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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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Frogs & snails sugar & spice

Yes or no ? Boys and girls are different. You might also wish to ask which of these babies is a girl and which is a boy and how can they tell? ( the baby in the frilly pink hat is a boy) Follow up suggestion Ask the children to draw round one girl and one boy on large paper. Read The following old nursery ryhme What are little boys made of ? Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails That’s what little boys are made
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REWARD

Can you prove you have found the missing friend? If so how ? Where do  Imaginary friends come from?
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What are Boys and Girls ?

Interesting stimulus for gender enquiry.  How would you play this in the classroom ?  Girl and Boy: http://youtu.be/pF1j22x-yU8
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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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