"Play is the work of the child"
It's not "just play"
Play is an essential part of early learning. It is the lifeblood of the learning process. As children play they are developing the cognitive, social-emotional and physical skills they will need to take them into a successful adulthood. They are developing their curiosity, problem solving, intentionality, flexibility, and verbal & non-verbal skills.
They are developing their emotional intelligence - learning confidence, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, empathy, and how to communicate appropriately.
Physically their fine motor and gross motor skills
are being practiced and developed.
It's not "just play" they are skills for life!