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The Best Toys And Gifts For 2-3 Year Olds

2018-11-01 by Melissa & Doug

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The best toys and gifts for 2- and 3-year-olds are those that inspire imagination, encourage hands-on exploration, and keep kids coming back for more! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for 2- and 3-year-olds. Children at this age are little sponges, and these are the toys that will reward their curiosity again and again as they come up with their own unique ways to play.

  1. Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks
    Jumbo Blocks

    Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: This 40-piece set of lightweight yet sturdy cardboard building blocks will inspire kids for hours of constructive fun! Made from extra-thick, premium cardboard, these blocks are easy to assemble and feature a wipe-clean surface.
    Sweet detail: The red blocks hold up to 150 pounds!
    Skills at play: Gross motor development, problem solving

  2. Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle
    Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle

    Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: Kids will love singing along as they lift the six puzzle pieces to hear the different verses of the classic children’s song!
    Sweet detail: Song lyrics are included on the back of the puzzle board.
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, problem solving

  3. Slice & Bake Cookie Set
    Slice and Bake Cookie Set

    Slice & Bake Cookie Set
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This wooden play set includes everything kids need to “bake” a pretend playtime treat. The 12 wooden cookies can be sliced with the knife and placed on a cookie sheet. There are toppings and a kitchen mitt, too!
    Sweet detail: Cookies store in a durable dough tube.
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving

  4. Wooden Railway Set
    Wooden Railway Set

    Wooden Railway Set
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: With more than 130 pieces, including a roundhouse engine shed, trees, workers, traffic signs, magnetic-tipped cranes, two bridges, and more, this set will put kids on track for imaginary adventures!
    Sweet detail: Includes easy-to-follow instructions for four different track configurations. (Also – it’s compatible with all popular wooden railway systems.)
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving

  5. Monster Bowling
    Monster Bowling

    Monster Bowling
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: The adorably wacky plush pins, with their touchable textures and design details, double as role-playing companions. Their weighted bottoms allow them to be set up in various formations as kids try to knock them down with the silly stuffed ball!
    Sweet detail: Includes a handy mesh bag for storage.
    Skills at play: Gross motor skills, resilience

  6. Wooden Doorbell House
    Wooden Doorbell House

    Wooden Doorbell House
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Kids will relish the opportunity to test their fine motor skills by ringing the four doorbells on this charming cottage and unlocking the four unique locks with matching keys.
    Sweet detail: Includes four play people!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, problem solving

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  7. Chef’s Kitchen
    Chef's Kitchen

    Chef’s Kitchen
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Easy to assemble, this play kitchen includes a refrigerator/freezer and ice maker, an oven and stovetop with dials that turn, a microwave with turning plate, a sink with moving faucet and handle, a grocery checklist, movable hooks, and ample storage. Budding chefs and home cooks are sure to enjoy years of make-believe meal-making!
    Sweet detail: Features an innovating working ice dispenser and two “ice cubes.”
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving

  8. Giraffe
    Giraffe

    Giraffe
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: At over four feet tall, this gentle giant will make a statement in a child’s playroom or bedroom. The lifelike details and markings, along with the quality construction, mean this playful pal will inspire imaginations for years to come!
    Sweet detail: Long, lovely lashes!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking

  9. Country Cottage Indoor Playhouse
    Country Cottage

    Country Cottage Indoor Playhouse
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This roomy and sturdy 4-foot-tall indoor playhouse is made of thick corrugate. The front doors and shutters open and close, offering a delightful home base for kids and their imaginary play. Other indoor playhouses include a Fire Truck, Food Truck, and Medieval Castle.
    Sweet detail: There’s a working mail slot!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking

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  10. Farm Friends Hand Puppets
    Hand Puppets

    Hand Puppets
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: This set of four cuddly cute hand puppets (a sheep, cow, pig, and horse) are ready to play a starring role in your child’s frolicking farm adventures!
    Sweet detail: Sized to fit children and most adults
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, storytelling

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