toddler toys

Twice a year(birthday and Christmas), I try to thin out the crowd of toys that currently we have to make some room for the new ones.  It is a job that actually makes me a bit sad, saying good-bye to these toys.  It is just another reminder of how fast this is going, as they seem to be rapidly moving on to “big” kid toys.

This past year was the year of self play and imagination. They spend their days creating games and scenarios and it is bliss to watch. Here is a list of the best toys that got us from age 2 to age 3.

toddlers on balance bikes

  1. KaZam Balance Bike. ($60)This by far was the best gift.  My boys use their bikes almost every day.  It is easy to understand why.  We all remember the joy and freedom that riding our bikes brought us when we were kids.  It is the same for toddlers.  Their imagination has exploded with these bikes.  They pretend to be ambulances, construction trucks, motorcycles, they pretend they are going to work, the store, the airport on their bikes and it is so amazing to watch.  Even more incredible is how quickly they learned to balance on them.  We literally have to run beside them now when we take them around the neighborhood.
  2. Hot Wheels.  ($2.99)This is pretty self-explanatory, I mean they have been around FOREVER!  But I still had to add them because it is the first toy the boys play with every morning when they wake up. They, along with their bikes, are the toys that have really ignited their imagination.  Their cars have conversations, have names and live all over the world.
    toddlers with lawnmowers
  3. Lawnmowers. ($24.99) This is probably our favorite yard toy.  They are obsessed with pretending to be gardeners and the lawnmowers turn that dream into a reality.twins playing with trucks
  4. Trucks, Truck, Trucks. ($15.00) CAT Tough Track Construction trucks are the best.  They are mini versions of the real thing and my boys spend days on end playing in the dirt in our yard.
  5. Books.  I am so thankful the boys love reading.  They will sit with us for an hour as we read to them, but they will also sit on their own and read their books.  A contender for their favorite is Richard Scarry’s Car’s Trucks & Things That Go, but there are so many others they love too. (Check out my Pinterest page for some of our favorites).
  6. Jake and The Neverland Ride on Boats ($26) – They got these on their first birthday and are still using them.  What was once used as a tool for walking, has turned into a pirate ship, fork lift, taxi and many other means of transportation.  I often ask them to be delivery men and help me deliver items to the rooms which they belong.  A win/win for all.toddlers rolling on balls
  7. The Big Ball. ($3) – The huge brightly colored balls you see in the grocery store, that every kid loves to bounce.  They love to roll all over them, kick them, throw them.  A great $3 investment.
  8. Melissa and Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks ($17) The boys will spend a half hour playing with this puzzle.  It has bright designs, a neat storage container (which is needed with puzzles) and what really helped them learn their shapes.
  9. Duktig Tool Box IKea ($8) – My mom wanted to get the boys something small one time when we were out and this has become a staple toy in our house.  They fix everything and anything. With these tools they pretend to be tree cutters, mechanics, construction workers, and so much more.
  10. Personalized Super Hero Capes –  Etsy. Etsy. Etsy.  Seriously, where would we be without Etsy? Adding a cape to your daily outfit gives anyone an extra boost and the belief they can fly.

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