Just like children, lion cubs love to play.
Play is much more than just a fun way to pass the time. Play teaches lions cubs how to grasp their prey, how to move with one another (important when bringing down a large animal as a group), and develops overall confidence. Unlike most cats, lions are highly social; physically touching each other aids in bonding and overall health maintenance―much in the same way as it does with humans.
Play also enriches young cubs minds. Mental stimulation is triggered by playing with their Mum, Dad or each other.