12 Fun Indoor Learning Activities for 2-Year-Olds

Are you looking for ways to engage and teach your toddler? Explore these indoor activities that can help your child’s development.

When your child turns their second birthday, they’ll be undergoing major physical, intellectual emotional, social, and physical changes that assist them in making sense of the world around them.

“The stage from 2 to 3 is major because language is beginning to develop,” says Robert Myers, Ph.D. a psychologist for children and adolescents who is the director of the Child Development Institute, and the assistant clinical instructor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. “Children are also starting to recognize that they’re independent beings and are actively exploring their world.”

It is suggested that Dr. Myers adds that parents can encourage and provide the support that helps the child be successful in completing developmental tasks. For instance, they could teach children through engaging hands-on learning activities.

“Always layer activities with lots of languages, interaction, and imaginative play,” says Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D., director of the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University, and co-author of Let’s Play and Learn Together. “Child development comes through the portal of relationships with parents or caregivers.”

With this in mind Try these easy educational activities for children aged 2 at your home. They’ll be fun for your child and help them develop.

Play Dress-Up

Bring out a bunch of clothes that are no longer in use and let your child dress up. “You can also participate, but it’s great to encourage group play with two or three other children their age,” Dr. Myers suggests.

Skills acquired: Creativity, imagination, the ability to communicate, as well as social development

Decorate a Crayon Carrier

Set up a table using newspaper Then, gather a resealable storage bag for zippers and glue sticks, pompoms, and crayons. Your child can make use of their glue sticks to paint the bag and assist them to apply the colorful pompoms. They could add crayons after it has dried. When you next go to the restaurant, grab the bag and let them showcase their masterpiece. They’ll be ecstatic to return to their original ideas.

Skills acquired: Motor skills, planning, and creative thinking

Hide Toys

To create an enjoyable indoor game for children aged 2 years old you can hide a toy within the home, and ask your child to discover it. Explore together, using signals such as “warmer” and “colder” to help guide them. It is also possible to employ flashlights for your hunt or to hide multiple objects at once.

Skills acquired: Listening, problem-solving, social skills, memory

Make a Mailbox

Create a mailbox by embellishing the inside of an empty shoebox or cardboard box with a slit on the top. It will be filled with junk mail for children to pick up. “Not only does this develop fine motor skills as they open the envelopes and take out what’s inside, but you can also use it to teach your child basic concepts,” Dr. Leiderman says.

“Talk about the pictures, colors, and letters; help them sort it by size, shape, or color; or count the pieces. You can also layer in imaginative play by playing post office, or playing store with the coupons.”

Skills acquired: Develops an understanding of the fundamental concepts and fine motor abilities

Imagine a Boat

Spread an old blanket or towel on the floor. Let your child sit on it, gently pulling their body around. Make the blanket appear to be the shape of a boat or train and that you stop at various locations, like the zoo or the grocery store, or your favorite restaurant. This activity for children 2 years old at home can increase their the balance of their children!!

Skills acquired: Balance, pretending

Trace Their Body

Let your child lay down on an enormous piece of paper and draw an outline around their body. “Because the child has to lay still to be traced, they learn self-control,” Dr. Leiderman says. “You can show them where the two eyes, nose, and mouth go, but if your child just wants to color all over it, that’s fine. Don’t impose anything on them, just let them have fun with it.”

Take note that if your child isn’t willing to sit still, don’t pressure them to lie down. Start by tracing their feet or their hand or trace your foot and hand.

Skills acquired: Sense of self as well as self-control and identifying body parts/language abilities

Play Simon Says

Start with easy instructions (“Simon says, put your fingers on the toes of your feet”). Gradually, move to more silly and more intricate routines (“Simon says, pull at your left and then the right one”). It is also a good idea to encourage your child to run, jump or catch something, and many more. Don’t forget to say “Simon says” now and then during this educational activity for 2-year-olds!

Skills acquired: Gross motor skills following directions, and listening to the language

Try a “Stop and Go” Game

Engage in games that require starting and stopping, like “red light, green light.” The development of self-control can allow children to negotiate compromises, and solve disagreements without losing temper Professor. Leiderman says.

Skills acquired: Self-control

Craft a Collage

Cut out different noses hair, eyes, and other characteristics from old magazines and hand them out to the children. Encourage them to create hilarious characters or funny faces using the features. then adhere them to an article or paper.

“Talk to your child about the pieces and how to glue them down, but don’t be too directive with it,” Dr. Leiderman says.

“Ask many ‘wonder questions’ such as, “I think about what might happen if you glue the pieces together without glue or glue?’ And ‘I’m wondering what the reason is for glue getting everywhere on the table? It’s about learning new things and applying them to theories, so let to develop theories.”

Skills acquired: Creativity, language

Pass a Ball

This exciting activity for 2-year-olds requires a playing tunnel. Stand at opposite ends, along together with the child you take turns raising each end to roll a softball in a circle back and forward.

“This can take some trial and error for your kiddo to get the hang of, but it’s great motor planning practice and takes teamwork,” says Rachel Coley, an occupational therapy therapist and the author of Simple Play: Simple Fun for Babies, and the founder of CanDoKiddo.com.

Skills acquired: Motor planning, understanding the cause and effect of a situation Teamwork

Draw a Song

While you sing your child’s most loved songs Sketch the events in the lyrics. Then, you can give your child a piece of paper and ask him to draw another thing that’s mentioned during the tune.

For instance, Coley would sing “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” to her son, drawing first the spider, then asking him to draw his rendition of rain. Repeat this process until the song is over.

Skills acquired: Language skills, imagination, and storytelling

Initiate Conversation

Give an item of a doll or stuffed animal and let your child hold it, talk to it, dress it, and care for it. “Talk to the doll the way you would talk to a child, and encourage your child to do the same,” Dr. Myers says. Apart from enhancing speaking skills, this game for toddlers also helps develop imagination and creativity.

Skills acquired: Social, language, and fine motor abilities, imagination, and creativity


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