To help with that upcoming birthday or christmas gift, here are some toys my toddler boys can’t get enough of:
Melissa and Doug has great wooden puzzle choices. Luca’s favorites are the animal themes like the Sea Life Chunky Puzzle. He plays with the animals separately, as well. I like the shape puzzle for teaching shapes and colors. This Shapes and Sound Puzzle says the name of the shape when put in its place.
Foam blocks are great because they don’t hurt when they are inevitably smashed down and thrown across the room. Check out Edushape Educolor Building Blocks, shown. Megabloks are also popular. They snap into place like Legos.
The peek-a-boo game doesn’t go away during age two. It just takes a different form — hide and seek! Playhut’s Hideaway Tent, while admittedly isn’t the most beautiful thing to look at, it’s brilliant because it folds away in a second and can slide behind the couch.
Boys and their tools. My best friend got Luca the New Sprouts Fix it My Very Own Tool Set and he pulls tools out whenever Mom or Dad get out the screwdriver. The hammer, of course, is the popular item of the bunch, though. These are made from soft plastic and don’t have any sharp edges.
Rar!!! Is a little boy’s room really complete without dinosaurs? These Jumbo Dinosaurs are a good size (largest dinosaur is 12 x 9 inches).
Mr. Potato Head
Little tikes car
Kids have fun putting their toys in the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and giving them a ride. I don’t know that I would have bought this one myself because of its size, but I’m so glad one of my good friends did! The boys both love this one. This toy will get a lot of mileage. (Pun intended.)
The same clever friend who got Luca the car bought him an inexpensive fishing pole from Big Lots. That little toy is THE hot item around our house these days. I can’t give you link to that pole, but you could check out this Tolo Toys Funtime Fishing Pole that has magnetic worm and fish.
The best deal on play food is Ikea’s Duktig series, and they’re adorable. There are fruit, vegetable, breakfast, and salmon soft fabric sets. Unfortunately, you can’t order them from their website. If you’d like to order online, try the Sandwich Making Kit or the Playtime Veggies in the Melissa and Doug food series.
This is a big present, but my kids play with their kitchen every day. It fosters creativity, and it’s a toy they will be able to grow into in coming years. I looked around quite a bit before I bought ours. While there are some fun retro kitchens in red and blue, I wanted one that would sort of blend into our home decor. I also didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. The best deal by far was Ikea’s Duktig Mini Kitchen ($79.99 base or $99.99 with microwave, shown). Love the wood and white mod look.
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