What are the best toys for 2-year-old boys and girls?

Kids Watching TV

Now that pretend play is established, 2-year-olds can perform social roles like mommy, daddy, or baby. Role taking becomes a bigger part of social pretend play, and their pretend play becomes more elaborate as they use a variety of objects to carry out longer episodes.

Children at this age begin to show an interest in television and television characters. They are drawn to familiar cartoon characters from television shows that they can incorporate into their play themes.

These children need the object to resemble the real item to some degree. Two-year-olds can now engage in true construction play. They understand that pictures can depict pretend objects, and scribbles gradually become more representational pictures during this period, though they are still more interested in the process than the product.


They become increasingly interested in color variations and using simple art materials. We can introduce them to paints to teach colors and also a unique way for them to learn how to mix colors and make even more shades

They often want to know “why,” and can start to use simple learning or educational toys. They understand the purpose of numbers in counting objects.

This age group also possesses good hand and finger coordination and enjoys putting these skills to work with basic arts and crafts, puppets, blocks and simple puzzles.

They have increasing control over basic gross- and fine-motor skills.  Interest in gross-motor activity increases with newly found physical strength and basic coordination, and they especially enjoy balancing, climbing, running, jumping, throwing, catching, playing with sand, or pushing and pulling wheeled objects.

They can perform somersaults, and like to dance, twirl, and gallop to music. Although their control is still uncertain, they can kick and throw a ball. They can manage simple screwing actions, and can use simple one- or two-turn wind-up mechanisms provided they are of low tension.

Smaller buttons or snaps may be difficult for these children to manipulate, but they can use large hooks, buttons, and buckles.

They prefer more realistic toys, so colors other than bright primary colors (for example, pastels) become attractive. However, these toys do not need to be elaborately detailed.

Realistic Toys