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  New Sara Stanley Philosophical Storyplay Blog here   The importance of picture books and play for critical literacy and thinking    
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Tried and tested book suggestions for philosophical storyplay

https://saraloisstanley.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/eyfs-p4c-picturebook-list/
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refugee child -stimulus for Enquiry 

Princess of the mud kingdom   I am princess of a new kingdom From the ashes of the old I awake  From war torn to torn,  The kingdom adorned, ripped shards of waste My inheritance  corpses of rats Soiled earth Quicksands of mud Seas of flotsam  Blackened lungs full of smoke My lullaby A cacophony chorus of cough Silent sobs only a child can hear shrill calls of starving baby birds My peop
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December 11th

ADVENT PHILOSOPHY Today’s question board   Three wise men – which  of these people is the wisest?   The one who knows everything   The one who decides the rules   Or   The one who tells only the truth    
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ADVENT -DEC 7th “Kid Snippets: “Mall Santa” (Imagined by Kids)” on YouTube

Christmas imagined by kids This video by the talented bored shorts team was created by asking children to imagine a situation.  The children are left to discuss it and their words are then re enacted by adults with perfect lip syncing. Explore the following ideas raised in the video and challenge the children to create their own conversations based on the ideas raised in the dialogue. How could they persuade oth
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December 4th

Jolly Christmas postman Question board .. yes or no … Does the big bad wolf deserve a present? Philosophical play ideas Create a role play Christmas post office. Ask the children to choose and wrap presents for characters in the book.       Encourage them to create a naughty and nice list.  Observe and listen to their ideas as they play. Facilitation ideas When children are ga
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December 3rd

MOG’S CHRISTMAS by Judith Kerr Question board-which would be stranger …? A talking tree Or Snow made from feathers Facilitation ideas What might a Christmas tree say if it could talk?   If trees are alive how do we know that they can’t talk or feel things? Why are we worried by strange things?  Do you think everything should always stay the same? Would feather snow be better or worse
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December 2nd

JINGLE BELLS by Nick Butterworth A wonderful story where presents are not the most important thing.  This story explores the ideas of “borrowing “ A wise rat named Gavin or is that his real name and does it matter? Why would someone try and spoil other people’s happiness ? Does revenge always have to be unkind? A question board follow up … Would you rather have  a merry Christmas Or
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Advent philosophy December 1st

Would you rather fly to a snowman’s party? OR… Father Christmas’s house ? Philosophical play ideas Design a party for snowmen. What would be the most important thing to have at the party and why? Ask the children to play the party and record what happens. Bring the children back together to discuss the play experience. Facilitation prompts What makes a party? Is a party always fun? Can you have a pa
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AGREE or DISAGREE?

There should be no guns in the world. Suggestions for facilitators to think about I wonder. .Would the world be more or less peaceful workout guns? Would no guns mean no violence? Do guns always mean war? Can guns be used for good things? Follow up activities... PHILOSOPHICAL STORYPLAY Use Tusk Tusk by David McKee as a stimulus for inviting questions and thoughts. Invite children to play some of the ideas in the stor
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