DD2 is about to turn 2 and I'm stuck for ideas. Humble budget of between £70-100 (needs to include everything) and don't mind buying second hand.
Trouble is I think we already have everything and I'm stuck for ideas. This is what we already have....
Duplo (loads) Duplo train tracks (loads) Happyland (loads) Toy kitchen and loads of food etc Balance bike Bike/ride on thing So many garden toys (no more space) Pram and dolls Loads of books Pop up tent Lots of soft toys and random other bits like toy phone, pull along things etc
So far I'm thinking....
Fairy outfit (she loves her older sisters) Playdough
That's all I've got. I was thinking about a little tikes car but DH pointed out the lack of space. I need some kind of wow present and a few smaller bits. All ideas are most welcome????
She doesnt need a wow present, 2yos are happy with the simplest things. For mine she got a car seat for her baby, which she spent loads of time in herself and a big box that I filled with balloons, in addition to some books and a few bits eg couple of bath toys and a new bucket and spade for garden digging purposes.
A (robust) dolls house? 4yo DD1 has one and DD2 (2yo next week) loves playing with it. Alternatively annual membership to a local attraction. Has she outgrown any of the garden/inside toys? Can any be cleared/sold to make way for newer and more challenging equipment?
DD2 will be getting a play shop/puppet theatre (mint con £35 Facebook marketplace bargain!), a few books, some additional Ikea train set bits, and a set of cute hair clips. I have my second old childhood dolls house in the loft (the result of having one at each parent's house), but I'm saving it for her 3rd birthday once she's a little more gentle!
2-6 piece jigsaws and our 2 yo most played with toy 4 months later is one of those playdoh sets where you push the stuff through something to make shapes (in our case it comes out of a whale spout in ‘worms’)
Thanks, some good ideas here. Will sit down to tonight and start making a list of ideas.
I don't want to sell anything because we have dd3 on her way soon, but I will be packing some outgrown things soon which will make a bit of space. We have quite a small house so it's tricky, I do like the dollhouse idea though.
I know she doesn't need a "wow" present, I just really meant that I don't want her to end up with just a few random smaller bits. Birthdays and Christmas are really the only times they get anything new so I like to try and make the most of it and get something that will get a lot of use out of it it and be of great pleasure to them. So when I say wow, I just mean more than a few books/couple of small toys.
Actually got lots of Playdough toys already but it wouldn't hurt to have a few more. She does seem to be really into Playdough at the moment which is why I thought it was a good bet.
We just got DD (2) a scooter for her birthday. It was around £70. Her grandma got her some playmobil but we literally didn't get her anything else. She's really happy with the scooter and wouldn't have noticed anything else anyway.
Love the dolls house skankingpiglet - genius idea. Will definitely add it to the list of things to consider.
Rainatnight - do 2yo do particularly well on scooters? My eldest has 0 coordination/balance and didn't manage a scooter until about 4yo. I'm picturing my 2yo holding onto it and just looking at it. It's not something I'd thought of I suppose.....
Same as William here. DCs got a scooter at Christmas (DD2 was 18mo) and has been using it fairly well for the last couple of months. We started with the seat attachment, but it was barely used before she was confidently whizzing around on DD1's. Thankfully it was second hand so we didn't waste much on it.