Ready, set, action – and curiosity! Your 2- to 3-year-old is ready for action and curious about how things work. Instead of solo play, he is becoming more interactive with other children. But what toys are best for this age group?
According to Claire Green, executive director of Parents’ Choice Foundation, toys that encourage imaginative play, such as make-believe, dramatic play and creativity, should be at the top of the list. “At 3, children are learning social skills, language use, eye-hand coordination, dexterity and a sense of balance. Curiosity abounds,” says Green. “Give them toys that encourage group play and help them learn about the real world. They’ll be looking for products to help them recreate their ‘world’ and enrich their experiences.”
With a child’s introduction into the world of learning, there comes a certain sense of adventure. And with the right educational toys, you can really see toddler-aged children come to life, which is where the list on this page comes into play.
The top 10 educational toys for toddlers is a wonderfully-comprehensive list featuring all kinds of goodies for your precocious toddler. There’s a plush bowling game complete with monsters as the ball and pins from Melissa & Doug, a dance/movement game, sound puzzle, dump truck…the list goes on. Your toddler will have fun and take those first steps in his or her education…what is not to be thrilled about?
Browse this list…and give your toddler a foundation in learning. Enjoy!
Two- to 3-year-olds are starting to develop social skills and are now becoming interested in playing with other children. Tonya says to encourage play, give children toys that require more than one child.
What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the 10 best educational toys for toddlers was created by real moms and educators. Numerous types of toys are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated.
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As always, safety is consideration No. 1 when buying a toy. “Respect ages marked on toy boxes,” says Tonya. “While they may cover a wider age span than is realistic, they are there for your child’s safety. After all, if a toy is not developmentally appropriate for your child, it is probably not safe for your child.”
Adorable and sweet. This pup, nicknamed Beat Bow Wow, is an ear-wigglin’, head-bobbin’, tail-waggin’ cutie with rainbow-colored, soft ears and an LED-lighted tail. When kids press the buttons, this friendly pup sings, dances, and teaches with numbers, colors, and sounds.
Simple, effective, and fun. This puzzle teaches kids how to recognize and piece together the letters of their own name. Eventually, with puzzle practice, toddlers will be able to spell out their name on paper. Customizable for 9 colorful letters.
From those creative folks at VTech, the Sit to Stand is a colorful walker with lots of functions for different toddler stages. For crawlers, the front buttons provide plenty of learning and music. For walkers, the handlebar provides comfort-grip balance.
What an adorable and awesome idea! The Monster Plush Bowling Game uses too-cute “monster” plushies as pins, and a rollin’ monster as the bowling ball. Take aim and see how many pins you can knock down! Includes self-balancing weighted bottoms.
VTech has a knack for toys that feature double functions. The Touch and Lean is a deluxe desk that can become an easel and a chalkboard. Desk mode is learning mode, so there are 5 pages of fun activities that explore numbers, colors, letters, sounds, shape, music, and artsy stuff.
The Drop and Go is a pint-sized dump truck with a adorable cat and a hat-wearing dog in the driver and passenger seats. So cute, fun, and educational. The truck comes with 3 “rocks” that kiddos carry, dump, and reload. There are lots-a buttons that teach numbers, songs, and actions.
I love this brand—Fat Brain. That name is so creative! Their toy, the Tobbles, look like cracked eggs that wiggle, wobble, roll, topple, stack, and spin. The exteriors are super-soft and super-grippable, perfect for hours of imaginative play.
Can you tell that I am really diggin’ the VTech line-up this year? Dubbed the Ring and Learn, this cash register teaches numbers and counting through sounds, actions, songs, and lights. Includes a colorful register, “credit” card, and plastic foods.
The ABC edition of Little Hands is a touch-and-feel book of 13 alphabet-themed cards. Each card is two-sided and features a colorful illustration of something that begins with the letter on the card. For instance, A is for alligator, with his shiny scales. This is a great introduction to reading!
This sound puzzle is a unique, light-activated peg puzzle with sounds to match the vehicles. When your kiddo picks up a puzzle piece, the light activates the respective vehicle sound. For example, the plane creates a WHOOSH of air.