As the parent of a two and a half year old, I often find myself looking at “best toys for toddlers” lists. I’m always in search of toys that will not only keep my daughter entertained, but help her developmentally, inspire creativity, and promote independent play.
Here are the best toys for toddlers (ages 1 to 4) that we have found!
Let’s kick off our best toys for toddlers post with a really fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) toy. Tubelox is the #1 selling building and construction toy set. Tubelox will spark your child’s creativity, allow them to apply practical skills, get them moving, and keep them busy for hours. Plus, the whole family will enjoy it.
Unlike most other constructive toys, the tubes connect with colorful attachment pieces and locking adapter clips, making it sturdy enough to play on. And, the Tubelox pieces are large enough to be safe for children of all ages.
You can make dozens of cool creations from the designs provided, or create something on your own. A few things you can build with the Tubelox Deluxe 220 Piece Set are a ballet bar, slide, crawl tunnel, school desk, table and chairs, jungle gym, sail boat, weight bench, scooter, airplane, and helicopter.
Teach your toddler important life skills, like caring and nurturing with American Girl’s Bitty Baby. Kindness meets cuteness with these newborn baby dolls that feature a whole world of fun–with a plethora of accessories and clothing. Best of all, most Bitty Baby items are appropriate starting at 18 months of age, making their first doll a forever friend.
The Bitty Baby Care & Play Set comes with a Bitty Baby doll, floral-print sleeper, pink headband, extra diaper, plush blanket, bib, bottle, star-shaped teether, wipe case with cloth wipe, and tube of diaper ointment.
Take Bitty Baby with you, wherever you go with Mommy’s Doll Carrier! The soft plush fabric has dot-print adjustable straps and metallic embroidery.
Backyard Discovery Playhouse
When it comes to playhouses, look no further than Backyard Discovery–the leader in outdoor play equipment. They have been producing high quality wooden swing sets, playhouses, and backyard leisure products for more than 30 years. Not only are Backyard Discovery’s playhouses affordable, but they’re weather resistant and built to last, too.
Our pick? The Columbus Playhouse. This sturdy playhouse has a half door with door knob and latch, lots of windows, kitchen counter with play sink and stove, and flower pot holders (flower pot and flowers not included). Plus, the 100% cedar wood is pre-stained and panelized for quick assembly. It can be set up indoors or outdoors.
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Kids Love Rocks
Truly–kids love rocks! Nurture their interest with rocks of all types from the family owned mineral resource site, Kids Love Rocks.
Explore and learn about the wonders of our geological world with a Panning Kit. Choose from bags of rocks, minerals, fossils, crystals, gemstones, and more. They come with an educational brochure to help identify the contents and where they can be found around the world.
Note: We played with our Panning Kit over a plastic bin so we could keep the sand and do it again.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget the sifter!
Dig Kits allow your kid to chip away at a dig rock revealing minerals, fossils, or collectable figurines. Our picks: the Baby Dino Egg and Fossil Excavation Kit. All necessary excavation tools are included.
Kids Love Rocks’ Earth Science Kits showcase a variety of the rocks and minerals that make up our planet. They come with a magnifier and educational guide to learn more about the rocks inside.
Note: My 2-year-old daughter LOVES the Crystals Earth Science Kit! She has looked at it every day since she got it. It has been so much fun watching her learn the names of each crystal.
PLAYMOBIL toys have been a staple in children’s playrooms since 1974. The themes range from pirates to hospitals, princesses to space, and everything in-between. PLAYMOBIL’s unique play principle stimulates imagination and creativity, promoting child development.
For younger toddlers, we like the PLAYMOBIL Go To School Bundle. It comes with the Take Along School House and School Bus.
It’s easy to assemble the Take Along School House, and accessories include two school tables, a chalkboard, bookshelf, three child figures, one adult figure, and more.
The front and rear lights on the School Bus bring the set to life, with ample seating for the four included figures.
Important Note: The School Bus and House have a few small items that need to be put aside until your child is old enough to safely use them.
Older toddlers will enjoy playing with the PLAYMOBIL Barn with Silo. This adorable farm themed set comes with 2 farmers, 12 animals, working silo, and everything you need to make it look like a working farm (pitchfork, fencing, hay stacks, and more).
Our best toys for toddlers post had to include Geomag–the original magnetic construction toy since 1998. The force of attraction holds magnetic rods and spheres together to build amazing structures, unleashing creativity and imagination as your child plays.
While there are several different sets to choose from, we like the Supercolor Panels Classic Geomag, made from 100% recycled plastic. It also includes storage bins to keep the rods and spheres neatly organized, and ready for traveling.
Important Note: This is a toy that I would only let my toddler play with under supervision.
Skoolzy Educational Toys
Kids learn best when they are having fun. Skoolzy toys are designed to inspire kids while they do just that. The goal is to help children improve early childhood development skills.
All Skoolzy toys come with a downloadable activity guide for caregivers with tips and ideas to get the most of every toy. We have included three Skoolzy products in our best toys for toddlers post.
The first is the Primary Lacing & Stringing Bead Set. In addition to lacing, the large beads can be used for learning shapes and colors or arts and crafts.
The Toddler Pegboard Set has oversized pegs that are easy for small fingers to grasp and stack, and drawstring bag for easy clean up and storage.
The Skoolzy Apple Factory Learning Toy can be used for pretend play, toy food play, and learning numbers and colors by pairing the apple halves.
Personal Note: Skoolzy was created by the Mom of a 26-week preemie looking to support her child’s early learning and development. As the Mom to a 27-week preemie, I especially appreciate her efforts.
myFirst Sketch Book
Unleash your toddler’s creativity with myFirst Sketch Book. They can draw, make notes, doodle, and erase with a simple click. Plus, you can save your child’s work and transfer it to your preferred device via the myFirst Sketch Book app.
The Sketch Book is pressure sensitive and provides a pen on paper experience, while being eco-friendlier than using paper. The font thickness, pen type, tip size, and color can all be adjusted, too.
Since the battery lasts up to two weeks with a single charge, myFirst Sketch Book is perfect for traveling, and comes with a free leather case.