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Activities for Two-Year Olds!

Ok, we are convinced that is run by kids. There is just now way that an adult could be know of all of these awesome things kids love to do! This article was repurposed from the Kids Activities Blog, so if you’re looking for more, head over there to check it out. We highly recommend it.

80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds

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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
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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
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!

outdoor activities for 2 year olds

  • 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 2 year olds

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
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  • 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

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