The 25 best toddler toys as chosen by a toddler

Shopping for a toddler is tough. Sometimes you never know what toys kids will love or which ones will end up collecting dust. It’s now the time of year, friends, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other siblings will begin to ask for your child’s wishlist. You may be lost and scrambling for ideas on what to get. As the parent of a spoiled 2-year-old, I want to share with you what gifts our child has loved and what she’ll be getting under the tree from Santa.

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I&Art Scratch Art Books for Kids Scratch Art Paper

I recently saw a family using this at a restaurant. It’s been a life-saver now, and something to keep our daughter occupied for all the times we go out to eat. No more lugging around markers where we lose the caps for.

Silly Poppy’s Hide & Seek

Probably the most childish gift on the list. Basically, you hide the Silly Poop and your child’s job is to go find it. The Silly Poop makes hysterical farting noises to give your kids clues.

Dyson Ball Vacuum

If your child likes to mimic everything you do, including cleaning around the house, get yourself a Dyson Ball Vacuum toy. It has a suction feature and even moves around corners with surprising ease.

Mr. Potato Head

Customization and create-your-own anything isn’t just for adults. Get a Mr. Potato Head playset and let your kids get creative. Then later, step on the small pieces and get upset.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter

Toy food has been a big deal for us. Of course, her father has a lot to do with that. Our daughter has been loving spending time in the kitchen. She loves serving everyone food along with ice cream. This serves the best of both worlds.

Little Tikes TotSports Easy Hit Golf Set

Probably the sport we play most inside the house, golf. I have no idea where she picked it up from, but I’m not complaining. I’m all for her wanting to play golf.

Magnatab A to Z Uppercase Activity

Writing and drawing has picked up at home. Now’s the time to start working on the letters, and this MagnaTab toy makes it easier for any child to learn how to write properly.

Kid’s Wireless Karaoke Microphone

Do you have an aspiring singer? Does your child watch the movie “Sing” all the time and want to sing herself? Get a microphone.

Musical Keyboard Mat

I always wanted one of these after I saw the movie “Big” for the first time. Now, my daughter brings this out at least once a week to play and dance on.

Magnetic Drawing Board

This is probably one of the most top three toys played with at home. She loves trying to draw turtles and apples along with whatever that pops up into that imaginative mind of hers.

Playzone-fit Wack-a-Tag

This is a mobile wack-a-tag game that you can place all throughout your house. It encourages active play and fine-tunes their motor skills.

Wooden Toddler Puzzles and Rack Set

Who else buys tons of puzzles for their kids, but finds storing them to be an issue? This set includes both the puzzles and the rack to solve that exact problem.

Doinkit Darts Double Sided XL Magnetic Dart Board

In our garage, we play lots of darts… steep tip and soft tip. And now we’ve added a third type of darts with a kid’s magnetic dart board. This way our daughter can now join in on the fun.

VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

Music is a huge part of our household. We have toy guitars, pianos, microphones, and the next addition to our collection will be a kid’s drum set. Pray for me and my ear drums.

Beauty Vanity Playset

We’re finally at the age where she wants to do exactly what we are doing when getting ready. Whether that’s brushing our teeth, putting on deodorant, that has now carried on to makeup. She has her hands all over mommy’s brushes, and now it’s time to get her own little vanity playset.

Princess Dress and Shoes Jewelry Boutique

I blame every Disney movie for this.


If you don’t have a set of Magna-Tiles or any of the alternatives, now is the time to do so. Just a word of advice, you may end up playing with it more than your kids.

Little Tikes Rescue Tales Scrub ‘n Groom Bathtub Playset

If you want to teach your children the importance of bathing their dogs and making it fun so when they are old enough to do it themselves, this is just the toy for you!

My Take Along Noah’s Ark

When we are not going to the zoo, we are still talking about animals non-stop at home. This is the perfect set that includes plenty of animals in a cool Noah’s Ark playset that even floats on the water. The figures can bend, sit, stand and turn their heads to make realistic role play possible. Mind… Blown.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Song & Story Learning Chair

Interactive musical toy with “magical” seat that rewards toddlers for sitting and standing. There’s music, learning, imagination and best for you, a distraction to keep your children entertained.

Wooden Easel for Kids All-in one Kids Easel

We picked this one out because it was two-sided with a chalkboard on onside and a magnetic whiteboard on the other. Plus, it’s not too big so it doesn’t take up much room in the house and our daughter and enjoy it without having to reach too high. Let your kid express that creativity!

Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset

We purchased this one as it was one of the more affordable kitchen out there. With an open design, tons of accessories and an electronic stove top burner, she loves hanging out there and whipping up special dishes for mom and dad…. mainly eggs.

Strider – 12 Sport Balance Bike

While it’s getting cold out, it can hurt to plan for the warmer weather. Our daughter loves being outside and now this balance bike will give her more reasons to want to be out there.

Best Choice Products 12V Kids Ride On Truck Car

And every spoiled child deserves their own ride. We have this pink SUV that has Bluetooth connectivity to play all the jams while she’s driving along. Not really driving, because it has a parent remote control to override the inattentive driving.

Peppa Pig’s Transforming Campervan Feature Playset

Our daughter is a Peppa Pig fanatic. She has all the toys, but her favorite is the Campervan. At first glance, it’s just a van. But once she unfolds everything, there’s a fun foldout slide, a bed that turns into a pool, and more. I’ve never seen a child so mesmerized watching a toy go down a small 2-inch slide.

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