Apr 26, 2017

AnjiPlayDate #13: Wrapping it up for the season

Our final play date for this series!

Today, two of the rotating cake stands were overlapping for awhile.  
 You can see here where one kid figured out that when one stand was moved, the other one rotated as well:

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I was waiting for more play to develop along those lines when, suddenly, a helpful adult intervened:

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I know the intentions were good, but .... this is why the Anji Play rule for grown-ups is "hands down."  I set it up again with the stands overlapping, but the kids no longer took an interest in it because now it was something I had intentionally set-up (and it wouldn't have felt really authentic to me if they HAD played with it at that point).  Sigh.

Instead, they were deeply engaged in the clay itself today for the first time in awhile:

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Love this stack of clay:

This little one needed to get closer to the action, so she just climbed right up on the table.  Stayed there awhile too, playing quite peacefully.
And check out this beautiful "bird head"


We made loooong tunnels today!
(my mistake -- apparently they are MAGIC tunnels!)


And the big box finally got ripped!  It was used first as a slide,

And then as a hideout with a sneaky window:
And this little one was back and trying on bucket hats again!
Out in the children's reading area / block building area, there was a lot of action going on.  Here's two small examples:

Knock it down, build it back up!

What do you think this triangle might be?

A view of today's Play Story table:
Here's an interesting play story where he asked his mom to label all the parts, but then drew through her words with a marker.
One final shout-out of thanks to my amazing volunteer, Jane.  She is a retired preschool teacher and her assistance with this program has been absolutely essential.  I am so grateful that she is a part of this endeavor!
Finally, if you participated in any of this season's AnjiPlayDate programs, we would love to get your feedback about your experiences.  Please take a moment to complete this survey.  Your replies will help us to improve the program for next fall.

We are busy finalizing details of this summer's Wild Rumpus program.  Locals, mark your calendars for Mondays (east side/ Reindahl Park) and Wednesdays (west side / Haen Family Park) from 4:30-7:00.  The food carts will be there or you're welcome to pack along a picnic dinner.  See you at the park!

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 www.anjiplay.com

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