Two-year-olds are full of energy, enthusiasm, exploration—and growing independence. With so many new skills, your child can’t wait to use them! Check out our terrific toys for twos, plus playtime ideas for fun crafts and activities to help your toddler discover the joys of accomplishing new things.
He knows the difference between safe and dangerous
She's becoming more social with other kids
Good eye-hand coordination means he can build with blocks and tuck a stuffed animal into bed
Read picture books to your child about the playset’s theme—like farm life, animals and crops. Talk about what a farmer does and how farms provide us with food.
On the grow. If you have a garden, call on your "little farmer" to help with planting, weeding, or harvesting. Even if she's just sitting next to you digging, she'll feel important and this experience will help her understand what farmers do.
Sound practice. Reinforce your child's recognition skills by helping him practice sounds he hears—if you start, it's likely that your child will soon join in. Then challenge his memory and thinking skills by showing him an animal or a car and asking him to make that sound.
Field trip. It helps your child make connections when you can relate a learning concept to things within her own range of experience. Make an effort to show your child the real thing: visit a zoo or a farm. When you're in the car together, point out different vehicles.
Chore time. Prompt problem-solving and thinking skills by giving your child little chores to do. “Let's put the animals in their stalls for the night. Are they all in the right places?”
Read picture books about different types of vehicles and what they're used for. Talking with him is especially important at this stage, when he's building receptive language.
Encourage listening to directions (keep them simple at this age) and get her thinking about problem solving. Create little stories and assign small jobs to complete. "Can you drive the truck over to the door and unload the boulders there?"
Let him haul things around in his vehicles, or use them to transport people from place to place to foster understanding of each vehicle's purpose. Tell him how helpful he is, and you'll really bolster his confidence.
A world of play. Help your child set up an inviting play environment, with enough room to spread out as she plays.
Make a play mat together. Use a long roll of paper or poster board, and paint or draw streets and yards. Ask your child to think of names for the streets, the village square, the town beach, etc. He may want to model it after his own neighborhood, a favorite vacation spot or another familiar place.
Tell me about it. Encourage your child to tell you a story about what she's acting out with her dolls and accessories. This will help her put imaginative thoughts into words and give her confidence in expressing ideas.
How does it work? For your 2-year-old's first adventure on a battery-powered ride-on, take time to go through how it works: show him how to make it go forward, how to stop it, how to turn.
Safe space. Make sure where she drives is not only safe, but big enough for her to turn around until she can back up.
Where are we going? Your child will love to pretend to be going places in his car—to the store, to Grandma's house, to the zoo. Add props like a bag of groceries to put in the car. Or make traffic signs with your child’s help. Talk about what each one means and how a driver is supposed to respond when they encounter one.
Children love to be creative and use their imaginations.Toys provide an opportunity for them to do just that, and play an important role in enriching children's lives.
Provide a collection of dress-up props for role-play. Look at the clouds and take turns imagining what they resemble. Plant seeds for imaginative thinking by reading lots of books together.