Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Tough Trike

Tricycles are excellent developmental tools for 2 year olds. They help children develop full body motor skills, core strength and balance. Children love going fast and exploring their environment. The exercise is good for them too. Developing tricycle riding skills as a 2-year-old also leads nicely into the development of bicycle riding skills.

Buy for $30.99 on Amazon

4. ALEX Discover My First Scribble

This is an excellent choice for a toddler’s first coloring book. The illustrations are large and have little detail, which is great for toddlers who may get overwhelmed by regular grown-up coloring books. 2-year-olds will improve their finger and hand control as they scribble, which leads to improved drawing, writing, and painting abilities later in life. The book also comes with a fun set of stickers. Who doesn’t love stickers.

Buy for $9.58 on Amazon

If you don’t have any crayons or markers around, we recommend checking out these natural and safe beeswax crayons for toddlers.

5. VTech Touch & Teach Word Book

This interactive book contains 12 touch sensitive pages helping children learn over 100 essential words. The book is great at teaching the ABCs, and has 4 different play modes. It’s a great toy for children as young as 18 months to 4 years. An added bonus is that children improve motor skills pressing buttons that speak and play music.

Buy for $17.99 on Amazon

6. Numbers Colors Shapes Board Book

This great little book has 100 color pictures to teach your toddler numbers, colors, shapes and more. The book has thick pages which make it easy for your toddler to turn, and the cover is soft and squishy so it’s easy to hold.

Parents sit with their children and introduce the various objects on each page. Then they ask the child to point to the right picture for one of the words they introduced. Over time, children become familiar with critical concepts and vocabulary.

Practicing together with an old-fashioned book is a beautiful, simple, and fun experience for parent and child alike. Parents will get priceless memories seeing their child learn.

Buy for $4.49 on Amazon

7. Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag

This set contains 80 large-sized blocks for hours of fun play. Toddlers can stretch their imaginations constructing all kinds of objects. The blocks come in a nice zip up bag for easy clean up and transportation.

This is a great toy that your child can grow in to. 2 year olds may play with the blocks and only build a simple understanding of how they fit together. As they turn 3 and older they will begin building increasingly complex and imaginative structures.

Building blocks are great for problem solving, spacial reasoning, imagineering, and all-around good fun.

Buy for $14.92 on Amazon

8. Teach My Toddler Learning Kit

A toddler can never have too many resources for learning their ABCs, numbers, shapes, and colors. This comprehensive toddler learning kit is an excellent addition to any toddler’s play room. The learning kit includes 4 board books with thick pages, 4 posters, 7 puzzles and 55 flashcards. Even more importantly it includes a step by step teaching guide.

Parents can spend just 20 minutes every day with the learning kit to teach their little Einstein essential cognitive abilities. While the cards and materials in this kit are not the most colorful and fun, the educational value of the cards is still so high that the learning kit gets a spot on our list.

Buy for $28.99 on Amazon

9. Summer Infant My Size Potty

The average boys learns to go potty at 31 months old, but some start as early as 18 months. Many parents are eager to potty train their children. Make the learning process easier by buying your child a toddler-sized potty.

This potty looks and feels like an adult toilet. It features a handle that makes a flush sound, and a flip-up lid so your boy can learn to go standing up. It even includes a clip on splash guard which is especially useful for teaching boys. This toddler potty is a welcome addition to any toddler’s bathroom.

Buy for $24.86 on Amazon

10. Step2 Water Table Play-set

Wowza, this water table is dripping with fun. Kids will have hours of fun with this multi-level water table. Toddlers can scoop water from the bottom well into the top using a large water pail to create a waterfall. Children can rearrange the pieces of the waterfall to change how the water falls. They can throw in their favorite bath toys, or purchase a toy set from the manufacturer.

Children love playing with this great water table. In doing so they learn about properties of liquids, gravity, mass, and more. They also develop motor skills, problem solving abilities, and social skills as they play. This can be used either indoors or outdoors, depending on your child’s rambunctiousness.

Buy for $59.99 on Amazon

Other Age Ranges

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Criteria for Placement

While listing the best educational resources is never an exact science, we’ve done our best find products that rank highly on the following criteria:

  • Developmental impact: Many toys out there like plush dolls are somewhat limited in their developmental impact. We’ve critically evaluated the toys on this list for their impact on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
  • Safety: All toys on this list are safe to use, free of toxic compounds like lead and BPA
  • Durability: Toddlers love to throw, sit on, and hit everything in sight. The toys on this list are fit to withstand the bumps and hard landings.
  • Price: Parenting doesn’t need to be outrageously expensive. We looked for the cheapest products that still meet our developmental and quality requirements.


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