At the age of 2, there are activities children like to do more than in previous age. It is so because their physical development have allowed them to do the activities. Here are the activities :
- Motor gross activities such running, climbing, reaching things make them curious, etc
They like to move freely because at this age, they have been able to walk steadily. This give them the sense of independence. Now, they can explore things they are curious about by themselves which they cant do before due to physical limitation.
- Exploring things they think interesting such as colorful & moving things
In the early years of life, a child is in sight sensitive period. It means, they will be interested to things which attract their eyes. As they’ve gained physical independence, they will expand their sight attractiveness by touching or exploring closely the things they see.
- Doing messy things such as painting, mixing flour, playing sand, etc.
They will do experiment with those materials with heir hands. Those activities will be messy because basically, they haven’t been able to control their hands completely. It’s also because they do experiment with their hands. They want to see the outcome of their hands movement.
- Imitating what adults do, especially words.
Children in the early years of life are in the stage of language sensitive period and in the imitating stage. Therefore, they are able to absorb the language they heard easily.
- Saying no often
They love saying no because they want independence to move freely. Therefore, they will say no, if we try to forbid them or when they think we block their way.
Those are the activities 2 years old children like most. It doesn’t mean that those activities are not done in previous age or later on. However, at the age of 2, those activities are delighting for them because they start able to explore those activities more independently than before (less help from adult). And this new sense of independence is actually what makes them like those.
Knowing what 2 years old children like will make us easy in preparing or setting activities our children can do in everyday’s life. By giving the activities they like and need, we actually have given them the opportunity or chance for them to develop their sense of independent which is very important for children’s development in the future.
Check out the activities 2 years old children can do in the next posting 🙂