Play is the voluntary engagement in self-motivated activities that are normally associated with pleasure and enjoyment. Play may consist of pretend or imaginary, constructive, interpersonal (play with others) or intrapersonal (solitary play) interactions.

Play is the way that children learn about relationships, communication, the environment, their bodies and their place in the world around them.

Play can be both unstructured and structured. Play skills are determined by the ability to plan and sequence play activities, problem solve challenges and generalise skills from one activity/toy to another. Play is the avenue through which essential social skills develop.