10 Activities for 2 Year Olds to Keep Them Busy {and Happy} in the Car

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Finding age appropriate activities for 2-year-olds is sometimes a challenge.  As we all know, they have a short attention span and even when you find something that works once, there is no 2-year-old activity guarantee that it will work again!

Come to think of it, wouldn’t a 2-year-old activities guarantee be great?

ten activities for two year olds while traveling

Traveling with a Two year old can be especially challenging.  Their naturally wiggly bodies are strapped into a car seat for an undisclosed amount of time.

Car Activities for 2-Year-Olds

Since we have already arrived at the idea that no ONE activity will always be the answer, today I am presenting 10…just in case the first nine don’t work for YOUR child!

travel activities for kids

More Activities for 2-Year-Olds:

Check out several summer activities for kids that can be modified to include the toddler set like DIY Bird Feeder and Love Bug Rocks.

Also, there is a massive list of 40+ Activities for Two year Olds over at Kids Activities Blog.

activities for 2-year-olds in the car

Road Trip Resources:

10 Activities for 2 Year Olds to Keep Them Busy {and Happy} in the Car

If you are heading out on a road trip any time soon use these ideas for keeping the little busy and entertained in the car.


  1. I bought a travel magna doodle last year for my 2 year old daughter and that kept her occupied. We take it almost everywhere with us. I also packed old cell phones and would pull them out at different times. We tried using the magnet book, which she loved, but she kept losing the pieces.

    1. Awesome! Thanks for stopping by McKenzie!

  2. Coloring on the windows sounds like so much fun. My little girl is pretty good for even moderately long rides, but has a “motion sensor”, as my husband calls it, when we’re stopped. She gets fussy pretty fast when waiting around in the car with just one of us when the other pops into the supermarket or runs errands. Thanks so much for the tips! I’m visiting you today from Works for Me Weds. Have a great week!

  3. Great list! I like the window drawings idea! 🙂

  4. I think I need to get a lap board for my two year old to use in the car. I think he would really enjoy coloring or drawing on the road.

  5. These are good ideas! I think most of them will work with my 3 year old. 🙂

  6. These are great ideas! I think I’ll be able to use most of them with my 3 year old. 🙂

  7. I have a CD in my car that turns my daughters mood around instantly. We have to pull it out even on trips to another city in the metroplex. She’s a Raffi girl!

  8. Nothing keeps our toddler entertained like the iPad. She can play games, look at books, watch movies, and listen to music. It’s nice to have while on long road trips.

  9. We always read books in the car (on long trips). My favorite activity is playing road trip games, though!

  10. I love stickers for my little guy. He also enjoys little cars or stuffed animals. I have a buckle toy that works often, too. Books are my favorite, though.

  11. Terrific ideas! Great for keeping young kids entertained, and mom and dad happy.

  12. It is really a great post and thanks for your sharing! I will be using it for my son very soon! I often take my portable dvd player for my son.

  13. Great tips! As a “bonus challenge” we were not relying on electronics while traveling with our then 2 year old, but a lot of other tricks from this list, especially audio books and music, worked really well. Thanks for sharing with After School!

  14. Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop!

  15. These are great for younger ages and older ages! Thanks so much for the fun ideas!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us over at Tell Me About It Tuesday! We hope to see you linking up more great posts with us this week too!

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  17. We are about to take a LONG car ride and I really like the idea of coloring on the windows! Thank you for the post!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing! We are taking a road trip and trying to find ways to keep my kiddos busy.

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  20. Love the ideas I will try one !!

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