A child’s job is to play. This is where they learn all the necessary skills they need before going to school.
They can learn early math skills from playing with blocks or while they are sorting and classifying their animals. Science skills are explored while they experiment with water and dirt to create the perfect consistency of mud. They increase their literacy skills while they read books; and language and social skills when they are interacting with other children (or adults).
When exploring various types of art activities it can increase their cognitive and emotional development, while also providing a sensory experience.
There is so much that can be learned when we step back and let children be free to play.