Lots of readers sent in their ideas for 2 year old children's games. So this is the first page of suggestions. And your little ones are busy, busy! There just isn't enough time in the day...
...so it's easy for your child - and you! - to get tired or frustrated.
But there is time for fun - as well as a real sense of wonder when you see your child developing so quickly.
Growing-up two year olds are steamrolling their way through a mass of skills and stages.
They're learning to socialize, read, use the potty and run... yippee!
And they enjoy playing children's games that make them giggle, make them feel proud, and help them see that grown-ups can have fun too!
What's in the bag?
Cut out shapes from construction paper. This can be done in different colors or shapes.
Put them in a brown paper bag and as you pull one out of the bag have your child guess either color or shape.
If they guess correctly they get to keep/hold it, and they think they win!! Encourages recognition and fun for kids!
Shelly, United States
Lace it up
Any firm paper or cardboard will do. Punch holes in a straight line, or make different patterns.
You can then use a shoe lace, ribbon, or string to lace it up.
The kids in my daycare have a great time doing this. They ask for it many times during the week. Happy Lacing!
Hugs Given Here Childcare, United States
I blow bubbles and ask my kid to hit them using a raquet . This way he
gets a good grip, good excercise for his neck and also good hand eye
co-ordination. I hope one day it will help him play badminton or tennis
or ping-pong :)
Using photos on my computer of family and friends, I printed out 2
copies each of each family member, cut into 2 inch squares and created a
great Memory game by placing each photo face down and having him guess
where the matches are. This has helped my 2 year old learn names of all
family members as well as sharpen his memory skills.
Jeanne, United States
Odd man out
My 2 year old son likes to play odd man out.
I started with his favourite toys car, truck, van etc with that I started adding an animal (soft toy.)
Later with fruits, veg. He loves that game now. It increases their observation.
Shwetha, United Kingdom
Hide and... learn!
Treasure Hunt - I hide his favorite toys in his secret corner and ask him to fetch the toy for me - for example if I am teaching him what a plane is, I hide a plane and ask him to fetch the plane.
That way he learns what a plane is and memorizes it.
Goggles for bathtime
My child has a love/hate relationship with water. He has recently been on the upswing, but still hates to have his head, face and ears wet.
small solution we recently found was to keep water from his eyes, to
let him wear goggles. He loves it. I think he especially likes to look
through the orange lenses and how everything looks different. He doesn't
mind getting water on his face as much either.
Sarah, United States
Fun with clay
We make moulds out of the clay that she has. We make our own patterns - things that she sees in her daily day life, like for example we make bangles, purses, a caterpillar snake, school bag, pencil, coconut etc; these things she tells me to make when I ask her to tell me things that she observes.
This keeps us occupied for some time and also enhances her
thinking capability to think about other things that she can tell me to
I used to take out the print of my child photo (only the head part) in
A4 sizes. I cover my head with that and I used to talk to him the way he
talks. We really had got lots of laughs.
Hide her preferred doll and ask her to find it in the room.
Toddler Twister- tape shapes to the floor and have your toddler touch her nose to the circle or jump on the square.
Obstacle course fun
We make up an obstacle course in the living room... jump over the
pillow, gallop around the coffee table, crawl to the kitchen island,
etc... we make new things to do each time.
Shell, United States
Find the State
I went to my local teaching tools store and got a map of the United
States. My 2 and 3 year old daycare kids know and point to the state
their grandparents live and the state they live in.
Kelly, United States
My son and I play ball tag. I chase after him with a ball and try and
"tag" him. The couches are the safe zones but the rest of the house is
fair game. After I tag him, he tries to come and get me. We laugh and
laugh and laugh!
Becky, United States
Heads and shoulders!
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - To help my son learn how to wash himself good we play head, shoulders, knees and toes with the wash cloth.
This way he learns body parts too. As he grows we continue to add more in there, like ankles, feet, legs, etc.
Vera, United States
Place four cups closed with an object placed in any one of them ... ask the child to find the hidden object.
Imagining that we are cooking,cleaning
dishes etc (actually without anything to play with). By just showing
actions in the air. My son enjoys this.
We get out the playdough, and take the
shapes from the shape sorter and we make shapes and learn what they are.
My kids have learned all their shapes this way and they get the fun of
playing with playdough too.
A game about colors.
If the child has on a red shirt we point to everything with red.
Charlotte, United States
Thanks for that idea Charlotte, this is a game that can be played anywere, particularly if you are waiting in a restaurant or airport!
I teach 12 two year olds in a private
school and we play, "pocket, pocket what's in your pocket" - I wear a
smock with pockets and they try to guess what it is before I pull it out
after I give them clues of it.
Melissa, United States
Cutting out pictures from magazines and pasting them onto a large board.
Super simple counting game
Count with fingers 1 to 10 then backwards.
John, United States
Personalized Blue's Clues
He plays "Caleb's (Blues) Clues" for hours! draw 4-5 paw prints, cut them out and put tape on the backs. Have your kid count to as high as he can go while hiding somewhere. Stick them in places he can find, he insists on holding my hand, while walking around to look for them.
When he finds one he sticks it on his shirt until all four are there - then of course, repeat for hours of fun!
Beau, United States
Peek a boo!! My daughter loves playing peek a boo... she counts up to 10 and loves to find me hiding. She calls it gogga bochee.
Copy the drawing
I use pen and paper, one each for me and my kid, and draw one thing possible and he tries to imitate the same..a dog, a tree, flying birds, running water, swimming fish..with a lot of commentary.
He tries to imitate, I appreciate whatever he has done...this way his imagination increases since I tell him how a fish swims, bird flies, how a ball has several colors, and it's amazing he remembers everything and keeps telling me to draw different things...
can also hold a pen properly now..and draws a ball already ..he is just 2
Where's the ball?
The old 3 cups and one ball under one cup - he/she has to guess where the ball is.
Melanie, United States
Thanks Melanie - you could use three identical cups, or jazz things up a bit by using one cup that's a bit different! Plastic party cups like those shown are easy to move around quickly, too.
A simple guessing game
Play guess that animal with different pictures and noises of animals.
Point and tell
Tell the name of an object and ask your kid to point out where it is.
A children's game to practise balancing
Based on a "jojo's
circus" idea , my two year old and I line books on the floor ,
pretending they are a balance beam and sing "balance, balance" while
Creative box activity
Get a very large box, paint it with your child on one side, collage on
another, stencil or sponge paint on another, put stickers on another!
Great fun, you just keep painting over and over...
My two year old son might as well be a fish! He loves ANYTHING to do with water, so I have bought a 4 type nozzle for my hose outside, and depending on my 4 year old daughter's mood will either play the "Get the Robert" Game or "Keep Away from Robert."
It is a great way to get them
out on hot summer days and I can get the plants and grass watered all at
Crystal, United States
Back yard soccer
Kicking a small soccer ball to each other in the back yard. My 2 1/2
year old loves this game because he gets to run around, play with Mum
and yell. We set up goals using rocks and if someone gets the ball
through the goal then we shout out 'GOAL' and run around like they do at
real soccer games.
Imaginative egg cartons
With stones (fun collecting on beach) and egg cartons, the twins play for hours. Use the egg cartons to store the stones which have become cars, people, animals, you name it!
Use a safe marker to make faces,
headlights, etc. Or cut the egg holders from another carton and use
those as the people, etc. Cheap, easy and they love it!
Thanks for that idea Jo, here we've put shells, pasta, conkers, and even some jelly babies into the mix for some sorting fun :)
My thanks to all of you who contributed your ideas - you're wonderful!
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