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Love, Risk, Joy, Engagement, Reflection


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Love, Risk, Joy, Engagement, Reflection


Anji Play is the internationally-recognized early childhood curriculum developed and tested over the past 16 years by educator Cheng Xueqin. Today, Anji Play is the curriculum of the 130 public kindergartens in Anji County, China serving more than 14,000 children from ages 3 to 6. Through sophisticated practices, site-specific environments, unique materials and integrated technology Anji Play is quickly establishing itself as a new global standard for early childhood education. Love, Risk, Joy, Engagement, Reflection, these are the guiding principles of Anji Play.

“In today’s fast-changing world, nothing is more important than the ability to think and act creatively. I see Anji Play as an international leader in preparing today’s children for life in tomorrow’s society.”
— Dr. Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research MIT
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True Play


A movement of children, teachers, families and communities

True Play


A movement of children, teachers, families and communities


In the kindergartens of Anji, children lead their own play and self-expression. They chose what, where and with whom to play. Self-determination in play, ownership of discovery and learning in play and the time and freedom to express complex intentions in play means that Anji Play is True Play.

Teachers, parents and grandparents support the growth and reflection that takes place in the classroom and bring their inter-generational and inter-cultural experiences of play to the materials and environments both in school and in the community at large.

Anji Play is equitable and universal. Every child in Anji County has access to Anji Play kindergartens. 99.5% of children 3-6 years old in Anji County attend Anji Play schools regardless of their legal status or financial means.

Read more about the philosophy of Anji Play →


Environments

Minimally-structured, open-ended environments allow children to explore, imagine and create. In Anji Play, these environments are designed to maximize opportunities for imaginitive play and contact with natural phenomena and elements. Water, earth, trees, bamboo, ditches, tunnels and hills are among the environmental features that engage children in endless exploration and discovery.


Materials

Minimally-structured, open-ended materials allow for risk, building, discovery and teamwork in Anji Play. Many of the materials are large and substantial and challenge children to stretch their hands and arms as they disover new ways to build their own playscape. The materials of Anji Play were designed over years based on experimentation and observation of their use by the children of Anji.


Activities

Observation, reflection, expression and technology play crucial roles in the practices of Anji Play. Anji teachers are keen observers. During the day, teachers record the play that takes place at school with their smart phones. In the afternoon, during Play Sharing, the photos and videos from that day are projected in the classroom and the children discuss their experiences, insights and discoveries as a group. After Play Sharing, children have access to variety of materials and draw, paint, collage and otherwise express their experiences that day through Play Stories.

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Resources


how to get involved

Resources


how to get involved

Join the Discussion

There is an important discussion taking place about the value of play, risk, self-initiated learning and teachers in the lives of our children.

Please join the discussion wherever it is taking place in your community and become an activist for the values of joy, love, risk, engagement and reflection in childhood.

Articles, research, media and discussions about play, risk and learning.

 

 

Bring Anji Play to Your Community

The practices, materials and environments of Anji Play are comprehensive and sophisticated.

The spirit of Anji Play is alive in all of us when we trust, observe, support and engage our children.

Please tell us more about your school or program so that we can work with you to bring Anji Play to your community.

 

Visit Anji

The kindergartens of Anji, China are places of joy and learning for the children, teachers, families and communities there.

Semi-annual play conferences provide an opportunity for educators to meet their peers in China and visit the kindergartens of Anji.

Information on Anji Play conferences and study tours