Playing with Fire

| July 4, 2015

Some kids playing with fire…

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Here in Anji, China, one of the latest additions to the playground is a working oven. The kids cook potatoes. If they want. The play is self-determined.

This isn’t the only place where the capacity of children to generate their own play, and assess their own risks is taken seriously. Here’s an article on Adventure Playgrounds in Wales.

What’s interesting is that in Anji this is not extra-curricular. This is their Kindergarten, and it is organized completely around play. And it is for the entire region. Well over a hundred schools. And they are thinking about how to extend the principles into the primary grades…

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