Just Playing?

What is the importance of Play in a child's life?  Here's a beautiful poem by Anita Wadley which was written in 1974 as a response to questions asked about why children should go to school and "play" there. Just Playing by Anita Wadley When I'm building in the block room, Please don't say I'm "Just playing." For, you see, I'm learning as I play, About balance, I may be an architect someday. When I'm getting all dressed