Monday, November 18, 2013

Gift Ideas for a 2 Year Old

I thought my in- laws were hard to shop for but boy was I wrong. In a world of fun and exciting toys it turns out many of them are not safe enough for my toddler. My son in a place where some of the toddler toys are not sophisticated to keep my son's attention. This means I have to do a little research to find the best toys out there for him. Here is a list of some gift ideas I found for my 2 year old. Some of the toys are not for his age group but for older children. I have found that the ages on the toys do not always match my sons skill level. Always watch your child carefully when they are playing with a new toy to make sure they can't swallow or choke on any pieces. You are the one who is ultimately responsible for your child's safety.


Tumbling Monkeys by Mattel 
The monkeys are larger than marbles and their little tails can get stuck on the sticks. There is a colored dice to roll to coordinate with the colored sticks.
Skills: Turn Taking, Cause & Effect, Hand Strength for pencil grip and colors

Thinkfun Roll and Play Board Game
One of the few toddler friendly games I have found. This is a get up and move game that requires the players to do the actions listed on the card. Roll the dice and pick a card from the deck that matches the dice. This is a game that requires mom and dad to play too!
Skills: Following Directions, Taking Turns, Colors, Listening

Cootie by Hasbro
This is a fun matching and building game. You mix and match the parts to create a cootie. There are small dice and small parts in this game.
Skills: Creative Building, Turn Taking, Numbers, and Matching

Uno Moo Preschool Game
This is a fun twist on the Uno game. Learn animal names and sounds, counting, and turn taking.
Skills: Turn Taking, Animal Sounds and Counting

Fun Skill Development

Lauri Tall-Stacker Pegs Building Set
Kiddos build and create structures using pegs and boards.
Skills: Creative Construction play, Hand Strength Development, Fine Motor Skills, and can be used for colors, shapes, and counting.

VTech Stencil and Learn Studio
This is a magnetic drawing board that comes with stencils and has a sound options.
Skills: The Alphabet, Fine Motor Skills, and Hand Strength

Chicco Toys Billy Fun Wheels
This remote control car is neat because the control functions just like a real steering wheel!
Skills: Hand Eye Coordination, Cause and Effect, and Pure Simple Fun

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