Two-year-olds and other young children enjoy learning about and engaging the world around them. A great way to help preschool-age children learn is to implement themes in the classroom, daycare or home on which to base games and activities. There are many themes to choose from that 2-year-olds will love.
The four seasons mark the passage of time and are an important thing for 2-year-old children to learn about. Choose a month in each season, such as June, October, January and April, to implement summer, fall, winter and spring themes. Go on walks to examine the changes in plants, animals and weather, and do seasonal crafts.
Alphabet and Numbers
Learning about letters and numbers will help to prepare 2-year-olds for the school years to come. Decorate the daycare or classroom with large wooden letters and numbers and, for example, assign certain numbers and letters to certain days or weeks. While the children are still quite young, they will enjoy playing with large letter and numbers.
Holiday themes are fun and add excitement to the events to come. In months such as December, March and October, decorate the area to reflect a Christmas, Easter or Halloween theme. Have the 2-year-olds participate in making holiday crafts to give as gifts, bringing treats in to share with the class and dressing up to reflect the holiday.
Many young children adore animals. Choose a theme that represents a certain category of animals, such as farm, jungle, desert or forest animals. There are many wonderful children's books on animals as well as songs, such as "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," and crafts for creating animal replicas or masks. A trip to the zoo is a great activity for this theme if the weather is pleasant.
Nature is another favorite with 2-year-olds. Decorate the classroom to resemble a forest, with paper trees, leaves and plastic insects. There are many fun crafts, foods and activities that can be done with this theme, such as visiting a park or nature preserve to examine the trees and flowers, and making snacks such as "ants on a log," which is celery and peanut butter with raisin "ants."
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