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Kids Toys and Gift Ideas for 2 to 4 Years

Updated on July 9, 2014

Best toys for 2-4 year olds

If you are shopping for toys for children aged 2 to 4 years old this is the place to start. This page features a selection of age appropriate toys for little children. Included here you will find toys that are not only fun but will help your child to develop as she grows.

Take your pick from music toys and activity sets, soft cuddly toys and bath toys. Here you will also find lots of information on stages of child development . Also included is a section suggesting the best toys that will best help them reach every milestone. If you are looking for a gift for your own child or for someone else's 2-4 year old, you are bound to find something suitable right here.

Best Toy for 2-4 years old

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Not only is the V Tech robot, fun it has 2 options VTech Cogsley Learning Robot

will be hours of fun for the little one as he helps them learn about letters, counting, words, manners, and more

Preschoolers love investigating their world, using their imagination, completing puzzles, making things and taking them apart and all the while they are refining motor skills. They are learning how to play and cooperate with others and generally stretching their known boundaries. this little robot has everything that your preschool child needs and is more than a toy!

BEST AGE APPROPRIATE TOY 2-4 Years What child development to expect from 2-4 years old

why age appropriate toys are important

Children are growing and developing at an amazing rate from the ages of 2 to 4. Of course individuals differ but for a general rule, these are some loose child development guides.

At 2 years of age you child is developing his motor skills; he will probably be able to jump off a step and will begin to learn how to ride a tricycle. In dexterity he will be able to build up to around a 10 cube high building tower. he will love to copy you but won't be particularly good at making choices. His emotions are likely to be all over the place and he will express them rather forcefully. His language skills will be growing and he will begin to from simple sentences. He will love pull-along toys and, building towers and stringing beads. He will like to draw but will hold the crayon in a palm grip. He will be beginning to develop imagination and be learning to recognize animals and so on. Good time to introduce simple puzzles and toys that develop hand-to-eye coordination.

At around 3 years old he will be doing all of these things with more confidence and will be testing his self sufficiency. He will be learning to share alongside other children but may still prefer lone play. It is often at this time imaginary friends make an appearance as his imagination develops. He may become to display some aspects of fear of dark and more awareness of danger. He will lap up anything that helps him develop his language and learning - nursery rhyme, learning the alphabet and simple counting. He will need lots of physical activity alongside more gentle play. He will be exploring his world and stretching his boundaries. He will enjoy toys that come apart and go back together again as he learns problem solving. Throwing, catching, skipping and jumping are all things he will love. He will be learning to hold a crayon better but will still need large ones that are easy to hold. Play toys that help his imagination are great around this time.

Approaching 4 years old your little one will be continue to refine motor skills. He will also be more interested in stories and in following along in picture books. He will be recognizing more things and any toy that helps him in this area will be well received. Drawing may well be taking on more importance to him and he will be beginning to learn how to hold pencils and crayons more effectively. His language skills will be growing apace and the more encouragement he gets, the better he will get. He will now be able to run, walk and climb and will be eager to join in play with others. He will be able to walk up and down stairs although he will probably come down more slowly.

Best play toys for kids - 3 years old and up

Melissa & Doug Car Carrier Truck and Cars Wooden Toy Set With 1 Truck and 4 Cars
Melissa & Doug Car Carrier Truck and Cars Wooden Toy Set With 1 Truck and 4 Cars

You can help develop your child's imagination at the same time as helping to develop handling and developing fine motor skills with this toy from Melissa and Doug. High quality toys that every little one will love.


Toddlers computer - LeapFrog My Own Leaptop

This toy computer is ideal for play and learning. It can be personalized just for your child. You can download songs for them to sing along, there are 8 'email messages' to pick from as well as games exploring the alphabet, music and animals.

LeapFrog My Own Leaptop, Green
LeapFrog My Own Leaptop, Green

Kids from 2 up will love their very own pretend computer. This is a user-friendly toy that will help to introduce your child to music, shapes, animals and the alphabet to name just a few. If you would like to learn more about this interactive toy follow the link --> Technical Information.


Best toys for children aged 2-4 years - ideas for age appropriate toys

  • Themed play sets and activity centers.
  • Dolls & stuffed animals - toys to cuddle and play imagination with are vital at this age.
  • Music-making toys - toys they can sing-a-long with, dance to and interact with increase all sorts of skills.
  • Crayons, coloring books, paints and play doughv- creativity is part of every child's development.
  • Basic counting, number and shape-matching toys to help recognition, identification, reading and counting skills.
  • Simple puzzles with large easily manipulated pieces.
  • Play store or cash register to help with imagination play, counting, interacting and so on.
  • Mini sports sets-basketball, golf, T-ball, bowling and ring toss etc help to give them physical activity for developing muscles and also develops hand-to-hand coordination.
  • Role play toys - dolls houses and accessories, playsets and action figures.
  • Sit on toys and tricyles - with protective gear.
  • Roller skates with wide rollers for balance. Make sure she is properly equiped with protective gear like a helmet, knee and elbow padding.
  • Science-themed toys
  • Sand and water play toys
  • Dress-up clothes and props

Shopping for toys for 2-4 year olds? - Which will you buy?

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    • shellys-space profile image

      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love VTech Cogsley Learning Robot!

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Some pretty cute things here.

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful toy collection. i love it