Younger children

Many schools and teachers use P4C and Thinking Moves with young children – from age 3 upwards. They often start with caring and collaborative thinking and then moves on to creative and critical thinking.

The ideas below will help teachers rebuild the sense of a safe community in the classroom, reinstate self-regulation and to address emotional issues. How Philosophy Can Help Children Cope with Uncertain Times is also helpful.

Ideas from Feeling Better could help your child cope whether they’re feeling angry, worked up or just overexcited…

And here are plenty of brilliant P4C stimulus suggestions from our Early Years teachers.

Starting gently

Sharing Cookies: Why should we share? Does one good turn deserve another? When things run short, should you think of others’ needs?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein: What made the tree happy? Did the boy get too greedy? Does giving people things make you happy? Is there a tree that you really like?

Would You Rather? by John Burningham: Would you rather have supper in a castle, breakfast in a balloon, or tea on the river? Would you rather be made to eat spider stew, taste slug dumplings, chew mashed worms, or drink a snail shake?

What If? by Adam Fletcher, Jintaiyang Kindergarten, Shanghai: A brilliant interactive slide set of 15 What If? questions:
– What if you could stop time?
– What if one wish would come true?
– etc.

Would you rather? by Adam Fletcher: A graphic slide set of 9 Would You Rather? questions:
– What would you rather find?
– Whose magic powers would you rather have?
– etc.

Feeling sad

Sad by Michael Rosen: Do I have to pretend I am happy so that people won’t worry? How can I help myself to feel a bit less sad?

While we Can’t Hug  by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar

The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar:

Feeling anxious

Huge Bag of Worries: Can talking about worries help?

Thank Goodness for Bob by Matthew Morgan: Do you have to talk to a person or can you talk to a pet or toy?

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook: How can you calm down when you start to worry?

Silly Billy by Anthony Browne: Do we need to worry about sharing our worries?  Billy worries about his worry dolls.  Is it okay to share worries? 

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell: helps tackle anxieties and fears about temporary separation

Feeling calm

Idea 1: Look at these Blobs. They are all calm. What does calm feel like?  What makes you feel calm?

Idea 2: Which Blob do you feel like? Why? W hich one do you want to be and why?×877.jpg

Life not returning to normal

What does it mean to be patient? from What’s the Big Idea? by Cbeeebies

Where the Wild Things Are  by Maurice Sendak: Where would you go if you could go anywhere? Would you still go if you had to go alone?

What is a hero? Can I be a hero? from What’s the Big Idea? by Cbeebies


Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies: If you can’t be with someone in person can you still imagine adventures with them? How can someone stay as a real part of our life even when they are gone? Can you still talk to someone once they die?

No Matter What by Debi Gliori: Does love go on forever? How can you use nature to remember the people who have gone?

Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr: When someone has died do you think they would want you to be able to be happy and have fun without them? Stimulus: