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New year New you

This year who would you rather be? A SUPERHERO or THE RULER OF THE UNIVERSE I wonder. …which would be the most powerful job? Should you be paid to do these jobs  ..If so who should get paid the most? Which of these would be the most rewarding job and why?  
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December 11th

Which would be better ? Marshmallow snow Or Chocolate rain
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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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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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The YES …Sarah Bee & Satoshi Kitamura-Andersen Press

The philosophy of a Yes and many Nos   This week I was sent a copy of The Yes by Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura, published by Andersen Press. I make it my job to find picture books that offer problems and questionings about big themes. This one found me in a way that only a Yes can…. And I can’t wait to share it with children who always have more wonderings than me. The plot is simple but the language flo
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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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Questions about LOVE

Why do we use a heart shape when it looks nothing like a real heart? Does love come from a heart? What does love look like? Would you love the same things if you had someone else’s heart? How many things do you really love? Do you love everything equally? Can you control love? Can you steal love ? What question could you ask about love?
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BETTER or WORSE?- Smiley Money.

Imagine we could decide to get rid of money as we know it. In order to buy things you would now only use a smile. Would this be a better or worse system than we have now?  WHAT do you THINK and WHY ? Facilitation ideas Which would make you wealthier money or smiles ? Is wealthy the same as being rich? Do we need a currency to be happy? If we used smiles would some people be richer than others? Would a smile stil
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