The best laptop for 2 year old children isn’t easy to find, with so much choice around. At the toddler end of the market, toy computers range from fully functional laptops with multiple programs to simple ‘laptop-style’ toys with basic buttons and flashing lights. Here’s my list of the top 10 toy laptops for 2 year olds.
My 5 top picks
Top 10 laptops for toddlers
Best laptop #1 – LeapFrog Scout My Own Leaptop – Best Laptop for 2 Year Old
The bestselling laptop for 2 year old girls and boys is the LeapFrog Scout My Own Laptop. It has over 10,000 positive reviews on Amazon .
Labelled as a toy learning laptop for 2 year old children up to 4 years, this is a good gift for now that will last several years. It has a choice of a programs that 2 year olds can easily switch between. Some of the programs, such as the music and letters games, are simple enough for very young children to understand. At this level, the Leaptop helps pre-school children to learn about cause and effect as they can press the mouse (“paw pad”) to make the music play.
Other programs, such as the alphabet game, are more complicated as the child has to press the letter corresponding to the name of the animal on the screen. This is great as it makes this a learning laptop for 2 year olds that can genuinely grow with them. I know several 4 year olds who still play with their LeapTop.
In fact my daughter Sophia saw me writing this post and immediately asked to play on her own Leaptop! She loves playing the alphabet game and dancing along to the music game by copying the little dog’s movements (wagging her bum when he wags his tail!).
My sister claims that her 2 year old daughter learned all her letters from this toy laptop. It boosts children’s learning in various ways:
- Letter recognition and learning the alphabet
- Pretend play
- Music and sound
- Learning about animals
- Computer literacy
The Leapfrog Scout My Own Leaptop (Green) has a bigger screen than most toy laptops for 2 year olds, making it easier to see the animations. It has 26 fun animal animations, a pretend email program, a carry handle and is fairly indestructible – an important feature in any laptop for 2 year olds! It can even be customised to help the child learn how to spell their own name.
If you’re into the wider online LeapFrog Learning Path then you can use this toy laptop as part of a suite of other toys. This allows you to create customised learning, expanding your 2 year old’s learning.
With so much packed into a single toy, I think this is definitely joint best laptop for 2 year old children.
Best laptop #2 – Vtech Baby Laptop Toy
The Vtech Baby Laptop Toy,Multicolor is another big player in the laptops for 2 year olds category. In many ways it is very similar to the My Own LeapTop, and it has many of the same benefits but there are also significant differences. The main difference being is that this one is much simpler so it’s perfect for toddlers who have never played with a similar toy before (= perfect for the 1st laptop).
- Baby’s Laptop includes three modes of play: Animals, shapes and music
- Nine chunky buttons with a light-up LCD screen
This kids’ laptop guides children through a choice of 3 modes of play: animals, shapes and music. I like the music mode in particular as it has the sing-along songs.
The laptop has 9 chunky buttons that will be very easy to use by your 2 year old. There is also a large LCD screen so all the content is very well visible.
This laptop is a great first laptop for a 2 year old. Children will be able to get familiar with an idea of a laptop and it’s great for both auditory and tactile stimulation, motor skills and some imaginative play.
Overall, it’s much simpler than the Leapfrog Scout My Own Leaptop (Green) but it is also much cheaper.
Best laptop #3 – Peppa Pig Laugh and Learn
Being a Peppa Pig toy, the Peppa Pig PP02 Laugh and Learn Laptop Electronic Toy is a very popular learning laptop for 2 year olds and will appeal to boys and girls alike.
This is a much more basic toy laptop than the Leapfrog Scout My Own Leaptop (Green) featured above. It therefore won’t appeal as well to 3 and 4 year olds, but there’s plenty packed into the laptop to entertain a 2 year old.
2 year olds can press the buttons to learn colour recognition, letters, numbers as well as words. It’s perfect for improving memory and concentration. The ‘screen’ is much more basic. However it does the job, enhanced by the fun noises and sounds.
The Peppa Pig toy laptop has 4 programs, each one introducing 2 year olds to a different part of Peppa Pig and George’s world. This includes discovery games, music and quizzes which encourage the child to push the buttons to answer the easy questions.
Unlike some other laptops for 2 year olds, the Peppa Pig computer does not have a handle to carry around. Overall, it’s still a light toy so I wouldn’t say it’s a deal-breaker. As a basic laptop, it is fairly cheap.
- Chunky early learning classic laptop
- 4 game modes relating to colours, numbers, letters and word recognition
Best laptop #4 – Vtech Moon & Me Play & Learn Laptop
The Vtech Moon & Me Play & Learn Laptop is seen as one of the best learning laptops for young 2 year olds who may not be ready for a proper first computer. It’s labelled as being a toy laptop for 18 months upwards and is suitable for a slightly younger age group. This is reflected in the fact that it is simpler to use than the Leapfrog Scout My Own Leaptop (Green). It probably won’t appeal to a child for as long as the more advanced models, but it’s popular with 2 year olds and will last until they’re at least 3 years old.
This educational laptop features lights, sounds, cute pictures, large buttons and a mouse which are just the right size for 2 year olds to press. It doesn’t have a proper screen like some toy laptops but it does have multiple modes to choose from so 2 year olds will enjoy experimenting and seeing what happens when they press the different keys and buttons. The keyboard is a nice touch that you don’t find on most kids laptops, and means that it doubles as a musical toy.
- Moon & Me Play & Learn Laptop includes 3 modes of play: Explore, Learning and Music.
- Features 9 chunky shape buttons with a light-up LED screen.
Best laptop #5 – LeapFrog Peek-a-Boo LapPup Baby Toy
This is a cute laptop for 2 year olds because of its puppy shape, which makes it more cuddly looking. As you might expect, it’s much more basic than some of the laptops described above and is aimed at 1, 2 and 3 year olds. It’s available in 2 colours: green and pink.
Overall, this laptop isn’t bad – even though it’s pretty basic, I think it still has a potential to keep a young toddler busy for hours with its educational games and sounds (it has over 40 learning activities). It can introduce a child to colours, numbers, shapes, letters and sounds (and rhythm). As it’s easy to carry, it encourages a toddler to play everywhere he goes.
However, it’s just so basic that I think this will really only appeal to very young children. It has less ability to grow with the child than the other laptops in this list. Instead, I would go for a toy laptop that will appeal to young children and can be used in more advanced ways as they progress – which isn’t an option with the Peek-a-Boo LapPup Toy.
Best laptop #6 – VTech Pre School Laptop
The VTech 155403 Pre School Laptop Interactive Educational Kids Computer Toy with 30 Activities Suitable for Children 3, 4, 5+ Year Olds Boys & Girls, White/Orange is perfect for slightly older children or for 2 years old who already had experience with a similar, perhaps more basic laptop toy. If a child had a chance to play with such a toy in the past AND expressed a lot of interest in it, it might be also a good option for him or her. One advantage is that this laptop can be then used for much longer. The worst case scenario is that you will need to wait a little bit until it can be properly used.
In terms of functionalities, this laptop has 30 learnings activities, 40 melodies and also has decent customisation options. You can set a custom name, age and favourite food in the All About Me Mode – I find it pretty nice and it makes the toy special for any 2 year old.
It can teach a 2 year old phonics, counting, letters and instrument sounds. The toy has a good keyboard (although the keys are much smaller than in a baby laptop) and I also like the mouse which is a perfect size for a toddler. What you also get is a decent LCD screen (for the toddler laptop standards of course).
- Encourages logical thinking, visualisation skills and hand-eye co-ordination
- Child-friendly four directional mouse and 30 fun and educational activities
It’s also available in pink colour: VTech Pre-School My Laptop - Pink.
Best laptop #7 – WinFun Busy Froggy Laptop
The winfun Busy Froggy Laptop is a good choice of toy laptop if you’re looking for a basic, simple and cheap option. It can’t compete with the more advanced toy laptops in this list, but it doesn’t try to – it has a completely different purpose.
This toy is also smaller than the other laptops for 2 year olds, so if you’re planning a journey then it will be good as a travel toy.
The frog laptop features flashing lights, 3 modes of play including learning and music mode, and it helps babies and young children – up to about age 2 – learn the alphabet, basic numbers and shapes. It has several fun sound effects and songs. The frog’s head doubles as the lid, and toddlers will enjoy opening and shutting it in a game of peek-a-boo. It also has pretend cursor buttons, a sliding beetle and sliding rings on the side.
Amazon says that this toy laptop is suitable from 12 months up to 18 years. This is a bit of a joke (probably a typo!) but I would say that it’s suitable for up to 2 year olds – probably no older than this.
- Baby's first learning laptop with flashing lights
- 3 modes of play- Learning Mode and Music Mode
Best laptop #8 – Sofia The First Royal Learning Laptop
Sofia The First toys are very popular with 2 year old girls. The Sofia The First Royal Learning Laptop is one of the best laptops for 2 year olds at the moment.
This toy laptop is perfect for toddlers who want to be a princess. It has plenty of princess features such as light-up mouse shaped like a jewel, pretty drawings and animations. It’s shaped in a more princessy way than other laptops for 2 year olds, but it is a robust and chunky design with a carry handle.
This is an educational learning laptop like the other toy computers featured in this article. It helps 2 year olds to learn letters, phonics, whole words, numbers and shapes. It also packs in some extra learning areas which the other toy laptops don’t cover such as logic, memory and manners. In total there are 12 learning games divided into 4 modes: language, maths, logic and music. The music mode includes 10 cute tunes and there are also plenty of sound effects and the voice of Sophia the First.
I haven’t marked this as the best laptop for 2 year old children because it’s strongly aimed at girls. The fact that it is merchandise from a TV program also prevents it from being ageless in the same way as the My Own LeapTop and VTech Little SmartTop. If you want to pass it on to your next child or other friends and family then this may mean that it appeals to fewer children overall. However Sofia the first is really popular at the momen. Even after it stops being popular, I’m sure that 2 year old girls will continue to love this toy laptop.
Best laptop #9 – Inspiration Works JCB My First Laptop
A lot of people say that the Inspiration Works JCB My First Laptop is the best laptop for 2 year old boys, although plenty of girls like it too.
The toy learning laptop teaches 2 year olds and slightly older children about shapes, colours and numbers. Although it doesn’t have a proper screen, the 6 backlit sections represent different objects and each have a colour, shape or quantity.
There are 4 game modes which are selected with a slider which is a suitable size for 2 year old fingers. These are discovery, quiz 1, quiz 2 and music. The music mode has 2 musical keys and sound effects.
This is a nice first laptop for 2 year olds, but it’s nothing special. In my opinion it’s definitely not the best laptop for 2 year old children, but it may still be a good buy for boys who love diggers and JCB’s. Yes, the JCB branding is a gimmick – however if that’s what inspires a child to learn then that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Best laptop #10 – Vtech Baby’s Light-Up Laptop
The Vtech Baby’s Light-Up Laptop is well suited to the younger end of the 2 year old market.
While this toy laptop doesn’t have a proper screen, the screen does light up when you press the different buttons. It helps 2 year olds about numbers, letters and shapes. There are 6 shape buttons and 3 piano keys, so it doubles as a musical toy. It even teaches Spanish words as well as English, which is something you won’t find in other laptops for 2 year olds!
The mouse moves in 8 directions which is better than the static mouse on other toy laptops.
It’s not easy to find a good laptop for a toddler. There are quite some options and it takes a lot of time to compare. Let us try to make it easier for you:
- go for Leapfrog Scout My Own Leaptop (Green) if you want something that is really good and can be used for years,
- go for Leapfrog Scout My Own Leaptop (Green) if you want to spend less and are looking to buy something for a younger toddler,
- go for Peppa Pig PP02 Laugh and Learn Laptop Electronic Toy if you are on a budget.