When my twins turned one something happened. Suddenly they discovered that sensation we all experience from time to time… The overwhelming ‘I have to have it now’ feeling. Yes, at the grand old age of one my boys have started tug of war over pretty much anything cool. If you want to see a real fight, give one of them my phone, the TV remote or their personal favorite… the baby monitor. I’m pretty sure it’s illegal, or at least immoral, but if it wasn’t I’m sure twin toddler fighting would make a great sport. So, what toys for twin toddlers (and of course young siblings) can help avoid the fighting? 

toys for twin toddlers

How to shop toys for twin toddlers and young siblings:

Whether you’re buying one present for them to officially share or a present each, twins and siblings will want the other one’s toy, so you have a few options:

  • Buy two of everything and watch them fight over one of them anyway;
  • Assign them each their own toys and optimistically try to teach them about sharing and being kind to each other;
  • Separate them;
  • Just let them work it out between them, they’ll soon learn and respect which one is more ‘Thug Life’.
  • Buy toys they can use to play together. No fighting, it’s actually MORE fun to get along and share.

I would recommend the latter choice. Buy toys for twin toddlers that encourage sharing and interactive play. Those are best toys anyway aren’t they?

My thoughts on toddler toys that are boy/girl defined:

Slight side note… the best toys for toddlers are unisex. If you read ‘Boys Playing with Girl Toys‘, you’ll know that I am not a fan of limiting my children to the girl or boy isle of the toy shop. It’s ridiculous and totally goes against everything we teach them as teenagers about equality of the sexes. Just a short pep talk but I had to get it off my chest.

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Top Ten Toys for Twin Toddlers and Young Siblings:

Kiddey Children’s Dual Play Tent with Tunnel

It’s massive… I hear you. But it’s awesome, and they’ll love it. It does break down into pieces too, so you don’t have to have the whole thing out at once if you want to still access the rest of your house. My twin boys have a similar set up from IKEA which you buy in separate pieces and they absolutely love it! They love chasing each other though it… even the cat likes it. Not everyone has an IKEA at hand, so if Amazon is your thing I’m certain the Kiddey Children’s Dual Play Tent will be a hit!

LEGO DUPLO My First Deluxe Box of Fun

It’s a timeless classic… everyone loves Duplo. I would recommend a big box of classic blocks over a fancy school bus or the like. My boys have my daughter’s hand-me-down Duplo airplane and they fight over the crate of bananas and the propellers, apparently they’re the best bits. However, they also have a LEGO DUPLO My First Deluxe Box of Fun and even at age one, they love just carrying the blocks around and smashing down towers built by their big sister. There’s plenty of blocks to go around, no arguments.

Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube

My boys are really enjoying their smaller bead maze at the moment. They play together with it well because there are multiple bead runs to interact with. The only trouble is, occasionally Arthur decides he wants it to himself and tips the whole thing over. They stand together very well at their Fisher-Price Learning Table but as they get older they are now less interested in the sounds and buttons. The Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube would however prevent the bead maze sabotage and work well for a wide age range. Plus it’s wooden and a bit retro, gotta love that.

Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway

It’s a classic and still going strong… long live the Fisher Price Rampway. Who doesn’t love to run cars down ramps? And don’t even go there if you’re going to tell me this is a boy’s toy. My brother is five years younger than me (to confirm: I am a girl) and I remember playing together with something very similar. It’ll last for years and it has two ramps – you know what that means? RACE!

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Mat

I have seen kids play together with something similar in an indoor play park. They love giggling over the sounds together – it is definitely more fun with two! The trouble I would have is my six year old would love it too and I’m not sure there’s space for three! One Amazon reviewer says her two young children love the Learn & Groove Mat “because sharing is out of the question for them.” You see? The struggle is real and you are not alone.

Step2 Finding Dory Swim & Swirl Water Table

It may be a little cold outside for water play at the moment, but in case you’re in the market for some summer fun, check out the Finding Dory Swim & Swirl Table. Water play is one of those activities that is more fun when you have someone to splash, and there’s plenty of space to move around it without getting in each other’s way. And who doesn’t love finding Dory?

Playmaker Toys Turtle Family Floating Bath Tub Toy

My boys were given the matching Shark Family for their birthday which they absolutely love. But I couldn’t resist featuring these cute turtles… might be filling the bath with yet more toys at Christmas. The babies are matching so they can have one each without arguments, and there’s even a spare one for big sister. Of course if you’re shopping for triplets this is beyond adorable and perfect!

Play-Doh Cookout Creations

My boys are little young for using Play-doh molds, but I’m including Cookout Creations because… well I want a go! It looks so much fun, and creating the perfect BBQ together should keep them busy for some time. There are plenty of different molds to allow sharing, and the set comes with one burger bun and one hot dog bun. As long as your siblings can agree to swap every now and again things should run smoothly.

Foam Building Blocks – 104 Pieces Different Shapes and Sizes

As you can probably tell, I’m all about timeless toys. You really can’t go wrong with building blocks, and these foam blocks are great for a wide age range so big sister can help too. You can buy a 52 block set or the 104 block set but the larger set is considerably better value.

Aquadoodle Draw N Doodle Mat with BONUS Pen and Cap

This one was picked by my six year old. She thinks it is the perfect present for her twin brothers, and I’m sure the choice has nothing to do with the fact she is desperate to have a go herself. Do note that Aquadoodle make the Classic Mat and the Classic Mat with BONUS Pen. If buying toys for twin toddlers… make sure you get the bonus pen!

So there you have it… ten unisex toys for twin toddlers, young siblings, or just about any kid that likes to have company! And in case you’re looking for some twin cuteness… here’s a short video of the boys hanging out in their tunnel!




  1. Yeessss!!! Building blocks, Duplo or MegaBlocks, and something to crawl and /or hide in were my life savers in those days! Crazy me, I’d watch my friend’s kids who were 2 months younget than my 2 or their cousins who were all boys under 5. We had lots of toys and the park was our best friend! They are great at sharing, but the youngest is the only little one around this time and has such a hard time with it. I almost wish I’d had 2 back to back again… almost.

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I honestly think two back to back might be tougher than twins, you’re brave mama!!

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Do it! They have so much fun and even my six year old has a laugh chasing them through it!

  2. Chanel van Reenen Reply

    my son has those foam blocks and they are amazing! we got him a tunnel tent this year too πŸ™‚

    • TwinPickle Reply

      It seems tunnels are all the rage, I have only recently discovered they’re used for children as well as dogs! ?

  3. LOL @ buy two and watch them fight over one anyway. I miss toddler toys. Except the legos. I never miss the legos. πŸ™‚

  4. GREAT stuff here! I have had such trouble keeping my twins from fighting over toys. That playhouse looks AWESOME! Tunnels still haven’t lost the appeal for my kids. We have now had ours (no where NEAR as cool as the one you posted) for years. #DreamTeam

    • TwinPickle Reply

      They were fighting over cuddles with me this morning, not sure there’s much I can do about that one ?

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Interactive is the only way to go with two… keep them busy!

  5. Fab post – such great ideas! It must be such a difficult one finding toys the twins can both play with. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

  6. I can totally relate to the struggle, even though I don’t have twins! My son’s cousin is 3 weeks younger, and we’ve had terrible tantrums over the last year with them learning how to share. We’ve definitely found that things like the water table, or activity based things are great for this age, until they can learn to share better (which is happening now at 2.5 – hurrah!) Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  8. You are a genius! And I totally mean that! I’ve never really though of it before, but these sorts of toys are the ones that my girls play best together with. We bought them a dolls house for Christmas and they’ve loved it – they can both contribute and they interact with each other.

    It also made me smile that you featured the fisherprice Rampway because I was very proud of myself for finding one of those in a charity shop for Β£4 for my daughter’s birthday last year! Bargain! #SharingTheBlogLove

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Β£4? Total bargain!! We bought one for the boys for Xmas and they are loving it and playing so well together!

  9. My best friend has twins (just made 2 this past November) and I’m always like, what can I get you?? Love some of these ideas. She will probably kill me, but I think the tunnel thing would be awesome for the kids and their two dogs =) Win Win for all of them. Haha. #SharingTheBlogLove

  10. Hello Katherine, I like your tips for toys for twin toddlers. My neighbors have twins and their birthday is coming soon. I will gift twin Groove musical mat and hope they will surely like it. Thanks for sharing this blog.

  11. A friend of mine has twins, and I am definitely going to suggest this article to her. She’s always complaining about them fighting.
    Thank you for this great post and keep up the good work.

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