Indoor Activities For Two Year Olds

Running out of ideas when the kids are bored with their toys, or just can’t think straight?  Here is a list of obvious (and maybe not so obvious) things to do inside at home with a two year old!

  • Read a book.
  • Build a fort out of chairs and blankets, and read a book.
  • Play with Playdough and toy kitchen dishes and utensils.
  • Color – use Crayons or WASHABLE markers.
  • Paint on an easel or table (WASHABLE Tempera or Watercolors – note, these are not always truly washable, have clothes ready that can get stained, or a smock.  I use clean Styrofoam meat trays for Tempura paint pallets – you can wash and sterilize them in the dishwasher.)
  • Hand print art – painting.
  • Hand print art – pottery.
  • Glue something to something else.
  • Get out the activity/craft books.
  • Take a bubble bath.
  • Turn the water on low in the kitchen sink, provide mild dishwashing soap, a cup and a bowl, and step back…. (have towels ready when interest fades).
  • Make cookies – twos like to stir.
  • Play with stickers and paper.
  • Play with Puzzles.
  • Write letters to relatives.  Let the child put the stamp on and take it to the mailbox.
  • Eat a snack.
  • Jump on the bed (if you are allowed).
  • Count the coins in the piggy bank.
  • And, if nothing else works or you are just really tired…plug in a DVD or stream a movie from Netflix!

We love this Melissa & Doug latches puzzle!

Copyright 2012 Kathryn Depew

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