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Toys for Two Year Olds Buying Guide
It's an exciting year as your two year old expands her vocabulary and starts to exercise her imagination. She's beginning to draw, work on simple puzzles and ask questions. You'll be hearing the word "no" a lot this year as she continues to discover the use of language.
It's important to look beyond stereotypes when it comes to shopping for toys. All kids can benefit from playing with toy cars or dolls! However, some shoppers may be in need of inspiration and shopping by gender can narrow down the options.
There is little gender differentiation between toys for 2 year old boys and girls. You might consider things like color scheme when shopping for a particular gender. Popular toys for girls include animal puzzles, bath time dolls and fairy themed pretend play sets. Popular toys for boys include vehicle themed puzzles, construction vehicle ride-on toys and train themed toys. You can also view our best selling toys for girls or boys by selecting the gender and "most popular" from the drop down menu on the green bar in the center of the page.
Your two year old can solve simple problems and puzzles through trial and error. She tries she practices activities many times to master them. To play together, you can bang on pots, draw and show her how to manipulate clay. She also enjoys listening to you read and might pretend to read alone to herself.
Additionally, this is the first year that your child is really using her imagination. At first, her imaginative play is somewhat limited to reenacting familiar scenarios. You can join her by suggesting new details for her games and asking questions that get her thinking. Try things like, "what would dolly like to do after you feed her breakfast?" or "would your puppy like to take a trip to the lake?" By encouraging her to expand her imaginative play, you'll be encouraging her creativity and helping her gain an understanding of the world.
Your child thrives on positive attention from you. Give her lots of encouragement and talk together to help build her vocabulary. Although you'll hear her say "no" a lot this year, she will also begin asking "why," "what," and "how" questions. She might need to have the same questions answered multiple times before she fully registers and accepts the answers. Your two-year-olds might be challenging to parent, but she's also a lot of fun as she begins making sense of her world through play!
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