Here is a list of fun, stimulating, and age-appropriate toys for your two-year-old. As a speech-language pathologist, I’ve used each one of these toys during therapy sessions. You can use these toys as an independent play activity, or as a tool to teach specific developmental skills.
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Top Toys for Your Two-Year Old in 2021
Fun and interactive gifts for two year olds for this holiday season.
Indoor trampolines are a great way to get out energy, especially during the winter months. They can be used as a stand-alone activity, or as a movement break between activities where the child needs to sit and attend.
Play-doh is a fantastic toy for sensory, motor, and language development. It lends itself to unlimited ways to be played with. I like this set in particular for two reasons. First, it has self-storage for easy clean up and less clutter. Second, the table serves as a specific area for the child to sit and attend. Having the child come back to the table in order to be able to play with the play-doh is a great way to expand the ability to sit and attend.
Melissa and Doug’s wooden cutting fruit is a great way to work on language, pretend play, fine motor and gross motor. It’s a fun and easy repeatable activity that 2-year old’s really enjoy. They get to use a safe wooden knife to cut up the fruit, just like mom and dad.
Stacking blocks is a very functional and foundational play skill. Crashing and knocking them down is also highly motivating. This toy lends itself to work on a number of play and language skills while having fun. The pictures and letters on each box are a great bonus to make playing with the blocks a language rich activity.
Alex makes the best stringing sets. While you play, you’re working on the fine motor skill of stringing objects. You can also practice tons of language skills like labeling (i.e. bus, car, truck), using action words (“go bus!”), using adjectives (fast, slow), and combining words (“go fast car!”).
The Water Doodle Drawing Mat is easy to set up and clean up. Fill the pen with water and draw away. As the water drys the canvas returns to being blank which creates endless opportunities for new drawings. Water doodle mats are a great way to practice holding writing utensils and coloring without the worries of drawing on the table (or walls).
Last but not least, Matching Eggs. This toy is a favorite of mine. This is a great way to encourage matching, shapes, colors, giving/taking, and fine motor skills. Toddlers love taking the eggs in and out of the carton and opening/closing the eggs.
Drake Hastings is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in speech, oral motor, and feeding therapy for kids. Drake has a passion for working with children and families while helping children achieve goals using a fun and motivating approach to learning.
Drake’s main areas of focus within the practice are feeding therapy, and speech (sound production) therapy. Drake has experience working with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria, Down Syndrome, and rare genetic disorders. Drake has experience working and collaborating with a wide variety of families and therapeutic team members while treating children of all ages.