Take Me Seriously! Philosophy & Children

Big questions is what most people think that philosphy is all about. Big and hard questions that only adults can have something important to contribute to. Philosophy for children is not about teaching children about philosophy but to engage with children about philosophical questions. Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. Questions …

Asking Questions that Open the Possibility Door

Explore the learning potential and creative thinking benefits of shifting the way you ask your child questions. Good questions help children to think outside the square, they challenge assumptions and help to spark a desire to explore possibilities. A think dive into the unknown. Children love to ponder over ideas that are a bit silly …

Biomimicry for Young Children – Magic DinoPills

What if you were a dentist? Can you invent something inspired by dinosaurs? Magnificent plant-eating dinosaurs provided inspiration for the idea of Magic DinoPills. The long-necked, plant-eating giants such as Diplodocus and Camarasaurus grew new teeth every couple of months. Their diet consisting of plants such a trees, bushes, cycads, ginkgoes and ferns worn down …

Elephants, where are they? Draw a Map of Endangered Animals

Every elephant counts! On the Fifth of May, we saved Five Trumpeting Elephants But where are they? The magnificent elephants migrate and cross borders. Elephants have no passports like humans and it vital to count the numbers and see where they are to help protect them. To help protect elephants in Africa "The Great Elephant …

Biomimicry for Young Children – Inspired by Endangered Orangutangs

On the third day of March We saved three Swinging Orangutans Our think dive this month is inspired by not only orangutans but also dreams about Easter bunnies and chocolate. After we have learnt that the production of palm oil is a major threat to orangutans we decided to make a chocolate bark using chocolate …

Biomimicry for Young Children Inspired by the Endagered Sloths

Bring slowness into the world! On the Second Day of February, We Saved Two Sleepy Sloths Would it not be great to stretch time? How can we celebrate slowfulness? William Beebe was a sloth researcher who was very impressed by the sloths' slowness. He wrote,  "Sloths have no right to be living on this earth, …

Biomimicry for Young Children – Inspired by Endangered Dugongs

Dugongs spark our curiosity and tug our heart-strings. These sea cows are beautiful and fascinating creatures. The first day of January we saved One swimming dugong Inspired by the carol "The Twelve days fo Christmas", we made up a song where we each month saved an animal - The Twelve Months of Endangered Animals Song. …

Kindness & Christmas – Spread Christmas Spirit Wherever You Go

  Everyone can make a difference. Everyone can be kind. And everyone can have creative ideas about acts of kindness during the Festive Season! There are many wonderful and creative lists where you can select acts of kindness that your students or child can carry out during December. If you are looking for ways to …

A Day at the Beach – Inspired by Sandpipers and Seagulls

Building sandcastles, surfing on waves, and licking the world's yummiest ice-cream! A day at the beach can be truly magical. Children can tank their bodies with warm sun rays and parents' endless love. But it can also be a day filled with wonderous and mind-boggling ideas and questions. Dream, build and invent. Invent playground shaped …

Jelly Bean Frog Story Writing and Robos- Biomimicry for Young Children

Tiny, tiny, tiny frogs! Some frogs are the size of a jellybean. Jelly bean frogs - wonderful inspiration! Of course we could not resist cutting out the tiniest frogs and to put them beside jelly beans. Brachycephalus frogs are less than a 1 cm long (0.39 inches) or approximately the size of a jelly bean. …

Wonder Ponder – Brave and Bold Philosophical Questions

  Open, Look, Think Wonder Ponder brings you innovative visual philosophy cards for children. There is a picture on one side of the card, and when you turn the card there is a number of philosophical questions. The questions are different from any other philosophical material that I have seen for children. A fresh and …

Crittery Steps and Long Jumps – Critical and Lateral Thinking

There are many metaphors that describe thinking – but they are  constructed for adults. New and engaging terms are needed to explain different thinking styles for young children. The metaphor Think Dive is fun and it may help children to explore their own thinking process. It also explains in a clear way what is required …

Dandelion Magic – Fly Away With Your Ideas

  Pale little dandelion, in her white shroud, Heareth the angel-breeze call from the cloud. Tiny plumes fluttering, make no delay, Little winged dandelion, soareth away. From "The Little Dandelion" by Helen Barron Bostwick. Children's knowledge of nature is dwindling. Although this in itself is sad, it is even more alarming is that children are …

Green Thinking For the Future – Critical Thinking Comes After

  Trying to inspire children and adults to believe that thinking is cool and fun is hard work. Even though many people believe that it is important to think, few people actively tries to improve the character of thinking. It is a tricky business to enhance awareness about different approaches to thinking and about ways …

Tinkering and Making!

“A flying machine inspired by dragonfly wings, caterpillar game and cuddly robots" Will an approach that relies on making, tinkering, question asking be used in the mainstream classroom? Rachelle Doorley says “When children are encouraged to solve problems on their own, they learn a great deal through the questions and hands-on-experiments that lead to a …

Invitation to Think Dive

Have you ever slept with your feet on the pillow?" Pippi Longstocking is  a strong female character with nonsensical logic. She loves to twist things around. "Then she crept into bed. She always slept with her feet on the pillow and her head way down under the quilt. "That's the way they sleep in Guatemala," …

Biomimicry Design Challenge

Stunning, creative and innovative! How does nature solve transportation challenges? Transportation is linked not only to movement of people and goods, but also to equality, access to food and wildlife impacts. Student teams from around the world took part in the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. Nature-inspired transportation ideas where used to design solutions that addressed …

Re-Invent Drawing

Delightful inspiration! How do you draw? How do you use  crayons and pencils? And could you re-imagine drawing? The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, with the help of Italian design duo Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Mathery Studio, challenges everything that we normally link to drawing. And it is done in the most exciting, creative …

Dinosaur Detective

Imagine living hundreds of millions years ago  during the age of dinosaurs. Many children go through a dinosaur phase and they become little dino-experts, twisting their tongues when they try to learn the often long and complicated names like Triceratops and Tyrannosaurs Rex. This diverse group of animals first appears during the Triassic period, over …

Moods and Stories

Do you think The Little Prince,  is a story filled with "trust" and "joy"? In the Sound Cloud below you can hear what the story "The Little Prince" may sound like if you  use a  software system, called "TransProse" to transform the written work into a piano concerto. The software has been developed to understand …

Beautiful Questions

Always the beautiful answer Who asks a more beautiful question. E.E. Cummings I have just finished reading the book A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger. I bought this book to read about how to spark  innovation. But there is a great chapter about children and education …

Invent an Artwork

Artists love to break patterns and invent something new that no one has seen before. You can inspire your child to invent new art forms by teaching him to ask questions and providing him with inspiration. A simple way to think dive into how to invent a new type of drawing is to look at …

Animals in the Womb

  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein We often have strong but divergent feelings about animals. Do dogs have minds? Do elephants have rights? And should we adopt a stray cat? The change to see things from a different perspective offers insights into other worlds. Changing …

Empathy Toy

Empathy  requires vulnerability and some work on the part of the empathizer. Empathy means that a child can  inhabit a feeling with someone - he can imagine himself in someone's else' s position. This act is more of a feeling than a deliberate action. It is not the same as sympathy, which is feeling bad …