Sometimes this stage of development is referred to as “the terrible twos” as parents tend to see more emotional outbursts and boundary-pushing behaviors. 2-year-old girls, in particular, desperately want to be independent but often their physical skills don’t yet match up to this desire, leading to a real sense of frustration. However, 2-year-olds are not simply terrible, it is actually an extremely important time for neurological development and the brain grows significantly during this year. In fact, the way that a brain develops at 2-years old really lays down the foundations for life.
At 2-years-old speech is developing rapidly, as are physical skills and the ability to play imaginatively. If you’re looking for a gift for a 2-year-old girl the list we’ve put together here will help with all these different kinds of development.
1. KidKraft Princess Table & Stool
2-year-old girls are often beginning to enjoy imaginative, princess-themed role-play. This kind of creative play is great for developing important social skills as well as improving speech and language, as speech is used to explain or narrate what is going on in the play. The KidKraft Princess Table & Stool could make an ideal gift for a little girl who’s interested in princesses and dressing up.
As well as encouraging imaginative play this kind of gift will also support a 2-year-olds growing sense of independence and bolster her self-care skills as she sits at her mirror brushing her hair! The KidKraft Princess Table & Stool makes a great addition to a girl’s bedroom which will last many years and is very easy to assemble.
2. Lego Duplo Frozen Castle
The Lego Duplo Frozen Castle is based on the popular Disney Frozen films, so it is instantly recognizable and engaging to many 2-year-old girls. Duplo is made with little hands in mind so the pieces are easy to manipulate to build up their construction and motor skills.
This set is compatible with any other Lego Duplo bricks so may be a great addition to an already growing collection, or the start of a collection! Encouraging plenty of imaginative play as children use the Lego figures to act out scenes from the movies or devise new adventures, the Lego Duplo Frozen Castle is an ideal gift for a 2-year-old girl.
3. B. Toys Bouncer Bumble Bee
Inflatable ride-on toys are a whole lot of fun and help to work different muscle groups to other kinds of ride-on toys. As the child has to work a little harder to maintain stability, and much harder to achieve movement they really do build up physical strength in their core and legs.
The B.Toys Bouncer Bumble Bee is made with kid-safe materials, free from BPA and phthalates and comes with the air pump included so that it’s easy to get started right away. This toy would make a great gift for a 2-year-old girl who already has other kinds of ride-on toys and will help to improve her coordination as she figures out the best way to ride.
4. Melissa & Doug Giant Dalmatian
Even very young children love to nurture others, they can display kindness and caring behavior towards animals and younger children and soft, plush toys are a great way of encouraging this. The Melissa & Dough Giant Dalmatian is an almost life-sized plush dalmatian toy that little girls will love.
With a detailed design and life-like details, this toy is perfect for a 2-year-old girl who loves to pet dogs. The Melissa & Doug Giant Dalmation is also made using durable materials and has a washable surface so it should stand up to many years of love!
5. Intex Dinoland Play Centre
A paddling pool and a water play centre all in one, the Intext Dinoland Play Centre is sure to boost children’s confidence in water, complementing or laying the foundations for more formal swimming lessons. Based on a popular dinosaur theme, there are slide and splash features to encourage different kinds of play with, and in, water.
The Intex Dinoland Play Centre is a great way to cool down on a summer’s day and to encourage outdoor, physical play with lots of different kinds of movement to keep a 2-year-old active and healthy.
6. Melissa & Doug Housekeeping Set
Children love to play with what they know, and what is familiar to them and 2-year-olds especially enjoy imitating what they have seen adults doing. The Melissa & Doug Housekeeping Set is a set of child-sized housekeeping tools that will allow the child to join in with what their parents are doing around the house.
The Melissa & Doug Housekeeping set is fully functional and can help to build up children’s confidence as they feel part of running the household, laying down great foundations for chores as they get older! The set is also useful for imaginative play, as playing families is a popular motif at this age.
7. KidKraft Heart Table and Chairs
An ideal addition to a 2-year-olds bedroom, the KidKraft Heart Table and Chairs is likely to fit in with their décor theme and is built to last. A 2-year-old will get many years of use out of this little table and chairs set, built especially to be child-sized and versatile.
The table can be used for arts and crafts, games, tea parties and more. As she gets older and expressed an interest in drawing and learning to write the set will keep her in a good, ergonomic position for this. The KidKraft Heart Table and Chairs is easy to assemble and comes with full instructions.
8. Lego Duplo Animals Adventure
Animals are a common interest for 2-year-olds who enjoy learning their names and the sounds that they make so the Lego Duplo Town World Animals Adventure would make a great gift! This set comes with 15 different animals, so there are plenty of opportunities to learn names and sounds, increasing a 2-year-olds vocabulary and imagination as they learn to role-play using the figures.
Connecting Duplo bricks is a fantastic way to improve motor skills by developing muscles in the hands, wrists and fingers and the bricks from the Lego Duplo World Animals Adventure set are compatible with all other Duplo sets so there’s a huge potential for extending and expanding play.
9. Smoby Slide
2-year-olds are physical creatures and have plenty of energy that need to use up in a day. Finding opportunities to do this safely is key to children’s development and health. The Smoby slide is designed with younger children in mind, easy to assemble, durable and extremely safe and stable. Children are encouraged to play outdoors and keep active whilst improving their physical skills such as climbing and balance.
Using a slide requires a substantial amount of core strength as children contend with the different forces exerted on their bodies, which helps to build up children’s strength and control. As a bonus, the Smoby Slide also features a built-in hose attachment so that it can become a water slide in warmer weather!
10. Baby Born Soft Touch Boy
For some reason most dolls tend to be baby girls, Baby born offers this baby boy as a way to add some diversity into imaginative role-play games. If the 2-year-old girl you’re buying for has, or will soon have, a baby brother or male cousin then this may be even more ideal, getting them used to caring for a baby boy rather than the typical girl dolls we find on the market.
The Baby Born Soft Touch Boy also has a soft body and flexible limbs that make him more lifelike, and lots of life-like functions; eating, crying real tears, going to the potty and can be bathed too. Imaginative role-play supports social skills, encouraging kind and nurturing behavior.
11. Fisher-Price Farm Set
If the 2-year-old you’re buying for is interested in animals and enjoys learning what they are called and the sounds they make then the Fisher-Price Farm Set could make an ideal gift for them With plenty of animal figures to encourage imaginative play and increase vocabulary, the Fisher-Price Farm Set is also an interactive, technology toy.
Using buttons children can access songs, sounds and phrases which improve their listening and attention skills, allow them to imitate and learn and improves their understanding of cause, effect and technology. As this set is made by Fisher-Price it is durable and built to last for years to come.
12. Berg Buzzy Nitro Go Kart
Ride-on toys are a popular gift for 2-year-olds, though 2-year-old boys seem to be gifted them more frequently than 2-year-old girls so this may be the ideal gift for a little girl. The Berg Buzzy Nitro Go Kart is a ride-on toy that is designed with younger children in mind, so it will suit their physical size and needs.
The Berg Buzzy Nitro Go Kart is great for encouraging physical play and skills and increasing strength in the core and legs as children learn to sit, stabilize themselves and eventually use pedals. Pedaling and steering also help to increase coordination and control of the body. As a bonus it can be used indoors too so doesn’t rely on good weather for play.
13. Hape Sea Turtle Maze
The Hape Sea Turtle Maze is a lovely wooden toy, which looks very appealing but also helps to improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through the use of a magnetic maze. As children hold and control the magnetic stick, it drags the ball around a maze. The course of the maze features twists and turns, requiring children to maintain control of the stick and ball and continue to guide it around the course; this improves dexterity and builds strength and flexibility in the wrists.
This strength, flexibility and dexterity later translates into skills for writing, and whilst writing may seem a long way off yet all the foundations for this are laid down early in childhood. The Hape Sea Turtle Maze is a great toy to take along with you to keep a child entertained whilst waiting at a restaurant or in the doctor’s office.
14. KidKraft Vintage Wooden Kitchen
As 2-year-olds children learn through imitation and repetition, play kitchens are a great way for them to experiment with the skills they have seen their parents using in the real kitchen. The Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen comes in pink, which may match the décor of a 2-year-old girl’s bedroom or playroom, and is built using wood making it a robust piece of equipment that is designed to last.
As a 2-year-old girl role-plays in this play kitchen they are able to act out scenes based upon their own experience of family life. Little girls will love to imitate stirring, whisking, frying and baking, and using their wrists in these ways also helps to develop strength and control needed for handwriting!
15. VTech Baby Push and Ride Alphabet Train
Learning the alphabet might seem a long way off yet, but it doesn’t need to be; 2-year-olds learn quickly through imitation and repetition and the VTech Baby Push and Ride Alphabet Train gives them plenty of opportunities to learn, not only the alphabet but a whole host of numbers, phonics and songs.
The VTech Baby Push and Ride Alphabet Train is an extremely educational toy that is specifically designed to support development and encourages children’s use and understanding of technology with plenty of buttons for them to press and interactive items to add to the train, which also improves fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
16. AquaDoodle Mess Free Drawing
The AquaDoodle Mess Free Drawing is the ideal gift for young children because it provides mess-free sensory play. Sensory play is very important for young children as they learn best through hands-on experience, however, sensory play can also get very messy, so a lot of parents are reluctant to provide such experiences at home. The AquaDoodle solves this problem, needing only a little water to be put into the pen for hours of drawing fun.
The AquaDoodle Mess Free Drawing set is really easy to store too, it can just be folded away! The activity activates children’s creativity as they explore mark-making, and it also improves their gross motor skills and understanding of cause and effect, so it is an ideal gift for a 2-year-old girl with plenty of rich learning opportunities.
17. Micro Scooters Mini Deluxe
Scooters are popular with children of all ages and around about age 2 a child is likely to have enough physical strength and skill to learn to scoot. Around this age they may begin to protest about being transported in a stroller, so a scooter (once mastered!) makes an ideal compromise, giving some of the independence they so desperately crave.
The Micro Scooters Mini Deluxe is especially designed for younger children, aged 2-5 years, and has a handle that can be easily adjusted to the right height and plenty of grips on the scooter deck so it’s perfect for a 2-year-old girl just beginning to learn. Scooting also helps to develop balance, coordination, core strength and control, important skills for all 2-year-olds.
18. Green Toys Dish Set
Green Toys aim to provide just what they say; toys that are green, as in; eco-friendly. This Green Toys Dish Set is made with recycled plastic and is safe and non-toxic; with no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings. As such, the Green Toys Dish Set can be used with real food for real-life picnics and tea parties and even washed in the dishwasher afterward.
Imaginative role-play for 2-year-olds often involves repeating events from everyday life and most 2-year-olds will enjoy pretending to make and serve meals using this set of dishes and cutlery.
19. Lego Duplo Classic Deluxe Brick Box Building Set
Lego Duplo is a popular toy for young children and with good reason; it is an excellent open-ended resource that encourages early engineering and design skills. The Lego Duplo Classic Deluxe Brick Box Building Set makes an ideal gift for a 2-year-old girl as it comes with its own storage box and some building ideas to inspire construction, yet is open-ended enough to allow for plenty of creativity.
The Lego Duplo Classic Deluxe Brick Box Building Set is also compatible with other Lego Duplo sets so it can be used as a way to expand and extended play.
20. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Food Truck
The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Food Truck is an interactive toy with plenty of educational songs to improve children’s vocabulary and introduce different concepts. The music and learning start at the touch of a button, building children’s understanding of cause, effect and technology. There are also three different learning levels so the toy can suit the age and stage of the child’s development.
The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Food Truck is ideal for 2-year-olds; encouraging imaginative role-play as the child pretends to sell and serve food, which also promotes social skills such as turn-taking in conversation.
21. Haba Rainbow Whirls Pegging Game
The Haba Rainbow Whirls Pegging Game is a lovely wooden, eco-friendly toy. Toys made of wood are favored by some educators because, as well as their long-lasting and eco-friendly properties, they allow children to be more in touch with nature as the feeling of wood in the hands provides a very different kind of sensory experience and feedback to plastic toys, which tend to be hard and cold.
Developing fine motor skills, the Haba Rainbow Whirls Pegging Game helps children to learn colors and color names and encourages sorting and categorizing through play. Sorting and categorizing are both important pre-mathematics skills.
22. VTech Rock and Ride Unicorn
The VTech Rock and Ride Unicorn is another variant of a ride-on toy that provides two different modes of play to help improve different physical skills. Improving gross motor skills and developing core and leg strength this rock and ride unicorn is a great way to burn off lots of energy.
As well as improving physical skills the VTech Rock and Ride Unicorn is also an educational toy with interactive buttons to enhance technical skills and teach colors, phrases and melodies. An ideal gift for a 2-year-old girl who loves anything to do with unicorns!
23. Fisher-Price Disney Frozen Elsa’s Ice Palace
Toys based on popular movies really spark the interest of children who are fans of those movies and gives them a launching point into their play. The Fisher-Price Disney Frozen Elsa’s Ice Palace is based on the popular Disney frozen movies so a 2-year-old girl can begin her imaginative play by acting out scenes from the movie and develop her own ideas from there.
As imaginative play relies on speech and narration the Fisher-Price Disney Frozen Elsa’s Ice Palace is an ideal way to improve a 2-year-old girl’s speech and language skills. There is also the opportunity to include technology in play as this set provides lights, sounds and music at the touch of a button.
24. Play-Doh Mega Pack
What child doesn’t love playdough? Playdough seems to be one of those toys that have maintained its appeal through generations of children, largely due to its open-ended nature. Playdough can be used in a variety of ways and allows children to get creative and explore sensory input as they play. The Play-Doh Mega Pack is a great gift for a 2-year-old girl as it includes 36 different colors to allow for a real range of different creations to be made.
Playing with dough also has the added benefit of being extremely good for children’s fine motor skills; as they squeeze, pinch, poke and roll dough they are working the small muscles in their hands and fingers, strengthening them for writing much further down the line.
25. Lego Duplo Town Modular Playhouse
Duplo is an extremely popular toy for 2-year-olds and many girls are given dolls house too, the Lego Duplo Town Modular Playhouse combines both of these elements to give the benefits of both toys! The Duplo element which requires connecting blocks and following instructions improves children’s motor skills and constructive skills.
Once the instructions have been followed, the child will have constructed a playhouse from Duplo which can then be used for imaginative role-play which helps to develop imagination, social skills and speech and language too. Compatible with other Duplo sets the Lego Duplo Town Modular Playhouse is a fantastic way to extend play opportunities for a 2-year-old.
26. B. Toys Parum Pum Toy Drum with 7 Instruments
Music is a very popular interest for many 2-year-olds who like to listen to, dance to, join in with and create their own music. The B. Toys Parum Pum Toy Drum with 7 Instruments is a fantastic set of varied musical instruments to encourage musical skills and experimentation.
The great thing about music is that it contributes to other important skills too such as listening, attention and differentiating between sounds. All of these are important for later literacy learning. The B. Toys Parum Pum Toy Drum with 7 Instruments is safe and non-toxic; completely free from BPA and phthalates, and also has its own built-in storage as the other instruments can be stored inside the drum itself.
27. Bayer Design My Piccolina Interactive Doll
Dolls are a popular toy with little girls, and around age 2 a girl may be beginning to express a real interest in playing with dolls and looking after babies. These interests are fantastic for promoting social-skills and developing nurturing behavior as well as encouraging imaginative role-play.
The Bayer Design My Piccolina Interactive Doll is the perfect gift for a 2-year-old girl who loves to look after babies as it has 26 functions and makes realistic baby-like sounds. Dolls are also a useful gift for children expecting a sibling, helping them to warm up to the idea.
28. Learning Resources Snap ‘n’ Learn Elephants
The Learning Resources Snap ‘n’ Learn Elephants are an ideal learning toy for 2-year-olds with plenty of different learning opportunities from just one item. The elephants can be snapped together which helps to develop children’s fine motor and construction skills, and are the perfect size for small hands as they are designed with young children in mind.
Playing with the Learning Resources Snap ‘n’ Learn Elephants also encourage number and color recognition and experimentation with patterns and ordering, all of which are important pre-mathematics skills for 2-year-olds. Also coming with their own built-in storage these elephants are ideal for play as well as learning.
29. Smartmax Start XL
An amazing open-ended construction toy that develops a whole host of skills the Smartmax Start XL is designed, and sized, with young children in mind so will be safe for 2-year-olds to play with. Encouraging early science, technology and engineering skills the Smartmax Start XL also helps children to gain an understanding and awareness of magnetism.
Children of this age learn through hands-on experience, and this set helps them to develop a hands-on understanding of building and gravity as well as developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The Smartmax Start XL makes an ideal gift for a 2-year-old girl because of its huge range of learning opportunities.
30. Lego Duplo Minnie Mouse Bow-Tique
The Lego Minnie Mouse Bow Tique is based on the popular Disney character Minnie Mouse which will add interest and appeal to the set for 2-year-old girls. It is made specifically for younger children so the pieces are easy to fit together and larger than they would be if the set were made with older children in mind. The construction element of this set is ideal for developing fine motor skills and encouraging following instructions.
2-year-old girls will love using the Lego Minnie Mouse Bow Tique for imaginative play based around Minnie Mouse and shopping.
Along with the challenging parts of raising a two-year-old there is also a whole lot of fun! 2-year-old girls are extremely playful and curious and love throwing themselves into playing in different ways with different resources. In some ways this makes buying a gift for them easier as they are open to a variety of different things!
The list we’ve put together here has plenty of options for toys and gifts that will delight a 2-year-old girl and all of them have something to contribute to her development too. Good luck with choosing a gift for the 2-year-old girl you have in mind!