Archived: Speech Therapist Recommended Toys for 2-3 Year Olds Part I

As speech pathologists, many people come to us to ask about the best educational gifts to buy. We know it is difficult finding the right toy for your child and then on top of that having to find a toy that promotes speech, language, and cognitive development. As speech therapists, we have tried just about every toy out there, so we’ve decided to make a list of our absolute favorites for each age range (0-5+). They will contain a variety of toys such as pretend play, puzzles, art, games, and much more. Many of the items that we recommend can also be used for that age range and beyond because we want to make sure each item has longevity and you get your money’s worth! We hope that you find our top toy lists helpful when it comes to birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. We’re here to make your lives easier!

The next age range we will target is 2-3 years. Your child will soon have an explosion of language! They are most likely beginning to combine words to produce 2-word phrases and later on in this phase will produce 3-4 word sentences (eg – “I want apple”). They may be producing 50 to more than 250 words and the variety in their vocabulary is also expanding. You may start hearing more actions words (eg – “sit”), prepositions (eg – “put on”), pronouns (eg – “me book”), difference in verb tenses (eg – “go” vs. “went”), plurals (eg – “dogs”), etc. Their speech will also become more clear, especially sounds such as p, b, m, h, n, w, etc. In terms of understanding language, their receptive vocabulary is about 500-900 words at this time. They will begin following 2-step commands such as “Take the ball and put it in the basket”. Children also begin to identify pictures in books and several body parts within this age range. Their problem solving skills and attention span are also improving, so within our list are toys appropriate for their cognitive level. Your children continue to be sponges so continue modeling play, giving them verbal models throughout the day to encourage language, and just have FUN while learning!

From 2-3 years

Alex Toys Fishing in the Tub Bath Toys

 

$17.99

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Crayola Bathtub Crayons

 

$5.99

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Learning Resources Smart Snacks Number Pops

 

$19.99

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Learning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops

 

$19.99

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Little Tikes Count ‘n Play Cash Register

 

$14.99

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slinky

 

$12.99

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Lakeshore activity scarves

 

$16.99

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plan b sorting toys

 

$20.00

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Melissa & doug Throw Pillows

 

$29.99

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Melissa & Doug Pound and Roll Tower

 

$19.99

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Melissa & Doug pound and peg classic toy

 

$9.99

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Learning Resources Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones

 

$19.99

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Melissa & Doug latches board

 

$24.95

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rainbow mosaic pattern board

 

$29.95

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seek a boo

 

$19.95

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tall stacker and Peg Board Set

 

$16.99

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Debbie Shiwbalak, M.A., CCC-SLP, has a Baccalaureate of Arts in Speech Pathology and is a graduate of Long Island University-CW Post Campus, where she received a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology in 2001. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the state of New York to practice speech-language pathology. Debbie has 13 years experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area.
Alpin Rezvani, M.A., CCC-SLP, graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has New York licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. She has 7 years of experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area and was an adjunct instructor at New York University. She co-authored two chapters of “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism”.

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