During the early school years as children begin their formal education, play continues to be an important path to learning.
Now more complex games, puzzles and toys offer children satisfying ways to practice and reinforce the new skills they are acquiring in the classroom.
They are curious about how things work and take pride in making things that can be used for play or displayed with pride.
These early school years are a very social time when kids long for acceptance among their peers. Children try their hand at more formal team sports where being an able player is a way of belonging. Although these are years when happiness is being with a friend, children also enjoy and benefit from solo time.