In the blink of an eye, your little one turned two! They’re probably running and climbing (as you try to read this), chatting up a storm and pretending as they play. They’re likely getting more curious by the day and trying to learn to share and care for others. Help keep their fingers busy and their minds whirring with Walmart’s selection of great toys for 2-year-olds.
8 Great Toys for 2-year Olds:
- LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart
- Melissa and Doug Wooden Pet Pals Animal Peg Puzzle
- kid connection Multi-Tool Set
- Step 2 Paw Patrol Outdoor Kids Lookout Climber
- Thomas and Friends 20 Ball Playland
- Little Tikes Play Like a PRO Basketball Set
- Little People Wheelies 2-Pack, Dune Racer & Koby
- Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck
Here’s the scoop on Leapfrog’s Scoop & Learn ice cream cart. It won a Best Toy award from Good Housekeeping after rigorous assessments by engineers, analysts and more than 100 kids. The cart operator can create imaginary tasty treats with a selection of ice creams, toppings and syrups that are all modeled after the real thing. This cart can play upbeat songs and music while the cart is pushed. I’ll have a double-scoop with sprinkles, please!
Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, co-author of Becoming Brilliant and professor of psychology at the University of Delaware, tells New York Magazine that 2-year-olds want to do what they see grown-ups doing, and they want to be helpful. “Kids always want to be like big people,” says Dr. Holinkoff in the article. “So if they see you using something, they’re going to want to do it, too.” If dad or mom is handy with tools, this set by kid connection can help make a child feel like they’re part of the action.
Help burn off some of your 2-year-old’s boundless energy with this all-ages climber by Step2. It’s designed to put your child in the middle of the action of Paw Patrol’s Adventure Bay. Your child can climb the ladder to the lookout tower, survey the situation with the handy periscope and slide down to the imaginary rescue! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 20 reviewers.
This Thomas and Friends Speedy Steamers Playland can be great fun for a toddler on their own or with a friend or sibling. Its features include a large crawl-through opening, an interactive side panel, peek-through windows and a fun ball-toss roof. “I got this for my grandson for his birthday, and he loved it!” raves reviewer Karen who highly recommends this toy. Comes with 20 soft balls.
Your toddler can play indoors or out with this award-winning basketball set by Little Tikes. The backboard adjusts to five heights to grow along with your child. This Play Like a Pro Basketball Set received the platinum 2013 Best Toy Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. NOTE: The base must be weighted for safety!
Technology and fashion may change but today’s toddlers still enjoy a good race to the finish line—they gravitate to anything with wheels, right?! Toddlers can use their imagination as they zoom Wheelies by Little People around a race track or head out for off-road adventures. Vehicles are designed for easier grip in little hands. No batteries required.
According to this article posted on TherapyFocus by Clinical Psychologist Rachael Tan, imaginative play should be encouraged. Tan says make-believe is “a vital component of normal child development.” The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn food truck with 20 removable play pieces is designed to offer children the opportunity to take turns playing the chef and the customer. The cash register reads four menu cards, the grill lights up, the service bell rings and its accompanying songs are designed to help teach toddlers about sizes, counting and new words. Order up! This toy is rated 5 out of 5 stars by more than 50 reviewers.
Here’s hoping the twos are terrific with great toys for 2-year olds from Walmart!