32 of the best toys for 2-year-olds in the UK

Two-year-old playing

by Emily Gilbert |

Congratulations! Your tot is turning two and you're now officially out of baby territory. What do you buy for a toddler who has (almost) everything? Are you looking for a gift idea or simply curious about what benefits there are to certain toys? We've found the best toys for two-year-olds.

By two, you’ll probably notice your baby has become more assertive. However, you may find they're often torn between a want to do things independently and needing your help.

Their language skills are improving, and they can definitely make their wants and needs known, speaking in simple sentences. They've also developed a little imagination and can form images in their minds. You might want to invest in some educational toys or learning toys. These will help your tot develop confidence and dexterity.

The best toys for two-year-olds

From our Mother&Baby Playtime Award winners – tested by tots all over the country – to other great buys, we’ve spent hours searching high and low for the best toys and gifts for two-year-olds so you don’t have to.

Gold Winner for Best Toddler Toy at the M&B Awards 2023
Orchard Toys Dress Up Nelly

Rrp: £9.5

Price: £8.99
Alternative retailers
John Lewis & Partners£8.99View offer


Suitable from: Two-five years | Toy type: Card game | Teaches: Colours | Award:

Silver Winner for Best Toddler Toy at the M&B Awards 2023


Suitable from: Three years+ | Toy type: Wooden | Teaches: Cause and effect |

Bronze Winner for Best Toddler Toy at the M&B Awards 2023
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

Rrp: £17

Price: £12.99
Alternative retailers
Boots£17.5View offer


Suitable from: 18 months+ | Toy type: Fine motor game | Teaches: Colours, counting and

Best balance bike for two-year-olds


Gold winner at the Mother&Baby Awards 2022 for Best Toddler Toy

The Hooga balance bike is

Best matching toy for two-year-olds
Orchard Toys First Sounds Lotto
Price: £8.99


Silver winner of the Mother&Baby Awards 2022 Best Toddler Toy

This is a fun-filled sound game

Best storytelling toy for two-year-olds
Tiny Love Wonder Buddies

Rrp: £22.91

Price: £20.21


Shortlisted for Best Toddler Toy at the Mother&Baby 2022 Awards

With seven complimentary

Best messy play toy for two-year-olds
KUB Original Tuff Tray and Stand
Price: £59.99


Shortlisted for Best Toddler Toy at the Mother&Baby Awards 2022

You'll find an abundance

Best puppet toy for two-year-olds
Melissa & Doug Zoo Friends Hand Puppets

Rrp: £22.99

Price: £22.03
Alternative retailers
John Lewis & Partners£22.99View offer


You’ll find yourself playing along with your child as they get the hang of turning these hand

Best kitchen toy for two-year-olds
KidKraft 53173 Dark Red Vintage Wooden Pretend Play Toy Kitchen

Rrp: £204.99

Price: £131.19


There are probably cheaper kids’ kitchens, but how cute is this for your little chef? Complete

Best farm toy for two-year-olds
Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset
Price: £48.92
Alternative retailers
Argos£30View offer
John Lewis & Partners£39.19View offer


Encourage your little one to bring the farm to life. Complete with lights, music, sounds and Smart

Best wooden puzzle toy for two-year-olds


It brings six different puzzles in one brightly coloured tray. It helps develop matching skills,

Best LEGO toy for two-year-olds
LEGO 10915 DUPLO My First Alphabet Truck Toy
Price: £43


Bronze winner of the Mother&Baby Awards 2021 Best Toddler Toy

Encouraging imagination,

Best problem solving toy for two-year-olds
Melissa and Doug Geometric Stacker

Rrp: £19.99

Price: £13.9
Alternative retailers
John Lewis & Partners£19.99View offer


This Geometric Stacker wooden toy has 25 colourful wooden pieces of rings, octagons and rectangles

Best board puzzle for two-year-olds
Ravensburger The Gruffalo
Price: £11.99


Bring your tot’s favourite story to life with this 16-piece cardboard floor jigsaw puzzle. This

Best Play-Doh toy for two-year-olds


If you haven’t introduced your tot to playdough yet, now is the time. Encourage her to get

Best for learning fun facts
LeapFrog 601503 Learning Friends 100 Words
Price: £17.99 (was £22.99)



This toy was shortlisted for the Mother&Baby 2020 Best Toddler Toy award.

Filled with

Best scooter for two-year-olds
Micro Mini Deluxe Folding Scooter
Price: £99.95
Alternative retailers
Decathlon£99.95View offer


Suitable from two years old, this scooter has been designed to grow with your tot. With two front

Best music toy for two-year-olds
Halilit Toddler Music Orchestra Musical Instrument Gift Set
Price: £34.66


Beautiful, richly coloured musical instrument gift set. It includes a Xylophone, Ocean Drum,

Best ABC toy for two-year-olds
Jacootoys Wooden Alphabet Puzzle
Price: £11.99


A fun way to encourage your little one to learn the alphabet, this colourful puzzle teaches them

Best number game toy for two-year-olds
Orchard Toys Number Street Jigsaw Puzzle
Price: £11.25
Alternative retailers
Hamleys£12View offer


This won a 2020 Mother&Baby Bronze award for Best Toddler Toy

Make getting familiar with

Best counting toy for two-year-olds


There's nothing any two-year-old loves more than playing shops with their very own till and

Best musical toy for two-year-olds
LeapFrog Speak and Learn Puppy

Rrp: £39.99

Price: £29.69
Alternative retailers
Currys£34.99View offer
Hamleys£39.99View offer


When your toddler presses one of the five buttons located on this fluffy puppy's collar, the dog

Best memory skills toy for two-year-olds
LeapFrog 600703 Scoop & Learn Pretend Toddler Toy
Price: £46.99 (was £59.99)



This fun ice cream cart toy will help improve your toddler's memory, counting and creative

Best for touch-stimulation toy for two-year-olds
Early Learning Centre Sand and Water Table
Price: £71.99 (was £89.99)



This sand and water table will be great fun for your toddler to enjoy in the garden, stimulating

Best building blocks for two-year-olds
MEGA BLOKS Big Building Bag building set
Price: £9.6
Alternative retailers
The Entertainer£9.6View offer
Argos£10View offer


With 60 pieces to play with, your toddler will love using this multi-coloured bricks for hands-on

Recommended LEGO toy for two-year-olds
LEGO 10942 DUPLO Disney Minnie’s House and Café
Price: £79.97


A fun Minnie Mouse-inspired, dollhouse-style set from LEGO DUPLO that will provide hours of

Best eco toy for two-year-olds
Honeysticks 100% Pure Beeswax Crayons Natural
Price: £17.95


A lovely green toy for a two-year-old if you're eco-conscious, these vibrant crayons are made from

Best comforting toy for two-year-olds
HOMCOM Giraffe Rocking Horse
Price: £41.99 (was £87.99)



This cute and soft giraffe-design rocking horse is a great quality toy for children aged over 18

Best fine motor toy for two-year-olds
Poppy The Count & Stack Flower Pot

Rrp: £15.5

Price: £12.49


Cheerful Poppy and her six colourful count-and-stack-flowers are perfect for preschool fine motor

Best active play toy for two-year-olds
Innedu Piano Mat for Toddlers
Price: £17.99


This fun piano mat with its 10 piano sounds, 10 songs, eight instrumental sounds and bright

Best food toys for two-year-olds
Melissa & Doug Wooden Food Groups

Rrp: £16.43

Price: £13.99


These beautifully hand-painted wooden food pieces will not only teach your toddler the main food


How to choose the best toys?

According to child development expert, Dr Amanda Gummer from The Good Play Guide, toys are very beneficial to toddler development. The Good Play Guide are a team of passionate expert professionals who research, test and share their knowledge about popular toys on the market, selecting the toys that are best in terms of child development.

"Toys have two main functions for young children. Stimulating the child and encouraging them to play and explore their environment as well as developing skills such as fine motor skills, concentration and communication. Also, to make the adults around the child more playful and likely to engage positively with the young child. This further promotes healthy development, thus strengthening attachment."

Two year old playing
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In terms of the best kind of toys to buy a two-year-old, Dr Amanda thinks games that a toddler can play both individually and with other children are the best. "Children move from playing alongside other children with minimal interaction to playing with them. This can mean competing with them or collaborating with them. So, play sets that they can play with alone and with friends are great, as are simple board games and toys that increase children’s confidence with numbers and letters are good to introduce around this age," Dr Amanda says.

How do I choose a safe toy for a two-year-old?

Fortunately, most toys come with a recommended age range that tells you if the toy is safe for their age. However, there are other features you can look out for to ensure your little one has a safe and happy playtime:

Ensure there are no small, detachable parts that could present a choking hazard
If you're buying plastic toys, make sure they're sturdy. Thin plastic can break easily to make a sharp edge
Make sure the toy can be cleaned - soft toys should be washable
Make sure toys and art materials are child-safe - they should be non-toxic
Check toys regularly to ensure they're clean and not broken
Look for the CE mark which manufacturers include to claim it meets regulatory requirements
Look for the British Toy and Hobby Association's Lion Mark which identifies toys that are regarded as safe and high quality

CE and lion mark

The best toys to help your baby’s development and education at two years old will:

Help improve their language skills, and encourage pretend play: Look out for dressing up clothes when shopping, as these can inspire a two-year-old’s creative play. It’s also a good time to buy art supplies for your baby. Set up an area where you can invite them to get creative (and messy!)

Construction toys are great at this age, as are puzzles: anything that asks your tot to match things, be that colours or shapes, together is a good thing. Think plastic keys opening doors, four-or-five-piece puzzles, or train sets and cars that can be linked.

Mini-me toys: By two, you’ll notice your tot copying everything you do, so now is also a good time to introduce that toy kitchen set, washing machine and vacuum cleaner.

Balance bikes and trikes: Your baby will also show more of an interest in ride-on toys now, so shop for a balance bike or trike.

"Toys promote social interactions that improve communication skills. Simple matching games can improve memory and puzzles help with concentration and perseverance. Imaginative play helps children develop storytelling and problem-solving skills," says Dr Amanda.

When should I get rid of my toddler toys?

It's very easy for toys to build up at home, especially if your tot is being gifted new toys from friends and family. However, research suggests that if children under five have too many toys, they can struggle to concentrate on those they have. Overwhelmed by the choice, they can get easily distracted from playing with the one toy, meaning they may not play or learn so well.

If you're looking to curb the number of toys your tot has - it always comes as a surprise! - here are some steps to help you narrow down their toy box:

  1. Is it age-appropriate? If they have outgrown it and you don't intend to pass it on to younger siblings, donate it instead.
  1. Is it broken? Broken toys can be hazardous, so they should be discarded if this is the case.
  1. Is it a toy that never gets played with? If they have a number of toys and there are those that never come out at playtime, it may not be something your child is interested in.
  1. Would your child notice if the toy was gone? If not, this is a quick win if you're looking to declutter.

Finding out the most popular toy in the world is quite a tall order, but The Toy Zone has researched the most popular toys across countries and categories.

Looking at their research, these are the most popular toys that are also suitable for two-year-olds:

LEGO: LEGO was found to be the most popular toy in Europe and the most popular building and construction toy. Most LEGO toys are aimed at ages three and over, but LEGO DUPLO is perfect for two-year-olds.

Paw Patrol: Paw Patrol was found to be the most popular TV toy in the world as a favourite in 25 countries, including the UK and the US. There are a number of Paw Patrol toys available that are suitable for two-year-olds.

Barbie: After all these years, Barbie still takes the top spot as the favourite doll of the world and the favourite classic toy. Barbie toys for two-year-olds are limited, but you can find Little People Barbie sets with Fisher-Price.

Spiderman and Batman: These are the most popular superheroes across the world. Again, there are limited superhero toys for two-year-olds but LEGO DUPLO does a Marvel Spider-Man Super Heroes Set which looks like great fun for wannabe superheroes!

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