The great thing about early childhood is that children “play” at doing “real” things. Children gain great satisfaction from being able to mimic the adult tasks around the home. Montessori builds on this joy by providing these real tasks in ways which children can experience success. Even the “academic” activities are built around the types of play which appeal to children such as building towers, putting items in holes (posting) and solving puzzles. The outdoor environment also offers free play experiences for children. What we adults might call “work”, children enjoy as “play”.