Toddlers are incredibly active and are always looking to play with anyone in the room. While they are full of energy, they have a very short attention span. It is incredibly important that any games you play with a 2 year old are short, simple, and easy to follow. They should actively engage everyone in the room.
Typically, children will get excited about any game that their parents or friends are excited about. The more excited a parent gets, the more likely a child is to want to play the game over and over again. Because of this, you can easily play games that do not require buying anything. Toys are very fun, but they can also be very expensive. If you have a creative mind and even a small imagination, you can use it to your benefit and help you save money and have fun. Here are some of the best games that you can play with your 2 year old without having to buy anything.
#1) Simon Says
One of the most fun games that you can paly with your 2 year old is Simon Says. This game will bring every adult in the room back to their childhood. This childhood favorite game can easily be played with anyone over the age of 2. While a 2 year old may have difficultly understanding the game at first, they will pick up on it more the more often you play. First, start out by modeling each thing you are asking. You child will mirror you. It is a great way to bond with your child and improve their vocabulary.
#2) Musical Chairs
This is another popular and favorite childhood game. This game can be played with three or more players and requires nothing to play except chairs and music, which everyone already has in their home. If you are playing with a lot of small children, you may also choose to replace the chairs with pillows to make it easier for the children to sit on.
#3) Hot Potato
Hot potato is a very fun game that you can play with only a few people. Two year olds will love this game because it is a very fast paced game that will make them laugh and giggle. This game can be played with a ball or any other object that your child loves. This game is fun, but it can also help to improve your kid’s overall hand eye coordination. They are trying to pass an object quickly, which can improve their motor coordination skills.
When the weather is nice, every child will be begging to go outside. One of the best ways to spend a warm, sunny day is by playing tag. Tag is a fun game that will test your child’s speed, determination, and perseverance. Tag can help build up the emotional intelligence and learn not to give up. This is one of the best games that can give your child exercise and help them burn all their energy in a positive and fun way.
#5) Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is another popular childhood favorite that everyone can remember playing. The best thing about this game is that it can be played almost anywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Hide and seek is a fun game because it is full of surprise and fun. Your child needs to use their problem solving skills when hiding and searching. While this game is thought to just be fun, it is also a very educational game.
#6) Dance Party
If you have an active child and some downtime, you may be looking for a quick game to play that does not require buying anything. Having a quick dance party or playing a specific game like Hokey Pokey is a great way to pass some time. You can use your phone and turn on some music. Help teach your child the fun of dancing and how they should never be afraid or embarrassed to dance anywhere.
While this game may not seem like too much fun to an adult, sorting is one of the most fun things that a child can do. Sorting objects by shape, color, size, and more is an exciting adventure for any child. You can sort everyday objects around the home, like toys, pasta, cereal, and more. There is no limit to what can be sorted.
Another very fun and popular game is Hopscotch. This game does not require you to buy anything because all you need is a single piece of chalk. This game promotes exercise and balance for all children who are willing to play this fun game.
#9) Red Light, Green Light
This game allows children to practice their vocabulary, ability to listen, and get exercise all at the same time. You can play this game in any place, both inside and out. You can play this game with only two people, but the more the merrier. Simply, have all kids line up in one location and then say either red light or green light. Watch as children practice listening. They will all try to sprint to you so that they can be the winner of this exciting game.
#10) Dress Up
Some people may think that dress up requires you to purchase a wide variety of clothes. This however, is not true at all. You can play dress up with your 2 year old with the things that you already have in your closet. Two year olds will love putting on their parents shoes, trying on belts, hats, scarfs, and more. There is no limit to what your child will want to try on. Once they are happy with their outfit you can use your imagination and help enhance your child’s imagination by helping them create their own fantasy world where they can act out the person that they are dressing up as. This simple game can provide hours and hours of fun for any active 2 year old.