These are our favorite toys for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. This age group is tons of fun and can attend a little bit longer to toys and other activities, which means more skill-building through play!
The Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds and 3-Year-Olds: Gross Motor Toys
1 || Bean Bags – Toss them up, throw them to a target, walk with them on your head, pass them between friends, jump over them, or use them as a base in a game of baseball. Beanbags are so versatile that I am positive your kids will come up with their own way to play in a heartbeat!
2 || Trampoline – This mini trampoline is amazing not only because of its size but also because it has a handle. If you have a little one new to jumping or an older one ready to try hopping on one foot, this handle is a must!
3 || YBike Evolve – Meet the new YBIKE Evolve 3 in 1 Trike developmental ride-on. Designed for children between the ages of 2 and 5 the Evolve focuses on the early developmental skills for easy transition to a normal pedal bicycle. Cool design and even cooler adaptability! Don’t forget a sweet helmet to go along with it!
4 || Stomp Rocket Jr. – No battery or fuel is needed to get the rockets airborne–just some old-fashioned stomping power. The glow-in-the-dark feature of this rocket is a big bonus!
5 || Elefun – Kids get a balance, body awareness and motor planning challenge with this game of fluttery butterfly chase.
The Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds and 3-Year-Olds: Fine Motor Toys
1 || Toolkit – The sturdy wooden construction of this tool kit promotes hand-eye coordination, counting, sorting, color recognition, and problem-solving skills. Not to mention, the pretend play options are limitless!
2 || Pop Toobs – A great gift straight from an occupational therapist’s therapy bag, these colorful snappable tubes make a popping sound as they are flexed back and forth.
3 || Finger Puppets – Finger isolation is an important fine motor skill that is often difficult to get. These finger puppets are the perfect way to practice. These lovely and nicely made handmade puppets are so life-like your child will not be able to help but love them
4 || Pip Squigz – We have told you before about the wonder of Squigz and they are still making the ranks of our gift guides. Kids LOVE them for their fun sounds, fresh tactile experiences and super-suction. You won’t believe all the ways to play with these fabulous gems!
5 || ModMobiles – These wooden vehicles with interchangeable foam pieces encourages fine motor skills, creativity, and imaginative play Kids can mix all the parts to invent all kinds of amazing vehicles that will be zooming off in no time!
6 || Water Wow – There is a whole variety of these awesome painting pads from animals to numbers and letters and more! Fill up the paintbrush with a bit of water, and kids can go to town bringing the colorful pages to life! Minimal mess, great fine motor and visual motor practice!
The Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds and 3-Year-Olds: Sensory Toys
1 || Bilibo – A rocking chair, a spinning top, a cradle, or a tunnel – children create countless uses for the award-winning Bilibo, both indoors and out.
2 || Plui bath toy – Kids will love the unique shape and feel of this bath toy that lets water fall out of it like rain! Bath time is the perfect opportunity for sensory play for this age group!
3 || Seek a boo – This fun game is a great challenge to the visual system and presents a memory challenge too! There are even different ways to play to appeal to different ages and skill levels.
4 || Play dough – Last, but not least – no list of sensory toys would be complete without this old standby! We love using play dough to build fine motor skills and hand strength, but squishing and squeezing it is also an awesome tactile play experience for kids!
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LOVE pop toobs! I’ve also discovered World Market and Tuesday Morning are surprisingly good places for development promoting toys. #homehealth #OT
Nicky Ellis says
A great selection of toys, Lauren. My 3-year old son is on autistic spectrum, so we bought him some Bilibo sensory toys and he love them all. -Nicky