Staff Pick: Squigz for 2-Year-Olds

Last Updated on November 30, 2022 by admin

Pictured: Squigz in a bath-friendly basket that we keep in the bathroom.

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I spend a lot of time thinking about how to classify toddler toys, but Squigz from Fat Brain Toys almost defy categorization. Squigz could be considered building toys, puzzle toys, fine motor toys, or even bath toys!

However you want to classify them, they’re a lot of fun. Toddlers can stick them to any smooth surface, including tile, ceramic, and glass (like mirrors and windows). They’re fun to pop on and pop off, but they also stick to one another so kids can make long chains and form various shapes. (My kids, of course, often pretend that the Squigz are cannons and have epic battles with them.) 

pipSquigz for babies, $22

We were gifted the classic version of Squigz, but there’s also a larger version that was designed with younger toddlers and babies in mind. These “pipSquigz” also work great as teethers.

I’m clearly not alone in my enthusiasm for this simple toy, because Fat Brain Toys has released several different types of Squigz after their classics were such a hit. These include Squigz 2.0, which have longer “appendages” that make them more interesting to build with, and Squigz Toobz for older kids to make more complicated things.

I found that even as an adult, I enjoyed sticking these colorful suction cups onto things and playing around with the best ways to get them stuck and unstuck. There’s something pleasing about Squigz as a fidget toy for any age. 

Squigz also make a great bath toy because they don’t seem to get moldy or gather mineral residue like the plastic boats or squirty toys my kids have used as bath toys over the years.

If you’re looking for a gift for a 2-year-old, it’s difficult to go wrong with this simple gift.