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Does size matter?

What if we were the size of an apple pip ? All images are by Zev Hoover Are these tiny people real? Do you think there might be tiny people in our world? How do we know we are not tiny people and there are big people watching us? What would you do if you found tiny people living in your house? Are tiny people the same as us?  Who should be in charge, tiny people or us?
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“No David”

No David: by David Shannon http://youtu.be/l4g5z_FEAtA What questions and thoughts do the children have about this video based on the book by David Shannon? Why does David keep being told “No”? Should children be allowed to break things and make mess if they are playing? Can you learn without playing ? How do kids know what is right and what is wrong? What would happen if parents weren’t  allow
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None the Number

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
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Banksy spaceman

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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Real colour investigations

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
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Play into questions

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
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Colour choice

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
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Grown ups

Would you rather be a child in a grown ups body or a grown up in a child’s body? Suggested facilitation Does your size  affect how you behave? What is the difference between child and grown up? Which is better and why? Who decides when you become  a grown up? Does our brain grow up ?
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Little Red Riding what

What should Little Red Riding Hood have put in her basket? The following choices have been offered by children in yrR and yr1 ,which would you choose and why? Cookies that are “too magic” A cage A book about wolves A big sword Ask the children to vote on their preferred choice. This could be done through drawing,  moving into a designated space or through other voting methods. Return to the enquiry c
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Philosophical Play:A place to sleep

Where would you rather fall asleep ? … The Three Bear’s cottage or The gingerbread house Why? Facilitation of play When the children have chosen their answers help them create both places for role play.  These could be simple material dens, using existing role play structures, blocks in the block area or outside spaces. Ask the children which resources and props they will need in these places. Observ
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