A Wild Rumpus returns to Madison, Summer 2022!
Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:30
Reindahl Park (1818 Portage Rd): 6/22, 6/29, 7/13, 7/20
Meadowood Park (5810 Thrush Lane): 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17
Enjoy child-led play at A Wild Rumpus based on the educational approach of AnjiPlay. The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children's imagination. Messy clothes and a water bottle are encouraged. If you'd like, bring along a picnic dinner and make an evening of it! All ages and abilities welcome.
This award-winning event is created in partnership with the Madison Parks Division and AnjiPlay, and funded in part by a grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation. We can't wait to see the incredible ideas your child will dream up during play!
What is Anji Play?
AnjiPlay is an educational philosophy centered on self-determined play, created by Ms. Cheng Xueqin, Director of Early Education in Anji County, China. This approach is based on five pillars: Love, Risk, Joy, Engagement and Reflection.
Why is a library doing Anji Play?
The five practices of early literacy are Read, Write, Talk, Sing and Play. The deepest intrinsic learning processes that play affords come most authentically during play that the child has chosen to engage in. The "reflection" component of AnjiPlay in which children create a "Play Story" after they are done playing is key to the Anji Play experience. Whether they create drawings, write paragraphs or simply scribble, kids are getting an excellent opportunity to express themselves on paper and reflect on their own experiences.