Finding Gifts for a Two Year Old Girl that aren’t too girly can be a challenge. There’s so much princess junk it’s disgusting.
It’s hard to believe but my first born is about to be 3!!! I’ve been preparing for her birthday and how to celebrate without a party, which you can read about here. I haven’t decided on what gift (or realistically, GIFTS) I want to get her. As I’ve brainstormed gift ideas, it made me think about the toys she has enjoyed the most in the past year. So this week’s Friday Faves topic is Not so Girly Gifts for a Two Year Old Girl!
Like most kids (specifically a first born grandchild on both sides) she has been spoiled to death! I’ve tried to limit the toys that enter our home but more specifically the amount of princess and pink stuff that enters. (This seems to be a battle I can never win since Disney is pushing princesses HARD. I’m looking at you, Dream Big Princess commercials.). It is difficult to find items that aren’t all pink (YUCK!) and in the desired neutral colors I’m looking for.
I think it’s important as a non-girly mom with a daughter to encourage R to play with all toys. Balance is key to all aspects of life and toys are no different. All toys teach different skills (memory, focus, fine motor, problem-solving, etc.) so limiting her to “girl only” toys doesn’t help her practice all skills.
Now some of the versions of the items I’ve listed are the girly version in our home but I have linked to a more neutral version when possible. These toys are the items my two year old girl has played with the most over the past year. And like most moms, when we find a winner, we spread the word and purchased these for other children the same age, boy or girl!
Puzzles in a Bag
R received one of these as a gift and could not get enough of it! She loved figuring it out and feeling successful when it was finished. I loved that it was easy to transport using the bag and stayed in better shape than a puzzle in a box. We love it so much that I bought her another!
In all honesty, this toy was for me. I have fond memories of playing with these as a child at my Nanny’s house. They let you build differently than legos or wood blocks, with more flexibility and they hold together well! R may play with these more because they are my favorite toy of hers but it still counts, OKAY?
Screen time is bad, I KNOW, save it! But all moms need a toy that is an extra special treat to distract in times of need. My sister bought this for R and it is much more than just an app on the iPad. The real toys are the shapes that come in a cute little bag that are needed to play the app games. As a former teacher, I prefer this to just swiping since it is tactile. Anyone can mindlessly swipe on a device but choosing a physical shape requires more thought and interaction.
Also, this company continues to come out with new apps for the shapes and now has number games as well. Those will
probably be under the tree at Christmas time this year.
We had play food before R turned 2 but she didn’t really start playing with it the way it was intended until she was 2.
I can be a little particular about the items I buy and this is one of those items I wanted to pick out myself. No cheap flimsy plastic food for my child, not that there’s anything wrong with that. (Please tell me you caught the Seinfeld reference!). I just wanted her kitchen set to have a certain look. I know it’s ridiculous but I’ve looked at one too many Pottery Barn Kids catalogs. And yes, I may have bought her the Pottery Barn Kids Simply White all in 1 retro kitchen. It’s adorable, durable, and neutral.
R was given some hand me down toys from a sweet and generous neighbor which included a babydoll. The closer it came to brothers arrival the more she played with her baby doll. She loves changing her diaper, wiping the baby, feeding the baby, and now putting baby everywhere brother is. This toy really showed me know how much she pays attention to the care I give her brother. (except I haven’t dropped her brother!)
When the weather warmed up I realized we didn’t have many outdoor toys. We were especially in need of something to ride on. This was a lucky find at a bargain store. It is lightweight, easy to use since it has no pedals, and can hold an adult as well! Again, this may have been for me! So what!
Dress Up Clothes
Halloween was just the start of R loving to wear dress up clothes! It all started with a chef’s apron and hat my mom bought her and spiraled out of control from there. Anything that isn’t hers becomes a dress up item so it was easier to get her some, for fear of losing my own clothes. This again is an item that could easily get too girly but we have a wide range of costumes that are for both girls and boys.
Crayola Paint Pens
We love art in our house but I love a clean house. These paint pens are cheap and easy to use without the mess of real paint. They have a brush tip and work more like an over saturated marker. I will be buying more very soon!
The price of these blocks are crazy but their beauty and function are amazing! We have the cheapest smallest travel kit and love them! They are an easy item to store in your purse or diaper bag for those times you need a distraction but don’t want to resort to handing your toddler a device. If I were rich I would buy a huge set for myself. There I go again with toys for me. I must be a two year old girl!
Two year olds love to help their parents! It is a blessing and a curse at times! A great way to get them to help Daddy is to use their own tools so they are less interested in the real ones. R has helped fix many things in our house with her tools and has performed some “surgeries” with them as well. We may be watching too much Doc McStuffins in our house.
What is your two year old’s favorite toy?
I’d love to know (so I can pass it off as my own great gift idea of course!)