Our house often feels like one giant playroom. We have a room at the back of the house which is designated as a playroom, but it doesn’t stop the toys, clutter and general mess that follows a 2 year old around from spreading through the house.
Our two year old boy is a little tornado! He’s always on the go, literally never stops and leaves a trail of destruction in his path. But we wouldn’t have him any other way. He absolutely loves his toys. So if you’re looking for the best toys for 2 year old boys or inspiration for toys for a second birthday present, I’ve collated a list of some of his favourite things.
V Tech Toot Toot Toys
I’m a huge fan of toys you can add to over time. V Tech Toot Toot is a huge series of toys with tracks, accessories and vehicles, all of which work with one another. This has been great for our two year old. He loves vehicles! And my family also love the fact they can add to his collection on special occasions. It helps people to decide what Christmas and Birthday presents to get too.
Lego Duplo (Prices from around £9.99 upwards)
Our son was “promoted,” from Megabloks to Lego Duplo last Christmas, shortly before his second birthday. He absolutely LOVES Lego Duplo. It is recommended from age 2 to 5, so we expect to get a couple of years out of it (at least). And the thing I love most is the fact that there are so many different sets, so depending on what your two year old enjoys, you can tailor what you buy.
It’s also a really straightforward gift option with so many different sets.
The one thing I don’t like?! The tidying up… I have hundreds of bricks poured all over the living room at least 3 times a day! But he has a ball.
I invariably find the best deals on Amazon and some great Duplo options for 2 year old boys are below.
A Toy Kitchen (and Accessories)
An acquaintance of mine commented that she thought toy kitchens were for girls. Well, I’m not really one for saying a toy is only for girls or only for boys! And our 2 year old boy loves his toy kitchen. Ours is an Ikea one (though bought second hand). But again, there are so many options! Here are some from Amazon:
What makes the kitchen though is some of the wooden food and toy pans etc. We bought the wooden food selection from Melissa and Doug’s range of toys.
A Train Set
Our two year old is train obsessed! He’ll spend hours building tracks and running his trains up and down them. Another traditional wooden toy, I very much love to see my toddler enjoying more old fashioned toys even more than he likes tablets and other screen based distractions.
We’re a big fan of Brio train sets and the brand, known and loved for its traditional sets, has options for children aged from 18 months. Most of its trains sets are, however, recommended for age 3+.
Of course, there are options other than Brio too, such as these:
You really don’t need an awful lot of garden space to fit a slide in. Our toddler absolutely adores his and he’ll play on it whatever the weather given half a chance.
Paints and Other Crafts
Our little boy absolutely loves to paint. He’ll paint anything – pictures on paper, a cardboard box or a magazine! He doesn’t care at all what it is. And it’s so good for him to help develop his creative skills. Again, the press talk about toddlers and screen addiction. And you know? My boy loves a bit of Youtube. But given a choice between painting and Youtube, painting wins every single time. I’m sure it’s exactly the same for most 2 year olds.
What do you think are the best toys for 2 year old boys? Which toys does your tot absolutely love. I’ll be adding to this list over time and would love to hear from you with your suggestions.