A variety of infant toys from the gift shop in an up close photo.


Top 10 Toys for Children Under 2

November 11, 2019

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Take a look at our top toys and books for ages 2 and under for the holiday season.

Kidoodle Council members and museum staff spent time toy testing and ranking the top 10 toys.

All of these items can be found in our gift shop, Play Central Toys & Books. This list features our top 10 picks exclusively geared for children ages 2 and under.

Museum members save 10% off gift shop purchases. Your purchase in our gift shop helps support the mission of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

1. Green Toys vehicles

A variety of Green Toys vehicle play toys.
Green Toys products are made from 100% recycled plastic and are great for children of all ages. Fun for play indoors and out!

2. Fred Buff Baby Rattle

Buff Baby rattle.
Buff Baby turns your little one into a bench-pressin’ body-builder! Your little one’s curiosity will be piqued by the gentle rattle sound and natural hand-grips,

3. Skip Hop Zoo Pack

Display of a shark and llama Skip Hop backpack.
We have a variety of different animals in this ever-popular, kid-friendly backpack from Skip Hop. Dinosaurs, bears, unicorns, and more!

4. Bannor Toys South Dakota Rattle

A grouping of four wooden South Dakota shaped rattles.
Show your state pride with this South Dakota baby rattle. This rattle is made from solid 100% organic hardwood Cherry. We have a variety of different color disks available from SDSU Jacks, Brookings Bobcats, and more.

5. Usborne “That’s not my…” books

A variety of book titles "Thats not my..." from Usborne books.
This delightful series of board books is aimed at our youngest readers. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches!

6. Fat Brain Toy Co. SpinAgain

A SpinAgain toy from the gift shop.
Stack the brightly-colored, chunky pieces onto the corkscrew pole. Zoom! Down they go, spinning faster and faster.

7. Fat Brain Toy Co. Pip Squigz

Pip Squigz toy rattles.
These “fun little suckers” are compact enough to take anywhere. Great for bath time, highchair, stroller, travel, and anytime! PipSquigz combines tactile, auditory and visual learning in one toy.

8. Jellycat Amusables

A variety of pineapple and avocado Jellycat baby items.
Quirky, colorful and unusual, the Jellycat Amuseables is a collection of super-soft plushies and accessories. We have swaddle blankets, plushies, and pull-rattles.

9. Jellycat Tails books

Farm Tails and Dino Tails books.
A fabric book with a twist in the tail! This soft and squishy book is bursting with color, texture, and movement, not to mention lots of fluffy animal tails!

10. Lift-the-flap books

The books: Gotta Go, Buffalo and If You Were Spaghetti.
A playful oversized board book to read with your littles. Gotta Go, Buffalo: a silly book of fun goodbyes and If You Were Spaghetti: a silly book of fun I love yous will be sure to capture your little ones attention with the lift-the-flap fun!

Bonus: Give the gift of PLAY!

Gift cards and play passes for the Museum of South Dakota and Cafe Coteau set on colorful lego board.
Give the gift of PLAY! Give the gift of play and make memories that last a lifetime. Kids never get tired of playing, which makes a gift certificate or membership to the Children’s Museum of South Dakota a great gift that lasts all year long!

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