Quiet Time Activities for Two Year Olds

Encouraging low-key activities during quiet time helps children develop independent play skills.

Are you looking fun activities to do with your two-year-old at home? Our team of early childhood curriculum experts thoughtfully curated these activities from our proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum to help your family Learn On® at home. Whether it’s during mealtime, playtime, clean up time, bath time or bedtime – our at-home curriculum is built so you can easily integrate learning opportunities in seamless, easy and fun ways.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Level of instruction: Moderate

When: Playtime

Time recommendation: 20 minutes

Participants: One-on-one, Siblings

Learning Domain: Language and Literacy

Learning Standards: Sorts objects by size, Comprehension, Attentiveness

Materials: Book Goldilocks and the Three Bears; household items that are small, medium and large

Read the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears to your child. Invite him or her to repeat the predictable text with you. After the story, display the items that you collected from around the house. Invite your child to help sort the items by size. Encourage him or her to make a pile of the big, medium, and small items. Use synonyms for the size words—large, tiny, etc.

Observe your child using vocabulary from the story. Does your child sort the objects by size? Does your child repeat the predictable text as you read the story?


Outdoor Book Nook

Level of instruction: Moderate

When: Outdoor, Playtime, Quiet Time

Time recommendation: 10-15 minutes

Participants: One-on-one

Learning Domain: Language and Literacy

Learning Standards: Explores books in a variety of ways and expresses enjoyment in looking at pictures

Materials: Variety of books, comfy outdoor chairs, pillows or blankets

Create a comfortable outdoor space for your child to sit and enjoy a book. Introduce the space and model the proper way to handle the books and use the area. Sit with your child and read a story together. Allow time for your child to use the area alone as well.

Looking for more activities for you and your two-year-old?

  • Playtime: Make sure your child’s time spent playing is filled with opportunities to learn.
  • Outside Time: The great outdoors can be the best classroom of all.
  • Bedtime and Bath time: End your child’s day by integrating learning into their bedtime routine.

Or return to the Life Essentials® At Home page to find activities to explore with other age groups.