Mar 29, 2017

AnjiPlayDate #11: Space makes a [huge] difference!

After the last two weeks of trying to play in our not-so-huge meeting room, this week I decided to roll the carts of blocks out into the children's area to divide the play into two spaces.  WOW!  Check out the things that got built:


Roller Thingy


Kids also played with the toys that we normally keep in our children's library section and that was fine too:

check out the nice vocabulary use in this video:


Some even read books:


Back in the meeting room,  play had changed too, with more room to spread out:

longest. tunnel. ever.

 hiding under the table!

 "picking wildflowers"

the clay and the turntables moved out of the corner and onto the floor:



This was some fun "roly-poly" action!

The kids this week did a great job with clean-up, but I realized that I might need two boomboxes!
 This play story was done by a 1st grader on spring break.  I love how she color coordinated her marker with the part of the story she was telling!
 And this one has a color-coded KEY to tell you which drawing has which caption!  Love it.
Here are some other play stories -- can you tell what they're about?

and check out the practice writing on this one!

Please note: "Anji Play,” refers to a specific philosophy and comprehensive approach to early education developed by Ms. Cheng Xueqin in Anji County, China. I use the term "Anji Play" to describe my programming and throughout this blog with the explicit permission of Ms. Cheng because our programming has been developed as part of a close collaborative relationship with her and her team of Anji Play educators. If you are interested in learning more about how you can bring Anji Play to your community, please visit

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