What Toys Do Your 2-3 YO Boy Like

Updated on December 07, 2010
M.R. asks from Chicago, IL
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So my son is 2 and I'm at a loss for Christmas gifts for him. He loves cars, but grandmas and aunties are getting him lots of cars, as well as the few other ideas I've had for him (farm animals etc). Outside of that I'm really at a loss. He's not into action figures yet, and has no interests outside of cars (it's more of an obsession). I've even brought him through the Toys R Us store to see if anything caught his interest except cars - afraid not.

My daughter I have tons of ideas, but these boys are hard to shop for! Please let me know what your 2-3 year old boys love to play with. Thanks so much Moms!

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Thanks so much for all your responses! I definitely got some good ideas from you. I was also happy to hear that your boys liked the train tables, as Grandma is getting him that for Christmas and it's a more expensive item, so I was glad to hear all the positive comments. Thanks!

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answers from Chicago on

My son loves cars, too, so I catered to this obsession... books about cars, coloring books about cars, stickers, etc. I also found that Match Box & Hot Wheels have some sets to be used with the cars... they are a car wash, a snake bit, a police station, etc. One popular item seems to be the Stinky Garbage truck.

How about the Fisher Price garage? My son uses many of the Fisher Price things (school bus, castle, fire station) with & without his cars.

He also loves Legos (Duplo kind), the Fisher Price medical bag, pretend tools (usually fixing cars or something else around the house) & pretend food.

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answers from New York on

My son liked cars and balls a lot then he discovered trains. In particular, he loves anything Thomas. He also loves animals and tractors. All kids love playdoh. My son loves it and also those push gadgets for it. He will be 3 in March.

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answers from Chicago on

My 2 year old LOVES Fisher Price Little People stuff, puzzles, cars, books, Mr Potato Head, electronic ABC stuff, trampoline with handle (this one is great and not so expensive - http://www.thelashop.com/product.php?productid=336 )

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answers from Kalamazoo on

Flashlights! Fisher Price makes a good one for little kids.

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answers from Decatur on

My son turned to 2 in August. He loves to hook tractors and wagons together - really anything - trains and wagon car or whatever. We got him a train set and also some wooden puzzles. The one item I think he will love (and is very inexpensive) is a flashlight - just a regular flashlight like you or I would use! He loves to take our flashlights and "shine things". So this one will be his! He is constantly dropping to his knees saying, "I see something" while shining the flashlight on something on the floor. I can't wait to see the look on his face Christmas morning!!

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answers from Cincinnati on

I second flash lights! my 2 yr old boy is obsessed with them.; lol There are some really cute animal lights where the light is inside the mouth. They're fairly inexpensive. We bought my son legos, remote control cars, john deer tractors, puzzles,and the hottest item of the year "Stinky" the garbage truck. Does your son like movies? Toy story has some great toys right now, everything from the characters themselves to board games. We got our son a number of toy story things because he enjoys the movies.

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answers from Chicago on

I have an almost 3 year old who is obsessed with "cars and trucks and trains!" so I feel your pain! He does, however, enjoy Magnatiles. They are a bit pricey but are a toy that will definitely grow with my son. Right now he likes to build "roads" for his cars to speed along, but he will stack them up and build towers, too. Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

It's time for Thomas the Train! When my son turned 2 we started him with a couple of trains and a start track set. At age 4 it's now a full-blown love affair. ;)



answers from Oklahoma City on

My son loves dinosaurs and trains! He's two. He loves Dinosaur Train and Thomas the Train. I am getting him a variety of these toys. I also got him something called a Yookidoo (it's for the bath tub). It's a battery operated pump that basically draws water up from the tub and constantly flows, so there is always running water to play with.
You should get him a garage to play with his cars. Or maybe one of those rugs that has the streets and buildings drawn on for him to play with his cars. What about a train table? I got my son one last year for Christmas and he is just now starting to love it. He not only pushes his trains on there but cars too! I got mine from Step 2 for $50.



answers from Chicago on

My son is two and a half. He is gettin mainly a toy story xmas this year. Thats what he's into and that what he told santa he wanted. So far he has gotten " a big rex a big stuffed woody and buzz pillow guys, that big expensive buzz lightyear u command, moon dough, play dough play doe a toy story light up comforter a toystory tent for the bed lotso huggin bear toy story light up cowboy boots, and stinky the garbage truck. Now i have connection so i was able to get these toys at more than half off the buzz u commant is most place 99 bucks i got him for 30 lol so most people who have a two year old prolly wouldn't get on for their kid cause it's expensive. he is also gettin cars and that thomas follow me light traing thingy he really wants that and big buzz u command so thats what he'll get because he NEVER asks M. for anyyyyyyything not even in the toy isles at the store..... i am also considering gettin a big kitchen and things like that he loves that kinda stuff now :) good luck and whatever you get him he will love.... :) merry xmas and happy new year



answers from Chicago on

One of my boys really liked the wooden railroad, especially Thomas. That was his favorite for a long time. My other son liked cars a lot and wouldn't play with anything else at that age.



answers from New York on

Anything dinosaur or pirate?? Or just stick to cars, in other forms...car tracks, books about cars, movies about cars. Every year I try to get my son a ton of different stuff for xmas and he always plays with the same toys. What a waste!



answers from Madison on

I have a 2.5 year old son. He loves playing with his Legos (duplo kind). We have a big bucket full and I am getting him more.

He also plays with
- Thomas the train set
- Puzzles (he recently got Melissa and Doug wooden jigsaw puzzles and loves them, especially the 4-twelve pieces puzzles that come in a box)
- Playdoh
- Tool set (toy screwdrivers, drill, etc)
- Toy laptop
- Crayons/markers and coloring books / magnetic doodler
- Musical instruments

I am also getting him
- Doctor/medical set

Also, books are always great!



answers from Seattle on

My son's favorite toys at 2-3 were :

- plasmacar (still a favorite ride it toy at age 8, used nearly every day for the past 6 years, indoor and out)

- Thomas the Tank Engine

- Nerf

- Computer games (www.starfall.com, iSpy, etc.)

- bath toys

- slime

- drums


answers from Topeka on

Big building blocks. They make some that actually come in a construction type vehicle. So best of both worlds.



answers from Chicago on

I have a 3 year old girl and a 1 year old boy. I bought them both a Rody Horse. I stumbled across them as I thought my daughter would like one of those ball hoppers you sit on and hop around. There is also a Rody Rocking Horse base that you can buy seperately so they can use it as a rocking horse as well.
I also bought them both a Kid-o Bilibo. It can be a helmet, sit and spin, doll cradle, train tunnel, shovel, water basin and much more! It's won countless awards.



answers from Rockford on

My son is 2.5 and also obsessed with anything with wheels. But he is my second boy and we are already over-run with toy cars and trucks. I got him one dumptruck that came with a power drill so that you can "fix" it. He enjoys "fixing" things with his play tools/toolbench. We got him a set of Duplos that create a tractor. And he loves Thomas anything. We have never had room enough for a train table so we didn't go the wooden route. When our first son was young we bought him some of those take along sets and we have been able to affordable add on pieces over the years. The trains are die cast like matchbox cars and everything folds up into the playset for easy storage or transportation. We also got him one of those pop up tents to play in. I think all kids love those, as well as play dough and moon dough type stuff. Color Wonder stuff is nice too.

Above all, keep it simple. He is young so he doesn't need a lot. Someone once told me that if you have 10 toys, they will play with 10 toys. If you have 100, they will play with 100 - but you are going to have a lot more mess to clean up. Plus, having fewer lets them focus in more on specific toys and play creatively. We have 4 kids and even with getting them just a few toys each Christmas, once you add in gifts from aunts and uncles and grandparents, the amount can be overwhelming. Have a fun Christmas!



answers from Joplin on

My son is 3, at the moment he is pretty much obsessed with Toy Story. He has other interests though, he likes to play with the toy kitchen and pretend food we have. He loves coloring and finger painting and play dough. He enjoys watching Super Why and Curious George on dvd. Alex likes to play with Mr.Potato Head. We read stories before nap and bedtime. He loves bath tub toys still. It is ok if your son has something that is a favorite, but try to get him into some routines where you do other things. I used to have the kids pick up toys before lunch time then we would sit and color before lunch, it wasn't really presented as an option it was just "we are going to color now" my son loves pretty much anything if we get down and play with him.
You don't have to go overboard at this age...they don't need a ton of toys.
Maybe look into some preschool games to play to get him into taking turns, simple puzzles and even matching games, you can start easy and work up to more cards.



answers from Cleveland on

My son (2.5) isnt into "action figures" but just "guys" we get them at walmart or wherever and he plays with them all the time. He role plays with them, the ride his cars, climb ladders, hide in drawers, you name it. you'd be surprised. They dont really know they like stuff until it presented to them. My son got into them because he liked toy motorcycles, because his grandpa has one lol. Well we bought one that came with a "guy" and that was it. he loves them! He also likes dress up gear-- fireman, soldier, cop, magician etc. Maybe take cues from any shows he watches?



answers from Tulsa on

mne is the same as your cowboys horses and cars and any animal. the cowboys ride the horses and the dinosaurs eat the cowboys he also likes the electronic toys. he has a ride on he likes. and a barn for his animals and he likes balls and gunss.swords is another thing he really loves. hats (baseball) glasses body paint, shoes, elmo , and I have described almost every toy in the house. if he doesnt have one a puzzle and shape sorter. and he likes his blocks its fun to build them and knock them down.



answers from Chicago on

My boys are 2 and 3-1/2 and like so many of the responses, they're crazy about trains, planes and trucks (fire trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, diggers, cranes, you name it). Costco has a good selection of large trucks with buttons to make noise and move for about $20. We've also gotten trucks at Target for $10 or less. My guys haven't been exposed to movies or themes with action figures, so they're not there yet.

My older son has been obsessed with space since he was about 2-1/2, after we saw a space shuttle launch in Orlando and visited Kennedy Space Center.

As far as books, Byron Barton has board books about Trains, Boats, Trucks, Machines at Work, etc. I can't remember the other authors, but there's another series of books we have titled, "Amazing Airplanes," "Roaring Rockets," etc. There is a book about race cars, too.



answers from New York on

Oh man, I could go on for days about the things my 3 yr old wants. In the theme of cars, what about a car puzzle, that way its still to do with cars, but also works on fine motor skills and logic.
What about Toys Story toys. My son loves anything Toy Story. You could get him books, movies. (about cars if need be). How about Playdough. It can be messy but we got that last year for my son for x-mas and he loves it.
What I usually do to get ideas for my son is to go on Amazon and do a search for toys in his age range. All sorts of things come up. Maybe things you hadn't thought of.



answers from St. Louis on

My 2 1/2 yr old boy loves playing with blocks, Mr. Potato head, doodle pad and the look & find books.



answers from Chicago on

It's funny how all of our answers are pretty much the same. :)

- Trains, trains and more trains!

- Wooden & Duplo blocks to make buildings

- Books about trains, cars and trucks.

- Clifford, Cat & the Hat and pretty much anything on PBS Kids in book form.

- Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles



answers from Chicago on

My boys loved trains. They have a wooden set and a train set the was battery operated and had a building with people. The tracks were this yellow wide tracks that easily goes together. I bought these at Toys R Us.


answers from San Antonio on

My 2.5 yr old loves:

- Mr. Potato Head
- Play-doh
- Melissa and Doug magnetic letters/numbers
- books about construction cars (there are a lot of neat 3-D books and ones where it looks like the truck is moving)
- movies like Veggie Tales and Meet the Sight Words (www.preschoolprepco.com)

He likes:
- legos
- train set
- puzzles
- blocks to make a tower and destory the tower

If you know what tv shows he likes, maybe get him a toy with that -- Super Why, Dinosaur Train, etc.



answers from Raleigh on

We got my son a Schwinn Roadster trike that he absolutely loved. We call it the "Harley" of trikes! We have had wonderful memories with this and it's an awesome buy- durable, sporty looking, and fun!




answers from Sacramento on

My son is turning 3 this month. His favorite toy right now is a large castle set. He also likes his trains and train table, transportation vehicles (dump trucks/digger/garbage truck/recycling truck/etc.), musical instruments, books, puzzles, a toy kitchen and a shopping cart, Transformers (the original ones), tool kit, doctor kit, Flinstones-type car, tricycle, dragons, and craft supplies (construction paper, stickers, etc.). Hope you like some of these ideas.



answers from New York on

Our son has this big dump truck that holds those mega blocks...2 birds one stone there!

What about firetrucks or police cars? Those are always a big hit too. Or are you trying to stay away from all vehicles?

Paints and paint brushes

Thomas the Train engines

Books about cars



answers from Peoria on

My vote is a Thomas train WOODEN track! We got that for my son when he turned two. It's a great gift idea for people who are asking cause you can add on a few here and there for birthdays or Christmas instead of getting a bunch of junk toys that they will never use. It is totally worth the investment and sells well later (although I will keep our to pass down to grandkids).

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