Educational toys for 2 year olds are popular as they’re great fun, as well as promoting a 2 year old’s development. The best thing is that 2 year old’s actively want to learn about the world around them. Older children may start to find educational toys a bit boring – but for a 2 year old, a toy can be fun and educational at the same time. They genuinely can learn and have fun at the same time.
Lots of toys brand themselves as educational, but have few educational benefits. We’ve found the best educational toys for 2 year olds, giving you a handy shortlist to choose from.
A selection of the best educational toys for 2 year olds
LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics – under £15
LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics is one of the best educational toys for 2 year olds. It’s a great toy for teaching letter names and sounds in a fun way that 2 year old children can really engage with. It works by allowing 2 year olds to place the individual letter tiles into the factory, which plays songs relating to the letter name and sound.
The action of placing the letters in the factory is just the right level of difficulty for a 2 year old, so it helps to develop their hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor schools as well as their literacy.
There’s also a button that plays the alphabet song, with a handy volume slider. This reinforces the child’s learning about the individual letters, bringing everything together into the complete alphabet.
Unlike many educational toys for 2 year olds, this toy keeps everything tidy. The letters all pack away neatly into the box, making one less thing to clutter up your home!
As you can see from the reviews on Amazon, this is one of the most popular educational toys for 2 year olds.BUY ON AMAZON
VTech Little SmartTop – under £20
The VTech Little SmartTop is a nice little laptop and a great educational toy for 2 year olds. It’s small and very portable, making it perfect for a 2 year old to play with at home or while travelling. I have found that it’s a great distraction when eating out with a 2 year old, too! The cute bear character makes learning fun.
The educational A-Z keyboard is perfect for 2 year olds to press a letter, and they can learn the letter sounds and names. They can also press a letter to hear an object relating to that letter.
There are 10 fun and educational activities to introduce shapes, numbers and instrument sounds to your 2 year old. Children using this educational toy for 2 year olds can even use the laptop to receive virtual ecards from family an friends, and listen to stories read by the bear. You can connect the laptop to the Learning Lodge website and download even more ecards and stories, so your 2 year old won’t get bored with it.
LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Pal – under £20
The educational toy for 2 year olds LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Pal (Scout) is a version of the bestselling LeapFrog Tag aimed at younger children.
The friendly toy ‘pal’ reads along with the child, which activates a 2 year old’s imagination and encourages them to read more. They touch the toy to the pages, which activates the characters in the book and prompts the pal to read the story out loud. This helps the child to learn the connection between the spoken word and the words on the page, and is a great way to begin learning to read.
You can buy the Scout or Violet version of the toy, each of which come with one board book to get you started. The story is pre-loaded onto the pal, so all you need to do is add batteries.
To keep your 2 year old’s interest in this educational toy for longer, you can choose from over 15 compatible books, all of which work with the pal. The pal toy can store up to 5 books at a time, and you can personalise it with your 2 year old’s name. Each book in the range is educational in a different way – for example the alphabet, social play, counting etc. There are more than 24 fun activities and more than 150 audio responses that the child can trigger.
If that wasn’t enough, this educational toy for 2 year olds includes open ended questions to put the 2 year old in control and allow them to take charge of the story. They can touch any part of the page to bring the words, pictures and activities to life, creating a more interactive experience that will help them to learn.
The toy is just the right size for a 2 year old to hold in their hand. This is because 2 year olds may still struggle to hold a pen, so it allows them to interact with the book before they are able to hold a pen properly.
My Calendar Blue Wall Hanging – under £30
As they understand more about what’s happening around them, 2 year olds love to be told what’s happening next in their lives. Their sense of time is starting to develop and a child-friendly calendar is a great way to put their day-to-day experiences into a wider context.
The bestselling My Calendar Blue Wall Hanging is one of my favourite educational toys for 2 year olds. Your 2 year old will love moving the soft embroidered words and numbers for the days, months, weather and seasons.
Updating the calendar at the start of each day is a lovely way to tell your 2 year old what to expect from the day. They will start learning the order for dates, months and seasons, and improve their understanding of the weather. And by getting them excited about the day ahead, you can even avoid temper tantrums as your 2 year old will be more likely to want to do the same thing as you!
The calendar is available in blue, pink and red.BUY ON AMAZON
I hope this selection of educational toys for 2 year olds is useful for you, and helps you to choose a toy that will help your child to learn and have fun at the same time.