With so many choices of toys for a two year old you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. You know you want to select an educational toy to help your toddler in his development, but just where do you start.
You may already know it is not a good idea to give your children too many toys so you know you need to select the toys you do purchase carefully. This list may help you in deciding just what are some of the best toys for a two year old.
• Paint brushes (large) and sponges for painting
• Parents who sing, talk, and read to their child
• Play dough or non-toxic modeling clay
• Puzzles (simple ones, ideally with knobs for manipulating the pieces)
• Riding toys
• Sandbox and sand toys (sifters, shapers)
• Shape sorters
• Shopping carts for toddlers and related “shopping” toys
• Stacking toys such as large cardboard building blocks for toddlers
• Stuffed animals and dolls
• Water toys
ImagiBRICKS are a cardboard building bock toddlers have been playing with for many generations. Being that they are lightweight yet strong make them a perfect children’s toy for your toddler boys and girls. Kids love stacking, knocking down the towers, and re-building over and over again. This fun activity helps them build strong muscles. They are available online at our toy store, All I Can Imagine.
Children’s wooden toys made from a hardwood will be splinter proof and a safe toy for your children to play with. Quality built toys will last longer so they will cost a little more but you will have peace of mind as your child is playing.
Safe wooden toys are available at All I Can Imagine and are reasonably priced so everyone can afford them. One of our newest wood toys is in our baby and toddler category.
This is only one of our pop up toys which have been a favorite of young children for generations. A pop up toy is among the number 1 product recommend by therapists.
The 4 figures spring up and down, through a concealed spring within the base of the toy. These toys are geared for aged 12 months and up and kids love playing with this colorful toy.
Teaching animal facts to your kids will be more fun if you have puzzles for kids from All I Can Imagine. These puzzles are made from splinter proof wood, are 3d puzzles, and are finished with non-toxic finishes.
Each animal puzzle comes packed in their own wooden tray for safe keeping of all the pieces. Each puzzle has at least one piece that is an individual character of the animal you select such as a moose, bear, wolf, etc.
When it comes to teaching your kids about interesting wolf facts you can share these tidbits with them as your child is playing with his new wolf puzzle:
•Wolf pups are born deaf and blind while weighing around 0.5 kg (1 lb). It takes about 8 months before they are old enough to actively join in wolf pack hunts
•The wolf is the ancestor of all breeds of domestic dog. It is part of a group of animals called the wild dogs which also includes the dingo and the coyote
•Wolves have two layers of fur, an undercoat and a top coat, which allow them to survive in temperatures as low at minus 40 degrees Celsius! In warmer weather they flatten their fur to keep cool
•Wolves in the Arctic have to travel much longer distances than wolves in the forest to find food and will sometimes go for several days without eating
See all our puzzles for kids at All I Can Imagine and surprise your child with a new 3d puzzle today!
It is said that “Reading can also be a social activity that is important in boosting a child’s self-confidence and building socialization skills, which are especially critical for children in need. By providing these children with the gifts of reading and language skills, Townsend Press and Kids Wish Network are truly improving the quality of their lives while also giving them hope and opportunities for a better, brighter future.”
This was a paragraph from an article I found online. You may read the entire article on Kids Wish Network.
Kids Wish Network Mission: Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.
In teaching beginning reading and even before that kids can begin recognizing their first 100 sight words by playing many sight word activities available with Little Reader Blocks. See them online at All I Can Imagine. It is never too soon to incorporate fun games to help children fall in love with the written word.
You are in for a treat! We have Bouncy Buddies on our website under our stuffed animal toys category!
What are Bouncy Buddies? They are 6 inch plush animals that have a hard rubber ball stitched inside their tummies and the bounce just like a ball.
Kids love to throw balls and these are safe inside or outside. We caution families who own dogs – they will want one of their own ball toy. To keep the balls clean that you provide your children let the dog only play with his own toy.
Some of our available animals are dog, cow, alligator, pink pig, just to name a few, and our newest addition a cute giraffe we call Sierra.
These ball toys make great gifts for birthday parties. Or, keep some packed away for a rainy day when you need a surprise gift for your child or when relatives drop over with their children.
All parents know the challenge upon them when you plan on traveling with young children. It is especially difficult when you plan on long trips in a car, airplane, or train – it’s really hard for them to sit in one confined position for a long period of time. The trick to making traveling fun and exciting for children is to keep them entertained and their tummies full.
With boredom, comes restlessness, and with hunger comes crankiness. A combination of this can mean an unpleasant trip, not only for the children, but for everyone traveling together. Plan ahead is the key and taking some time to prepare before embarking upon a long traveling venture will make every one experience a happy, memorable trip.
1) Packing Interesting Travel Bags is a Good Idea
Pack a travel bag specific to each of your children. Some important items to remember are your child’s favorite plush toy, blanket, and other small toys. Nothing will comfort your child more than having his or her special comfort blanket and his favorite stuffed animal. Just these items alone can make a big difference when traveling.
You will also want include healthy, sugar free snacks and water in spill proof containers for those in-between moments when your child may be suddenly hungry or thirsty. This may help in keeping your child satisfied until the next available meal time and you, yourself are ready to stretch your legs and perhaps get something light to eat.
2) Bring Along His Favorite Activity Books
Purchase some portable trays, so each child has his or her own personal activity center. Children can use these trays as tables when traveling. Bring along new coloring books and other fun writing activity books that your child can draw, write, and color in. Remember to also bring the colors, pens, and pencils along.
New is the Key: The importance here is that these activity books are new. The reason for this is that your child will be more excited and entertained with something new, than drawing books that have already been marked up.
3) Purchase Toys and Games Designed Specifically for Traveling
To avoid the crying or nagging of dropped toys or other items, purchase games and activity centers that are designed specifically for traveling. These items will usually have pens attached by a string to an activity book, and have magnetic pieces for games or puzzles. You do not want to have to pull off the road because your child has lost an important implement he needs to continue his activity.
Make sure to keep everything within your child’s reach, and take as many precautions as possible for the unexpected, your child may have so much fun that he or she will not even realize how long you have been traveling. Having a variety of different engaging toys and games are even great for children of different age groups to enjoy together.
4) Give Your Children Disposable Cameras
Investing in a few disposable cameras, one for each child, will create hours of fun for all your children, without the worry of it breaking or becoming damaged by an accidental drink spill, especially if you purchase the waterproof type. Give each child a camera and ask him or her to take pictures of items that he or she has never seen before. This makes it fun and can keep children occupied for hours if traveling by ground. You could make up a game and ask children to find different objects he sees as you drive that he can take a photo of.
Once you arrive at your final destination, have your child’s pictures developed so he or she can immediately see what kind of pictures were taken. Your family can have fun having a show-and-tell time. Younger children, especially, really enjoy taking pictures, so stocking up on a few disposable cameras can be a worthwhile investment.
5) Bring Along Electronic Items
Both older and younger children enjoy electronic items, such as DVD players, music players, and handheld gaming systems. Depending on the age of your child, a movie, for example, can easily deliver two hours of non-stop entertainment. If deciding to pack along electronics, always remember to pack extra car chargers or batteries.
Keeping children happy, quietly playing as well as entertained when traveling is easy with some pre-planning. Children love to be busy seeing things and doing things, so making frequent stops if traveling by car can also be a great way to break up a long trip. Be creative and think from your child’s perspective. After all, no one knows what your child loves more than you.
First of all, if your child has fewer toys it will take less time to pick them all up. You will not only have a home less full of clutter, but it could be easier to clean as well as less likely to be full of germs. If you have less wooden toys for toddlers in your home to wipe down and disinfect you may remember to do it more often.
Many parents are wising up and thinking about new foundations that may be laid by the selection of toys they give their children to play with. Because children educational toys form a child’s development, as well as his future dad’s and mom’s want to think about what message they are giving their children by the selection of toys in their playrooms.
There are several benefits children receive when their toys are limited and in the long-term will actually be a happier child. As they learn to be more creative their wonderful gift of imagination has a chance to develop. Too many toys can destroy this natural development. With fewer toys children are “forced” to find new ways to play with a toy.
Taking better care of their toys will come quite naturally and they will give the toys that they do have more value. If a child is bent on breaking and tearing up his toys, just take them away from him; he’ll get the picture.
A greater love of other play outlets can occur, such as reading books, writing, and creative arts. Even musical talents can be enhanced. Anyone with a love of any of the arts, including drama will allow children to fall in love with books, coloring, painting, as well as many craft activities. Nothing promotes the beauty of the world around them than participating in the wide variety of arts available to us today. **
A fire engine toy is a perfect wooden toy gift for a three year old child. This is one of our many new toys now found on our baby and toddler toys page at All I Can Imagine.
Quality built learning toys for toddlers are what we are all about. We provide toys for babies and toddlers that allow them to engage in creative play as enabling a wide variety of roll playing. Both of these are activities that parents of young children are encouraging their kids to be spending quality play time involved in.
Since more and more parents are learning that too much electronic play time cannot be healthy there needs to be plenty of educational toys in their kids playrooms so they do not become bored.
Granted, there are a lot of good creative toys on the market today. Everything from play theaters, play kitchens, maze tables and blocks. These types of toys will help unleash your toddler’s creative side. They will be able to discover potentials for math and science and open up opportunities for opened ended questions you, as a parent can ask as you spend time bonding with your children.
Unlock your child’s brain at an early age and allow him to use his own imaginative skills during his play time. A productive child is a happy child. Parents will be helping their child’s important emotional development move right along as you provide him with educational toys for toddlers.
See our toy fire engine here.
There are several known types of toys that have the best play value for your money. We will talk about the top four today in our blog post. These will be toys for babies and educational toys for toddlers.
To begin with, parents can help their children by providing them with the types of toys that are good for their children’s growth.
So, what are the toys that have the best play value for your money? The good news is that the toys from these four categories are inexpensive, and even free. These baby and toddler toys and some everyday items may not even be thought of as a toy and will deliver great play value for young children and babies and toddlers.
The first of the four toys we will mention today are the empty cardboard box. ( I saw a video about teacher who removed all the toys from his classroom and replaced them with cardboard boxes of all types and shapes.) Any size of a cardboard box will do fine as you will see in the you tube video; but better yet is a box big enough for the baby and toddler children to sit inside of. Children will be in their own make believe world inside a box and will make up games we adults would never think of. The situations the toddlers will create will amaze you.
The second best toy is a simple blanket. I remember draping blankets over my mom’s dining room chairs which I would arrange back to back in the living room. I made a tent and the fun was never ending; and, just as when I played inside a cardboard box the world was mine to develop as I wanted. With a blanket a child can spend hours playing peek-a-boo, have a pretend picnic, teach school to their dolls, play with their miniature figures of soldiers, cowboy and Indians, farm and zoo animals. Tea parties are especially fun in a tent and you may find yourself being invited to have an afternoon tea party with your boys and girls. Memories such as these will be treasured for years to come so have your camera ready.
Our third toy for this blog post is blocks. Blocks are understandably one of the oldest and truest best toys any child can have. It will not matter if they are old milk cartons, cardboard building blocks of any size (but large ones are the most fun), foam, or even wood. Block toys appeal to babies, toddlers and young children and are a great toy for older children to engage in play with the younger babies and toddlers.
Babies will always explore them and with their hands, and mouths also. Toddlers love to build tall towers – and knock them down. Preschoolers can build an entire miniature world, make beds, houses, stores, chairs, corrals for trucks and other toys; their imaginations will take them to exciting new places where anything can happen.
The fourth and final toy is a top winner and great for children from birth through the age of five years old. You may be surprised to learn that this last toy is water. Yes, that is correct, plan old water. Toddlers and preschoolers can “help” wash the dishes or simply play with water in the bath tub or even in a large bowl, bucket, or wash tub filled with water. Children, given recycled plastic containers, can even practice pouring.
Get your children some simple, fun, and safe bathtub toys, and they will make up the games before you can turn around. Remember, though, when water is used for play you must supervise closely. Stay very close to your children when they play in or around any water. Remember this simple rule – be within touching distance and no further. This will mean you can’t become distracted by other chores or the telephone. You will have to always be within an arm’s length from your children.
If you have a baby or gave a baby gift this past holiday season you may need to know that the Nap Nanny, which is a portable recliner designed for sleeping infants, or while they are resting and even quietly playing has been recalled by several retailers. The recliner includes a bucket seat shaped foam base and a fitted fabric cover with a three point harness.
Five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012 and have been discontinued. Additionaly, as many as one hundred thousand Chill Models have been sold since January 2011.
The recalled Nap Nanny recliners were sold at toy and children’s retail stores both nationwide as well as at online stores, including at www.napnanny.com. All models were priced around $130.
Since the manufacturer has been unable or even unwilling to participate in the recall and refund monies retailers themselves are currently participating and include Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us. These recalls are being done by the request of the CPSC.
Five infant deaths have been attributed to this product so if you know anyone who has one you might want to pass the word around to be careful.
Read the complete release dated December 27, 2012 from the