There are different types of play, here are some examples.
On Looker Play
Ages and Stages
18 months 3 years the toddlers brain is more active and the structure of verbal skills. Social skills are developing rapidly
3-6 The social skills and language increases during this stage. Creatively flourishes during this stage.The concepts of rules increase. They play more constrictive play like board games.
6-9 The elementary grades children have shows they have master many skills and want to put them into effect .
9-14 The frontal lobe is still being developed cognitive skills increase reasoning.