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Wild Rumpus: an Anji Play Experience

Madison Public Library and Madison Parks are hosting a Wild Rumpus this summer!

Enjoy play-centered, child led activities in the park each week, based on the educational approach of Anji Play. 

The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children's imagination. At the end of each event, kids will create a Play Story, drawing and/or writing about their play for that day. 

Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, (optional) bring a picnic dinner and make an evening of it!


Mondays: June 24 - August 12, 5:00-7:30pm
Brittingham Park [829 W. Washington Ave.]


Wednesdays: June 26 - August 14, 5:00-7:30pm
​Haen Family Park [7702 Tree Ln.]


Thursdays: June 27 - August 15, 5:00-7:30pm (no program July 4)
Reindahl Park [1818 Portage Rd.]

*NOTICE: Wild Rumpus on Thursday, June 27 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Wild Rumpus

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.

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This program was made possible in part by generous support from: