Baby Toys 24-30 Months

Baby Toys 24-30 Months

Baby Toys 24-30 MonthsYour child is now 2, and has become even more, well, assertive. But his defiance really results from the tug-of-war between his desire for independence and his continuing need for help. What he’s doing ­ again and again ­ is testing his limits.

Along with independence come expanded language skills. He can now speak in short sentences and has become more purposeful, telling you what he needs or wants.

He is also beginning to understand abstract concepts. He can ask for more milk, and inquire about whether he can go to bed later. But he still doesn’t understand what next month or next year means.

He can form images in his mind, and may be able to organize his toys by size, or color, or shape. His memory is improving and he may be able to tell you at the end of the day what he had for lunch. A minority of 2-year-olds also know some colors and letters, and can count to 10 or even higher.

Toddlers are spirited folk, so look for toys and activities that give your child a way to channel his energy. Also look for toys that challenge his developing mind.

Ride-on toys: Your child will still love wheeled toys he can push himself along on such as tricycles and wagons ­ pedaling is probably more than he can handle. Look for ride-on toys that are well balanced. Cargo holds that allow your child to pack and unpack for his trips are a nice feature. (Review)

Balls: Balls continue to be a favorite, but even more so now that your toddler can target her throws. A few kids this age even make the occasional catch. Set up a couple of wastebaskets as “hoops” and the two of you can have a rousing game of basketball. Or establish two goal lines and introduce your child to a simplified version of soccer.

Art supplies: Invite your child to be creative. Set up an area in your home where it’s okay for him to be messy. You can prompt his artistry by asking your toddler to draw certain things: The sky, or grass, or even what the sound of rain looks like. Bring out washable tempera paints and some broad brushes and watch how these additions charge up the creative process. (Review)

Percussive instruments: This is the age when music inspires dancing, clapping, spinning, hopping, even shouting ­ so why not add to the cacophony by handing over a tambourine, or drum, or rhythm sticks? Experiment with different genres of music and invite your child to conduct or beat out an accompaniment. (Review)

Dress-up clothes: Pretend play starts to take off about now. Designate a drawer or a box for dress-up clothes and stuff it with an assortment of shirts, skirts, hats, high-heel shoes, whatever might inspire some imaginative romps. If nothing else, it’s a great excuse to put stuff on and take it off ­ an exercise 2-year-olds seem to love.

Child-size household equipment: Toys for dramatic play need to be realistic. So buy a set of toy dishes, pots and pans, and plastic food. Set up a small table and chairs where your child can host tea and dinner parties. Acquire a small broom, or even a little vacuum cleaner, to make cleanup fun. (Review)

Construction toys: Your child may become interested in new construction possibilities. Consider giant building blocks or play sets with pieces that can be linked or snapped together. Your child can create buses, trains, or entire farms, complete with furnished houses. (Review)

Puzzles and manipulatives: Your child’s new dexterity has opened up many new play possibilities. He can more easily organize cups so that one nestles inside another, assemble four- or five-piece puzzles, use a set of plastic keys to open doors in a plastic house, and dress and undress a doll outfitted with laces, snaps, and buckles. (Review)

12 comments

  • Kris

    Hi there Efi,
    This is a great article recommending toys for 2year olds. I totally agree with your ideas, having a 2 year old girls who absolutely loves dress ups I can relate.
    She also really loves dolls and for her 2nd birthday got an awesome barbie dreamhouse which she plays in all of the time. As she has gotten older she can now dress the dolls herself and will spend hours playing with them.
    Thanks, Kris

  • Helen

    Efi, you make me wish that you had included a section for the older ‘babies’ (really older too) like me. I have no children nor grandchildren (my choice) but have many friends who do.

    When I am around them I am always in the midst of colouring, playing ball or building things. I guess I am a big child at heart.

    These informative years mean so much in what the youngsters will accomplish in life so the more play the better the base of their lives. So the wider the range the better set they will be.

    Cheers
    Helen

    • Efi Azulay

      Hi Helen,

      It is never too late to have kids.

      If you want, you are always welcome to babysit mine 🙂

  • Michael

    Thank you for this article. My number 4 child is 2 years old and you have given me many ideas to spend time with him one on one. With him being one of multiple children in the house I forget sometimes to focus what he is doing or playing with to be targeted to help his growth and not just following his older brothers with what they are doing. Great ideas, I plan to put a “messy friendly” location in my house. Who are we kidding I need a “clean friendly, mess free” location for me.

  • Loved everything that you said. Glad to know that I’m on the correct course with my almost three-year-old and almost four-year-old. One thing I will say is that when I went to the 30 to 36 month old post there is nowhere to leave comments. Anyone that writes pages like this, I’m not sure if it’s the children that are having more fun or the parents, Keep up the good work I’ll keep following.

  • Aww, what an awesome post on baby toys aged 24 – 30 months. It was beautifully written and it also sounds like you are the voice of experience. You even go on to explain each kind (family) of toys which I found very helpful indeed, so thank you so much for the informative post!
    Si

  • Dinh

    Great compilation of baby toys for age 24-30 months! We’ve tried a few of them!

    My two year old loves to copy her older sister of 4 years old so she will try to do whatever the other is doing. I find that dressing up (they are both girls) is a great way for them to use their imagination and interact with each other.
    We also do quite a bit of art. We color and also do collage. They both love to use the glue stick! It can get messy but they love it! It keeps them entertained and help with their motor skills.

  • Hi Efi, great sites. Informative and well organized. Every year, I spend several hundred dollars for my son. This year I plan to spend more for my son is a little grow up.

    Frequently, I will come back to your site for more information.

  • Kayla

    Wow, what an informative site! I literally just book marked the because of the great content. As my son and daughter get older, I can continue to come back. I love the post regarding swimming as well as some others, but I commenting on this page because my son is currently in this age range. You have provided some great age appropriate advice for my son as well as confirmed some things I’m already doing, which is great! lol. Thanks for the info.

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