Today I’m adding two-year-old girl gifts my kid gift series. Clara turned two in April and I’m fascinated to see the difference between her and her brothers tastes in toys. She likes some things that they did, of course, but then she wants to carry a little purse around and always has a baby under her arm. And none of it was taught. In fact, I didn’t buy any “girl” toys for her her first year and a half or so — not on purpose, I just didn’t think we needed more toys! My dear friend gave her her first baby doll and she never put it down. Anyway, these are our favorite toys for toddler girls.
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We have quite the collection of Little People and toddlers love them. Our church nursery has this doll house and it’s always the hot item with the girls and sometimes even the boys.
Kids of all ages love tents. This is one she can grow into. I bought the teepee pictured along with some $5 battery operated lights to string from the top. I even added some pretty floral garland you can see here. She absolutely loved it! The problem was so did her brothers. They also thought it was fun to wrestle in it. The moral of the story here is that teepees are perfect and fun for little girls, but maybe not for wild brothers.
My sister-in-law got this owl purse for Clara and not only is it adorable, but it also has a short strap for safety. She loves to fill it, empty it and carry it around.
Our local children’s museum has these and Clara cries when I take her way from these animal bouncers. They’re not too big and they’re so much fun for littles to bounce around on to burn off some energy. Put on some tunes (try this playlist) and bounce away!
Not all little girls are into baby dolls, but mine is! The more baby dolls she can fit under her little arms, the better. She is so sweet to them and it melts my heart. She’s still fascinated with how the milk disappears when you tip this magic milk bottle. So are the boys, actually! I love that she has picked babies with a variety of skin tones and doesn’t care or even notice.
This pom pom tutu is perfect for tea parties and twirling. Clara goes in phases when she wants to wear a tutu over everything, even PJs. This one would be cute for a birthday party too.
This classic IKEA play kitchen works for a two year old and beyond. Clara likes opening the doors and putting things inside. (By the way, you can use masking tape over the magnets to weaken them if they are too strong for little girl to open.) The boys, now 5 and 6, still play restaurant, store, even library with it. It’s versatile and durable. Ours has seen play for four years now.
Melissa and Doug chunky puzzles are my favorite for toddlers. We have several and it’s so fun when they start being able to match them up. They are so excited and proud of themselves!
Blocks are something all my kids like to play with. In fact, my older boys still even play with their chunkier set of blocks I bought when they were toddlers. This set is a fair amount of blocks at a good price. Theirs size makes it easier for little hands to put together.
Play-doh is fun for all ages, but Play-doh with sparkles is alway better! Clara plays with Play-doh at least three times a week. A fun gift to go with it is the Fun Factory ($5).
Kid and bubbles go together like peanut butter and jelly. They just love them. And the more floating through the air, the better. At $11, this is one of the most reasonably-priced bubble machines. I bought it at the beginning of the summer and it’s still going, but now with a little less vigor now that it has been kicked and had fingers poked in it!
Of course sometimes girls like to play with tools and trucks too! Here’s the two-year old list I made for my son, Luca. Check it out to find more ideas!
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