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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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The Troll’s problem

Trolls can only digest grass and goats. Goats can digest anything. Those greedy goats have eaten all their grass and now want to cross the Bridge to eat mine. What should I do?
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Which is better?

Questions or answers?  Facilitation ideas? These ideas are to help the facilitator think for themselves about the issues that may be behind the initial question. For example. .. These ideas might help push for deeper thinking of ideas the children are exploring. They are not intended to be a list of questions that children should answer. It is their ideas that should drive the enquiry.  Is philosophy always
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Yes or No? -Obedience

Should we always do as we are told? Why? Why not? Facilitation ideas Who decides what you should do? Does the person who tells you what to do always have the most power? What if the person in power is a bad person? Can someone control every thing about you? Is it more important to obey yourself or others? Should you obey without thinking about why ? Is having to do as you are told always fair? Can you still have free
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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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What if. ..

The only currency in the world was chocolate coins? Facilitation ideas. .. Would everybody in the world have fair access to wealth? Would you rather eat it or buy things with it? Would all chocolate become valuable? Could anyone start producing chocolate currency? What problems might there be?  Concepts to explore.… wealth, equality, choice
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Fairytale teaparty

Which one of these characters would you not invite and why ? Goldilocks The Beast Rumplestiltskin Sleeping Beauty The big bad Wolf
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AGREE OR DISAGREE

All animals are meat Facilitation ideas….. If we lived in a world without shops what would we eat ? Why do we eat some animals but not others? Would we eat animals if they all had names? Is it okay to eat animals? Would we survive as a species if eating animals was illegal? If it was illegal would there be any circumstances where you would eat an animal? Do animals choose what they eat? Is all killing murder? A
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Norwich p4c training days

Two new training days . March 28th- p4c for EYFS practitioners April 25th- p4c in the Primary classroom 9-3 at Lionwood Infant & Nursery School Norwich Please email saraloisstanley@yahoo.co.uk for details and booking forms
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