Our top 5 toys for toddlers 2 to 3 years for 2018

Don’t know whether to get your toddler that remote-control car, or something a little more educational? Check out creative parenting expert Nikki Bush’s pick of the best toys for tots this festive season.


Jet Duck Pirate (Yookidoo) | R599

Available at ToyZone and takealot.com

This fabulous battery-operated jet duck comes with 15 pirate-themed accessories. Swivel the water cannon or remove the duck’s feet to change direction. This toy also comes with a brilliant scoop container that has drainage holes. Easily scoop up the pieces from the water and attach the scoop to the side of the bath with suction cups for mould-free storage. This is a real win!

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Jet Duck Pirate

Suction Kupz (Fat Brain Toys) | R325

Available at takealot.com

Stack, roll, stick, and sip with these six high-quality squishy cups that suction onto any smooth surface. Use in the bath for scooping, pouring and floating or other surfaces, like the fridge, for whichever creative endeavours your child’s imagination can conjure up. They’ll stimulate fine motor skills, proprioception, spatial reasoning, creativity, exploration and experimentation through open-ended play experiences.

Fat Brain Toys Suction Kupz

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Sort and Swipe Cash Register (Melissa & Doug) | R470

Available at Toys R Us and takealot.com

This wooden cash register adds a clever educational spin to a classic pretend-play toy. Press the number buttons to see different counting pictures, then “pay” for the purchase with numbered coins to match the quantities. Posting the coins and swiping the credit card provide fine motor control experiences and proprioceptive feedback.

Melissa & Doug Sort and Swipe Cash Register Pretend Play

My First Animal Train (Smartmax) | R599.99

Available at ToyZone and takealot.com

Children can discover the magic of magnetism while they build and drive their own first train and make the animals, which come in head and tail pieces. Play with the animals and the train driver or mix and match to create crazy combinations. All parts are compatible with all other Smartmax sets.

Smartmax My First Animal Train

Cardboard Structure Fire Truck (Melissa & Doug) | R549

Available at takealot.com

Encourage indoor fantasy play with this exciting fire truck. Made of high-quality corrugated cardboard, the playhouse is 1m high x 1m wide x 122cm long. It’s covered with vibrant, full-colour artwork including playful details such as fire hoses, dials, and an exciting dashboard with GPS. The playhouse includes back doors that open and close, warning lights on the roof, a gas tank that opens for fill-ups, and windows on all four sides to let in lots of light. A free-standing corrugated fire hydrant is included and various styles are available, including a food truck, castle, dog house and a cottage.

Melissa & Doug Cardboard Structures

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