After the eventful first year in a life of a little boy comes the next challenge for his parents: the terrible twos! Children grow at an alarming rate and they are becoming more and more curious about the world.
While parents’ first instinct might be to shower them with different toys which will keep kids interested and occupied, it might be counterproductive.
No matter what the occasion is, you want to pick the best toys for 2 year old boys which they’ll love. To make the task a bit easier, we’ve prepared a list of fifteen great toys we loved.
Top Toys for 2 Year Old Boy
LEGO DUPLO Town Truck & Tracked Excavator
Children are very inquisitive and they love building things as well as taking them apart, and now that they’re older, 2 year olds can start grasping the cause-and-effect concept and play with toys that have movable pieces and do different things.
This lovely set consists of two vehicles, truck and an excavator, and each has parts that move and do different things which young boys will find intriguing. Even the two figures of workers have movable arms, legs, and hands.
They will be able to take apart the vehicles and even try assembling them in different ways, thus developing their motor skills as well as cognitive development. If your 2 year old boy already has any DUPLO sets, this is going to be a great addition.
- Two different vehicles with movable parts
- Accessories included
- Children will probably need parents’ help to assemble the parts
Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike
Adventurous boys love toys that allow them to explore the world better and pretend they’re adults, and they will certainly enjoy cruising around on this sturdy trike. Because the wheels are big and the rear end is wide, the toy is very stable so 2 year old boys won’t have any problems using it. If the pedals are too far, they can use their legs to push themselves forward, but once they are able to reach them they will find riding the toy very enjoyable as the pedals are big enough for their small feet.
There is also a hidden storage compartment underneath the seat which the child can use to store their other toys and bring them along. Tires are durable and rugged which means that the trike can be ridden indoors and outdoors without problems. There are also stickers you can put on to decorate the trike and make it look like a ‘real’ Harley.
- Great stability with the wide rear end
- Hidden storage area under the seat
- Easy to assemble
- Younger kids might not be able to reach the pedals
It’s almost a rule that children love dinosaurs; there’s something about these big animals that fascinates them, either the fact that they no longer exist or the fact that they were so big and powerful long ago. These fun toys for two year old boys are a perfect combination of two of their most common interests: dinosaurs and cars.
It’s usually difficult for parents to find interesting toys that don’t require batteries, but this set is just that – completely old-fashioned and incredibly fun. As there are four different dinosaurs in a set, the child will be encouraged to share them with his friends and siblings. Their heads are twist-able and they can even be revved up to travel faster across flat surfaces (hardwood floors are the best for this as carpets tend to slow them down).
- Safe for children as it’s lead-, BPA-, and phthalate-free
- Doesn’t require batteries
- They have to be revved up manually
Little Tikes T-Ball Set
Children who love sports will fall in love with this lovely baseball toy immediately. The whole set is made of plastic but both bats and the balls are lightweight which means that children won’t break anything when they play with this toy in the house. The height is also adjustable which means that children will be able to use it for a long time.
You can choose between 2- and 5-ball sets, but we recommend you pick the latter as it allows the child to take multiple swings before they have to run and collect the balls. The set is very easy to assemble and after a while, you could even encourage the child to do it on their own. It’s also easy to take apart and store away if you don’t have enough space in your home.
- Height is adjustable
- Easy to assemble and store away
- Very little storage room for balls and bats
VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck
This colorful construction toy is a great gift for two year old boy because it’s fun and educational at the same time. Colorful rocks are meant to be dropped into the top of the truck, and afterward, they will tumble into the bucket. This will help the child learn numbers while at the same time they will also be able to learn about cause-and-effect as the toy will count aloud when they place the rocks into the truck.
What is more, they will also improve their motor skills by lifting the hinged bucket which will cause the rocks to unload so they can start again. It’s an interactive toy that will encourage the child to add another rock, and there are also three buttons that will play different phrases and melodies.
- Pushing the rocks through the top of the truck requires a bit of effort
Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy
Even though they are a bit bigger and more mature now, 2 year old boys still love to play in the tub. Still, rubber duckies aren’t as interesting as they used to be, and they like using toys that require some skill. Toy fishing rods are very popular among children; however, unlike other sets, this one doesn’t use hooks but magnets which makes it easy for toddlers to ‘fish’ in the tub.
It’s a great developmental toy because children have to use the rod carefully in order to catch the fish. They practice their movements and precision, and their coordination will greatly improve because of this. The string is pretty short but it’s perfect for children to use it while they’re sitting down in the tub or in the pool. The best thing about the magnets is that they aren’t too strong, which means that children will be able to take their ‘catch’ from the rod easily even with wet hands.
- Magnetic bobbing toys are air-tight which means there’s no danger of mold or mildew developing inside
- Very affordable
- Made of BPA-free plastic
- There are screws in the rod and they might get rusty after a while
- The reel doesn’t retract
MEIGO Magnetic Blocks - Kids Magnetic Building Tiles
Parents are always looking for developmental toys that are at the same time educational and fun, and these magnetic tiles are just that! Not only are the easy for children to hold and stack together, but parents can play with them and help them build, too.
Thanks to strong magnets, it won’t be difficult for two year old boys to create 2D or even 3D shapes using tiles, and once they build something, they will easily pull it apart and start all over again. Tiles are colorful which means that children will be able to learn about colors while they play.
While children will be delighted to play with the blocks, after a while they might get bored or run out of ideas. Luckily, the manual book contains lots of ideas how to create different shapes with tiles, and even though the tiles only come in two shapes (square and triangle), they are convenient and can be used to create many different things.
- Made of non-toxic plastic
- Blunt edges
- Comes with convenient storage bag
- Magnets are very strong so younger children might even have trouble pulling tiles apart
Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center
It seems that most toddlers believe that everything they can get their hands on is a wonderful toy. They love playing with everyday objects they notice their parents using, and while it’s a great way for them to learn about the world, they might also get hurt, especially if they happen to be fascinated with tools. Luckily, these toy drills offer boys a perfect way to pretend-play, use their imagination and creativity, and improve their coordination and motor skills.
There are more than a hundred differently colored chunky plastic bolts which the child can use to re-create shapes and pictures. If they ever need inspiration, they can use the pictures that come with the activity guide. The drill itself is very easy to operate and hold, even in 2 year old’s tiny hands, and the screws can be drilled in without much effort.
- It’s great for children of different age as they can focus on different activities: the drilling itself and making patterns
- Some drills have problems with battery
WolVol Transport Car Carrier Truck Toy
Parents encourage their children to collect different things, in hopes that this hobby will help them develop healthy habits later on and make them more detail-oriented. Boys are usually in love with vehicles: cars, trucks, and trains, and by the time they’re four or five years old they already have a nice collection of small toy cars in their possession. If you’re looking for a nice and convenient way for your child to keep their toy car collection, this Car Carrier Truck Toy is a great choice.
It can stack up to 28 cars inside, and it also comes with six different metal toy cars. The ‘trailer’ has a good handle so the toy can be carried everywhere easily, with all child’s favorite cars inside. The front cab of the truck can turn which means that it’s a toy as well as a carrier, and it’s fully detachable so the child will be able to use it while playing with other cars and trucks.
- Comes with six different cars
- The front cab of the truck is detachable
- It can be difficult for the child to open the side on their own so they might need parents’ assistance
Power Wheels Thomas & Friends, Thomas Train with Track
One of the best things about Thomas Train toy is that it’s great for boys aged one to three years. Tracks are perfect for young children as they set the path for the train, and if you ever feel you need a bit more tracks, you can purchase it online. Still, as they get older and feel like exploring, older boys can steer the train off the tracks and ride it around. This toy works great on both carpets and hardwood floors and it will make every ride seem like a great adventure.
Even though battery lasts very long, once it’s supposed to be charged again, you need to unscrew the sear and several other pieces just to get to it. While it’s great to know that children won’t be able to reach it even accidentally, it makes charging the battery a very demanding and time-consuming task.
- Works both on and off the tracks
- Great for imaginative play
- Rather pricey
- Battery is difficult to reach which makes re-charging a tedious task
VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set
No matter who you ask and what article you read, everyone emphasizes the importance of educational toys for 2 year old boys. Nevertheless, there are other things of equal importance that somehow slip through our minds, such as music and arts. Parents hesitate to buy their children musical toys because they fear that their homes will become too noisy, but it doesn’t have to be the case.
There are four play modes one of which is called ‘Follow me’; it will actually light up in different places so the child can actually carry out a tune and learn that different pieces give different sounds. There is also a mode that allows the child to play alone or another one that plays gentle music for them to follow. Along with improved hand-eye coordination, child will be able to learn letters and numbers too.
- Volume is adjustable and the toy can be very quiet
- Pads and cymbal all have different sounds
- The toy itself is rather small
- The volume can perhaps be too low
LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train Building Set
One of those things children simply have to know is how to count and recognize numbers. On the other hand, if you try to teach them that the old-fashioned way, they will soon get bored and lose interest in numbers. This is where educational toys step in – number learning train set will help the child learn to count to ten in a fun way that will keep them interested.
There are some extra pieces which can spark boys’ creativity; you could encourage them to build a tunnel and some other things too. There are also figures of a dog and a child so the child will be able to use the toy for a bit of pretend-play too.
Another great thing about this set is that it’s small enough for their little hands to handle easily, and while pieces are easy to stack together, it takes a bit of effort to pull them apart, which means that everything they build will hold on while they play.
- Boys will play with it even when they grow
- Cars latch together easily but don’t fall apart that easy
- There is enough space for 9 blocks on the cars only, and the 10th can’t fit which can be frustrating
VTech Little Apps Tablet
You probably already noticed how much children enjoy playing with tablets, smartphones, and computers. Children’s inclination towards technology has been noticed long ago and schools today use tablets to inspire children to learn and explore. By getting a tablet toy for 2 year old boy, you will help them learn to use technology and keep them interested for a long time.
The toy tablet is convenient as it has several difficulty levels, which means that this is a great educational toy for children ages two to five. The child can pick the color of the screen (it can be purple, red, pink, and blue) and the keyboard is covered in plastic so there is no reason to worry about keys popping out.
Not only is it the perfect size for their little hands and fingers, but it will help them learn about colors and numbers, but also cause-and-effect, as the little bear on the screen will dance when the child starts playing the keyboard.
- Educational; Comes with batteries
- Automatically turns off when not used
- You can’t change the brightness of the screen
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet
This is a classic toy re-imagined and redesigned to be more appealing and exciting for young boys. Pegs are non-removable, and as the child pounds one with a wooden mallet, another one will come up. This will certainly give the child much joy but at the same time they will improve their hand-eye coordination and become stronger by using the mallet.
Not only will it improve the child’s physical strength, but it’s an educational toy too that will teach them about cause-and-effect. Once they understand how to use the toy, they will even be able to predict which pegs will pop out when they hit some.
Still, as much fun as they will have with the mallet and learning to hit the toy, parents should supervise the play at least until they’re sure that the overexcited child won’t hit themselves on the head or accidentally hit the pet or the window.
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Reasonable price
- If not careful, the child may get injured while playing
Schylling Metal Speedster-Fire Truck
The chair itself can be attached in two ways, depending on your child’s height, which means that it’s one of those toys which grow along with the child. It’s a great combination of wood, plastic, and metal, while detachable ladders in the back add to authenticity even more. Unlike real fire trucks that come with annoying sirens, this truck has a small bell instead. The sound is soft and it will be pleasant for children’s (as well as parents’) ears. It’s a great indoor toy because rubber tires won’t damage hardwood floors, but because it’s so sturdy, it can also be taken outside.
Even though it does come in parts and it may take some time for you to assemble it correctly, it’s very sturdy and it can be taken around by the child for as long as they want. It can also be taken apart if need be, in case you have to move.
- Rubber tires are perfect for indoor floors
- It has a lot of small parts and can take a while to put together
There are very few things that could be considered as “rules” when it comes to 2 year olds, but one thing’s for sure – they’re natural explorers. Everything they see fascinates them, they have this need to touch and play with everything they find and that’s great! By moving around, touching and re-arranging, and doing things, children are developing. On the downside, their attention span lasts approximately 6 minutes, so finding a toy that will sustain their interest is a real challenge.
You would think that this makes finding the best toys for 2 year old boys easier but it doesn’t. children are different, and just because their own siblings or your friends’ children loved a toy, it doesn’t mean that your child will love it too. You want something that will not only keep your child entertained, but that will also be able to help them develop and learn something useful. There are some truly wonderful toys out there that can kick-start the child’s education and spark their interest in the world even further.
Always try to find toys that will challenge the child into learning, but don’t forget about other things too: socializing, music, and emotions. Look for toys which the child will be able to share with siblings and friends, toys that will help them understand and express the things they’re feeling so that they better understand the feelings of others.
Being two years old, boys will be able to communicate better, they will be able to look for their favorite toy even if it’s hidden deep in the toy box, and they will start using their imagination. Toys that they can use for pretend-play are always a good choice because these will help them become even more creative and free-spirited in the years to come.
How we Ranked the Toys
We already mentioned that two year old boys have rather brief attention spans and that they’re growing and developing rapidly, so we did our best to find the toys that will be not only fun and entertaining but beneficial for their development too.
At this point, two year olds no longer need your help to move around, and they will happily run every time their feet touch the floor. Not only are they becoming stronger, but their confidence grows along with their strength too. This activeness should be encouraged and the easiest way to do so is to give them the right toys. Balls are always a good choice along with hoops and baskets, as well as tricycles and different pull toys.
Even though as two year olds they are a bit more careful with their toys, they can still be a bit rough and throw them around the room. This is the reason why you should always look for quality products: wood, metal, and BPA free plastic. Also, when looking for stuffed toys, make sure you get the ones that can be machine-washed, as you probably won’t have time to hand-wash them as often as you’d like.
As far as education is concerned, you can start teaching them some more practical things: figuring out light switches, smart phones, and tablets will be as beneficial as it’s interesting for them. Feel free to give them blocks and puzzles to help develop their problem-solving skills, but also the toys they can pull apart and put back together again.
The attention span we already talked about makes it difficult to find a toy that will keep the child entertained for a long time. It might be a blink of an eye for you, but for a child that’s forever. To keep a toy longer and to encourage a child to use it more, you should always look for toys that are going to grow with the child.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find the most affordable toys?
The price of children’s toys varies a lot, and you can end up spending anything from $5 to $300 for a toy depending on what exactly you’re looking for. If you’re hoping to find the ones with the most reasonable price it’s best if you visit several retail websites and try seeing if they offer any discount codes or coupons.
Can I buy them toys they will use even as they grow?
Many parents hesitate to buy more expensive toys because they fear that their child will only play with them for a while and outgrow them rather soon. Look for toys that can grow with your child, that can change and that can be used for different games. Toys that will be interesting for the child through different developmental stages are always a good choice.
How can I pick the most beneficial toys for my 2 year old boy?
Remember that toys your child will get the most benefit from are the ones that imitate the “real thing” and that they don’t necessarily have to be complex. The more your child has to engage in a toy, the more they’ll develop their minds and bodies while they play.
How often should I buy new toys for my child?
Children love novelty; they are going to be in love with any new thing and toy you get them, which means that parents often end up buying a lot of toys and the child doesn’t even get to play with all of them. Instead of always buying them something new, you could try swapping toys with your friends. New items will keep the child interested and excited and after a while, you can bring their old toys back and they’ll fall in love with them all over again.
It’s highly unlikely that your two year old will play with every toy they have all the time, but that doesn’t mean that you should throw them out. Keep the toys close and from time to time try to spark child’s interest in some of the old ones.
The chances are that inquisitive two year olds will find any toy interesting and charming, but that they’ll love you to play with them instead of only watching them play. Don’t hesitate to get down on the floor with them and re-discover some of the toys yourself.