Top 10 Learning Toys Worth Buying Now For 2-3-Year-Olds

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It can be difficult sometimes to come up with ideas for what to do with your energetic toddlers at home, so why not choose now to invest in some educational toys that will help boost the development of your child's motor skills and general learning. Whether it's for identifying shapes, colour recognition, discovering more fun ways to toddle and walk, or strengthening their little hands, here's a list of some of the best educational toys for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds.

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Fun Time Shape Sorter Bus

This bus is perfect for pushing and pulling over all kinds of surfaces, encouraging children to go on all sorts of adventures. Get on board the shape sorter bus and the little ones can learn as they play when they sort the colourful shapes into the correct slots. Great for little hands and curious children.

Price: £12

Age: 12 months - 3 years

Skill: Problem-solving, hand/eye coordination, fine motor

Where to buy: https://www.elc.co.uk/baby/shapes-sorters-and-stackers/Fun-Time-Shape-Sorter-Bus/p/516096

WinFun Sort and Learn Activity House

Your little ones can learn all about shapes, letters and much more with this activity house. The buttons play fun sound effects and sing-a-long songs to keep your child happy and occupied. Help boost their dexterity by slotting colourful blocks into the right places, and turning the easy-to-grip key to start the educational adventure all over again. There are many more interactive elements and fun activities to explore and find inside the house for hours of learning and play.

Price: £15

Age: 12 months - 3 years

Skill: Hand/eye coordination, fine motor, problem-solving, imaginative play

Where to buy: https://www.elc.co.uk/baby/shapes-sorters-and-stackers/WinFun-Sort-and-Learn-Activity-House/p/536132

Early Learning Centre Wooden Alphabet Blocks

These wooden blocks are perfectly-sized for small hands to grip and play with. The alphabet blocks are double-sided with numbers and letters to help your little ones learn to count, and introduce them to the alphabet. There are many ways to use these blocks as they can also match colours, and build as tall a tower as they can to help with their fine motor skills. Getting the kids to love learning and playing has never been easier!

Price: £15

Age: 12 months - 3 years

Skill: Fine motor, hand/eye coordination, imaginative play

Where to buy: https://www.elc.co.uk/wooden-toys/Early-Learning-Centre-Wooden-Alphabet-Blocks/p/540385

Early Learning Centre Cotton Reels

These cotton reels from the early learning centre are fun to experiment with and find new ways to get use out of. Roll them on the floor, stack them up high, sort them by colour or thread the lace through to join them together - there are endless games you can play with these toys. They're also great for boosting dexterity in the little fingers of your little ones.

Price: £10

Age:  2 - 5-year-olds

Skill: Fine motor

Where to buy: https://www.elc.co.uk/games-and-puzzles/learning-games/Early-Learning-Centre-Cotton-Reels/p/540637

Early Learning Centre Wooden Activity Cube

This activity cube has everything your 2-year-olds need to learn, play and develop their skills during this lockdown period. With shapes, colours, beads and a mini xylophone for hours of musical fun, your little one will have a great time discovering all the new things that they can learn and do. Since there are so many activities, they can play with any other children in your household to learn social and communication skills too making this one of the best educational toys that you can buy for your children.

Price: £18

Age: 12 months - 3 years

Skill: Fine motor, hand/eye coordination, imaginative play

Where to buy: https://www.elc.co.uk/wooden-toys/Early-Learning-Centre-Wooden-Activity-Cube/p/540380

Toddler playing with toys

VTech Animal Fun 3in1 Zebra Scooter

Your toddler can push, ride or scoot around as they learn with this 3in1 Zebra Scooter. They'll learn all about colours, animals and habitats while they develop their physical skills at the same time. This is perfect for children on the move as they can enjoy the encouraging voices, lights, songs and animal noises all while developing their movement. Mini explorers as young as 18 months can enjoy this scooter.

Price: £54.99

Age: 18 months - 3 years

Skill: Confidence, physical development, imaginative play

Where to buy: https://www.thetoyshop.com/electronic-educational-toys/pre-school-learning-toys/VTech-Animal-Fun-3-in-1-Zebra-Scooter/p/436865

VTech Push and Play Elephant

These adorable push-and-play elephants are exactly the style of toys 2-year-old children will adore. Their little hands will be kept busy with the handle that allows them to push the elephant around and activate motion sensors that will play catch melodies. Press the buttons on the elephant's side to hear animal sounds, counting phrases or sing-along songs - great to keep their minds working and learning whilst having fun. And stroke the textured ears of the elephant for some tactile stimulation that is guaranteed to keep your 2-year-olds happy.

Price: £11

Age: 6 months - 3 years

Skill: fine motor, imaginative play

Where to buy: https://www.thetoyshop.com/baby-pre-school/electronic-learning/VTech-Push-and-Play-Elephant/p/538847

Leapfrog Lettersaurus

Your 2-year-old will have a new best friend with this brightly coloured dinosaur - one of the best toys on the market for encouraging reading and learning the alphabet, your little ones will have hours of entertainment pressing the alphabet keys along his back, listening to catchy tunes by pushing the button on his side or learning to count by spinning the number wheel on his tail. This friendly dinosaur also has a pull along feature helping children to toddle and walk as he wobbles along beside them.

Price: £23

Age: 18 months - 4 years

Skill: Fine motor, imaginative play, physical development, learning to read

Where to buy: https://www.thetoyshop.com/baby-pre-school/electronic-learning/LeapFrog-Lettersaurus/p/539604

John Lewis & Partners Wooden Jumbo Farm Dominoes

This wooden dominoes set not only one of the best games for the whole family to play this lockdown, but it is also perfect for helping your 2-year-olds to build an early knowledge of numbers, shapes and colour recognition. There are multiple ways to play as one side features cute farm animals for the youngest ones to enjoy, and the other side has the classic dotted pattern that most will recognise. These dominoes are great toys for 2-year-olds because they're entertaining, adorable and educational.

Price: £15

Age: 2 years +

Skill: Fine motor, hand/eye coordination, problem-solving

Where to buy: https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-wooden-jumbo-farm-dominoes/p4285450

Orchard Toys Post Box Game

Games are great toys for 2-year-olds to learn how to think, learn and develop a variety of skills. The post box game from Orchard Toys is a perfect example of this and a wonderful, ethically made product for your children to enjoy. All your little ones have to do is post the letters in the post boxes with the matching colours. The colours are bright, and the game is simple and designed specifically for little hands making it one of the perfect toys for 2-year-olds.

Price: £10

Age: 2 years +

Skill: Hand/eye coordination, problem-solving

Where to buy: https://www.johnlewis.com/orchard-toys-post-box-game/p617658

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Natalie Rayworth
Likely to be found in a museum

Natalie has lived in London her whole life. Growing up her favourite days were the ones she got to spend exploring the halls of the Natural History Museum or running around pretending to be Peter Pan in the Diana Memorial Playground. Nowadays, however, she’d be more likely seen reading, listening to her favourite music, or hunting for special gems in the countless secondhand bookshops across the city.