Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Help!

Ok...this little guy here...

...is turning two, two weeks from today. And I can't figure out what to get him. I'm excellent at picking out toys that no one ever plays with. It's a gift. I will find something and get so excited because I just know it will be a hit. Then they open it and play with it for about 5 minutes. And it's never looked at again. 

So...I need suggestions. Any good toys out there for a 2 year old? Something reasonably priced and something that actually gets played with...Help!

21 comments:

Karen Mortensen said...

Wish I could help here. But he is adorable. Good luck.

Homemaker Man said...

A drum. Mine love drums. The 3 yr old and the 19 month-old. Other percussion instruments are popular as well. Or a box big enough to sit in and some little play plates and silverware.

Or an Ipad.

No wait, that's if you're buying for me.

Dazee Dreamer said...

Well, I think a big huge box is the answer. Like a big tv box, or a water heater box. Little kids like that love, love, love to play in boxes. And maybe some washable markers, so he can "decorate" it. Or get him a few boxes. Have him "decorate" one as a car, and then put a movie in that he loves, and it will be like he is at the drive in. Pop some popcorn. Just a thought. I've watched my grandkids have hours of fun with boxes.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

For my son Cameron's second birthday, we gave him Scout - a little green stuffed dog made by LeapFrog. Scout talks and sings, both "regular" songs and lullabies, and you can program him to say the child's name and favorite food, color, and animal. Cameron loves his, and they're not very expensive.

http://www.amazon.com/LeapFrog-19156-My-Pal-Scout/dp/B001W30D2O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1279151726&sr=8-1

Nanny Dee said...

This is a tough one because there isn't a perfect gift for two-year-olds because they have their own personalities -- just like adults!!

Usually two-year-olds are active and enjoy using their large muscles (gross motor skills) for climbing, running, etc. That's why playgrounds or pedaling toys are often a big hit -- or even Little Tyke type individual slides that you can walk up the steps and slide down.

If he's someone else's child -- find out what his interests are -- seriously! I take care of Little M and know he is nuts about vehicles -- books about vehicles, cars, trucks, and tracks to play with -- large and small. He will play with other toys for only a short time -- musical instruments, lego/duplo blocks, puzzles, tool sets, and always goes back to his vehicles.

This long-winded explanation comes down to this -- find out what he is already interested in and go in that direction. Good luck!!

Brian Miller said...

at two my younger got a scooter...but that was him...and it brought stitches as well...so maybe not the best idea...lol

Chantel said...

You can never go wrong with cars or trains. Cars and trains are always a big hit. My son was all about cars and trains at 2. He actually has a car now that he can crash and it smashes up, and then he can pull it at both end and it fixes itself for more crashing and fixing fun!

panamamama said...

I agree with drums or a tambourine. He is precious. Looks so much like my nephew!

Bossy Betty said...

Sounds strange, but my kids loved tool boxes and bait boxes for all the little compartments!

What a cutie!!!

Aging Mommy said...

Does he have a remote controlled car or other vehicle? Two is the age at which children can use the basic version of those and there are some nice ones on the market which he might hopefully like.

purseblogger said...

My son LOVED Thomas the Train at that age.

Buckeroomama said...

Wooden building blocks. My son got them for his 2st birthday and he's now 5 and he still plays with them, together with his 3yo sister. It started out with just stacking, building simple structures at 2yo and then it progressed to more complicated and more sophisticated structures as he got older... e.g. castles, forts, garages for his cars and trains, etc.

Apart from wooden blocks, Lego blocks are the most played toys around our house. These toys are "open-ended" and are great for creative and imaginative play. :)

Raelene said...

My little guy LOVED the Bounce Back Racer from Playskool. It's remote controlled and he was all over it. He also loves Thomas and any trains he can push around. Good luck!!

Sharlene T. said...

All kids get toys... at two, they want boxes... so get him some blocks as Buckeroomama said and put them in a big appliance box that you've changed into something really cool... (you can as many as you want FREE from a store) Cut some windows, create a movable door and don't tell him what it is... let him tell you because it will change every day... if you can't stand the cardboard look, cover it with some cleanable contact paper... we want to give toys, kids want to use their imagination... even two-year-olds

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chele said...

Gosh, I haven't purchased a toy for a 2-year old in ages! Good luck!

Sarah said...

I don't know if it's like this over there, but I find that kids nowadays are super spoiled! Don't get me wrong, I love kids and I love getting them a gift but I find it so hard to buy something for children that have EVERYTHING!! So, really it doesn't matter what you get them, they'll always get something bigger and better from someone else. What I have done in the past...went to the dollar store and bought them $20 worth of little goodies. I think that went over pretty good. You know like bubbles, chalk, bug catcher, candies, parachute man, mini bowling set...ect.
Good luck.

AmyLK said...

If he likes Thomas the Tank Engine, anything related to that. I also like Dazee Dreamer's idea of a big empty box. That will get played with for WEEKS!

Bryna said...

Although I'm sure he'd love it, Homemaker Man must have a great set of earplugs! Drums are what grandparents give them to get back at you for making so much noise as a kid! YIKES!

My daughter loves puzzles. It's great for fine motor skills and problem solving. But if you want something else that's fun I would recommend Bristol Blocks. They are easy for little kids and also build on those fine motor skills as well as imagination! :)

Happy (early) Birthday to your little boy!

--Tumbleweed said...

Actually, I do have to second the drum. HM is right, it's uber-popular. However, he didn't tell you that ours really prefer his Conga and Djembe to their kiddie drums.

The other "hit" with our kids is the toddler kitchen that eventually conforms to a preschool kitchen. Our kids LOVE to cook.

Your son is BEA-U-TI-FUL! Happy B-day to the little guy.

Amo said...

My son is turning 2 in a month and we plan on getting him a Strider-type bike - the ones without pedals where they use their feet to go! Look at Strider bikes online. My son also loves to beat things, so we might get him a drum, as well!

3LittleMonkeys said...

HAHA...I'm having the same issue. My son also turns 2 in two weeks and I have no idea what to get him. I'm thinking a fire truck but I can't seem to find a good one for a 2 year old...they seem to be made for 3 and up because of all the little parts! UGH!

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