12 Fun Activities to Do at Home With a 2 Year Old

Year 2 is such an amazing year when it comes to engaging with your child. They are most likely talking up a storm and just doing so many amazing things. Their physical abilities are astounding during this year, and their gross and fine motor skills have really taken off. Their intelligence is booming and their little minds are ready and able to absorb so much. It’s a year to have fun with and take advantage of learning opportunities all at the same time.

Without further delay, here are 12 great activities to do at home with at 2-year-old:

1) Art

Whether it’s painting, drawing, coloring, or gluing, children love to create things. Try watercolor paints, acrylic paints, crayons, markers, pens, and pencils. Use paper, cardboard, coloring books, whiteboards or chalkboards for different mediums. Let your child have fun and even make a mess. You’ll be amazed at how long they focus in on the activity at this age when they are having fun!

Skills Learned:

  • Creativity
  • Color recognition
  • Motor development

 

2) Scavenger Hunt

This one takes a little bit of preparation since 2-year-olds can’t read. You could do a verbal version of this and just tell your child what you’ll be looking for next, or you can find some pictures of items, print it out, and have your child look for these items around the house, and mark them off as they find each item. I think children have much more fun if they get to mark items off as they go! When it comes to doing activities to do at home with a 2 year old, you have to be creative and think a little outside of the box.

Skills Learned:

  • Following directions
  • Memorisation
  • Concentration

 

3) Start a Collection

Whether it’s rocks, leaves, sticks or inexpensive items, find something to collect. Children love having collections to show off to family and friends, and the act of adding to their collection is always a fun and exciting challenge. If your child has a rock and stick, each time you go on a walk or to a playground, your child will find more to add!

Skills Learned:

  • Creativity
  • Perseverance

 

4) Dance

Turn up the music and have a dance party. 2-year-olds have a lot to teach us when it comes to unhindered dance moves! Have fun and sing along. This is a great way to burn some energy and get moving when it’s cold outside! As far as activities to do at home with a 2 year old, this could be one of the easiest and most enjoyable.

Skills Learned:

  • Motor development
  • Creativity

 

5) Play Music

This is the age where children start to sing along to songs and remember all of the lines. It’s so much fun watching them learn to sing along to their favorite songs!

Skills Learned:

  • Creativity
  • Music

 

6) Read

Read, read, read… When you can’t come up with something to do, read. Reading takes your children on new experiences. It shows them letters, words, and sentences. So much learning is happening when you read to your children.

Skills Learned:

  • Creativity
  • Vocabulary
  • Attention span
  • Social skills

 

 

7) Play Catch

Now that they are 2, our children really have a sense of what their bodies are capable of. Teach them to throw overhand or underhand. Start with a stuffed animal, or a softball, and play catch! Make it large enough that they can catch it with minimal effort to boost their egos, and have some fun with this.

Skills Learned:

  • Motor development
  • Attention span
  • Social skills

 

8) Puzzles

Doing puzzles could not be left off this list of activities to do at home with a 2 year old. In this year, children go from being bored with the wooden chunky puzzles, yet not quite grasping 4 or 6 piece puzzles, to doing 24 piece puzzles easily.

Skills Learned:

  • Attention span
  • Creativity
  • Motor development

 

9) Cook

It is still messy at this age, but cooking can be a super fun activity to do together. Let your child measure and stir, and plan on the cooking prep time to take longer than usual. You can have great conversations about healthy choices, get your child interested in more foods, and have some fun bonding time.

Social skills:

  • Cooking
  • Healthy food relationship
  • Motor development
  • Creativity

 

10) Chores

You wouldn’t necessarily think of chores as being on a list of activities to do at home with a 2 year old. Chores, however, are actually fun at this age. Have your 2-year-old find all of the underwear in their clean laundry, and put it away all by themselves! Have your 2-year-old put the silverware away (it’s simple matching). Get creative and get ready to watch in amazement as a fun game ends up helping you get things done!

Skills Learned:

  • Responsibility
  • Life skills
  • Diligence
  • Motor development
  • Social skills

 

11) Build things

Whether it’s with blocks, or toothpicks and marshmallows, let your child experiment with building. Now that they have a handle on their fine motor skills, they can really excel with things like this, and their imagination will run wild.

Skills Learned:

  • Motor skills
  • Creativity

 

12) Finding and sorting games

Give your child a basket and have them find only green items to place in the basket, or maybe only items that are square. For an older 2-year-old, you could have them find 4 items to place in the basket, etc. This is one you can really cater to different skill levels while reinforcing concepts they know and are eager to show you.

Skills Learned:

  • Recognition
  • Attention span
  • Motor development

 

Children at this year really start to take pride in what they do. This is an incredible year to be a part of. The amount of learning that happens during year 2 simply is incredible. Such a gift to be able to watch it all unfold as parents.

We hope this list of activities to do at home with a 2 year old gives you some great ideas and jumping off points for making the days go a little more smoothly.

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