What are the best toys you've bought?

My daughter will be two in October and she is bored with all of her toys. Her water table holds her interest for maybe 20 minutes. She no longer cares about her sand box. She's lost interest in playing with chalk. She might kick a ball around for 10 minutes but there's not much else she wants to do. She doesn't want to ride her bike. She hasn't touched her indoor toys for months now. She doesn't care about her blocks, play kitchen, push toys, etc. She may sit and read a book and color for a little bit but that's it. What toys hold your toddlers interet?

  • Jenn
    Jul 17, 2019

    Break the Ice or the elephant one are super fun ones, even if she doesn't play them correctly

  • Anonymous
    Jul 17, 2019

    The trampoline has a net around it. And frankly Ive never gone by the age recommendations for toys. And I agree with PK about how they don't sit for long, 30 minutes is pretty Great. And we too are constantly going to different places. Maybe she just needs some open ended toys and a little boredom to figure it out 🤷

  • JEaton
    Jul 17, 2019

    My son is almost 28 months and the imaginext toys are the best things I've ever gotten. He has literally sat and played with them for over an hour on multiple occasions. Even better is that I got most of them on Facebook marketplace for a quarter of what they are new in the store. He'll also occupy himself with his hotwheels table and cars.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jul 17, 2019

    It sounds like you have all the right stuff. I would agree that toddlers don’t have a long attention span and so part of it is just rolling with it. I’ve also seen a great improvement when less options are available. For kids that age, 10 togs or less (I count legos as one toy, obviously). I also think that the more that age gets to play around slightly older kids (say 3-5), the more inspiration of play they have when they come back to their stuff. Even if they seem like they aren’t watching, they are.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 17, 2019

    It just becomes an issue because she latches on to me when she is bored. I work and go to school full time so driving here and there for different activities isn't possible. She far ahead in milestones for her age so she prefers to play with slightly older kids, however she has no friends because the minute you say "single mom" around here people want nothing to do with you.

  • K
    Jul 17, 2019

    First of all, I want to say that single moms are the most amazing people one can know!! I was raised by a mom that moved mountains for us all on her own. You are the epitome of a great role model; raising your daughter while working and going to school, “those” people are ignorant and don’t deserve your or your daughters friendship! Ok, so now for the toys. At that age I bought my son his first Little People toy, just a small train, but he played so well with it we ran out and got a ton. He still plays with them, he is 4 now. The best part is that they are interactive and are not nearly as annoying as some other toys. You could also buy separate Little People characters, which I like bc I diversify all of their toys. Hope this helps. And if you live anywhere in the lower Hudson valley area of NY, my son would be down for a play date anytime!😁

  • Lily
    Jul 17, 2019

    I would try putting away some of her toys for awhile, then bring them back out it will be like they are new. I work as a nanny and have a toddler of my own I have never seen one play with anything for more than maybe 15 -20 minutes. If I leave mine long enough she will find something to play with. I make her find things to do on her own, and she is really good about finding a toy to play with.

  • Kendall
    Jul 18, 2019

    Toy rotation!!!!!!!! I spent an hour or so one night diving allll of my sons toys in like 3/4 sections and I rotate them weekly now. When we get to bin 4 he hasn’t seen those toys in a month! It’s Christmas! I do the same for outside. I only will give a couple toys to play with. Seems if he has too many options he just doesn’t care as much. I’d stick to ok we’re gonna draw with chalk and play water for a little bit today! And put the rest up for another day. She’s also probably at a good age for play dates too, neighbors? Library? Cousins?

  • Liza M.
    Jul 18, 2019

    Kendall I thoroughly agree! My LO is almost 2 and I try to keep half her toys put away and switch some out now and then. I also reserve some toys for special occasions (like markers or more messy things) so we can make a big deal out of it. Also when people give her gifts I often don't open them right away-I put them in her closet for a rainy day toy. All this being said I really try to keep the total toy inventory low because I find that too much choice is saturating.

  • E
    Jul 18, 2019

    Toy rotation is awesome. Everything is new again. My daughter loved manga tiles around that age. Try crafting, painting, stickers. It is more about the fine motor practice than the actual outcome of the art project.

  • Kieli
    Jul 18, 2019

    Bubble gun!! I have a push trike, so I’ll push my 2 year old around the block and she will literally keep her finger on the bubble gun trigger the whole time, until the bubbles are gone. And believe it or not, the hose. I put it on just enough so a little bit of water comes out and she will spray the dog, me, dad, water the plants, find bugs, whatever. But those are like her favorite things

  • Natasha
    Jul 20, 2019

    Craft or science activities, basically anything hands on. ??

  • Anonymous
    Jul 24, 2019

    I would adore a toy that kept my almost two year old entertained for “maybe 20 minutes!” I read posts like this and wonder if my kid has attention problems because I’ve never seen her focus on anything for 20 minutes. Lol. In all seriousness, books and simple puzzles and things like that are great. Also follow busy toddler on instagram if you don’t already, she has fun activities for tots.

  • Teresa
    Jul 31, 2019

    Have you tried some sensory activities with her water table and sand box. We don’t have a water, so I use a large under the bed storage bin. We’ve done cereal, rice, ice, straws, pasta, and beans. If it has a texture to it, put in the table to play with. Add small cars, trucks, buckets, Spoons, airplanes, toilet paper tubs, cups, bowls; to keep the fun going. For the sand box bury items for her to find like Plastic coins, fake jewelry from the dollar store, bleached chicken bones. Use Pinterest to find ideas: look sensory table for inspiration. Wish you luck! Also remember toddlers have short attention spans. They go where the wind takes them from one activity to the next.

  • Melissa H.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Aug 25, 2019

    Sounds like its time for preschool (completely selfish answer). Each state has developmental guidelines and activities that go along with every age group. Check out what activities and learning goals you can be achieving with your daughter. Better yet just google Massachusetts' early learning guidelines for preschoolers, since they are the best in the country for early childhood education. But your munchkin is bored because she is ready to learn more, and kids don't learn from toys or videos, they learn from the people who love them most.

  • Carolyn
    Sep 26, 2019

    I agree with those who say toy rotating! Once I took away a lot of options from my son (mostly bc he’d throw fits from having to clean up “too many toys” at night), he started playing longer with each thing. I only allow a certain number of things out at a time, and if he wants something else, he has to clean up what’s out. It makes him more purposeful about deciding what to play, then sticking with it (around 3.5, he stopped thinking of toys as new again bc he remembers them all, but he will ask for a specific “tub” to play with). I’ve also found some books that incorporate different toys we already had, and that sparked his imagination. The book “Old Tracks, New Tricks” helped him see that he could play with toys in lots of different ways.