Skill-building Activities: 2 year old

Two-year-olds have boundless energy. You can burn some off -- and teach him a thing or two about ecology -- by planning regular nature hikes. Point out different types of flowers, trees and wildlife along the route.

Line up half a dozen plastic soda bottles, or other similarly weighted objects and show your toddler how to knock them down using a large ball. Count the number he knocks down before resetting the "pins."

Chalk, play-dough, and bright tempera paints are great mediums for novice artists. These simple supplies will give your child the chance to experiment with color and form.

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