Encouraging Toddlers at Play


Staff member
Little Fellow Daycare and Elementary School

As a parent, you want your children to learn all that they can to grasp mathematical concepts, to be curious about exploring the world, and to learn to read and write. Do you know that how play can help your child to learn and grow better? Little Fellow Day-care and Elementary School provides a high quality of service in day-care and early learning/ education. The centre plays a significant role in the development of children providing with highly relevant and age appropriate activities and learning experiences.

In the early years, parents and caregivers can help children develop their learning and other skills by playing with them. Curiosity about the world, initiative and problem solving, focused attention and persistence are just a few practices that children develop smoothly through play.

Encouraging Toddlers at Play
Manha and Dawood are 19 months old. They have a basket full of toys, including, soft toys, plastic blocks, a set of stacking rings, alphabet abacus, stuffed animals, cloth and plastic books. Mahnha and Dawood’s caregiver and teacher often sits down on the floor with them and invites them to play with items in the basket. Their favourite activity is to take out all of the toys and put the basket on their head! This is a typical toddler play behaviour.

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They love to shake the rattles to hear the different sounds or to stack two or three blocks and knock them down and also arrange alphabets in order on alphabet wooden abacus. Their attention to each might be up to five minutes or so, which is just right for their age. They may solve problems as they try to place the rings on the stacking post or to add more blocks to a tower. They learn to take turns and play together. They also learn how to work in a group environment and share their toys. They learn about different colours as well as thinking and reasoning.
Their teacher encourages their curiosity by asking questions. As for example: Where did that ball go? Do you see it hiding behind the chair? She connects their play to learning by responding positively to their interest. She also encourages them to keep trying even when they get frustrated. “Oh, those blocks keep falling down, don’t they? Can you try to put just one on top of another gently? Let’s see what happens. I’ll help you.” This encouragement fosters their perseverance, attention, and encourages them to initiate solving a problem. It is important for a caregiver and teacher to keep calm and positive all the time so children can learn patience and positive attitude from them.
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