20 Fun and Easy Activities for 2 Year Olds at Home

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Written By Olivia Miller

Author at Montessori Expert.

Two-year-olds are little bundles of boundless energy and insatiable curiosity. They’re constantly on the move, soaking in the world around them.

This is a pivotal time for brain development, and nurturing their natural curiosity is key.

Montessori activities provide a perfect way to engage your toddler in a way that fosters independence, exploration, and a love for learning.

Keeping your busy 2-year-old entertained and learning doesn’t require fancy equipment or outings. With a little creativity and everyday household items, you can create a world of discovery and joy.

Here are 20 Montessori-inspired activities to spark your child’s development:

Activity 1: Easter Eggs

easter eggs activity
easter eggs activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Plastic Easter eggs (2 halves), dry beans/rice, stickers (optional)

How to Perform: Fill two plastic Easter egg halves with dry beans or rice. Decorate the eggs with stickers if you like. Securely seal the halves together. Let your child shake the eggs and listen to the rattling sound. This simple activity strengthens auditory processing and hand-eye coordination.

Area of Development: Auditory processing, Hand-eye coordination

Activity 2: Putting In and Taking Out

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Box with lid, container (plastic cup, bowl)

How to Perform: Find a box with a lid that your child can easily open and close. Show them how to put things in and take them out of the box. You can use a container like a cup or bowl for them to practice with. This repetitive motion strengthens fine motor skills and object permanence.

Area of Development: Fine motor skills, Object permanence

Activity 3: Sorting by Color

sorting game activity
sorting game activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Pom poms (various colors), bowls or containers

How to Perform: Gather pom poms in different colors. Provide bowls or containers for your child to sort the pom poms by color. Even if they don’t perfectly sort them yet, this activity introduces color recognition and helps develop sorting skills.

Area of Development: Color recognition, Sorting skills

Activity 4: Stacking Rings

stacking rings activity
stacking rings activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Stacking toy rings

How to Perform: Stacking toys are classic for a reason! Provide your child with a stacking toy with large, colorful rings. Demonstrate how to stack the rings and then let them explore and experiment. This activity strengthens hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.

Area of Development: Hand-eye coordination, Problem-solving skills

Activity 5: Textured Basket

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Basket, fabric scraps (different textures)

How to Perform: Fill a basket with fabric scraps in various textures, like felt, fleece, and satin. Let your child reach into the basket and explore the different feels. This sensory activity introduces them to texture exploration and strengthens their sense of touch.

Area of Development: Sensory development, Tactile discrimination

Activity 6: Crinkle Paper Fun

crinkle paper fun activity
crinkle paper fun activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Tissue paper (various colors)

How to Perform: Crumple up colorful tissue paper into balls. Show your child how to crinkle the paper in their hands and make noise. Let them loose with the crinkly paper for a fun sensory activity. This helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Area of Development: Hand-eye coordination, Fine motor skills

Activity 7: Big Book Look

book basket activity
book basket activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Large, colorful children’s book

How to Perform: Choose a big, colorful children’s book with captivating pictures. Sit with your child and turn the pages together, pointing out objects and naming them. This activity fosters a love for books and introduces basic language development.

Area of Development: Language development, Literacy skills

Activity 8: Chunky Bead Transfer

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old Materials: Large, colorful beads, container (bowl, cup)

How to Perform: Provide your child with large, colorful beads and a container. Show them how to pick up the beads one at a time and transfer them to the container. This activity strengthens hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Area of Development: Hand-eye coordination, Fine motor skills

Activity 9: Treasure Basket

shaking surprise activity
shaking surprise activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Basket, safe household objects (spoons, wooden blocks, whisk)

How to Perform: Fill a basket with a variety of safe household objects, like wooden spoons, blocks, or a whisk. Let your child explore the objects in the basket, picking them up, shaking them, and mouthing them (under supervision). This open-ended play encourages curiosity and exploration.

Area of Development: Curiosity, Exploration

Activity 10: Peek-A-Boo Play

peek-a-boo play activity
peek-a-boo play activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: No materials needed!

How to Perform: Peek-a-boo is a timeless game that little ones love. Cover your face with your hands and say “peek-a-boo!” Then reveal your face and smile. This simple game strengthens social interaction and develops a sense of object permanence.

Area of Development: Social interaction, Object permanence

Activity 11: Shoebox Sorting

sorting game activity
sorting game activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Empty shoebox, colorful objects (pom poms, plastic toys)

How to Perform: Decorate an empty shoebox and cut out a large hole on the side. Fill the box with colorful objects like pom poms or plastic toys. Show your child how to put the objects through the hole. This activity strengthens hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Area of Development: Hand-eye coordination, Fine motor skills

Activity 12: Filling and Spilling

pouring play activity
pouring play activity

Age Group: 18 months – 2 years old

Materials: Container (cup, bowl), water (small amount), sponge (optional)

How to Perform: Fill a cup or bowl with a small amount of water. Provide your child with a sponge (optional) and let them explore filling and spilling the water. This simple play is a great introduction to concepts like full and empty.

Area of Development: Science exploration, Basic concepts

Activity 13: Duplo Towers

build a tower activity
build a tower activity

Age Group: 18 months – 3 years old

Materials: Large Duplo blocks

How to Perform: Duplo blocks are a fantastic tool for open-ended play. Provide your child with a set of large Duplo blocks and let them build towers, houses, or anything their imagination conjures. Building with blocks strengthens spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Area of Development: Spatial reasoning, Problem-solving skills

Activity 14: Playdough Pals

playdough fun activity
playdough fun activity

Age Group: 18 months – 3 years old

Materials: Playdough (homemade or store-bought)

How to Perform: Even toddlers can enjoy getting creative with playdough! Provide a small amount of non-toxic playdough and show your child how to roll, flatten, and shape it. Let their imaginations run wild! Playdough is a great way to develop those all-important fine motor skills.

Area of Development: Fine motor skills, Creativity

Activity 15: Singing and Dancing

dancing freeze activity
dancing freeze activity

Age Group: 18 months – 3 years old

Materials: Music player (optional)

How to Perform: Put on some music (or sing along!) and have a dance party with your child. Move your bodies together, clap your hands, and twirl around. Singing and dancing are fun ways to bond with your child and develop their sense of rhythm and coordination.

Area of Development: Social bonding, Music appreciation, Coordination

Activity 16: Ball Games

beach ball activity
beach ball activity

Age Group: 18 months – 3 years old

Materials: Ball (beach ball, balloon)

How to Perform: Games with balls are a simple way to get your child moving and develop gross motor skills. Inflate a beach ball or balloon and toss it back and forth with your child. You can also try rolling the ball or kicking it gently across the room. These activities encourage coordination and gross motor development.

Area of Development: Gross motor skills, Coordination

Activity 17: Water Play

slip and slide fun activity
slip and slide fun activity

Age Group: 18 months – 3 years old

Materials: Shallow bin/pan, water, cups, spoons (optional)

How to Perform: Fill a shallow bin or pan with a small amount of water. Provide your child with cups and spoons (supervised use) for splashing, pouring, and scooping. Water play is a sensory experience that strengthens fine motor skills and introduces basic science concepts.

Area of Development: Sensory development, Fine motor skills, Science exploration

Activity 18: Chunky Puzzle Play

puzzle play activity
puzzle play activity

Age Group: 18 months – 3 years old

Materials: Puzzles (large wooden knobs)

How to Perform: Puzzles are a great way to challenge your child’s developing minds. Choose puzzles with large, chunky pieces that are easy for little hands to grasp. Let them explore the pieces and help them put the puzzle together. This activity strengthens problem-solving skills and spatial reasoning.

Area of Development: Problem-solving skills, Spatial reasoning

Activity 19: Book Basket

book basket activity
book basket activity

Age Group: 18 months – 3 years old

Materials: Basket, favorite children’s books

How to Perform: Create a cozy reading nook with a basket filled with your child’s favorite board books. Let them explore the books at their own pace, turning the pages and looking at the pictures. Snuggle up together for story time, pointing out objects and naming them. This activity fosters a love for books and early literacy development.

Area of Development: Language development, Literacy skills

Activity 20: Matching Fun

Age Group: 2-3 years old

Materials: Cardboard box, socks (same color pairs)

How to Perform: Cut out matching shapes (circles, squares) from leftover cardboard. Place mismatched socks of the same color pair inside the boxes. Let your child match the socks to the corresponding box shapes. This simple matching game strengthens memory and introduces basic sorting skills.

Area of Development: Memory skills, Sorting skills

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Conclusion: Cultivate a Love for Learning

By incorporating these Montessori activities into your child’s day, you’ll be surprised at how quickly their skills develop. From refining fine motor skills to laying the foundation for language and math, these activities plant the seeds for a lifelong love of learning.

More importantly, they provide a platform for exploration and discovery, allowing your two-year-old to flourish in a safe and stimulating environment.

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