My biggest girl turned two last week – where did two years go?! We had a lovely few days, with a teddy bears picnic party with her friends from playgroup and her cousins visiting on her actual birthday.
She was horribly ill with a sick bug on her first birthday, so it was lovely that she really enjoyed it this year. She had some lovely gifts and has really enjoyed spending the last week playing with all her new things. I thought I’d share with you some of the presents we got for her, some things she received as gifts and other toys we are enjoying at age 2.
If you are stuck for birth or christmas present ideas for two year old’s, hopefully these might help!
I have wanted a dressing board for ages – containing sections for laces, buttons, buckles, press studs etc they are a brilliant way to help your child be more independent in dressing themselves. This Melissa and Doug skills board fits all these things into a cute bear puzzle. I also bought her these self correcting number puzzles and a friend bought her this fish colours puzzle. They are all by Melissa and Doug, one of our favourite brands (I also blogged about how we love their threading beads last week).
She is really getting into jigsaws now and these Orchard Toys 2 and 3 piece puzzles (we have fairies and animals) are perfect for her at the moment. Orchard toys also make our favourite game – we are loving playing their brilliant shopping list game, even though Lissy is on the young side for playing games she genuinely loves this and collecting the items to fill her trolley. After a few times she had mastered the concept and is even quite good at taking turns now.
She is loving learning letters at the moment and constantly asks me to draw them for her on her blackboard, so we got her this Leapfrog Letter Factory to introduce her to phonics – she has played with this for hours and it has meant she can recognise most little letters now. We also got her this Scribble and Write pad so she can start to practice writing letters herself – it’s a bit hard for her yet but she loves having a go and her pen control is really improving.
Lissy also loves Thomas the Tank Engine and trains at the moment, so we got her this LILLABO wooden train track from IKEA. It was a brilliant buy (and a steal at £8 for the basic set) as she has played with it so much already. You can use it in conjunction with other brands’ trains and tracks too, so I will be able to get her some Thomas trains to go with it for Christmas.
There was, of course, the obligatory hoard of Peppa Pig goodies as we still love Peppa as much as ever 🙂 She had this lovely treehouse playset from her great nan, and a few other Peppa pig books and art sets.
We also had a few new books including The Gruffalo (how we have not owned this before!), Not Me and Share (something we need to work on as a two year old hehe!).
Colouring is another firm favourite activity and these wax crayons, markers and crayons are all brilliant for little toddler hands. These make a great gift with a colouring book or other arty bits.
Hope this might help someone!