Mar 22, 2017

Anji Play Date #10: The room is beginning to feel a bit .... cramped

We had another great turn-out today, but does the crowded space affect how the kids play?

This baby had an innovative use for a block:
 I'd love to know more about what was going on in the big box today.
 Tall, skinny tower!
 This was clearly a guitar and they were even singing along.


 Blocks and spools can also be stepping stools to ... more blocks and spools.
Or if you get really stumped, you can always bring in extra help:

Some lovely examples of balancing:


 Love these facial expressions!

This young one had some new uses for the tunnels:
 (she crammed it full of tulle.  Made a cozy crash pad for her knees! She told me later that she was a "roly-poly" in this video.)

At the clay table, there was some filling and emptying.  Loved watching the interaction between these kiddos of different ages:


But for some, the full room of people and playthings was just a wee bit too stimulating.  We'll try something just a little different next week and see how that goes!

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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