The best toys for 2 year old girls almost always have an element of fun and learning bundled together. That’s because these early stages are crucial for development. They experience rapid physical, social, emotional and cognitive changes that happen almost too quickly for parents to keep up with. Those changes, combined with more independence and self-expression equals what most people know as the “terrible twos”. To keep up with this demanding stage of her development, educational toys for girls can be an indispensable part of the teaching equation.
Fortunately, we have an extensive list of the best toys and gift ideas in every category that take your toddler’s needs into account.
1. Interactive Picture Books
Interactive picture books introduce to the 2-year-old the wealth of knowledge, information, and entertainment contained in books. The many formats of interactive picture books, both electronic and non-electronic, provide enhancements that are designed to encourage young girls to explore children’s literature. (1) Since her comprehension is developed in this stage as well as her understanding of basic storylines, books are an excellent tool to have by her bedside for some light reading.
Engage your toddler in not just one sensory mode, but several. Press Here is a classic interactive book that teaches how various outcomes can result from certain actions. At this age, toddlers are noticing more cause and effect, which is why this book's unique features can teach them how to make that association.
Make reading more exciting with Peek-A Who. These colorful window-type illustrations will keep your little one guessing and turning the page for more.
Science Board Books for 2 Year Olds
Award-winning physicist Chris Ferrie opens the vast world of science in this specially written book series. Complete with illustrations to help teach your 2 year old basic scientific concepts, children and adults alike can learn a thing or two from this holiday gift idea.
2. Building Blocks
Building blocks are invaluable toys that provide many learning activities for 2 year olds. Among the many developmental benefits are hand-eye coordination, learning math fundamentals, understanding basic building principles, enhancing fine motor skills and understanding spatial awareness. (2) It can also be a great solo activity that will enhance her creative skills.
Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set
Upgrade your wooden blocks toys with the revolutionary Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set. This 24 piece set makes a thoughtful gift as it enhances your child's growth through play that reinforces her many developmental stages at this age.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks
Safe, lightweight and easy to handle, the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks set is an ideal developmental toy for your 2-year-old. The blocks are durable–withstanding weight up to 150 pounds–but still so easy to play with.
Mega Bloks First Builders Blocks
Introduce your little girl to the world of building with this classic Mega Bloks set. With this holiday gift idea, she can build to her little heart's content with all shapes and sizes of blocks. As a bonus, it's compatible with other sets so she can easily build her own collection.
3. Push Toys
Push toys provide not just fun playtime, but also an activity that builds many developmental milestones. They will help her figure out how to shift her weight from foot to foot, how to gauge her strength to lift objects, and how to use her body to move things from point A to point B. General body strength is likewise developed, especially in both her legs and upper body. (3)
Melissa & Doug Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy
From Melissa and Doug comes this plush toy that will keep your toddler entertained for hours. This clack alligator push toy will help develop her hand-eye coordination and other fine motor skills.
Step2 Push Around Buggy GT
This cute Push Around Buggy from Step 2 will have your toddler girl giddy with excitement. Available in striking pink with purple accents, your little girl can enjoy safe, make-believe driving in this stroller type toy.
Fisher-Price Corn Popper
Popcorn anyone? Fisher-Price continues to make available this timeless and attractive, push along toy that simulates popping corn. The sounds and animated balls encourages kids to walk as they develop key muscles and refine your 2 year old girls balance skills.
4. Musical Instruments
Musical instruments open up your child to music appreciation and playing instruments. Music appreciation is a natural mood enhancer and relieves stress well, so she can music as a form of winding down or as a creative outlet. This type of gift augments many games and activities too, so be prepared for her to combine music with her other favorite activities. This will fine-tune her auditory skills, not to mention her memory and patience. (4)
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set
The Vtech KidiBeats Drum Set never disappoints, especially if your child is musically inclined. This highly animated toy and holiday gift idea simulates a real drum set-up with selectable modes to suit her preferences and skills. Designed specifically for toddlers, the battery-operated set comes complete with drumsticks and will make an excellent gift.
Zoo Jamz Piano
Open up the vast universe of melody and music with Vtech’s Zoo Jamz Piano. She'll spend hours dabbling with this 4-in-1 instrument that incorporates a keyboard that triggers violin, xylophone or saxophone sounds. It comes with a microphone that can be sung into as well.
Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Xylophone
Encourage percussion instrument play to teach hand-eye coordination, creativity, dexterity, arm movement and cause and effect with this awesome musical toy for 2 year old girls. This would make an excellent gift for kids who have shown an interest in singing, playing instruments, or listening to music.
5. Toddler-Safe Toy Vehicles
Toddler safe toy vehicles are a great learning toy for 2-year-old girls as they help promote fine motor skills like hand manipulation, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. Her coordination such as moving the hands and legs with confidence is also improved. Understanding motor vehicles, their importance, and potential danger can be introduced early on with this gift. Spatial intelligence is also developed as she visually calculates distances.
Melissa & Doug Soft Pull-Back Vehicles
I don't know anyone who wouldn't enjoy these quick pullback vehicles from Melissa and Doug. The soft material ensures safe and fun play with miniature models of a school bus, family car, fire truck, or police car to choose from. You won't have to worry about sharp edges and hard parts with these.
Green Toys Seaplane
If you're looking for a holiday gift idea that will help with bath time, look no further. Launch your little girl into flights of fancy with this Seaplane by Green Toys which can be enjoyed in or out of the water.
VTech Drop & Go Dump Truck
Nothing catches a kid's attention like this Drop and Go Dump Truck by Vtech. The pull-toy juggles 3 colorful balls as it is pulled, creating a little moving spectacle. The truck also plays melodies and other educational sounds, allowing her to sing along.
6. Animal Figures
Animal figures are an excellent gift idea to help introduce your little girl to the world of nature and the animal kingdom. These animal figure toys stimulate creativity and imagination to help bring her thoughts to life. Playing with animals will also improve her verbalization, as your child will learn to memorize and say the various names of the animals in her collection. Social interaction is likewise enhanced.
Learning Resources Jumbo Farm Animals
“And on this farm they had some.." Jumbo Farm Animals! Introduce your toddler to the farm animal world with this well-crafted farm set. Made of durable plastic, this finely crafted gift will have her playing "Old McDonald" all day.
Fisher-Price Little People Safari Animal Friends
Familiarize her with the animal kingdom through this Little People Safari Animal Friends set by Fisher-Price. It’s a great starter set to get to know the different animals in the wild.
DUPLO Jurassic World Gentle Giants Petting Zoo
Dinosaurs come to life with the Jurassic World Gentle Giants Petting Zoo by Lego Duplo. Recreate Jurassic World right in your home with 2 baby dinosaurs complete with fencing, a swinging bridge, and palm tree. If your 2 year old loves dinosaurs, this would make an excellent gift idea.
7. Toddler Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts projects do wonders for advancing fine motor skills, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. On the creative side, these activities would also help her identify colors and shapes. Expect her to explore different mediums and tools on almost every available surface in the house, so be prepared for a bit of clean-up afterwards.
ALEX Discover My First Scribble
Encourage and develop creativity with the ALEX Discover My First Scribble by Alex. The 50-page activity book will guide her through numerous exercises that promote drawing and coloring.
Crayola Ultraclean Markers
With the Ultraclean BL Multicultural Markers, hours of creative and artistic output (and mess) can be easily cleaned, simply by wiping. Colors wash off her skin and clothes very easily, allowing unhampered use of these coloring markers.
Step2 Easel for Two
This twin-sided easel by Step2 has a chalkboard and a magnetic dry erase board on the other side of it. Two children can play at the same time since, so it's great for practicing with other kids as well.
8. Toddler Climbing Toys
Toddler climbing toys primarily build muscle development and coordination. As a result, these toys will enhance her physical health as a form of exercise while also allowing her to develop confidence in her newfound abilities. It may be a little nerve wracking to see your toddler using climbing toys but they are certainly worth it in the long run, especially once they fine tune their decision making and problem solving skills.
Climb and Crawl Activity Soft Foam Play Set
Make your own obstacle course with this ingeniously crafted gift idea by ECR4Kids. The shapes can be arranged to provide fun and challenging terrains to climb and crawl on.
Step2 Naturally Playful Woodland Climber
Have your own mini playground complete with slide, rock wall and climbing ladder with this outdoor-themed playset by Step2. Get ready for countless hours of fun because your kids will love having this around.
Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber
Climb a wall, crawl through a tunnel or slide down a gentle slope with Little Tikes’ hide and seek climber. Kids gravitate to this little play place whenever it's around. You'll see why.
Bestselling Gifts and Toys for 2 Year Old Girls in All Categories
VTech Doc McStuffins Talk and Trace Clipboard
I Spy - Animals!
VTech Light-Up Baby Touch Tablet Pink
Melissa & Doug Monster Plush Bowling Game
LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train Preschool Toy
Baby Alive Luv ‘n Snuggle Baby
Kiddieland My First Minnie Ride On
Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set
Little Tikes Shopping Cart
Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk
Just Play PJ Masks Collectible Figure Set
Play-Doh Fun Factory Set
Learning Resources Fresh Picked Fruit And Veggie Tote
Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella Peach Soft Baby Doll
Aqua Doodle Mat
Melissa & Doug Burrow Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal
Melissa & Doug Let's Play House Dust! Sweep! Mop!
Crayola Washable Kid's Paint
Hearts My First Doll Stroller
Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection
VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk
LEGO DUPLO All-in-One-Box-of-Fun
LeapFrog Shapes And Sharing Picnic Basket
Fox Print Princess Castle Play Tent
Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike
VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe
Banana Bike LT
Melissa and Doug Food Groups
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set
EocuSun Kid's Ball Pit Playpen with Zippered Storage Bag
VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight
Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy
PlayMonster Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Draw in the Tub Crayons
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug 'n Secure Swing
Paint Set for Toddlers
VTech Little Apps Tablet
Baby Alive Super Snacks Snackin' Luke
VTech Care for Me Learning Carrier
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Let's Get Ready Sink
Peppa Pig Princess Castle Playset
Lil’ Cutesies Twin Dolls With Stroller
Little Tikes First Slide
Step2 Best Chef's Toy Kitchen Playset
Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table
LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Set
Fisher-Price My Smart Purse Toy Playset
VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
Peppa Pig's Deluxe House
Melissa & Doug Disney Minnie Mouse Mix and Match
Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Tiaras
LeapFrog My Pal Violet
Radio Flyer Rider Trike Ride On
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Piggy Bank
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Fine Motor Skills With Crazy Straws
Hone your child's fine motor skills with these Crazy Straws, a play kit that promotes color and shape combination, hand-eye coordination and other advanced skills.
Playdough Play Mats
It's never too early to play make-believe Salon, and that's exactly what you get with the Play Mats-Silly Hairdos by playdough. Form dough 'hair strands' and watch her create hairpieces for face cut-outs.
Printable Bear Math Patterns
Use these printable bear math patterns along with counting bears to introduce basic math concepts in ways that your 2 year old will easily understand. Make your child’s math foundation a strong one with this educational gift idea.
Felt Caterpillar Busy Bag
This felt Caterpillar Busy Bag teaches your kids to meticulously arrange circular shapes and appendages to form a caterpillar figure. The kit comes complete with eyes to finish off her creative projects.
Color Matching Toddler Printables
Printable patterns that form basic shapes such as a fish, flowers, a car or a house challenge toddlers in a fun and interactive way. To play, they must follow the round shapes with pouch caps to complete the shapes or patterns.
Teach your childto make a “button snake," and impart the fundamentals of fastening a button. Eventually, she will skillfully know how to pass a button into a buttonhole.
Calm Down Jars
Make any of these 6 calm down jars with your 2 year old girl to give them a tool they can use to reduce stress and promote calmness. Visually, the glitters and bright colors are eyecatching and can definitely serve as a welcome distraction for them during distressful periods.
Diy Chalkboard Table
Make your own homemade chalkboard table so your child can express creativity and artistry on a spacious surface. These chalkboards are economical and easy to make so you can rest assured that she'll have plenty of space to work with when inspiration strikes.
Simple Color Sorting Activity for 2 Year Olds
Make a DIY color sorting activity/kit using paper cups, color round office stickers, and craft sticks. This would make an an interesting matching game that would help them train their memory as well as color recognition.
Pasta Threading Activity
Develop fine motor skills ingeniously using straws, Rigatoni pasta and some playdough. The straws are planted on the playdough so that they're sticking out in all directions. Once all the straws are secure, all she has to do is gently place the pasta through the straws. This is a great way to teach her to slow down, be patient, and pay close attention to her tasks.
Indian Corn Squish Bag
With Indian corn kernels, a zip lock bag and other materials, she can create her own squish bag to provide a mess-free quiet time sensory activity that can be used in a multitude of learning scenarios.
Fine Motor Skills Activity
Challenge your toddler's motor skills, color recognition, and basic problem-solving with this actvity. It's an ingenious way of encouraging them to think outside the box while giving them space to fail and try again.
Pool Noodle Stringing
When it comes to toys and gifts for 2 year old girls, you have to learn to keep up with their changing interests or you'll be in trouble. The materials for this activity are inexpensive and readily available, so it's great to have on hand when they go looking for something to do. Stringing activities are extremely simple but highly effective because it trains their fine motor skills while also giving them a creative outlet as well.
2 Year Old Milestones
A 2 year old’s milestones can be generally categorized into movement, verbal, cognition, and socio-emotional achievements. Among these are the following (but not limited to):
- She can walk and run
- She can climb simple toys and furniture and go up stairs
- She can bring toys around with her
- She can brush her teeth
- She can manipulate kitchen or bathroom fixtures like handles
- She can hold utensils of her own
- She can speak in short, sometimes broken sentences
- She can identify by name familiar people and objects
- She will constantly ask “why” and “what” questions
- She will repeat some words that she hears from you
- She can group things with common qualities like color or shape
- She can sing simple tunes or recite children’s rhymes
- She can reference the recent past
- She can follow simple directions
- She may begin to enjoy playing with other people and kids
- She may begin to show frustration in not learning things fast enough
- She may start to realize some of her independence
- She may start to challenge authority by not following adults
Toddlers go through so many rapid changes at the 2 year mark, so it helps to have all the tools you could possibly need to set them up for success. Entertainment, educational toys, and communication between you and your toddler are key to avoiding the “terrible twos”. With a bit of preparation, you can turn those tantrums into valuable learning opportunities.