Gift Guide: The Best Presents for a Boy’s Second Birthday
A two-year-old child is a tiny explorer, with boundless curiosity and energy, and endless questions. His language skills and physical coordination are clicking into place, and so is his creativity, with an expanding interest in pretend-play. He’ll love scribbling with chunky crayons, vrooming toy cars along the floor, stacking and sorting, running and kicking, making music, and squishing play-dough. A lot of our toys for two-year-olds are “beginner” versions of bigger-kid toys, and all of them are designed to offer sensory stimulation, encourage social skills to develop, and tickle the imagination.
This eco-friendly American-made brand makes some of the coolest pretend-play toys for toddlers: they’re simple, beautiful, safe, and kid-powered, and they’re made entirely from recycled milk containers! Little guys will love wheeling along a Green Toys Fire Truck or School Bus, blasting into adventure with the Green Toys Rocket, and serving up some fun with the Green Toys Pizza Parlor Set (which is great on its own and even better with a good play kitchen!).
These beginner LEGOs are built big and chunky for small hands. Get a beginner building set, or just cut straight to pretend-playtime with the My First Construction Set or the ultra-adorbs DUPLO Baby Zoo.
The bold primary colors and chunky characters and vehicles in the Playmobil 1-2-3 series are irresistible to little guys, who will love being able to play on the go with their own portable Take Along Fire Station, loading passengers into the Airport Shuttle Bus, and running races with the Quad Bike.
Sound effects make matching up shapes even more fun with the Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Puzzle. The P’kolino Multi-Solution Shape Puzzles give kids multiple options for arranging the pieces, testing their creativity and problem-solving skills. Plus, they’re so cool-looking!
Art & Music Toys
Scribble, stack, and pretend-play with the adorable Alex Little Hands Farm Finger Crayons! They’re perfect for kids who aren’t good at gripping writing tools yet, but are eager to start experimenting with coloring.
Or, for a toddler who’s looking to rock out, get the silly and cute Melissa & Doug High Sea Symphony Set, which has enough basic wooden percussion instruments for a few kids to play together!
And finally, don’t forget toys that allow energetic little boys to shake out some extra energy. We recommend the Kickboard Micro Mini 3-in-1 Scooter for basically everyone, for a very good reason: it’s a gift that little kids can use up until about age 5, and adapts as they get bigger and more coordinated. Every kid should have one!
For a super-mega-deluxe ride-on gift, the Kettler CAT Kid Tractor is guaranteed to thrill: it has a fully functional front-loader that scoops, carries, and dumps! And we all know how toddlers, especially little boys, feel about construction equipment.
Still not sure what gift will make his birthday complete? Our enormous toy selection is loaded with great gifts for kids of all ages, and our customer service team will be happy to make some recommendations – you can contact them by phone, by email, or on our handy live chat. Or, if you’re lucky enough to live in New England, just come on in to one of our stores, browse around, and let our friendly and knowledgeable store associates guide you to the best gift for the best kid!
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