2-year-olds are a whole load of fun; with endless energy, expanding language and growing imaginations just made for pretend. They may already have a few toy box favourites - gift new items to extend their skills and take their creativity on to the next level. Here's our pick of gifts for 2-year-olds that will hit the spot and go the distance.
OPEN PLAY PIECES
Ever watched a 2-year-old pretend play? Their imaginations are wonderful; using random props as telephones and preparing tasty dinners with whatever fake food they can lay their hands on. (Peas on toast for tea then 😜) Open play pieces make great gifts, becoming anything your young 'un puts their mind to.
Book Case Additions
Books are a great way for getting toddlers to take five and are an especially useful tool for winding down during the bedtime routine. A new book makes for a great gift, which can be enjoyed again and again, particularly as they mature into pre-schoolers and begin to learn to read themselves.
As well as more 'traditional' story books, featuring fun characters and crazy narratives, we have topic books on subjects like human emotions, the natural world and interesting real-life figures - all great for encouraging them to learn more about the world around them.
WHEELY GOOD FUN
Choosing for a kid who's a vehicle fanatic? Pick out some cars or transport toys to add to their collection. If their toybox is already busting with wheels, the Kid's Concept Wooden Track is perfect for practising their manoeuvring skills - and maybe even creating some traffic jams, for a dose of reality!
DRESS UP DIVAS
Dress up is a great gift choice for this age, inspiring their role playing skills and doing double duty as World Book Day costumes and party wear. (Who knew toddlers had such busy social lives?) Meri Meri and Mimi & Lula have great ranges of props and garments, including crowns, wands, wings and capes that will have them prancing and soaring round the place endlessly.
From nursery rhymes to television jingles, most 2-year-olds love music, so this is the perfect stage to gift musical toys. As well as encouraging their creativity, instruments also help develop a whole range of motor skills, like finger isolation, hand-eye coordination and wrist dexterity. They’ll just need a whole load of practice before it’s music for your ears, as well as theirs 😂
Around this age, they may have begun to resist certain clothing options, and no longer happy to have their OOTD picked for them. While it’s interesting to see them showing an interest in fashion, it can be a bit of a pain too. So now's the time to gift some seriously cool PJs, and our own KIDLY Label PJs do the trick time and time again.
Think you might have a budding fashion designer on your hands? Look no further than the Selfie Craft Co collection which allows aspiring ateliers to have a go at colouring in their own PJs or superhero capes.
So we hope that's helped you pick something special for that special 2-year-old in your life. We’ve also put together gift finders for newborns, first birthdays, 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds too.
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