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Wild Rumpus: an Anji Play Experience

Madison Public Library and Madison Parks hosted a Wild Rumpus in the summer of 2018!

Over the summer of 2018, thousands of children in Madison experienced Anji Play through weekly Wild Rumpus events at three Madison parks - Mondays at Brittingham Park, Wednesdays at Haen Family Park, and Thursdays at Reindahl Park.

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: