the important psychology of play

It has been said by many psychologists that PLAY is the work of children. In your opinion, what is play? What does play do to teach kids and advance their cognitive, social, and emotional development? Be specific in the qualities that you think kids get from play (and at different ages too).

However, is all play equal? What types of play, in your opinion, is better at teaching kids than others?

How do you see schools encouraging or discouraging play?

Finally, if you’d like, share one of your favorite games or types of play from when you were a kid. What made that so memorable or special?