Play is one of the principal methodological resources at this stage. Through play, children are able to explore the world, thinking, and emotions. All children are curious about nature!
For children, playing has a double function: on one hand it is therapeutic and on the other hand it helps them to learn. Through playing, children learn firstly, about the world of objects, and then later, about themselves and their companions. Through playing, children also learn to express their own emotions as well as identify those of their companions, despite still not being able put them into words. Playing provides children with the positive emotions essential for learning.
Play forges the pathway for a learning which incorporates cooperation (cooperative games), creativity (applied to problem solving) and the education of values.
All the most important learning in life is done playing during the earliest years (from 0 to 6 years).