How to play with a 2-year-old? Our suggestions

How to play with a 2-year-old? Our suggestions
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A child of 2 years old is already a small independent person who is curious to explore the world around him. Adults should therefore help him as much as possible through play.

Two year olds are very active and quickly learn new information, but they also get tired and bored quickly, so one game should last about 15 minutes. The activities should promote physical fitness and coordination, fine motor skills, speech and logical thinking, memory and creativity, as well as recognition of colors, shapes, sounds, etc. Patience is key, as young children can do things slowly. However, never forget about praise. Regardless of whether the toddler achieves the goal or not.

Playing with the ball

A ball is a versatile toy for home and backyard, grass and water. You can throw it to each other from small distances, toss it up as high as you can, bounce it, pass it from hand to hand faster and faster, roll and kick it in different directions, and also throw it to a target. For the latter, all you need is a basket, bag or bucket.

Balls can come in different colors, sizes, and hardness, and this also works great for games. Check with your child to see how the different balls bounce, if they can be squashed, how they feel, if they float, etc.

If you have a lot of balls of different colors, ask your toddler to help you sort them, or make a simple pattern of them that your child will have to reproduce.

Sensory play

There are many ways you can develop all of your toddler’s senses at home. Plant herbs together – let your toddler explore their tastes, smells and get a little dirty. Prepare a sensory path by placing objects and mats of different textures on the ground. Prepare a sensory path by laying out objects and mats with different textures on the ground; you can prepare the different parts yourself by gluing different materials, groats, rice, pasta, sugar, dry leaves, stones, etc. onto the pieces of cardboard.

Exploring flavors can be fun, too, while teaching your child to make simple decisions and be open to new things. Choose a few foods and arrange small portions on a plate or in bowls. Don’t forget water to drink. Ask your child to become a taster and evaluate each product. Let him decide what he likes and doesn’t want to try again.

Breathing and speech

Proper development of the respiratory tract is essential for mastering the skill of speech. So practice with your toddler by blowing out candles, making soap bubbles or holding feathers in the air. Sprinkle some flour (sugar, rice, sand) on the countertop and let your toddler blow it out through a straw.

Making different noises is also a great way to prepare for talking. Mimic animals and household objects together, read aloud books with simple stories and add sound effects, or sing short songs together. You can also combine this with dancing.

Moment for fine motor skills

Any activity that involves fingers and hands is welcome here. Moulding dough or playing with kinetic sand, finger painting, drawing with crayons or chalk, as well as shadow puppet shows, additionally support the development of creativity.

Playing in putting bigger and smaller objects into successive containers or sorting them using spoons, spoons, kitchen tongs and clothespins also means coordinating hand-eye movements and developing logical thinking.

In this group, rhymes and songs are also a great idea. The child can then show different shapes and actions with their hands.

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