For kittens, play is not just something fun to do, it is a way of learning and practising the vital hunting skills such as stalking, pouncing and killing. The mother cat will wean her kittens when they are around three weeks old. She will then start bringing some live prey to them to play with and practice on. This will be something that she has injured so it can't get away too fast.
The majority of kittens leave their mother and litter mates at around six weeks of age. They will go to a new