As my youngest is crossing the threshold and becoming a three-year old… Here are 80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds, that my two year old either enjoyed or would if we had thought of doing them this last year.
80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds
Exploring Color with your Kids
Create colorful art using leftovers from around the house. via Kid Play Do
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 Blog
Create a set of dancing rings using ribbon. These are adorable. via Etsy
Sorting is something that teaches kids patterns, helps them to learn how to differentiate, and is *fun* for the kids! via Color Made Happy
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
Jump through the different shapes and colors with a DIY hopscotch-like mat. via Toddler Approved
Freeze paint in ice cubes for a cool colorful project. via Learn with Play at Home
Make prints with plastic letters – a great way to play with color and the alphabet at the same time. via No Time for Flash Cards
Clean their hands with homemade hand sanitizer and talk about what texture they feel. via Kids Activities Blog
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 your kids. via Sugar Aunts
Sensory Activities – Your 2 Year old will Love!
Spaghetti is a fun medium for kids to explore. Dye it for extra fun. via Fun at Home with Kids
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 Blog
Pasta is a blast to play with in a sensory tub. Dye it and add some element shapes for kids to have fun digging, sorting, and touching. via Nurture Store
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. via 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 – and 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 playdough play – it will help your kids develop fine motor skills. via Plain Vanilla Mom
Two year olds have fun rolling stacking cups, and pretending to drink/eat. via Kids Activities Blog
Chocolate Ice Cream, our preschoolers love to eat it – and this play dough recipe smells delish! via Kids Activities Blog
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
Toddler art projects can be daunting. Meri Cherry has 10 Ideas to help get you started!
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 Blog
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 an mini-outdoor kitchen for your kids to cook and create in. viaInner 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
Play with all the colors of the rainbow in this fun Simon Says game. via Toddler Approved
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 anymore. via Merri 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 Cheerios
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 toilet paper – if your kids are like mine, they will enjoy unraveling a roll or two, too. via Gideon’s Travels
Learn all about the five senses with this fun printable for kids. via Playful Learning
Grab a box – it can be a terrific launch ramp for toy cars. via Kids Activities Blog
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
Build with blocks in a water table – a fun outdoor experience. via Little Moments to Embrace
Activities to Encourage Independence in our Kids
Help foster independence and teach 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 Blog
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
Encourage your kids to contribute and clean with some of these tips. via Kids Activities Blog
Cleaning is more fun when you have the right tools. Create a batch of lemonade vinegar as a kid-friendly, yummy smelling, cleaning solution. via Kids Activities Blog
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