Fun Games And Activities For Toddlers (1 To 2-Year-Olds)
Is your 2-year-old always eager to do something? Then, here are some interesting indoor games and DIY activities that he would surely find interesting and engaging.
By Radhika Meganathan • 6 min read
Summer is the time for indoor games and fun DIY activities for toddlers. But, what if your toddler is bored with the usual activities and wants to do something new?
To help your child have fun and a new experience, we've lined up some amazing fun activities and games for toddlers. We are sure these activities will fascinate your child and help both of you bond better.
Games And Activities For Toddlers (1 To 2-year-olds)
Explore shapes with toy scissors
Young children love to draw! So, why not make your child the subject of his own sketch?
How to do: Make your child lie down on a big chart paper and draw a silhouette of his leg and arm, or his whole body. He can then spend time cutting the sheet with child-friendly scissors and giving shape to the silhouette.
What does it teach: This activity will teach your child a sense of self, hand-eye co-ordination and names of body parts. He may also feel curious and ask questions about the human anatomy.
It is never too early to teach the next generation to respect, nurture and protect nature. Encourage your child to paint using materials that she can collect from in and around your home.
How to do: Leaves, flowers, stones—all these can be used as a brush to create a beautiful painting. Like finger painting, nature painting offers hours of fun and joy. All it requires is sheets of paper, good quality poster paint and imagination.
What does it teach: This kind of sensory play will help your child discover the world around her and also familiarise her with nature.
What you can do with ice
Toddlers respond excitedly to all types of sensory stimulation. They will be especially intrigued by water in all its forms! Create a sea theme by filling up a tub with clean water mixed with blue food colours.
How to do: Freeze water in different shaped cartons and containers to make ice of various shapes and put them all in the tub. Now, tell your toddler about how the ice looks, feels and behaves. You can also use this chance to make some ice lollies. Just pour your child’s favourite juice into ice trays, stick a toothpick, and freeze. Treat your child to an ice lolly every day this summer!
Pretend a picnic
Pretend picnic is an easy way to get your child into the kitchen, tell her about food and make her understand how food is prepared.
How to do: Make a list of your toddler’s favourite foods. When you start cooking, get your child to sit down and watch what you are doing. Invite her to help you in whatever way she can. Baking cakes and making homemade sweets and chocolates are fascinating to children. Little girls, especially, love tea parties. So investing in a quality toy tea set is a good idea.
Fun with homemade play dough
While your two-year-old was playing chef in the previous activity, perhaps he can discover the wonders of homemade playdough!
How to do: Heat two cups of water and pour in two cups of flour. Mix well, add two tablespoons of cream of tartar and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Stir over medium heat until the mixture reaches the consistency of a dough ball, pulling away from the sides. Stir in the desired food colouring. Voila! Let your child dip his hands into this, knead and squish and make fun shapes using cookie cutters.
Watch this easy video on how to make play dough.
Create a book character
Children love it when their favourite characters come alive. Whether it is Nemo from Finding Nemo or the caterpillar from the classic picture book, A Very Hungry Caterpillar, you can delight your baby by initiating her into papercraft.
How to do: Teach your child to fold, bend and stick sheets of coloured paper together in order to make a replica of the characters. This is also a good opportunity to introduce your child to toy scissors and improve her hand-eye coordination.
Set up a grocery store
Children love pretend play, especially when they get to act like adults!
How to do: Create a mock storefront in a window frame or an unused shelf. Fill it with some tins, pots, food items, a cash tray or even a small shopping trolley. You can then be the customer, and your toddler, the shopkeeper, or vice versa.
What does it teach: Through this activity, basics of commerce, buying, selling and currency can be entertainingly explained to your toddler.
So you have a sports enthusiast at home? Gift him a home-made basketball court.
How to do: Crunch up old newspapers into balls. Place a waste paper bin in the corner of a clutter-free space (make sure all breakable objects are stowed away safely!). Now see who can throw the balls the farthest, you or your child! Besides keeping him amused, this game will also help to improve your toddler’s hand-eye coordination.
Make a bubble snake
What can give more joy to a toddler than the sight of rainbow-hued bubbles? Use a plastic bottle to help your child create a bubble snake.
How to do: Cut out the bottom off of the plastic bottle. Cover the hole with a handkerchief or cotton sock. In a shallow bowl, mix a little water with liquid soap. Dip the sock-covered plastic bottle into this liquid soap mix and instruct your kid to blow. Watch as your toddler squeals in delight and makes long, slithery snake bubbles!
Indoor bowling alley
Children love to play with a ball, especially throwing it around and watching it bounce or hitting something with the ball. But, you can teach your toddler how to aim with the ball.
How to do: Take a few empty plastic water bottles and fill them with water. Place them in a row like the pins in a bowling alley. Now ask your toddler to stand a few feet away, take aim at the bottles and throw the ball. Your toddler is sure to jump in delight as he topples the pins.
About the author:
Written by Radhika Meganathan on 14 May 2017. Last updated on 8 May 2020.
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