Play and Learning is a major component of early childhood. From babies, toddlers and beyond, children use play to discover and understand their world. Play can help children with language, fine and gross motor skills development. Play is a key component of developing emotional intelligence as children learn social-emotional skills through play. In this section you can find a variety of play and learning ideas, from the benefits of pretend play, learning self-care skills, how to use play as part of your discipline strategy, independent play activities and more.