Two year olds are such a joy! They are full of curiosity and find joy in discovery. We are always looking for activities to help our kids grow.
As my youngest is crossing the threshold and becoming a three-year old. Here are all the things my two year old either enjoyed or would if we had thought of doing them this last year.
Exploring Color with your kids:
Side walk Chalk is always a fun outdoor activity for kids. Put the batches into condiment bottles to develop hand muscles as they create. – via Learn Play Imagine.
Create a color wheel with small toys and trinkets from around the house. via – Teaching 2 & 3 Year olds.
Get outside in the summer time and have fun with one of these simple activities. via – Kids Activities.
Sorting is something that teaching kids patterns, helps them to learn how to differentiate, and is *fun* for the kids! via – Thrive 360.
Help your kids eat all the colors of the rainbow – these gummy snacks for kids are fun to make and tasty for even picky kiddos. via – Modern Parents Messy Kids.
Make prints with plastic letters – a great way to play with color and alphabet at the same time. via – No Time for Flash Cards.
Get creative with paint. Use different objects to make prints. Check out this forked fish. via Fantastic Fun & Learning.
Paper Plate Birds. They are colorful, fun and an easy craft for your toddler. via – Happy Hooligans.
Face painting is something that my kiddos love. The first thing they do with markers is draw on themselves. Make a face painting kit. via – Thirty Handmade Days.
Another favorite at our house is side walk chalk. They love to smash the chalk to bits in colorful blotches. Make your own paint version. via – Kids Stuff World.
Explore different textures. Paint on unusual surfaces, like bubble wrap with you kids. via – Sugar Aunts.
Sensory Activities – Your 2 Year old will Love!
Shaving cream is a great sensory tool for kids. Add Koolaid for colors and scent variations. via – Learn Play Imagine
Feathers are a fun thing to craft and play with. Create a fun, colorful bird in this preschool craft. via – Kids Activities
Kids love big canvases. Keep one around the house for your kids to paint whenever the desire strikes. via Meri Cherry.
If you don’t like mess, maybe the bath tub will be a better place for your kids to explore color mixing. vua Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.
Give your kids a pair of scissors and colorful sheets of paper. They will have a blast creating confetti – afterwards craft with the bits. via Picklebums.
Preschoolers can learn about more than color as they explore. This is a fun rainbow-themed math activity. via Nurture Store.
Sensory Activities for 2 Year Olds to Explore.
Add pipe cleaners and large beads to play dough play – it will help your kids develop fine motor skills. via – Plain Vanilla Mom.
Rice is a fun sensory table addition. It’s cheap and easy to find, and kids love the texture falling through their fingers. via – Living Locurto.
Story-telling is a great way to help toddlers develop language patterns and learn sequencing of events. Make your own story stones. via – Paint on the Ceiling.
Play a learning game of concentration with your kiddo. Put three items up and remove one. Have your child identify which object was removed. via – Love and Marriage.
Make Kabobs of play dough. Form beads and thread them. Great way for kids to explore texture and motor control. via – No Time for Flashcards.
Water beads are the rage. Here are water beads that toddlers can play with and even eat as part of a bubble tea. via – Kids Activities.
Try using the ABC Mouse app (link includes 30 FREE days!) to teach your two year old the alphabet and how to count!
Mudpies!! It’s a quintessential kids activity – make a mini-outdoor kitchen for your kids to cook and create in. via – Inner Child Fun.
Sandboxes are a mess… but what if they were small, easy to cover and you could drag it into the garage when you were done?? Win! This is a sandbox on wheels. via – Alisa Burke.
When was the last time you surprised your child with a picnic – for breakfast. This site has a bunch of other creative ways to connect with your kids. via – Inner Child Fun.
On a hot afternoon, frozen water beads are a huge hit! Fill a big bucket with them. via – Growing a Jeweled Rose.
Do your kids hide in clothes at a department store? Mine do! Recreate that experience by hanging fabric for your kids to run through at home. via – Meri Cherry.
Bang the afternoon away with a fun musical wall – attach it to a fence in your back yard. via – Fun at Home with Kids.
It’s a soup!! Only you can’t eat it. This soup is made from flower petals and cut up fruit. Smells lovely, and is a hit with the kids! via – Meri Cherry.
Use egg cartons to help your kids differentiate between colors with this fun sorting activity. via The Imagination Tree.
Sponge bombs are the BEST! Make a big batch of them and add them to your tots bath toys. via Inner Child Fun.
Card board boats are a blast. This is a fun pretend version you can add to your backyard. It will be loved until tap can no longer hold it together. via Meri Cherry.
Bubbles are a blast, especially lots of them. These bubble snakes are perfect for kids who want to learn to blow or who love popping bubbles. via – Housing a Forest.
Activities for ACTIVE kids.
Summer time ice-cube sculptures. Your two year old can stack colored blocks of ice and watch the colors melt together. via – Learn Play Imagine.
Do your kids love flowers?? Mine do, and bugs. Combine these loves for your child in a garden themed sensory bucket. via – Chasing Cherrios.
Building forts and hanging out inside forts is a blast for kids. They love cubbies to crawl into. Build forts with your kids. via – Land of Nod.
Young preschoolers are just beginning to play pretend. These dinosaur tails are great for an imaginary world. via – Belle Bebes.
Your kids don’t need to have blocks to build. Use chunks of watermelon this summer with your preschoolers. via – Fantastic Fun and Learning.
You can fill bags of paint and hang them on the windows for kids to squish and trace in. Clean play. via – Life of Noah.
Drop the ball through a fun maze – your kids can create and explore with TP tubes. via – A Happy Wanderer.
Make an “invitation to play” for your kids using yarn, sandpaper and strainers – it’s a pasta party! via – Where Imagination Grows.
Water – everything is more fun with water. Use a squirt gun or spray bottle to learn the letters with your toddler. via – Hands on As we Grow.
You don’t need fancy toys to build towers. Use TP – if your kids are like mine, they will enjoy unraveling a roll or two, too. via –
Bears! Almost every toddler loves teddy bears. Here are a dozen crafts for your tots. via – Spoonful.
Use a lump of play dough to create a poll to toss rings on. This is a great way for kids to develop hand-eye coordination. via – Love and Marriage.
Encourage your kids to be active with one of these 25 super simple activities. via – Kids Activities Blog.
Create a quiet book to entertain your kids during nap time or another calm period. via – Quiet Book Blog.
Kerplunk is such a fun classic game. Grab a spaghetti strainer and some pom-poms for a fun game. via – Meri Cherry.
Rocks. My kids love to play with them when they are at the park. Teach them not to throw rocks at home with a fun box. via Nurturestore.
Do your kids want to play in the sandbox but they are just a touch to young as they put everything in their mouths?? Create an edible version. via – Happily Ever Mom.
Activities to encourage Independence in our kids.
Chores for Toddlers – Help foster independence and teach a work ethic with chores for your preschooler. via – Kids Activities Blog
Build towers with all the old boxes you can collect – use tape and bring a step stool. via – Meri Cherry.
Your kids may not understand lengths and how to use a ruler yet, but they can learn to intuitively grasp varying amounts with the help of scissors, play dough and a ruler. via – Tots School.
Threading toothpicks into a water bottle kept my two year old entertained for over an hour, I bet yours will love it too. via – Kids Activities.
Create a cutting station. Use a bucket and tie a pair of scissors to it. Hopefully, kids will keep the scraps contained this way. via – No Time for Flash Cards.
Stretching rubber bands over a can is a great, simple motor skills activity that helps strengthen developing hands. via – Hands On As we Grow.
Cleaning is more fun when you have the right tools. Create a batch of lemonade vinegar as a kid-friendly, yummy smelling, cleaning solution.
About the Author:
Rachel Miller is the original Quirky Momma of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! & The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. Rachel can now be found blogging at One Crazy House.