The great toy list : 2 years+

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas?  By two years, you’ll be looking at a variety of toys and especially those involving pretend play.  Take a look at Language Means Play and Understanding pretend play to learn more about how play is such a big part in your child’s life.  Here are some ideas to inspire you to look for fun and educational toys.  By the time you’ve bought all of these classics, you’ll barely have room for the ‘branded’ ones that don’t promote imaginative play.

I mostly haven’t listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget.  You can do the rounds via the usual stores – Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don’t forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‘children’s toys online Australia’ or ‘educational toys Australia’), markets, online markets (such as, op shops, and eBay.  Sometimes the more ‘fancy’ the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

Look out for my other lists, from birth to toddlers, as I have listed toys from when the age they may first be used, so some might be included in these lists..

Here we go:

–          Scooter

–          Trampoline

–          Crayons, pens, pencils, watercolour paints


–          Tea set, dolls

–          Doll, pram, washing line, washing machine, other ‘home corner’ items

–          dress up clothes

–          Little People sets

–          Stickers and other fun craft supplies

–          Books

–          Duplo

–          Toy kitchen, toy food

–          Car ramps, garages, car wash

–          Hobby horse


–          Peg puzzles


–          planes, trains, cars

–          digger, bulldozers etc

–          gardening set

–          swing set

–          Elefun

this will grow with your little one as they learn to use the nets

this will grow with your little one as they learn to use the nets

–          Puppet

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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