There is nothing worse than spending money on toys that get played with for a couple of hours and then go to the corner of the room to die a slow death.
I’ve put together a list of tried and true toys that get played with from 24 months to 3 years old.
My youngest just turned 3 and with Christmas coming up, toys are on the brain. I was doing a review of the things in my house that have really been played with over the last year and thought I would share with ya’ll.
So if you have a 2-3 year old or are shopping for a grandchild or niece/nephew, this will give you some ideas of products that will bring lots of joy at play time.
Get value for your money with this list of toys that get played with from 24 months to 3 years! Since I have a boy and a girl, you will find options for both and gender neutral gift ideas as well.
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Toys That Get Played With From 24 Months to 3 Years
Getting a good, quality toy doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive. Here you will find a wide range of toys that range from inexpensive to splurges. These toys are tried and true gifts that have been used in our home for at least the last year (some for a lot longer than that).
Find something that fits in your budget and enjoy the entertainment that it provides to your little one.
Budget Friendly Gifts for Toddlers
Little Tikes You Drive Remote Control Car
This is a great first remote control car for toddlers! It is easy to operate and didn’t get stuck like I thought might be an issue with a 2-3 year old using a remote control car.
LeapFrog Sweet Treats Learning Cafe
The play that this one gets may be a result of my coffee obsession but he loves making coffee for me. It is also a great way to have the feel of a play kitchen if you don’t have room for the whole big setup.
Melissa & Doug Scoop & Serve Ice cream Set
Lots of Ice cream shop has been played since we got this cute set.
My littles have both enjoyed doing tasks like mom. So the Fisher Price Vacuum and a broom just their size both get a lot of use. When I’m cleaning, they go get their tools to help.
My 3 year old is getting another one of these for Christmas because after riding his for approximately 900 hours (lol) he popped his old one.
Mid Range Toys That will Get Played With from 24 Months to 3 Years
Little Tikes Trampoline
My kids (3 & 6) love jumping on this trampoline. There favorite time is when I am exercising & they like to do their “exercise.” It is also a great way to get some of their energy out during the cold and dreary winter months.
This is an old classic that kids still love. We have played with this outdoors and even indoors when the weather is bad. Don’t forget the gas station pump to go with it.
My daughter really enjoyed this from about 3-5. It is recommended for 2 & up but she didn’t get it until 3. We still have it and she turns 7 next month. She enjoys using it while playing dress up.
Check out this simple dress up station to organize dress up clothes, jewelry, make-up and more.
Some of the activities on this bench may be too advanced for a young two year old but they will still enjoy the tools. As they get a bit older, they will be able to adjust the bolts and screw the screws.
My little boy loves to grab his tools whenever we have people working on something around the house.
Toy Splurges for 2-3 Year Olds
6 Volt Paw Patrol Ride On Chase, Marshall or Skye
My little guy got this for his 2nd birthday and at 3 it still gets used a couple of times a week. Even our almost 7 year old gets in on the action. While this toy is a little large, it works indoors and he has a path that goes through the house.
You can read a full review of this toy here.
Pottery Barn Personalized Anywhere Chair
While this might not qualify as a traditional toy, kids love furniture that is just their size. These chairs get used when we watch movies and they love them.
Little Tikes Inflatable Bounce House
We bought 4 years ago for my daughter’s birthday party instead of renting a bounce house. Since then, we have used it for several more birthday parties and my kids jump on it frequently throughout the year.
It is a bit bulky but when I know the weather will be nice, we will put it out on a Friday and leave it out all weekend. The kids love it and it keeps them active.
I hope this list of toys that get played with from 24 months to 3 years helps make your Christmas shopping a little easier this year.
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