Growing up, our lives revolved around playing.
Whether it was riding bikes, building forts, playing sports or something entirely made up. We immersed ourselves in play that served no purpose.
I recently listened to a podcast about how play is such an indispensable component of being human.
When children play it builds their mental capacity and character for a number of different things, that last a lifetime; creativity, empathy, compassion, trust, irony, problem solving.