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Play and science inquiry are essential parts of early childhood programs. Imaginative play, unscripted yet guided by children’s own rules, allows students to use their imagination and develop self-regulation, symbolic thinking, memory, language, and social skills, as well as construct their knowledge and understanding of the world. Play can reflect what children learn while engaged in science inquiry. Like play, science inquiry helps children make sense of their world and appreciate the work of scientists.