One City Early Learning Center and Kaleem Caire (the founder of One City) and I were giddy with glee as we unpacked the boxes and admired these gorgeous play materials.
One City is the very first school in the US to adopt the AnjiPlay curriculum and they have been generous enough to allow us to borrow a portion of the play materials for the last two weeks of our Wild Rumpus events. We had hoped to be able to each purchase our own set of blocks, ladders and rollers, but they aren't commercially available yet and the production time for this special preview set took a little longer than expected, so this isn't quite one full class set of blocks and that's why we ended up only borrowing them. So grateful for this partnership!
On Tuesday (one of the hottest days of the year so far, of course!), Ms. Cheng and other AnjiPlay staff came out to observe our Wild Rumpus event. I showed her some of the Play Story notebooks:
Because there aren't very many ladders, I had been hesitant to borrow any of those from One City, but Ms. Cheng insisted that we borrow a few and in fact brought them out to the park with her. I'm so glad she did! The play with ladders is absolutely amazing to watch. Here, let me show you what the kids did in their very first day of experimenting with the ladders:(moms can make good supports!)
The "rollers" were a huge hit too! They were fun for rolling inside of:
or filling with blocks:
The spools were also still fun. For stacking...
Here's a great video interview!