Toddlers can be tricky to shop for—they aren’t babies anymore, but they’re not quite ready for big kid toys. They’re still working hard on developing strong hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, balance, and coordination. Not to mention, they have vivid imaginations and very strong preferences about what they like and don’t like!
Here’s a roundup of our favorite toddler-approved toys that will catch your curious tike’s attention and keep it—hopefully long enough for you to get a few moments of peace and quiet to yourself.
Toddlers are always on the move! This 3-wheeled Mini Deluxe kickboard with a lean-to-steer design offers a stable ride that supports 2 to 5-year-olds as they master balance and coordination. It holds up to 110 lbs, yet it’s extremely lightweight and won’t bang up little ankles like the scooters of our own childhoods. Choose from nine different colors.Shop Online
Kiddos can splash for hours in the backyard with this cute water table by Step2! Little ones can get the water swirling around the table to create a whirlpool and watch as their favorite water toys float around. It’s big enough that multiple toddlers can play and splash together. Best of all? You’ll get to sit back, relax, and watch as they entertain themselves.Shop Online
Melissa & Doug toys are the gold standard for early childhood play, and this ice cream counter set is guaranteed to be a hit with your imaginative toddler. Kids can take orders, pay with play money, and serve up deliciousness, just like their favorite ice cream shop.Shop Online
This beautiful kitchen helper is definitely on the pricier end, but it’s a fantastic investment that will get years of use. Toddlers love nothing more than to be involved in whatever you’re doing, and this helper allows them to independently stand at countertop height. The lightweight, adjustable stool can be moved around easily and folded up for quick storage, but grows with your child and safely supports up to 125 lbs.Shop Online
This adorable push mower features every toddler’s dream: realistic sounds and a bubble maker! Your child can “help” mow the lawn and enjoy outdoor bubble fun.Shop Online
You can never go wrong with Magna-Tiles, the original 3D magnetic building sets that engage young minds by fusing together math, science, and creativity. Start with the original set and then gradually build your collection and spark hours of imaginative free play in your kids.Shop Online
Based on the beloved children’s animated series on Disney+, this toy set is sure to be a hit with all “Bluey” fans. Perfect for hours of open-ended and imaginative play.Shop Online
This deluxe Disney princess dress-up trunk is sure to be a favorite and features outfits from Ariel, Rapunzel, and Belle. It includes 3 headbands, 3 necklaces, 4 bracelets, 4 rings, and 3 pairs of earrings.Shop Online
Playing with Play-Doh is a great way to increase hand and finger strength in toddlers, and this clever cookie maker is the second-best thing to baking real cookies!Shop Online
This toddler golf set has everything your budding golf aficionado could want! Help them work on their hand-eye coordination, develop their spatial awareness, and grow their enthusiasm for a sport they’ll love for life.Shop Online
Your little artist will love this fun and creative take on coloring. Choose a pet and color in a fun design, then when you’re ready for something new, pop it in the scrub tub to get cleaned up. Create new colorful coats as often as you like!Shop Online
Engineered for bathtime fun, these tubes help your little builder get creative in the tub. The best part? The tubes suction to the wall so the water goes back in the tub, not on the floor.Shop Online
Listen, learn, and play with this innovative audio player that is great for bedtime stories, music, and education. It offers a screen-free listening experience that inspires your toddler’s imagination and the easy-to-use design makes it easy to operate independently. Choose from your favorite characters and keep adding new ones!
Help your toddler practice pet care and responsibility with this interactive carrier and adorable plush puppy.Shop Online
Toddler see, toddler do. This colorful, kid-sized set inspires pretend play and builds your child’s independent skills and confidence. Includes a wooden play broom, mop, duster, brush, and organizing stand.Shop Online
A pedal-free beginner bike that allows toddlers to focus on balance and coordination as they learn to walk, glide, and run.Shop Online
Share fun and learning with your toddler as they create colorful models and imagine their own creations with bright, easy-to-handle LEGO bricks. LEGOs are full of learning and fun, and Duplos start kids building in the right direction.Shop Online
This wagon is the perfect size for little ones to haul around their most prized possessions, both indoors and outside. Great for the beach, backyard, playroom, or classroom. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic with no BPA, phthalates, or PVC.Shop Online
Built small and tough, this mini crew 3-pack set of toy construction vehicles is a great starter set to build up your construction fleet! Your child can move and pose the vehicle buckets and booms and take them anywhere from a sandbox to your living room.Shop Online
Just what busy little doctors need when they take house calls! Not to mention, this kit is a great way to help your toddler get comfortable with going to the doctor, learn more about the human body, and develop social and emotional skills.Shop Online
These colorful and high-quality wooden puzzles are playroom staples in our house. The easy-to-grasp, chunky wild animal pieces have full-color matching pictures underneath, and stand upright for pretend play.Shop Online
PAW Patrol to the rescue! Push the button, and send a message to your rescue team! Tell them where they need to go . . . and what to do to save the day! These mid-range walkie-talkies work at 1000ft with crystal clear sound so you can stay in total contact.Shop Online
This inflatable bounce house is bound to be a hit with kids of all ages. It has a mesh enclosure on the sides for safe bouncing and can be used either indoors or outdoors. It’s perfect for a rainy or snowy inside day when the kids are stir-crazy and just need to get some energy out.Shop Online
These brightly colored pop tubes are easy to connect together, giving your little ones freedom to explore designs of their own. The uneven texture and satisfying popping sound also make these a great toy for kids with sensory needs.Shop Online
This soft and cuddly baby doll promotes holding, cuddling, and special care. She is the perfect size for children to hug and love! This gift set box includes a two-piece embroidered outfit, an extra outfit, a pair of adorable shoes, a baby bottle, pacifier, rattle, and feeding accessories.Shop Online
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