games for one and two year olds

These are toddler activities that are perfect for toddlers that are 2 years old.

Please note: This is just the age that we tried these activities in our house. These activities may be suitable for other ages. As well as not suitable for your child that is of this age. Please take into consideration the level of development that your child is at.

Great games for one and two year old’s

  • Tumble tower:

Children of this age love to build a tower. Use the bigger blocks which are easier for them to hold onto. It helps develop their coordination but the best part for them is when it gets so high it falls down and you have to start all over again!

  • Big Box:

Play tunnels are a great staple for children who are at the crawling and toddling stage. A big cardboard box with a hole cut out for a door will also give hours of fun. They can stuff all their teddies inside, or if it’s big enough, crawl in themselves.

  • Water fun:

Kids love water so on a warm day give them a patch of grass and a big bowl of water with a few empty plastic bottles, cups and bowls to fill up and then pour out again. Let them “do the washing up” inside again just with the plastic stuff.

  • Collecting shells or leaves:

Have bucket will travel! Children towards the later part of this age band like nothing better than picking up objects, like shells, stones, leaves and putting them in a bucket or bag – but they may need a little help.

  • Making a shaker:

Half fill an empty plastic bottle with dried pasta or dried lentils and there you have a homemade rattle for your child to shake to their heart’s desire. Make sure the top is firmly attached so they can’t open it up as what’s inside may be a potential choking hazard.

  • Create a band:

Staying with a music theme, kids of this age love making noise so use whatever you have to hand, empty cereal boxes, upturned saucepans, saucepan lids and wooden spoons and your child can let rip and make their kind of music (or rather noise!).

Mixed race mother and baby boy making music
  • Go for a walk:

Once your child is starting to walk more confidently they love going for walks even if they are very short and you don’t really go far. Even if it’s raining get out the wellies and jump in puddles or if it’s autumn kick through the leaves.

  • Book time:

It’s never too early to introduce your children to books, sit them on your knee and read to them or get some of those cloth or plastic books so you can ‘read’ together or look at the pictures. Make use of your local library, they often have special story times for little ones.

  • Pretend cooking:

Children will have seen you preparing food and making meals so love to have a go themselves. Give them a bowl and a big spoon and let them mix together small amounts of proper ingredients like flour, sugar, rice and a drop of water. You can put it in little bowls afterwards and pretend to eat it together.

  • Tidy up time:

At the end of the day when your child has taken every toy out of their toy box make a game of tidy up time. Perhaps put on a particular song, or an alarm on your phone and together try to return everything to its right place before the end of the song or the alarm going off.



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