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Problem Solving Activities For Two Year Olds

As your child is getting older they can make more sense of the world around them and how relationships and things work. This is an important move towards independence.  They learn curiosity, patience, working towards a goal, and gain more confidence. 

Luckily, curiosity and playing comes naturally to toddlers. But you can encourage them to develop problem-solving skills by showing them exercises and activities that will show them how to think creatively.

Early Maths

Give a cup to your child. Use bits of cereal or fruit and place one in your child’s cup (“one for you”) and one in your cup (“one for me”). Take turns. Dump out your child’s cup and help count the pieces. This is good practice for early maths skills. 

Big & Little

Collect little things and big things (balls, blocks, plates). Show and describe (big/little) the objects. Ask your child to give you a big ball, then all of the big balls. Do the same for the little. Another big/little game is stretching your arms up high and making yourself little by squatting down. 

Make A Shape Puzzle

Make a homemade shape puzzle with your child. This is a great idea that will help your baby or toddler with recognising shapes, and also developing hand-eye coordination and improving concentration.


Cut Out Magazine Pictures

Cut pictures out of magazines to make two groups such as dogs, food, toys, or clothes. Have two boxes ready and put a picture of a dog in one and food in the other. Have your child put additional pictures in the right box, helping her learn about categories. 

Firstly remember that each child will develop at their own pace.

If your child attends nursery or a registered childminder, talk to them about your worries – they will be able to work with you to build your child’s skills and advise on any next steps needed.

If you are worried you can contact our Just One Number team on the details below to talk through your concerns. 

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you still have concerns about your child's communication, a member of our 0-19 team is able to complete an assessment of your child and refer to other services as needed, including speech and language therapy or hearing assessment.


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