Best Toys for 2 Year Old Boys: 2017 Holiday Season Edition

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many parents are on the hunt for the “it” toy that is sure to put a smile on your child’s face.

Whenever I am shopping for my little guy, I know I want the best bang for my buck. I don’t want to buy a toy that will sit in his toy box or only hold his attention for 3 seconds while he quickly moves on to playing with the box it came in.

To help you prepare for the upcoming holiday season (or if your son’s birthday is coming up), we’ve put together a list of of the best toys for 2 year old boys.

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The Best Toys for 2 Year Old Boys (2017)

1) The Vtech Drop and Go Dump Truck

I really like this little dump truck because my son loves all things trucks/cars/motors. But because he is not quite two, I like his toys to have a little extra educational value and I like to see them grow with him.

This one spans a large age gap from about 6 months of age all the way to 3 years old, with toddlers getting the most out of the playtime. What really makes it one of the best toys for 2 year old boys is that it has so many features and can withstand some rough physical play. It has a pull string for pulling behind them as they walk and smart features for teaching shapes and counting.

Plus, for the adults, not only does it have a volume adjustment (parents everywhere rejoice!), it has over 30 sounds/sayings so it won’t be one of those toys you get sick of listening to within 10 minutes of turning it on.

The accessories are small balls with different shape imprints, colors, and numbers printed on them. Hello learning opportunity! Plus, the truck itself will count the shapes when they are put in it, so they are learning dexterity and you get to take an extra sip of coffee and watch the learning happen.

Click here to read more about the Vtech Drop and Go Dump Truck.

2) Vtech Musical Rhymes Book

A more portable Vtech toy option is the Vtech Musical Rhymes Book. My son is super into nursery rhymes right now (and I am getting super sick of nursery rhymes right now 😀 ) so something like this is great for car rides and “quiet time” (whatever that is).

Like many Vtech toys, this one does offer that wide range for play ages – 6 months to 3 years. The great part is that it offers two modes and has over 40 phrases/songs/sayings. The music mode is obviously better suited for very young players, and then as they grow, the learning mode helps them learn their nursery rhymes, colors and the sounds of different musical instruments.

Because it has pages to flip, buttons to press and an adorable little light up star this one is sure to be a hit!

Click here to read more about the Vtech Musical Rhymes Book.3) Little Tikes Gas and Go Mower

This is another toy we own and was glad to see it among the top seller/top reviewed toys on when I looked it up. Because. It’s. Awesome.

This one is probably one of the best toys for 2 year old boys because it allows them to be physical and pretend. I should thank this toy for many hours of successful coffee drinking while my son pretended to fill up the gas tank and mow the carpet in every inch of my house.

He actually started using when he was just toddling to help for support; now he really enjoys pushing it as fast as he can go and occasionally stopping for “MO’ GAAAS MUMMA”. This toy has a pull crank to “start” the mower, levers on top to play with, and (much like a classic toy from my own childhood) small beads under a plastic hood that pop when the lawn mower is pushed.

I love this toy (even if the beads can get a little loud at 7am) because my son loves this toy and it’s a great way for him to burn some energy while I try to conserve mine.

Click here to read more about the Little Tikes Gas and Go Mower.4) Little Tikes Spiralin Seas Waterpark Table

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will tell you my son also owns this toy (spoiled!). This was great in the summer for playing in the yard and staying cool. It was super easy for me to put together and has so many moving parts he literally played with it for hours.

Since it is a water table, you can play in doors but I would recommend having PLENTY of towels handy because excitement = wet everything when toddlers are involved.

There are several pieces to this toy including an awesome spiral stack in the center. The center stack pairs with small round squirt toys that go in the top, take a ride around the clear spiral, and then pop out the bottom back into the water table. The squirt toys can also be placed in a small “Ferris wheel” type contraption and then spun around with a small handle operated by the player.

A small cup (also included) can be used to activate either one of the two water spinners also located on the side of the table. I love this toy for 2 year old boys because everything is right at their height and it is a very safe way to play in the water and stay cool.

Obviously, children near water should always be supervised, but I felt really good knowing he was having fun, staying cool and was only playing with about 3 inches of water at his chest level. He was seriously all smiles playing with this and I already look forward to pulling it out next summer.

For mom or dad, this table is also SUPER easy to clean, drain and fill. It has a nice drain plug in the bottom of the table, is easy to move and fills up super quick, so it’s definitely one of the least painstaking of the summer play toys!

Click here to read more about the Little Tikes Spiralin Seas Waterpark Table.

5) Vtech Kidibeats Drum Set

This Vtech toy is for the little music lover in your house. I really like this toy for 2 year old boys because it actually has an age range of 2-5 years, instead of being more for baby-3. This means it comes with a lot more features for learning and interactive play time.

The Kidibeats Drum Set does have volume control for mom and dad (thank goodness!) as well as power on/off for battery conservation. My favorite part of this toy though is the learning potential!

It teaches letters, counting, phonics, memory and music with the various games and interactive modes included. Each of the drum pads light up, so one particular game encourages kids to “remember the beat” and repeat the same sequence as the toy (think a cooler version of Simon).

It also has freestyle mode which allows your little one to explore the sound of the drums and cymbals in their own way and play their own concert just for you.

Click here to read more about the Vtech Kidibeats Drum Set.

6) Lego Duplo Town Truck & Tracked Excavator

We couldn’t call this list the “best toys for 2 year old boys” if we didn’t include a little Lego Duplo. I LOVE Lego sets and Lego Duplo is perfect for 2  year old boys because they get introduced to instructions, creativity, and building. All while mom isn’t stressing about small pieces!

This build ends in two movable vehicles and has some accessory construction men to sit inside. These Lego Duplo sets are recommended for kids 2-5, so while they may start out just putting the pieces together and learning their colors, eventually they will follow the directions (or help you follow the directions) and have small Lego play vehicles in the end! How cool is that!

As a bonus, the Lego Duplo works pretty well as a good quiet time activity.

Click here to read more about the Lego Duplo Town Truck & Tracked Excavator.

That’s it!

That about does it for our list of the best toys for 2 year old boys! I really like these toys because they cater to those a little young and a little older than 2 and provides a large range of ways to play, that don’t involve the television or screen time.

I love learning toys that encourage play time, pretend and creativity, and my son does too. What are some of your toddler’s favorite toys? Leave a comment below!

About Eric and Tiffany Matthews

We're Eric and Tiffany, the parents behind Cynical Parent. We're just normal parents who are navigating parenthood with both eyes wide open (probably because there's a kid yelling nearby). And of course, we're pretty cynical. Don't believe everything you read or hear, whether it's on the internet, or from a close family or friend (or even from us!). Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Sometimes you just need to try and see for yourself. :)

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