Neurologists tell us that the child`s brain as at least 30% more synapses or neurons (I`m not quoting here for researchers)---a boatload!---than an adult mind. How come? The increasing evidence seems to indicate that the child`s mind must be far more adaptable than the adult`s, as they have no idea what`s going on at all around them. So...when kids go out and play, are they playing....or working? How do you know?
What exactly is work? And what exactly is play? They`re both associated with actions, but why have two entirely different words? What`s the unique characteristic of each word? We won`t define "recreation" at the moment, but the difference between a hobby and a business is that the business pays money...the hobby is for "fun."
Young animals play all the time, and biologists and anthropologists tell us that such play is actually learning how to fight, hunt, and survive as adult animals. Ergo, although animals have more instincts and inherant knowledge than human beings are born with, they still must work at learning how to be adults.....or is it play?