Fantastic stimulus for use with young children . The Hueys in None the Number by Oliver Jeffers The wonderful Hueys return to question the meaning of Zero . What exactly are numbers and why do we need them? Philosophical play Ask the children to create a large amount of nothing using play dough. Challenge them to fill a whole basket or box with their nothings. The enquiry What happened? Did anyone
What questions do you have about this street art by Banksy? Philosophical play idea. Create a role play area based on the ideas and questions generated from the discussion. Imagine everyone is being evacuated to a new planet and each person can only take 3 things in their spacebag ..what would you take and why?
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It could be said that children are probably at their most philosophical in their formative pre-school years. If you take Socrates’s provocation that “All I know is that I know nothing” then we see everything as new and puzzling. To a pre-school child the whole world is a new and strange place. A place where some things make perfect sense and other things absurd. A world of inconsistency and cha
What colour is this water? Philosophical play investigation. What happens to colours when you mix them when you paint or squash them together when you play with playdough? Questions to develop thinking If we can’t see can we feel or sense colour? If a tree grew purple oranges are they still oranges? Can something have no colour? Is transparent a colour? Is colour real? What questions do you have abo
Where the Wild Things Are -M Sendak Just imagine & You Choose - Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt I am the King- Leo Timmers Topsy Turvy World - Hans-Georg Barker Zoo girl -Rebecca Elliott Oh No George!-Chris Haughton Wild- Emily Hughes Book of Dreams- Shirin Ad Tusk Tusk – David McKee Not now Bernard-David McKee Where are you Blue Kangaroo? - Emma Chichester Clarke There are no cats in this book- Viviane S
The questionboard questions and philosophical play activities you see on this site mostly come from ideas the children present in the stories they tell as they play and interact with each other. Here is an example. The children had been making wands out of sticks and were playing “magic”. At some point a small group took their wands inside and began to play schools. The
If there were only two colours in the world what would they be and why? Philosophical play Experiment with the two colour “rule” challenge children to use only two colours in their play. Children might wish to create paintings using only 2 colours . Emphasise that the two colours must remain separate at all times. Which 2 colour combinations go best and why? Observe and record examples of 2 colour p