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GagaJo Sat 07-Sep-19 08:53:15


Darling grandson is at a stage where he needs more toys. Of course, he has a lot, but he doesn't play with a lot of them and we think he's outgrown them.

Here's the rub. My daughter (and darling boy) live with me. My daughter is my only child. I have neices (no nephews). My friends all had girls. I have NO idea about boys toys for 18 month / 2 year olds.

Currently grandson has:
Toy kitchen
Toy pushchair (LOVES it)
Toy hoover
Couple of big trucks
(obviously a load of other random stuff too)

He's still a bit too small for Duplo (big Lego) and I'm a bit at a loss to know what to buy for him. We want to make sure he has toys for both genders BUT he likes what he sees me and his mum doing, hence the kitchen/pushchair etc.

What do little boys play with?

gillybob Sat 07-Sep-19 09:01:30

My DGS loved his toy hoover when he was 2 but then eventually dropped it in favour of little figures from Playmobil and Imaginext. They both do a range for younger children. He also loved cars, diggers and trucks so we bought him a playmat with a road lay out and he played for ages moving the cars around the roads. You can get some good chunky vehicles in the Early Learning centre. It sounds funny but at 2 his favourite pastime was when I pulled the blinds up and he (armed with a squirty bottle of water and a cloth) “cleaned” my windows. Happy days smile

Now he’s 9 and just sleeps, eats and breaths sport.

Bopeep14 Sat 07-Sep-19 09:07:34

Mega blocks are big hit in my house all the grandchildren love building towers and knocking them over.

I also have the mega bocks table they can build on.

You can also buy sets that build into characters.

quizqueen Sat 07-Sep-19 09:09:34

ride on scooter, push toys like a wheel barrow, climbing frame, garden house, water/sand tray, paints, jigsaws, small world play like a farm/zoo, cars and car mat, exploratory things like torches/magnets/magnifying glass. Take him to Smyths or The Entertainer, now Toys R Us has gone , and let him look around himself.

gillybob Sat 07-Sep-19 09:10:27

Oh yes my little GD (16 months) is just getting into Megablocks too. She also has the little table which is an ideal height for her .

Grannybags Sat 07-Sep-19 09:11:55

If my son was anything to go by diggers, diggers and more diggers....

DoraMarr Sat 07-Sep-19 09:30:43

My grandson loves crayons and paints- I will buy him an easel for his birthday this month.

MissAdventure Sat 07-Sep-19 09:32:58

My grandsons used to love scoot along toys that they sat on.
A digger was a big favourite, and the ones where you could lift the seat and put stuff inside.

wildswan16 Sat 07-Sep-19 09:34:32

At that age they love lots of empty boxes, cartons, etc to make into garages for cars and build into towers. Anything with wheels to run along the floor. Squishy dough (home made or bought). Old sheets over the table to hide in. Anything that makes a noise. Wooden animals and blocks.

Missfoodlove Sat 07-Sep-19 09:34:50

I used to trawl the charity shops when my granddaughter was a toddler.
I got some great toys for very little. I returned them when she outgrew them.
The Fisher Price garage was always a winner.

annodomini Sat 07-Sep-19 09:35:27

DS2 adored his Tonka crane and we also had a heavy duty Tonka tipper truck. Recently, I found a little plastic (shh don't tell anyone) digger in Aldi of all places and gave it to my neighbours' little daughter. Girls also like things with wheels - I know I did! My DSs had a Playmobile motorhome with a family of characters. I gave one of my GSs a red ride-on tractor which was duly handed down to his brother. But be aware that if you give a big toy, the great attraction is likely to be the box.

Brunette10 Sat 07-Sep-19 09:39:24

Our DGS1 loves cars, cars ,cars and oh more cars {wink] smile

Jane10 Sat 07-Sep-19 10:03:59

I found a good website for more unusual toys. You put in the child's age and gender (ooh in this day and age!!) and see what they suggest. I'm not advertising. but its called 'Wicked Uncle'. Their suggestions have been great. My DGSs only know what they see advertised on TV which drives me nuts. No imagination. This is why I really the Wicked Uncle stuff -and so do they!

fizzers Sat 07-Sep-19 10:06:05

Those big wooden jigsaw puzzles, finger painting, large push along cars, large building blocks, stacking toys, my eldest grandson loved a miniature supermarket trolly, loved filling it with various bits and pieces

Sara65 Sat 07-Sep-19 10:09:59


I agree, I’ve bought a lot from Wicked Uncle.

My son and oldest grandson loved Lego, and my son was digger mad, my younger grandson spends hours playing with his paw patrol stuff, but last Christmas he asked for a reborn doll, which he loves.

Nonnie Sat 07-Sep-19 10:58:17

My 2 yr old GS loves cars and his brother has always enjoyed building anything but often uses other things than actual toys.

What about wooden train set which you can buy a basic one and add to over the years. Brio is the original but the others all seem to fit as well.

Does he watch CBeebies? If he does he will probably have a favourite character you can buy things of.

Our love music and we bought the old fashioned Fisher Price record player although he might need help winding it up at the moment.

Nannarose Sat 07-Sep-19 11:33:46

Just to say that he's not too young for the simplest Duplo, which can then be added to other Duplo as he grows. Our great niece, aged 15m loves her Duplo train!
Agree with all the above, and have always promoted gender neutral toys.
I do think that Brio is brilliant - but only good value if it is going to get a lot of use - ours is 40 years old. However, a market stall near us sells a large carrier bag full of Brio for £20 when they get some.

GagaJo Sat 07-Sep-19 12:27:29

He has a toy garage and has JUST started playing with it. But mostly uses it to straddle and sit on. Ironic, when he won't sit on his bike or ride-on toys.

Just been online and looked at Duplo, BUT the dimensions of some of the blocks are VERY small and I think might still be a chocking hazard. But quite by chance, I discovered Lego Quatro (no longer made) which is as it sounds, twice as big as Duplo. So I've been on Ebay and found and ordered some.

I did drawing with him this morning (daughter who is now an artist would sit and draw from a year on). In the past, he's not liked it, but this morning he managed about 20 mins. Then he started eating the pens so we drew that episode to a close. I might get him some non toxic felt pens. He's not keen on crayons but liked a biro this morning.

I think some BIG jigsaws might be good too.

tanith Sat 07-Sep-19 12:32:43

Cars cars and more cars, my youngest GS is now 6 and has a large car collection he just loves them and never tires of lining them up and playing races, books of all sorts and his soft football, for indoor play.

Gonegirl Sat 07-Sep-19 12:37:41

* Jane10* yes, I've used the Wicked Uncle website. Think that might be where I bought some little creatures that lived in their own aquariam. Seem to remember they started off as eggs. They did die eventually though.

Gonegirl Sat 07-Sep-19 12:39:53

We had country caravanning holidays and DS became obsessed with the Britains range of farm vehicles. Had a very good collection in the end. He still has them, of course.

Sara65 Sat 07-Sep-19 13:04:21


My son had tons of that Britain farm stuff, is it still around?

NonnaW Sat 07-Sep-19 13:13:33

DGS adored his workbench & tools. I think he was about 18 months when he got it and for well over a year he played with it daily.

felice Sat 07-Sep-19 13:17:39

I never found Duplo to be too small, DGs got it for Christmas when he was 18 months. IKEA have a great wooden train set in fact DGS now 7 has just spent an hour setting it up here. Available online I find there service good.
I have had a few interesting conversations with parents with regard to age related toys. Some are so determined to go by what the manufacturers recommend and not what the child is capable of playing with. I have also asked a few times when no 2 comes along what they plan to do with no 1s toys. Be safe but do not overthink things, Mine all loved the Tupperware cupboard, dressing up bag and playing with scrap material. Have fun.

Davida1968 Sat 07-Sep-19 13:22:01

I agree with Nannarose & felice. Duplo and Brio type train sets are great. Sometimes they can be bought second-hand and/or acquired in charity shops. (My DS, DGS and DGD all enjoyed both these toy sets.)