40+ Activities for Two Year Olds

Our two year old kids *love* to BE BUSY with all sorts of activities.   We have a two year old boy and girl and they are constantly “doing” and creating.   I am sure they are not alone in the seemingly boundless energy.   Below are some of the games that they enjoy.

40 activities for 2 year olds

Activities for Two Year Olds

1. Help your child learn to measure.
2. Make letters with play dough.
3. Explore chemical reactions with baking soda and vinegar.
4. Jam to musical instruments.
5. Play with a muffin tin and toy balls as a color game for toddlers.

 

Be silly with your kids:

6. Decorate faces with playdough hair.
7. Make Squishy bags into an aquarium for your kids to explore.
8. Make a fruit (or veggie) snack necklace for your kids to make and eat.
9. Throw your child’s favorite toy, a birthday party.  
10. Play with bubbles and balls in a tub.
11. Get some PVC pipes, add some seeds – tubes for toddlers!
12.  Stab at an foam plate with this toddler activity.

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Help your Child Develop:

13. Make bracelets from cut up straws.   Great for Fine Motor development!
14. Dig out the kitchen tongs and have fun picking up items.  
15. Play with pompoms try blowing them across the floor.
16. Build with craft sticks –  just use Velcro dots to make them reusable.
17. Make collages together – a fun two year old activity.
18. Create a basket of play items – great for the development of play!  
19.   Practice balancing with a plank of wood (aka. Balance beam).
20. Create a edible “sand” using cheerios.

Get creative!

21.   Use beads and pipe cleaners to create sculptures.
22. Watch your kids have fun and create with “spray bottle” paint.
23. Go on a nature hunt around your neighborhood.
24. Make a night light for your kids to interact with. This tutorial is for a Halloween luminary but you can easily make it with any shapes and characters your child loves.
25. Play with “edible jewels”ย and eat pomegranate seeds.
26. Finger paint while in the bath.   It is a great way to have a less-mess art time.
27. Make chalk board games, outside!
28. Make tracks in playdough with your toy animals.
29. Practice pouring with your child.   Give them a pitcher and some cups.
30. Make different slime recipes with your kids to expose them to many weird and ooey-gooey textures.

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Just for fun:

31. Play with Baby Shark crayons in the bathtub.
32. Give your child a pair of funky scissors and let them shred paper.
33. Play with Petals in a floating bouquet.  
34. Make lego puzzles in playdough to teach shape matching.
35. For a quiet-time Kids Activity, have your kids play with a felt activity binder.
36. Play with Petals in a floating bouquet.  
37. Make edible play dough, just in case.
38. Here are 32 *other* fun ideas of things to do with your kids.
39. Create sensory bags with your toddler.
40. Create an invitation to playtime – in a bag.

 

Just one more….

Have you tried the ABC Mouse app? Our toddlers learned how to count and learned the alphabet from playing games on it! Check it out and get a 30-day FREE trial here!

Other Fun Activities For Kids:

94 Comments

  1. Thank you for this awesome list. I have an almost 2 year old and I NEED lots of ideas!!

  2. I love two year olds. They can be hard work, but they’re fun too. They put so much effort into things they are trying to do. it’s great.

  3. Great post! I love the ideas. Thank you for sharing!!

  4. I’m just starting crafts with my two year old daughter and this is so helpful! Thanks!!

  5. Thanks for featuring my velcro craft sticks! My daughter just turned 3 and still plays with them often. Simple and easy to make, but so many things that you can do with them.

  6. Amanda Crowther says:

    Again im saying this is coming from big sister point of few. Here is adaptation on chalk drawing buy peice of poster board large enough for 2 yr old to lay on trace around them then if brave can let them color themselves you can pin it up and mark age 2 so they can always see what they looked like at age 2. You can have them help you create a height chart let them decorate another peice of poster board then you cut it apart then right messurmdnment tjen tape height chart to a wall. Let them just tear up construction paper it makes great lining for Christmas gift bag or birthday treat bags. Tissuepaper snow men. Paper snowbqlls for 2 yr olds making snow balls from tissue paper is best. And of want to give them extra treat let them paint with pudding just make sure to cover floor before letting them be crazy. You can also let them in shoes step in temper paint and make their tracks on poster board so they can see their own tracks again dont forget to protect the floor

  7. Beverley M says:

    Did you realize that “make tracks” is repeated 3 times? #28, 34, 37

  8. Really good ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for the information, my little one will be turn 2 very soon 👌

  10. Make tracks in playdough is listed 3 times…

  11. My 2 yr 3 month old boys favourite thing at the moment is playing with 28 cards from the old farm lotto game you get 4 large cards and each card contains one farmer and 6 animals/things from around the farm the idea of the game is supposed to be that the first to match all seven wins by turning them over one by one but he just enjoys turning them over and I get him to name the animals and match them to the ones on the larger cards he can nearly name all 28 things but a few of them like turkey/chicken are very similar.

  12. pooja dadha says:

    Lovely ideas. So simple n wonderful way of spending time wid kids. My sure my daughter will love it.

  13. Thank you for this article. I especially appreciate the description ” if im not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry” LOL

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    I don’t think number 32 is a good idea! I don’t know parents who just let their 2 yearold play with scissors! There’s a few repeated in the last 10 but for the most part decent list. Let’s just hope the parents are responsible enough to realize some or the unsafe ones and supervise their child well.

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