She’s constantly on the move, and keeping up may seem like a challenge some days, but your two year old girl is growing up smart and strong. As she goes from walking to running and words to sentences, you’re no doubt on the hunt for toys, games and gifts that will keep her engaged – read: sitting still for longer than five minutes – and that will provide age-appropriate developmental boosts. If you’re on the hunt for the best gifts for 2 year old girls, check out our top picks as well as our buyer’s guide for savvy shoppers.

The Winners

#1

Kids Percussion Floor Tom Drum

Best Overall

Whether it’s pots and pans, tabletops, or their own two hands, two-year-olds will find something to bang on in order to make noise. It’s one of the first cause and effect lessons they really grasp, and they’re fascinated by the ability to make their own music. The Kids Percussion Floor Tom Drum from Remo has a sweet jungle theme that’s perfect for little ones, including a monkey, cheetah, hippo and other animals surrounded by green foliage, tall trees and blue skies.

The kid-sized drumsticks are easy for them to grasp, and the tom drum creates a satisfying reverberation they’ll love. They can also play their drum with other mallets or jam out with their own two hands.

Developmental & Play Insights Kids Percussion Floor Tom Drum

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#2

KaZAM v2e No Pedal Balance Bike

Upgrade Choice

Balance bikes are one way that kids can learn to steer while building coordination and balance and getting comfortable with the feeling of a real bike. KaZAM v2e No Pedal Balance Bike itself apart through the patented placement of its foot rest, which features an easy step-in design that mimics the place a child’s feet rest on real bikes while coasting.

This helps them to establish their center of gravity and get a real feel for bike riding without using training wheels, which some experts think forestall learning to ride instead of assisting it. It’s a pick that’s good up til age five and can be adjusted as she grows, so it’ll get continued use for a few years.

Developmental & Play Insights KaZAM v2e No Pedal Balance Bike

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#3

GUND Kangaroo Stuffed Animal Plush

Best Budget Buy

She might not be geared up to go on safari in the Australian outback quite yet, but this sweet Kangaroo Stuffed Animal Plush​ are a unique addition to your two-year-old’s stuffed animal collection. Mama kangaroo’s functioning pouch holds her 4.5 inch removable baby plush, who’s ready to play when he’s not along for the ride.

GUND plushes are known for their superior durability and softness, so it’s a pick that’s fun to snuggle and will last her through plenty of play. It’s best not to machine wash these plush kangaroos, but surface cleaning can get rid of most spots.

Developmental & Play Insights Giant Tumbling Timbers

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#4

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

Bigger play sets that give them opportunities to engage in creative free play are perfect toy picks for two year olds, and the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart gives them plenty of opportunities to boost their motor skills as they play.

The cute and colorful cart can be pushed around for gross motor skill development, and toddlers can use the educational order cards, which feature a variety of animals, to learn memory and sequencing skills. They can practice their colors, learn to count to ten, and play a total of seven learning games with this toy, which features over 200 fun phrases for them to master.

Developmental & Play Insights Lightning Reaction Reloaded

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#5

Grimm's Large 12-Piece Rainbow StackeR

Just about everyone is familiar with classic stacking donuts – they’re great for boosting small motor development and teaching sorting, size and color. The Grimm’s large 12-piece rainbow stacker translates those benefits into a unique design that makes an adorable addition to nurseries and playrooms.

A classic rainbow, which is cut from a single piece of linden wood, features all of our old pal Roy G. Biv’s favorite shades in smooth, splinter free pieces that offer an age-appropriate challenge to your two year old. They can repurpose the rounded pieces as bridges, tunnels or whatever their heart desires while playing, and as they get older, the stacker makes a cute display piece for their bookshelf or dresser.

Developmental & Play Insights Grimm's Large 12-Piece Rainbow StackeR

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#6

VTech Little Apps Tablet

We sacrifice a lot of things for our kids – the ability to use our phones and tables doesn’t have to be one of them. Fun toddler learning apps and games can find them asking for our devices again and again, but picks like the VTech’s Little Apps Tablet are ideal for giving them a pint-sized tablet of their own that’s more geared toward the repetition they need to learn and the small motor skill development they still require.

It features both alphabet and piano keyboards which are used with 12 learning activities. They’ll progress through levels as they learn as guided by friendly mascot Cody the Smart Cub, which helps them to stay interested and not feel bored or overwhelmed.

Developmental & Play Insights VTech Little Apps Tablet

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#7

Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBelle

Toddlers love music, dance and rhythm, and it’s a good thing, too – it’s a great way for them to work on their gross motor skills and coordination. BeatBelle, Fisher-Price’s fun musical robot for tots, has three stages of play that grow with your little one. The LED grid on her tummy can be pressed in order to trigger learning songs, phrases and cool dance moves. As she shakes her hips and nods to cheerful tunes, your toddler will be encouraged to join in.

You or your tot can also record a personalized phrase that BeatBelle will include in one of her songs, adding a unique touch that’s just for them.

Developmental & Play Insights Pica Toys Wooden Solar RC Car

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#8

Wonderworld Little Tool Box Set

When saws, hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches are safe for kids, there’s plenty of pretending opportunities afoot. The Wonderworld Little Tool Box Set isn’t just great for creative play, it also prompts the development of dexterity through small motor skill improvement.

They can really use tools on screw and nail pieces which fit conveniently and safely into the smooth, splinter-free bench that’s created by flipping over the toolbox. Losing pieces isn’t a worry, because when they’re done playing, they can flip their workbench back over to store their tools. The convenient carry handle also means they can take it outside or carry it from room to room easily.

Developmental & Play Insights PWonderworld Little Tool Box Set

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#9

Crayon Themed Table and Chair Set

Kid-sized tables come in handy for a ton of reasons – they’re closer to the ground, which usually means skipping the booster seat, plus they tend to be easy to clean and move. All of the above are true of this fun Crayon Themed Table and Chair Set.

The legs of the table and chairs as well as the upper chair frames are designed to look just like real crayons in bright and cheerful red, yellow, blue and orange. The tabletop has a colorful crayon decal as well as star and moon shapes and squiggles. The set has a tool-free assembly that’s quick and convenient, and it makes an attractive addition to bedrooms and playrooms.

Developmental & Play Insights Crayon Themed Table and Chair Set

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#10

Teddy Ruxpin

Parents who were children of the 80s will no doubt remember our wildly popular furry friend, Teddy Ruxpin. He’s a sweet, cuddly bear in a sharp little vest who loves to read and sing to kids.

The 2019 update of this classic childhood toy skips the frustrating cassette tapes in favor of built in audio, and adds friendly, colorful LCD eyes that feature over 40 animations as well as an animatronic mouth with real speech sync. He has touch sensors that allow your toddler to control his stories and songs, and a free companion app for iOS and Android lets them read and sing along if desired.

Developmental & Play Insights Teddy Ruxpin 

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#11

Hape Roller Derby Wooden Marble Racing Toy

Marble runs and races aren’t just fun, they offer cognitive boosts to younger kids. This award-winning Roller Derby Wooden Marble Racing Toddler Toy from Hape is just the right size for a 24 month old, and helps them learn about concepts like momentum while offering continued practice with color identification.

The smooth wooden toy has rounded edges to keep kids safe, and it’s made with sustainably sourced wood, so it’s a pick parents can feel good about from an ecological standpoint. It’s a great teaching tool for explaining simple speed variance and kinds of motion in a way little ones can understand.

Developmental & Play Insights Hape Wooden Marble Racing Toy

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#12

VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight

Sometimes, shedding a little light on the subject is the best way to start the learning process. VTech hits it out of the park with educational tech for kids, and this pink Spin and Learn Color Flashlight features music, sounds, phrases and numbers that help them grasp new concepts. There’s over 50 tunes featured on this learning tool, which is also a real, working flashlight that’s powered by two AAA batteries.

An automatic off switch triggers after 45 seconds of inactivity, preserving battery life and saving your money and sanity. It’s an interactive, educational, entertaining pick, and she’ll love the cute safari animal buttons and the friendly ladybug perched atop the handle.

Developmental & Play Insights VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#13

HABA Kullerbu Windmill Playset

Marble and ball runs encourage toddlers to experiment with cause and effect, and they also stimulate the kind of active manual play that boosts their small motor control. This sturdy Kullerbu playset is made from a combination of wood and plastic, and the connectors snap snugly into place, so the set stays upright and stable when assembled. 

The cheerful park-like design includes a foliage archway with a bell, a red windmill which really rotates, a sharp curve that makes runs more exciting, and a high arched gateway to pass under.The track can be expanded and can connect to other parts of the durable Kullerbu play system.

Developmental & Play Insights HABA Kullerbu Windmill Playset

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#14

Jellycat Baggles Winston Woolly Mammoth

She’s already got lions, tigers and bears – why not add a woolly mammoth to her growing zoo? Though his predecessors did not fare as well, Winston the woolly mammoth is far from extinct as seen in 15 inch plush form. His red-brown body is made of a soft plush that kids will love, and his reticulated tummy adds fun detail to his design.

His fluffy mane is soft to pet, and his white tusks curve upward but are soft and bend easily when touched. He’s a good cuddle buddy who’s a fun addition to pretend play with her stuffed animals, but make sure he doesn’t go in the washing machine, as this prehistoric pal is spot clean only.

Developmental & Play Insights Jellycat Winston Woolly Mammoth

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

#15

Kiddey Caterpillar Play Tunnel and Tent Combo

We wouldn’t normally advocate for bringing a caterpillar into your living room, but the Kiddey Caterpillar Play Tunnel and Tent Combo won’t bug you at all. The caterpillar’s mouth opens wide to create a tent, and his body is a tunnel that kids can crawl through to come out the other side.

It’s made of durable polyester that doesn’t tear or stain easily, and setup and tear-down are a breeze thanks to the tent’s pop-up design. It can be a ball pit, a fort, a nap spot or a part of their imaginative play; it’s a versatile addition to the playroom, and it’s also easy to store and transport for shared playtime with friends.

Developmental & Play Insights Kiddey Caterpillar Play Tunnel & Tent

Entertainment
Educational
Physical
Cognitive
Social

How to Pick the Perfect Gift for A 2-YEAR-OLD Boy

Consider Their Developmental Stage

Developmentally speaking, your two year old girl is changing rapidly. She’s come a long way even since her first birthday, and is distinctly more toddler than baby. She’s learning the names of people and more complicated objects, and may be speaking in two to four word sentences. She’s able to follow simple directions, and may repeat words that she’s heard you or others say, so choose your phrasing carefully around your little parrot!

At two, children are becoming more social and more imitative of others. They may seem eager to play with other children, yet merely play beside them without much engagement; this is natural and will change in time. They may also start to show their rebellious side – the terrible twos are sometimes aptly named – as they begin to understand their separateness and individual identity.

Physically, they’re much quicker, steadier and more able than they were at 12 months, climbing onto furniture with ease and running at a clip whenever it’s time for a bath or bedtime. Though they’re stronger and more agile, their gross and fine motor skills and their hand-eye coordination are still in need of major development.

The best toys for 2 year old girls focus on their continued need for physical development as well as their burgeoning cognitive growth and natural desire to imitate, which often evolves into creative play. Opportunities to focus on language learning and object identification are developmentally beneficial, so digital and manual learning toy combos are great now. Anything that keeps them moving and learning in a safe, age-appropriate, engaging way is sure to be a hit.

Entertainment vs. Education

At 24 months, it continues to be important to choose toys that will simultaneously entertain and educate our toddlers. There are so many ways for them to naturally enjoy skill development through play that it’s not hard to give them both a great play experience and developmental benefits as long as you’re choosing the right toys. Digital and manual learning toys, musical toys and creative playsets all keep two year old girls engaged while also providing skill boosts.

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

At 24 months, it continues to be important to choose toys that will simultaneously entertain and educate our toddlers. There are so many ways for them to naturally enjoy skill development through play that it’s not hard to give them both a great play experience and developmental benefits as long as you’re choosing the right toys. Digital and manual learning toys, musical toys and creative playsets all keep two year old girls engaged while also providing skill boosts.

Digital vs. Manual

Although it’s a good bet that you’d rather your toddler not interact with the great majority of YOUR digital toys, there are plenty of digital and manual toys for them that hit the mark when it comes to a healthy combo of physical and cognitive skill boosts. Opportunities for language learning and toys with musical features are both beneficial.

Manual toys continue to be essential for two year olds, who are still refining both their gross and fine motor skills. Give them toys that encourage both full body motion and diverse uses of their hands. Stacking and building toys encourage the development of hand-eye coordination and spatial reasoning, both of which are also important now.

Wrapping Up

She’s moving faster and saying more than ever before, and watching her unique personality emerge – rebellious streak and all – is a thrill. Our two-year-old girls count on us to let their independent spirits shine and provide the tools they need to learn and grow. When we focus on their cognitive and motor skill development by providing age-appropriate educational toys that encourage manual play and full-body motion, we can be sure that we’re picking gifts that will be both fun and beneficial.

Quick Decision

Kids Percussion Floor Tom Drum – Best Overall
This pick from has a sweet jungle theme that’s perfect for little ones, including a monkey, cheetah, hippo and other animals surrounded by green foliage, tall trees and blue skies.

KaZAM v2e No Pedal Balance Bike – Upgrade Choice
It’s a pick that’s good up til age five and can be adjusted as she grows, so it’ll get continued use for a few years.

Kangaroo Stuffed Animal Plush – Best Budget Buy
A unique addition to your two-year-old’s stuffed animal collection, who’s ready to play when he’s not along for the ride.

THE BEST PLAY KITCHEN FOR TODDLER

For your budding chef in the making, you might consider buying a kitchen of their own.! Check out our guide to play kitchens for toddlers .
Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

Scroll to Top