By the very nature of the arrangement, having twins means your children always have someone to play with. Isn’t that sweet? Of course!
That is until there is only one red car and both kids want it…
Squeals pierce the air around you, you drop to the floor and army crawl across the room beneath a storm of plush projectiles, while in the corner lays a viable green car, forgotten and alone.
Okay, that might be a bit dramatic…
However, it is definitely helpful when shopping toys for twin toddlers to consider which ones are most conducive to sharing.
Below we’ve compiled a list of the best toys for twin toddlers that make playtime fun and minimize the opportunity of any conflict!
All of these recommendations can be enjoyed by all whether you have boys, girls, or one of each.
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Toy #1: Blocks
Nothing inspires the imagination like good old blocks. With these large sets, your twins have plenty of blocks to go around and can work together or on their own.
Go old school with wooden building blocks from Melissa and Doug. These blocks, which come in four different colors and nine different shapes, are perfect for toddlers to practice stacking and for learning shapes.
Or for interlocking blocks, Mega Blocks are another favorite for boys and girls alike to build whatever they can dream.
Toy #2: Activity Center
You may feel like your home is beginning to resemble a fun house, plastered with brightly colored plastic toys, but this activity center from Manhattan Toys is both aesthetically pleasing and tons of fun.
Made from solid wood, this tree-shaped activity center has a whimsical feel and offers all sorts of bead mazes and gliders to play with.
The tree top is divided into quadrants so your twins can play at the same time without being on top of one another.
With two playing simultaneously, parents will love that this activity center is a silent one…no batteries, or earmuffs, required!
Toy #3: Play Kitchen
A play kitchen is a wonderful toy for twins because it is designed for multiple kids to play with and is the perfect setting for “playing make-believe.”
With any luck, you can accomplish something in your kitchen while the twins play in theirs! The Fun with Friends Kitchen from Step2 has a microwave, fridge, oven, coffee pods, travel mugs, pass-through style window, and stove-top that makes lights and sounds.
It also includes pots, pans, utensils, bowls, plates, and mugs that your little ones can put in the cupboards. It is everything AND the kitchen sink!
Even Rufus won’t go hungry in this play kitchen, as all stuffed critters are invited to use the animal bowls built in.
You will need to purchase play food separately so your little chefs can whip up something scrumptious, and while you are at it grab a play broom set for them to “clean up” after.
Kids LOVE toy brooms (and real ones) and you probably won’t hate them learning to do chores…
Toy #3: Check-ups and Tea Time
Just like the play kitchen, doctor kits and tea sets allow twins to use their imaginations and play together, but these toys are easy enough to pack up and move to another room, or even to Grandma’s house!
The 19 piece Pretend and Play Doctor Kit from Learning Resources has everything (e.g. stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, etc.) your little docs need to give a check up to one another, or to you if you are lucky. Tea for two? Try the Green Toys Tea Set, which is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic sans BPA, phthalates, or PVC.
In fact, the tea set meets FDA food contact standards and can actually be used for sipping liquids. Their set will include a teapot, tea cups, saucers, spoons, a sugar bowl, and a creamer pitcher.
Toy #5: Dolls and Trucks
As good as it is for twins to share toys and play together, there are some toys that you should just buy two of, like dolls and/or toy trucks, and toddlers love both of these.
Your twins can still play together if they wish, or they can play independently which is also very important.
Little ones will love holding La Baby from JC Toys, whose soft body is perfect for cuddling in little arms. The realistic looking arms, legs, and head are made from vinyl and are available in four different skin tones. La Baby comes in jammies and a hat with his/her own pacifier.
For trucks, Green Toys does it again!
The dump truck, made entirely of recycled plastic milk containers, is just too fun to fill up with miscellaneous toys to then dump all over the floor. La Baby might even get a ride!
This well-loved toy has been reported to be durable, even up against rambunctious twins.
Toy #6: Easel
An easel is not only a fantastic way for kids to express creativity, but with two sides it is perfect for twins to use at the same time while having their own space (which translates to less fighting).
Twin parents highly recommend the Step2 Easel for Two for just this reason, and also enjoy the long life of their investment: one parent noted that she purchased the easel for her twins at two years of age and it is still being enjoyed at age 7!
The Step 2 Easel for Two includes a magnetic dry erase board (one side), a chalkboard (the other side), 77 foam magnetic letters and numbers and trays for storing supplies.
Each side also has a large clip on it where you can fasten paper for drawing or writing.
While you are buying the easel, be sure to grab some chalk, non-toxic dry erase markers, their respective erasers, and easel paper.
7. Play Tunnel
Some toys are designed for learning and development, some for inspiring creativity and imagination, and some toys are just for some good old romping around!
A tunnel is way more fun with a friend, so your twins will have a blast crawling through, rolling around, and playing peekaboo together.
Another great thing about a play tunnel is portability: you can set it up in any room or bring it outside, and when playtime is over simply collapse the tunnel and store it away!
This number isn’t necessarily a toy, although it can certainly be played in or with and is a whole lot of fun. A wagon is actually a rather practical item for twin toddlers as some parents use it in place of a tandem stroller.
The Whisper Ride Touring Wagon by Step2 is perfect for twins: it contains two seats with high backs and seat belts and there is a removable table in between the seats so it can even work well as a sort of tandem-high chair for twin toddlers to eat outdoors.
A canopy covers the wagons to protect your babes from the sun, and with a storage compartment and cup holders, it is easy to tow along everything you need like drinks, snacks, or extra diapers!
Step2 really thought of everything when they designed this one. And as an added bonus, the table surface and side rails are all totally removable so this wagon can serve double-duty as a flatbed for yard work once it is done serving….double duty.
Twin parents loved that this wagon can store so much, is easy to pull around (even corners), and is rugged enough to go from neighborhood walk to yard terrain.
No talk about wagons is complete without mentioning the classic Radio Flyer wagon. Your parents probably pulled you around in one of these wagons and they are still a favorite, especially among twin parents.
The Radio Flyer Big Red Classic has a beautiful, timeless design with a steel body and wooden rails. This solid, well-constructed wagon has rugged tires and provides a smooth ride over any terrain, even off-road or through mud.
9. Sand and Water Activity Table
Do you remember bugging your parents so relentlessly that they would say “go play outside!” Well, here’s what’s outside when it is your turn to send the twins packing. Just kidding! This thing is a whale of a good time.
The sturdy top has two surfaces and it is easy to change out. While it can be used inside for sensory play, the highlight of this toy is that it can be filled with both sand and water for outdoor play.
Toss in a few rubber ducks and everyone is having a good time.
Twin parents report that their kids use it every day in the summer! They can both play around the table with enough room not to get in each other’s way.
10. Play House
A playhouse is the perfect setting for imaginative play and can keep two (or more!) kids busy in the yard.
This cedar playhouse by Backyard Discovery has a play stove, sink, and phone inside, and the windows are complete with flowerpot ledges!
It is a truly beautiful playhouse, and some parents even have fun tricking it out with paint, gardens, house numbers, flamingos…you name it!
Alternatively, you could go for a “play patio” by Step2, which is an all-in-one for outdoor play: a sand and water play area plus a kitchen with a pretend sink, grill, and snack table all contained under a canopy to keep Mr. Golden Sun off your little one’s back.
Twin parents love that there is plenty of room inside for both kids to play with something different.
For inside, teepees are all the rage and when not being used to play they make a great reading nook. Either way, your twins will have a blast!
11. Noah’s Ark
Toddlers of any multiplicity love playing with toy animals, but Noah’s Ark is a fun set for twins because, well, there are two of every animal!
This one from Fisher-Price has a lion, giraffe, elephant, and zebra for each twin to play.
If Biblical references don’t float your boat, go for a barn instead and stock up on farm animals so there are enough to go around.
Your little ones will love learning to make the animal sounds for each critter!
12. Whatever You’ve Got:
You’ve heard it before…you buy a toddler new toys and they end up spending more time playing with the box!
Everyday items get can a lot of mileage.
Toss together a cardboard box, kitchen containers, spoons, etc. and you might even buy yourself ten minutes!
13. Play Dough:
Kids love play dough. For that matter, adults love play dough too. It’s just fun! Sure, you can buy it, but if you want to take a shot at making it (since it gets yucky and you need to toss it out frequently and nobody wants to throw away money) here is the recipe!
Play Dough Recipe:
- 1/2 C. Salt
- 1 C. Flour
- 2 Tbl. Cream of Tartar
- 1 C. Water
- 1 Teaspoon food color
- 1 Tbl. Vegetable Oil
Cook all ingredients except flour on medium heat in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir and knead until dough forms.
If you store this play dough recipe in an airtight container, then it can stay good for a few months.
How to Shop for Toys for Twin Toddlers
Certainly, there are lessons to be taught about taking turns, generosity to others, etc. but shopping wisely can help keep the peace (for your sake and theirs). Focus on larger items that your twins can play with together at the same time such as a play-house.
For smaller, individual play items (i.e. the aforementioned cars) stock up on two of the same. It is far less tempting to steal a bite of someone else’s meal if they ordered the same thing as you. Capisce?