Symbolic play refers to using objects or toys to represent something else within play. For example, a baby doll represents a real baby. We rock it to sleep, give it a bath and even feed it when it’s hungry. A toy cow comes to life mooing and eating hay while he chases the farmer’s tractor. A kitty cat mask transforms us into a four legged animal, meowing and searching for milk. A child is not born with symbolic play skills; in fact, these skills develop as part of a hierarchy of skills that are mastered over time.