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Children explore the world through play. Through exploratory play they learn about the world and the effect they can have on the environment.
In June 2013, the Scottish Government launched Scotland's first national Play Strategy. This strategy was built on the views of children and young people, parents and carers, the play sector and others involved in children's wellbeing.
Play encompasses children's behaviour which is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. It is performed for no external goal or reward, and is a fundamental and integral part of healthy development - not only for individual children but also for the society in which they live.