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Playing with Fire 

Some kids playing with fire... 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. …

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The Work of Toys 

I'll be teaching a course this summer on "Objects of Play," in the strange hope that if we looked at the things we play with, we might surprise ourselves. We'll be looking particularly at the large scale toys—ladders, oil barrels, etc.—at play in the early childhood education of Anji, China. I am reminded of my …

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