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Graci just celebrated her second birthday and she received so many great gifts from friends and loved ones. It got me thinking… Shopping for a toddler is hard, especially if you’ve never had a toddler yourself, or it’s been a while. So, I thought I’d write a post of gift ideas for a 2-year-old girl in case it could help someone out there with their shopping!
Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
My wonderful sister purchased Graci a Mrs. Potato Head for her birthday, and I’m pretty sure Graci has played with it every single day since. According to my sister, my niece was absolutely obsessed with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head when she was little.
The best thing about this toy is that you can make so many different combinations of faces that it really allows your creativity to flow! A toddler will enjoy being able to make silly faces or swapping body parts to places they don’t “belong.”
Graci is particularly fascinated by the storage in the bum area. She loves opening it and putting the pieces inside.
With Toy Story 4 in theaters right now, this toy is something many toddlers might recognize from the movie, which makes it even more fun.
The great thing about Duplo Legos is that they allow your toddler to explore their creativity in the same way that they would with normal Legos, but the pieces are just bigger so that are safer and easier for little fingers to manage. My husband and I have been so impressed with how Graci’s fine motor skills have developed in the last few months, and I attribute a lot of that to her playing with her Duplo Legos daily.
Recently, I found out that most of the Duplo Legos are interchangeable with the normal size Legos, so you won’t have to completely ditch them when your toddler is ready for the “big kid” version (unless you want to)!
Step2 All Around Easel for Two
Since Graci got this easel on her birthday, the thing hasn’t left our living room, and she’s obsessed with having us draw on it with her, as you can see below! It’s given us a lot of fun, quality time with this busy girl!
Crayola Color Wonder Art Supplies
I recently wrote an entire post devoted to toddler art supplies here, but suffice it to say, I’m in love with Crayola’s Color Wonder line.
Here’s what Graci received for her second birthday:
We purchased a few of the products above, and Graci’s parents purchased a couple, too. This was one of the items that we specifically asked for when people asked what to get for her.
The thing about all of these products is that they allow Graci to color her heart out and I don’t have to worry about her marking up the walls, furniture, herself or the car. That’s pretty much the best thing ever in my book.
I have the Paw Patrol On-The-Go Book in my purse, the Stow & Go set stays in the car, and the coloring book and marker pack stay at home. This is a great system for us because it allows us to have mess-free coloring with us no matter where we are.
Every time that I mention this product to other people, they have no idea that it exists! If you’re a child of the ’80s or ’90s, you likely remember View-Masters.
Well, the Moonlite projector and the reels are pretty much the modern day version. The product works with a small reel (the “book”) that rotates on the projector, which is clipped onto a smartphone and has the flashlight shine through it. At bedtime, you can shine the projected image onto the ceiling, read the words from the story from your phone and even play special music and sound effects as you go.
Graci is a big fan.
These products were another request that we made whenever someone asked us what to get Graci for her second birthday. Back at Christmas time, Graci’s grandparents purchased the projector and a few books and we purchased a few books as well. However, since this has become a part of her bedtime routine, new books were definitely needed!
LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book
Graci received the pink and purple version of this toy, but since that is unavailable on Amazon, I’m linking to this more gender-neutral version.
This toy is so cool. Not only does it have three different modes of learning
I’m planning to move this toy to our minivan so that Graci can play with it in the car (when I would otherwise not be able to read with her).
Do you have any gift ideas for a 2-year-old girl? I’d love to hear all of them below!