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Ryan just turned 2 so I thought, I would share some of the toys he is loving right now. Most of his toys we try to keep most open-ended and educational of some kind. I have linked everything below and I’d love to hear if your kids love these toys as well!
First is this little Car Ramp. He will literally play with this for 30 minutes at a time and will keep coming back to it. It’s perfect for hand-eye coordination and has also been great for practicing his colors and numbers.
Next is his metal Tonka. This is one of the toys that always stays in rotation. We got this for his very first Christmas and 2 years later it’s still played with every day. He loves loading stuff inside of it, ramming things with it (watch your ankles), chasing the dog with it, and just pushing it around. This thing will last a lifetime and is honestly one of the best investments we’ve made in toys.
This easel from Ikea is another thing that gets used almost daily. I love that it has a paper roll holder and somewhere to hold paints. It’s both a chalkboard and a dry-erase board. Ours lives out on our back patio so we don’t get too many messes inside but it’s always available to use. I like to rotate through the different mediums every couple of weeks to keep it fun. The other thing I love is the price!
I LOVE this table. The uses are endless and it’s the perfect height. All summer my son has used this as a water table. We have done regular water, soapy water to wash toys, ice cubes, hydro beads, and colored water. The sensory options are also endless. We’ve also done rice, dried beans, dried peas, pasta, baking soda, and vinegar. Those made a huge mess which is why it lives on our patio as well but my son absolutely loves it and to entertain him even longer I give him the vacuum to clean up whatever he spilled. It’s a double-duty toy. The thing I love the most about this table though is that it will grow with him. When he gets too old for sensory tables or we want to change it up we can bring it inside and store art supplies in it or Legos or whatever else you want. I don’t know how many times I can say it, but the possibilities of this table are endless.
MAGNA-TILES! We just got these for Ryan’s 2nd birthday but that has been on my list for like a year. The clear colors are gorgeous and extremely inviting to play with. Every time Ryan sees them he says wow! He is not completely at the independent building stage yet but loves to stack them up against the window or hold them up to his face to see the world in different colors. We are using these to practice colors and shapes as well. They are on the pricey side but I can foresee these being used for many years so it’s a great investment.
Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles. Ryan is obsessed with all puzzles right now. He actually picked this one out for his birthday and does it multiple times a day. I love this Melissa and Doug Jigsaw because it’s obviously a little more difficult than a regular puzzle and takes him longer to do. The pieces in this puzzle are chunky and great for fine motor skills. They have a couple more options for jigsaws so I definitely think we will be adding them to our puzzle rotation.
These geometric stacking blocks are so much fun. When we went to visit my brother and sister-in-law a few weeks back they had this toy and Ryan was obsessed. This teaches colors, numbers, and shapes. This is another one Ryan will do multiple times a day.