For young children, interacting with their surroundings is mostly physical in their early years. Gymnastics provides them with the skills to interact with their environment in ways that other children cannot.
Parents often ask "Why should I put my child in gymnastics? Is being able to do a backflip or forward roll going to help them later in life?"
I would answer no, being able to do a flip or a roll is not going to help them get ahead in school or in work. What will help them is the multitude of skills, both physical skills for a healthy lifestyle and personal skills to succeed in school and work, learned from doing gymnastics.