Activities for 2 Year Olds

Two year olds are so curious. Their brains just love to soak in the world around them. I try to have as wide of a variety of things for my kids to enjoy. My favorite activities for 2 year olds can be grouped as: Exploring, Fine Motor Skill Development and Messy.   Looking for other age groups?   Check out our Activities for One Year Olds.

Examine, Investigate and Explore


2 year olds activity pouring2 year olds Exploring

Tykes love to explore their surroundings.   Explore volume by pouring with kids.   Explored the changes in consitency as they added water to   floam from soap flakes eventually playing with bubbles. Explore the outdoors on a scavenger hunt with some nifty cards from Saltwater Kids.   What boy doesn’t like to get dirty?   Allie of No Time for Flashcards watched her son explore in dirt.   Anna of the Imagination Tree enjoyed exploring with shaving cream with her girls.

Fine Motor Skills

playdough hands kidsFine Motor skills 2 year oldAre you looking for ideas to keep little fingers occupied?   Here is a collection of a Dozen Playdough Activities, a variety of discovery boxes are great for open-ended play.   Chasing Cherrios helped her kids develop fine motor skills with a cheese shaker and toothpicks, while Lilla-A made a tool and gadget wall (*swoon*).     Mya and Me had fun making towers of cherrios.

Messy Art

ball paintingpreschoolers getting messyDip balls into paint and have fun rolling them around on a canvas in this Ball Painting Project.     Use a variety of items for your kids to paint with, including this one from Paint on the Ceiling – a toilet brush.   Two year olds love to make handprints – here is a collection of different handprint crafts for your kids to enjoy.   Don’t want to use a brush?   How about painting with balloons?   Or using toy cars to paint masterpieces?


These activities were gleaned in part from our weekly kids activity meme, It’s Playtime. If you have any activities you’d love to have added to our collection please join our link-up or leave a note in the comments.   I hope to update this page semi-regularly as I discover more activities.


Like this post but are looking for activities for other age groups of kids? Check out our other age sets:

Activities for One Year Olds

Activities for Two Year Olds

Activities for Three Year Olds

Activities for Four Year Olds

Activities for Five Year Olds


  1. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    JDaniel would love the balloon art.

  2. Wow, these are great for preschoolers of all ages! I have a 2 & 4 year old and they would love to do all of them! LOVE the tool & gadget wall!

  3. Thank you for the great ideas! I have a little guy that is 1 1/2 and I think he would love this!!

  4. I think if i tell my 2 years old daugther to put the toothpicks using the small holes she would look at me and ask me why couldn’t she open it. It’s so like her do that!!
    sorry for my poor english!!

  5. naresh prajapati says:

    Really good ideas! My 1 1/2 year son will sure to enjoy thease activities.

  6. Thanks for sharing these, my daughter will love them.

  7. Araceli Castaneda says:

    I like every activity for my 2 years olds . Thank you I ran out of all the ones that I had., but this are great my children will love them. thank you for sharing.

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