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Philosophical storyplaying… Robots

  Starting with a story… The following dialogue was overheard whilst 4 boys were playing “space robots” Don’t get me, bad robot I’m not getting you, I’m downloading you. Don’t get my baby either Robots can’t have babies. I later read this conversation back to the group as a story to be acted out inside our giant storybook. The children were then asked to think about whether there could be baby robots? The discus
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Philosophical storyplay adventures in the classroom

 Do your children have amazing thoughts and questions about life that you would like to help them turn into a philosophical storyplaying adventure? click on the image for details
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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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Fair or not fairy tale?

What if the wolf really can’t eat anything but little girls? What if the 3 bears had set a trap and poisoned Goldilocks? What if Hansel and Gretel had been told to demolish the witches house or they couldn’t come home?
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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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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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Philosophical play in the Early Years Setting

      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
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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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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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In a story…

Which story would you rather be in and why ? Sleeping Beauty ? Or Little Red Riding Hood ? Facilitation ideas Sharing the children’s first thoughts What do they like or not like about the stories? Which characters would they be and why ?  Philosophical imaginative play Allow the children to create simple settings for both stories using den making equipment & blocks etc. Allow them to recreate the stor
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