There are many kinds of play
Exploratory play when a baby becomes aware of the world – sounds, sights, wanting to touch and taste.
Constructive play to discover how things work, to take them apart, put them together again and learn about size, weight, colour, shape and materials and texture.
Energetic play to practise new physical skills so that the growing child becomes better at running, climbing and other required activities.
Modelling to learn from watching others and copying them.
Pretend play playing in a world of fantasy and imagination usually without any interference from parents or other adults.
Social play learning to play with others where those you play with are more important than the game itself.
Skilful play which requires care and practice.