It is completely a natural phenomenon for the toddlers to play and learn at the same time. Therefore, it is important for the parent to understand the connection between playing and learning as it helps the children master their physical skills in a joyful and entertaining way. For this reason, it is exceedingly necessary for adults to provide sufficient opportunities to toddlers so that they can practice their physical and mental skills safely under the adults’ supervision. It is also important to understand that children grow and develop in other ways too other than physical development. Therefore, it is the best phase of life in which they should be provided ample opportunities for exercising, questioning, exploring, imagining and practicing their motor skills through playing (Gavin). It is essential for children to learn through playing as play enhances their handiness and elegance. As far as social skills are concerned, peer play is a great way to develop such skills. In addition, language and cognition skills are sharpened and polished when children play and interact with each other. In particular, children who are physically or neurologically disable can be taught social skills through play efficiently and effectively. The concepts of numbers and time are also acquired through play when children play with blocks, clocks etc. (Honig). To cut a long story short, toddlers must be encouraged to have an active routine. At the same time, parents must also appreciate playing as activity and learning are interconnected phenomenon. Children are prepared to learn through different activities and it is the responsibility of both teachers and parents to enhance the children’s abilities by involving themselves and participating in extra-curricular activities even when they pass the toddler-phase.
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