While playing with the animals children actively engage with speech and use it for role and pretend play with their friends. This helps to practice their language skills and verbalize their thoughts. Children have their own way of playing with figurines. You know that a toy encourages creativity and imagination when you see a child playing with it not the way you would expect. This happens a lot with animal figurines. Unsupervised play with figures gives kids, so important, freedom to explore.