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Fun and Active Games to Play with a Two Year Old

Updated on September 12, 2015

It's no secret that kids love to play, but choosing active games to play with your two year old, over more sedentary ones, is great for his health. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), active children are less likely to be overweight and to develop type 2 Diabetes and other chronic diseases. So, not only will your child be having fun, she will be improving her health.

Scavenger Hunt

Take your two year old outside, to a park, in your yard or to another natural environment, and give him a short list of simple items to find. For example, a blade of grass or a yellow flower. Get your child to run around and find these items. This will keep her active, but also engage her mind in looking for the objects. Make sure you supervise your child well during the scavenger hunt. Your toddler might not always find the right items, but the point is to have fun, so don't worry about that too much!


Ball Games

Ball games are simple and entertaining active games for your two year old. You can play either outside or inside, as long as you stay clear of any fragile objects. Straight forward ball games are best for a younger child. For instance, catch or kicking a ball to each other. If your little one has recently turned two, they might not yet have the motor skills to catch a ball, but sitting down and rolling a ball to one another works just as well. When the ball gets dropped, or rolls away, get your child to go and collect it, as this will keep him even more active.


Have a Dance Party

Dancing is something that almost every two year old can enjoy, and is very active and healthy. Make a game of it by playing musical statues, where you pause the music and your child has to stop still like a statue. Alternatively, if she's too into the groove to want to stop, you could make suggestions of things for her to dance like, such as a kangaroo or a fierce lion.

Simon Says

Simon says is a versatile game your child can enjoy for years to come. It's great to play indoors on a rainy day, when you can't be active outside. Alternatively, you could move the game outside if you wanted more space. If you act as "Simon" in the game, you can give your two year old some active instructions to follow. For instance "Simon says, 'jog on the spot'" or "Simon says, 'jump up and down.'" Kids on the younger side of two might not always understand the rules, but just keep it fun and don't worry if they get it wrong!

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