Play defined...To do activity for fun or enjoyment, freedom...we "play around", to behave or operate in a frivolous manner, to be playful or loose.
Exploration is the act of investigation. Anything learned during play is knowledge gained withour the perception of being hard work.
Dr Gwen Dewar Ph.D wrote, "When learning is percieved to be arduous, our ability to stay focused may feel like a limitted resource that is drained over time. The state of 'flow' is the psychological experience of being totally and happily immersed in what you're doing. Play is an obvious gateway to the state of flow."
Play is a "state of being", purposeless, fun, pleasurable. For the most part the focus is on the actual experience, not on accomplishing a goal. This is sounding a whole lot like yoga!!!
"Play is the highest form of research" - Albert Einstien