For children play is hard work. What may seem like fun, cute or even silly activities to adults are really the ways in which children learn about their world. Through play, children explore their surroundings, understand their place in the world, develop physical, cognitive and emotional skills and learn social cues to practice their social skills.
During play children develop their cognitive skills as they are introduced to new objects and must sort them, as they learn their colors and numbers, as they learn to identify like objects, as they learn to understand rules and much more.
Children use play to work with all of their muscles, which means that play helps them develop gross motor skills (controlling their large muscles) and fine motor skills (controlling the smaller muscles of their hands and feet) as well as general coordination and balance.