Toy and Book Ideas For Your Kids

March 27, 2014

Hello Motherburg readers,

Hope this post finds you well. I’m continuing the thread of pretend play here. Contained in the post are  few toy and book suggestions for your 2 and 3-year-old children. The next post will address 4 and 5 year olds. Hope you find something useful and fun below. Happy scrolling…

2 years: Toy suggestions

For those little problem solvers

Playopolis Classic Pop Up Toy

This bright pop up toy is great for kids that like to figure things out. They can match the colors, gently tap the happy pegs and watch them as they fly across the room. It’s educational too: it touches upon eye-hand coordination, matching as well as cause and effect.

For those that are into pretending

Kid O Cutting Fruit (a local nyc based toy company)

Although there are many versions of toy food available, this one’s solid and created right here in NYC. The sturdy little fruits stand up against all kinds of abuse by your kids. Some toy ideas: after cutting, do some counting, cooking, pretend washing, carrying in the bag or simply feeding yourselves or some baby dolls/animals.

One great book

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

A lovely lift the flap book for those busy hands and curious minds. The pictures and text are simple and easy to follow. Get ready to be different animals and talk about the zoo, as you read along.

3 years: Toy Suggestions

For those into building

Lakeshore Learning Magna Tiles


These magna tiles are pricey but worth it. The colorful tiles come in a variety of shapes and often contain extras, such as wheels. The pieces easily fit together and stay together, because of the inner magnets. This simple addition eliminates some of the frustration of early block building and provides very young kids with success. If you’re looking to keep your kids occupied, these tiles likely won’t disappoint.

For those into pretending

Green Toys Rocket

(made in the USA out of 100% recycled material)


Everyone should visit the Green Toys website! All the toys are made right here in the US and are created out of recycled plastic. Beyond this though, the toys are unbelievably durable and kid friendly. The possibilities with this rocket are endless. This toy is perfect for those imaginative ones who start with one pretend idea and within minutes have added 10 more ideas.

One great book

Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail


If you think your kid has meltdowns, check out the girl Katie in this book. Take comfort in the fact that her tantrums are definitely bigger than anything you’ve witnessed. This is an ideal book for exploring those beginning emotions of your 2 and 3 year olds.

Thanks as always for reading this post. Do you have favorite books or toys for your kids that you want to share with the Motherburg community? If so, just comment below or email me directly. Have fun with your kids and see you in the next post. Till then, take care.

Vanessa D’Auria is a licensed speech-language pathologist providing home-based services in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. For more information about Vanessa, visit or to ask speech/language questions, email directly at

Vanessa will be holding an Early Speech and Language Development Class at Caribou baby this Sunday at 3p.m, please click here for more more info!


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