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14 Great Toys & Gifts for 2 Year Old Boys

By the time that little boy in your life reaches the age of 2 he is not only walking well, but eager to explore the world around him. Providing that 2 year old boy with premium toys and gifts that will peak his interest and let him discover more about the world will help to make a happier more well rounded toddler.

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Our criteria for choosing the best premium toys for toddlers of this age for Christmas or birthday presents is based on two criteria; Educational value and entertainment value.

We consider the educational value of a toy based on the toys ability to aid or encourage the child’s physical, mental and emotional development.

We look at the toy’s ability to hold a child’s interest or offer them various ways to play or can be used in more than one way.

What toddler wouldn’t enjoy his own personal merry-go-round that they control for themselves. This Playskool Sit ‘n Spin toy has been around awhile and is still a favorite among toddlers. Turning the wheel to make the toys spin will help develop gross motor skills, while spinning around will help your toddler to develop coordination and balance.

Positives

Easy to put together

Spins well

Negatives

More lightweight than some parents would like

Encourage your toddlers’ sense of independence with a trike that they can learn to ride on their own. This Radio Flyer Trike will grow with the child since it has an adjustable seat. The cute little bell just adds to the fun of riding this trike. This is the perfect toy for strengthening leg muscles and helping a young boy improve their balance.

Some assembly is required, but most parents state that putting the trike together was easy.

Positives

Easy to assemble for parents

Really sturdy

Negatives

Handlebars tend to come loose

If you are looking for a fun outdoor toy for your toddler that is sure to last for years then this caterpillar tunnel should fit the bill. This fade resistant tunnel works both as a tunnel and a climbing structure and you can buy an extension for the tunnel to make it even larger.

There are peek-a-boo holes in the tunnel that the child can peak out of or used to climb on top of the tunnel to sit. This climbing tunnel helps to develop gross motor skills, coordination, balance and encourages cooperative play with others since this tunnel is large enough for several children to play on together. Best of all this tunnel will grow with the child lasting them through first and even second grade before they outgrow it.

Positives

Easy to assemble

Can last for years

Negatives

Doesn’t state a weight limit

This cute set of friction powered vehicles consists of a train, dump truck, bulldozer, and an excavator. Your child simply needs to pull back on the vehicle and then give it a little push forward and the vehicle runs on it’s on.

All the vehicles have cute little faces, movable working parts, and offer hours of imaginative fun for toddler boys. They are a good size for smaller hands to handle.

Positives

Durable and sturdy

Great size for small hands

Negatives

Dump truck is a little difficult to work

The Step 2 Playtime Patio is the ideal make believe play structure for boys aged 3. While the roof protects young skin from the summer sun, young boys can pretend that the patio itself is a house, a fort, a restaurant or anything else they want. The playtime patio comes with a sand and water table, a play grill, a food counter, sink, and pretend dishes and food. This is a great toy to encourage social interaction and to help a child develop their imagination as well as fine motor skills. It’s a great gift for that late spring early summer birthday.

This also makes a great toy for a 3 year old!

Positives

Kids can play both on the inside and outside of the patio

Durable and will grow with child

Negatives

Some of the Patio pieces are missing in some of the boxes

Toddler boys all seem to love cars of any size and shape and this fire engine ride on car will make a great toy for any young boy on your Christmas shopping. Made from high grade plastic it comes with a hose that can squirt water and will certainly provide a child with fun for the next two or three years.

This car car helps to develop gross motor skills and helps children better understand spatial concepts as well as helping them learn to steer.

Positives

Fairly easy to put together

Extremely durable

Negatives

Some users thought it was difficult to steer

Building blocks are a favored toy of most toddlers and can provide hours of fun. These colorful wooden blocks are sure to last for years and encourage your child’s creativity. These blocks will help your child learn their colors, shapes, sorting, and counting as well as problem solving and spatial reasoning. With a little imagination your child will be able to create forts, castles, vehicles and more.

Positive

The lid to the container is a shape sorter

Since the blocks are wood they are extremely durable

Negatives

Could come in more shapes

This cute little barn with its 7 different farm animals makes a great indoor/outdoor or take along toy for young toddlers and their eyes are sure to light up when they unwrap this barn at Christmas or for their birthday. The barn comes with a coral, opening and closing sliding doors and a ladder to get into the hay loft. Toddlers will enjoy playing farm and learning the different animal sounds as they play with the horse, pig, goat, turkey, dog, sheep, and cow. Melissa and Doug also have a farm friends set that you can add to this set for even more animals.

Positives

The barn has a nice carry handle that makes it easy for toddlers to move from room to room

Everything stores neatly inside the barn

Negatives

Barn could be better made for the price

Toddlers love music and exploring sound and this set of 8 different musical instruments will make a great Christmas gift for any little boy. The instruments all come neatly packed into a see through backpack so it’s easy to keep all the instruments safely together. Instruments included in this set include; cymbals, maracas, a Xylophone, shakers, tambourine, triangles, bells and a recorder.

With so many instruments your child not only can improve their fine motor and gross motor skills, but can also help to improve their socialization skills.

Positives

Number of instruments for the child to experiment playing

Although toys the instruments can be used to play music

Negatives

Some of the instruments are harder to play than others

If there is one thing that toddler boys love it is playing in sand. This cute turtle sandbox makes a great Christmas or birthday gift for any toddler who enjoys playing outdoors and digging in the sand. The turtle’s shell is a cover, which comes in handy in keeping the sand dry and stray cats from using the sandbox as a kitty litter box. The front legs of the turtle even makes seats for a couple of toddlers to sit in.

Positives

Lid keeps rain and debris out of sand

Sturdy with some parents reporting that the sandbox held up for years

Negatives

Wind blows lid off

This Knight Castle play tent will make a great Christmas gift for any toddler boy. This tent can be used indoors or outdoors and comes with a sword and shield so that your toddler can defend his kingdom. This castle is a great boys version of a play house and it is large enough for 2 or 3 young kids to play in at the same time.

Kids love that this castle has a couple of windows and a door that rolls down. The castle is easy to move from house to yard since it packs up nicely and fits into a small round package. By playing with others children will improve their communication and socialization skills as well as improve their ability to engage in imaginative play.

Positives

Pretty durable

Can be indoors or outdoors

Negatives

Several users had the tent poles poke through the bottom of the tent

This little 2-sided adjustable easel makes the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for a young toddler. One side of this easel is a chalkboard and the other side is a white board. There is a middle tray that is plenty large enough to hold chalk, a couple of marker cups, erasers and more.

The easel comes with magnet stickers, chalk, 2 cups and an eraser. This easel will help your child develop fine motor skills, and encourage their creativity.

Positives

Easy to assemble

Comes with clips so you can add paper for drawing or painting

Negatives

Costly

This Delta Child Desk is based on a toddler favorite Paw Patrol. This desk will make the ideal birthday gift for any 2 yr old boy who has too many toys since it provides them with a child’s size desk and bench that is just their size. There is also a storage draw under the bench for your child to keep pencils, crayons or small toys

Positives

Desk can be used for drawing, playing with small toys or enjoying a snack

Easy to assemble

Negatives

Made with particle board

Help that toddler in your life keep his toys neatly sorted and stored with this toy storage bin. It comes with 9 plastic containers; 4 large ones and 6 smaller ones perfect for holding blocks, cars, action figures, crayons and so much more. Each container is easy to remove and put back so your toddler can select the container that holds the toys he wants to play with and then put them all back before choosing the next type of toy.

Positives

Easy to assemble

Easy for toddler to see what is in each container

Negatives

May not fit in a small room

  • Choose a toy or gift for the toddler that poses some challenge without causing undue frustration. Toys that allow them to discover new things each time they play with it are perfect for children of this age.
  • Choose toys that allow the child to use it in a variety of different ways.
  • Consider choosing some simple toys that requires the use of imagination to play rather than just toys that makes sounds and has lights to attract the child.

We hope that you find these premium and highly rated gifts for 2 year old boys as exciting as we do! They should make great birthday or Christmas gifts for any young toddler on your shopping list.