ACTIVITIES FOR 2 YEAR OLDS
If your child can count to ten or higher already, is he a budding genius? Well, he certainly has a good working memory. Two-year-olds are just beginning to gain an understanding of numbers; they often learn to count by reciting the names of numbers from memory long before they understand the relative quantity of three or nine. Basically they start knowing the difference between “one” and “anything more than one.” But hey, it’s an important start. You need to know the kind of activities for 2 year olds that can aid them count numbers.
TYPES OF TODDLER NUMBER GAMES
- Listen and Spray Counting Game – Write numbers on the sidewalk and have the child listen for how many claps and then spray that number with water.
- Counting and Color Sorting Activity – Print out the free color cards and write a number on each one. Children can sort small objects by color and then put the number of objects on the card that matches the number.
- Pipe Cleaner Counting Activity – This activity will take you less than 5 minutes to put together and should cost less than $2! (Planning Playtime)
- Count the Coins – A simple 1-3 counting activities for 2 year olds with a free printable.
- Magnetic Fishing Number Game – Toddlers will have fun singing, counting, and ordering numbers as they catch the fish.
- Counting Caterpillar Busy Bag – The main goal of this activity is counting, but it also works on number recognition and word reinforcement. Comes with free printable cards.
- Gross Motor Counting Activity – A fun activity that goes with the book 1,2,3 to the Zoo.
These are perfect examples of educational activities for 2 year olds that can build their minds and increase their learning ability.
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HOW TO SET UP CHILD FOR MATH SKILLS
“One, two, three!” An ability to count begins as your child heads toward 3, at least in a primitive way.
First a child is able to identify when there is one, and more than one (though not whether it’s two or six).
By age 2, a child can count to two (“one, two”), and by 3, he can count to three, but if he can make it all the way up to 10, he’s probably reciting from rote memory. Kids this age don’t yet actually understand, and can’t identify, the quantities they’re naming.
The best way to set your child up for later math skills is not to coach him in counting and adding but to weave numerical references into his day. Reading lots of books helps develop pre-reading, the understanding that certain symbols on the page stand for something else. (Identifying the golden arches that form an “M” on a hamburger restaurant as “McDonald’s” is an example of pre-reading.) Count steps when you walk or blocks as you play. Provide puzzles whose pieces are in different shapes (circle, square, triangle); identifying these shapes is another kind of pre-reading.