7 fun and easy learning activities for two-year-olds
Two-year-olds are notoriously known for being endless bundles of energy – who are keen to play and learn all day long. And this is amazing for their development as their innate curiosity and excitement for the world around them have all kinds of positive learning benefits.
However, as parents – it can be daunting (not to mention exhausting) thinking of just how you are going to keep them entertained all day long. And you may notice that peekaboo just isn’t the crowd pleaser it used to be when they were younger…
So, to help parents, we’ve put together our 7 fun and easy learning activities for two-year-olds.
Make some shape monsters
Shape monsters are a great activity for helping your two-year-old learn about colours and shapes from early on. In this easy activity, simply cut out circles, triangles and squares from felt, cardboard or coloured paper and decorate. You can stick on googly eyes, or simply use pencils to personalise your little monsters.
This activity is great for developing their fine motor skills as they pick up the different shapes. You can also encourage the development of their numeracy skills by counting the monsters together, as well as their understanding of shapes and colours by grouping the monsters up. Plus, once you are done learning about shapes and colours – you can transition to developing their social skills by roleplaying monsters together.
Find the full instructions and materials needed here.
A timeless classic, dress-ups are a great activity for developing their social skills and encouraging their imagination. At two years old, your toddler is likely to begin developing an interest in pretend play and dress-ups can really help get the party started. Whether it is princesses, superheroes, doctors or a chef – pretend play is a great way to help them learn to regulate their emotions.
Dress-ups can be a great time to introduce some mild conflict, to encourage the development of their problem-solving skills. If they are running a cafe – pretend to spill your coffee and see how they react and give them space to come up with a potential solution.
Get crafty with cloud collages
Arts and Crafts are so beneficial for your toddler’s development of their creativity, motor skills and self-expression. This easy craft is a great indoor activity that will occupy little ones for hours and engage their budding artistic sides! Simply take some cotton wool buds, blue paper and glue and create a cloud collage with your toddler.
While you create together, this is a perfect opportunity to teach them about clouds, the weather and rain.
Find the full instructions and materials needed here.
Watch an activity video!
Sometimes as a parent you just need a bit of a break from coming up with and leading all the activities. Luckily there are a plethora of awesome videos online which can get your child moving and thinking.
When picking these videos, look for something that is educational or encourages your child to move their body. Here is a great list of 7 at-home-activity videos that will get your toddler up and moving and having fun – all while learning some seriously valuable life skills.
Act out their favourite storybook
Storytime is an awesome way to develop their literacy skills and love of reading from a young age. However, if your toddler is filled with energy and struggling to sit still – it can be a great, easy learning activity to act out a story they are familiar with. This can be as simple as reading the book together, pointing at the pictures and making funny voices. Or you can take it a step further and bring out some toys, and try ‘play out’ the story together – don’t worry if you get a little off track!
This is such a fun and easy way to develop their literacy and emotional intelligence from a young age.
Make some noise!
Music is a great way to encourage self-expression as well as to develop motor skills. Making some noise together can be an interactive, memorable and easy learning activity – whether it is playing some instruments together (e.g. toy maracas) or throwing on some music and having a boogie in the living room. As they move their body to the music they are developing their motor and rhythm skills – who knows, maybe you have a budding musician in your midst!
Build a cubby
Building a cubby is a fab indoor activity to have up your sleeve. It’s a great learning activity to develop their motor skills, as well as their problem-solving skills as they help you gather the materials and build the cubby. Plus, as cubby houses are notoriously easy to cave in or fall apart as you build – it can help them (and even mum or dad!) foster their emotional regulation and patience.
Once the cubby is all set up, you can leave them to their secret hideout for some independent play. Read more about setting up their cubby here.
Keeping your two-year-old busy, having fun and learning about the world around them – really will have you moving all day.
The good news is that all of these learning activities, games and time you spend with them, are so beneficial to their growing minds and bodies. Hopefully, this list has provided you with some inspo for your next free day with your kiddo.
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