1. Toy Kitchen
Whether you choose a wooden or plastic, expensive or cheap most toddlers will find plenty of enjoyment with their own little kitchen. Mine has some pans, fruit, a mixer and kettle to complete hers and she loves making me roasted fruit or strange cakes. I love seeing her imagination taking shape when she is playing with it. Ours in our kitchen, so she also likes to play with it when we are cooking sometimes, which can be helpful.
2. Pop up House
We don’t have a lot of room in our home, so a pop up house that can be put quickly and put away quickly is great. She loves sitting in it and making tea for her teddies, as well as for mummy and daddy. We are quite sophisticated here as she offers us cappuccinos alongside cups of tea.
3. Aquadoodle / Scribbler
My daughter is an arts and craft fan, so having these non messy drawing toys is great. They only keep her occupied for short periods of time but she keeps coming back to them regularly.
5. Train sets
Helping to put the track together and push a train around the track can amuse a toddler for a while but it can amuse grandad too, who is reminded of his childhood as well. It was grandad’s gift to her for her 2nd birthday and grandad and granddaughter enjoy playing with this together. It’s lovely to watch.
At 2.5 years old, she is just getting in to scooting. This is proving to be popular outdoors fun. We always get her to wear a helmet and this can be a battle ground, so no helmet, no scooter rule has started.
A simple ball to kick around and play catch with is worth having. This also helps to learn to play with someone.
8. Simple Board Games
We have found a couple of board games that work perfectly for children this age. They get them in to the beginning of understanding sharing and that you don’t always win, along with counting. What’s in the Fridge? and Fancy Dress Fun have both been a great success here.
9. Mega Blocks/Duplo
Great for using their imagination to make whatever they dream up. We have cows and giraffes built here, alongside straight forward towers.
10. Musical Instruments
We have lots of fun making music with either her keyboard, drum, maraca or musical bells. She loves telling us when to play and when to stop, as though she is running Rhythm Time that we go to each week.