Play is an important aspect of a toddler's learning.  Not only are toddlers continuing to learn language and social skills, but now they are beginning to understand the world around them.  Pretend play is one of the best ways for a toddler to learn.  Pretend play includes a wide variety of play that can include many different objects such as play phones, dolls, trucks, dress-up, action figures, play pets, and much more.  By allowing a toddler to use pretend play, they will begin to develop an understanding of the world and items surrounding them.  Toddlers will learn most efficiently when they can touch, smell, see, hear, or taste something.  Using the senses amplifies the learning experience in toddlers.  It is still very important to focus on books and spoken words at this age as this will contribute to the continued development of language skills.