The School of Life Philosophical Questions for Curious Minds£12.00
Puzzles and Ideas To Help Young Minds Grow Children are born philosophers but in order to fully bring out the best of their thinking, it helps to equip them with the largest and most thought-expanding questions. This is a pack of the very sharpest, based on the biggest conundrums of philosophy, and is guaranteed to generate lively, warm and fascinating conversations among families and friends. No prior knowledge is required; all that counts is a spirit of curiosity. The pack includes questions like: Is it ever right to lie? When might freedom not be a good thing? What's the difference between living and being alive? How does money make you happy and when doesn't it? With these questions to hand, conversation will forever be profound and entertaining, and minds young and old will have a crash course in the joys and adventures of philosophy. The cards cover five categories: What Is Right and Wrong? What Is Real? What Is Society? Is There a God? What Is the Meaning of Life? Questions cover topics such as: Can you make a case for why it is okay to eat some animals (like cows, pigs and lambs) and not others (like dogs, cat or goldfish)? Imagine that you and your best friend swapped brains: your brain was inserted into their body, and their brain was inserted into yours. Which person would be you - the one with your brain in their body, or their brain in yours? Or would it be neither? Or both? Should people be allowed to keep all the money they can earn? Or should they be made to give some money away to help others? Explain why? Philosophical Questions for Curious Minds Details: 52 Cards | 129mm x 90mm x 24mm | Instruction card included | Ideal for Ages 8+
Commotion A2 Light Panel - Tickit£109.99
The A2 Light Panel LED are an essential and versatile cross-curricular resource. With a new anti-trip magnetic connector and 3 light level settings they provide a cool, clean, bright illuminated background and are ideal for the investigation of light, colour and shape, or focused group work in a wide range of subjects. Slimline and with rounded edges, the panels are tough, portable and easy to wipe clean. Simple operation with a lock function to prevent them being turned off unintentionally. All TickiT Light Panels have an A+ energy rating and include a universal power adaptor (UK/ EU/ US/ AU compatible) with low voltage mains power supply, instructions for use and a TickiT Light Panel Guide. Digital versions of our light panel guide are available as follows: English Italian French Spanish German Swedish Polish Supports the following areas of learning: • Personal Development - sensory• Personal Development - collaborative play• Understanding the World - light• Understanding the World - observation A2 Light Panel Specification:Size: 635 x 460 x 8mm. Illuminated area: 585 x 410mm. Weight 3Kg.Age: Suitable for use with children under adult supervision.
Commotion Understanding Feelings Pack£26.00
The Understanding Feelings set has been designed to help children to learn about a range of feelings and to enable them to communicate more effectively with others. Using the components of the set children will be able to discuss, observe and better understand how they and others feel. Included in the set are 13 acetate faces all with different feeling expressions. These can be handled by the children - placed on a table, window or light panel. An A3 poster of these expressions includes a key to what they show. Also included are 3 blank white face-shaped boards for use with dry-wipe markers, 3 blank acetate faces and 3 face-shaped mirrors to observe self-expression. The set comes complete with a teacher’s guide with suggested activities and questions to pose. Supports the following areas of learning: • Understanding the World - observation• Personal Development - self-awareness• Personal Development - PSHE• Communication & Language - talking & listening• Personal Development - collaborative play 2016 PPS Silver Award Winner(Teacher Resources, Equipment & Tools category) What the PPS Award testers said: "We used the pack when discussing the transition to school and how new things were making the children feel. They took it in turns to say what makes them happy and used the blank ones to draw faces of themselves and how they look when happy or sad. The pack is easy to use and has good instructions." SpecificationSize of faces: 210 x 185mm. 13 expression faces, 3 mirror faces, 3 white dry-wipe faces, 3 clear acetate faces, teachers' guide and A3 poster.Age: Suitable from 3 years.
The School of Life Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Walden Pond£2.50
Colouring is not just an activity for children, but an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for adults too. An ideal activity for time spent alone or shared in the company of friends and family. We work hard to juggle the many challenges and complexities of modern life, and we need time to relax and recharge. The simple, meditative act of colouring in lines on a page can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm. You don't need to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Our illustrators have designed these posters with collaboration in mind. Using their framework as a guide, we encourage you to exercise your imagination as you select your colours and fill in between and outside the lines. About the illustrator: The School of Life commissioned Illustrator Michael Kirkham to re-imagine the great literary work, Walden: or Life in the Woods by Thoreau. Michael Kirkham works internationally in the fields of advertising, editorial and design. He has been represented by the Heart Agency in London and New York since 2007. He lives with his partner and their two young children in Edinburgh, UK. He also enjoys walks. Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Walden Pond | 680 x 990mm | 128gsm art paper by The School of Life
The School of Life Egg Cup Philosophers£18.00
4 Porcelain Egg Cups A surprising number of the great thinkers of history started their day with an egg. Our Egg Cup Philosophers are an aid to thinking. Each one represents not just a particular philosopher, but one of their key ideas: a morsel of wisdom to sustain us throughout the day. By contemplating each thinker, and perhaps discussing them over the table, you can choose whichever best suits the demands of your day, helping you to meet it with a wiser frame of mind. Philosophers Included: Buddha Hypatia of Alexandria Maimonides Simone de Beauvoir Four egg cups in box | 100 x 100 x 70mm | Booklet included
The School of Life Culture Memory Game£18.00
A card-matching memory game in which players try to pair iconic cultural items. This is a matching game showcasing iconic works of art, architecture, design, and literature. Each work represents a unique perspective or key insight into the question of how to live a good life. Together, they form a visual index of some of the best ideas in the world. Designed to be enjoyed by grown-ups and kids of all ages. How to play: Mix and place cards face down. Players take turns turning any two cards over at a time. If the cards match, the player takes another turn. If the cards do not match, flip the cards back over and the next player takes their turn. When all pairs have been matched, the player with the most pairs wins. Example card: The Pantheon The purpose of this building is to focus our minds on unity: the single perfect circle at the top and centre. Unity in our daily lives means organisation: resolving things into their simplest, clearest state, so we can make decisions and set priorities. Japanese Tea Ceremony The tea ceremony makes every part of an act serve a psychological purpose: becoming more tranquil, noticing details, being exact. It is a transformation that could be applied to many things, i.e. brushing one's teeth, doing stretches in the morning, using social media, or making a ritual for dealing with emails. Bauhaus Colour Sphere Colours, like sounds, don't force us, but they encourage particular states of mind: the grey-green of a lichen-covered wall could be calming; ones dormant tenderness might be brought out by a pink sky. We should want to help make a society where colours in every circumstance are thought about carefully. 36 Pairs | 60mm x 60mm cards | Printed grey board | Supporting booklet
Kids Concept Cushion Mammuth - 100% Cotton filled with Polyester£10.00
Cushion with a lovely mammoth design on both sides. Equally decorative both on the bed or the couch. Also could use it as a craft activity letting your child to paint it in a creative play. Concept Neo By Kids Concept Colour: White & Black Length in cm 31 Width in cm 19 Material 100% Cotton Filling Material 100% Polyester Net Weight (g) 222 By Kids Concept The product is not flame retardant because the chemicals included in the treatment are not approved according to the REACH legislation.
The School of Life Soft Animal: Donald£25.00
A handcrafted teddy bear doll, designed by Donna Wilson, and inspired by the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. Donald is a soft toy designed to offer comfort to adults, children alike and children. Each Donald has been lovingly embroidered and assembled by hand in East London, making each one individual. He was created in collaboration with designer Donna Wilson.Donna Wilson set up her company in 2003 after making odd knitted creatures for her final show at the Royal College of Art. The creatures sold out and since then she has built her business designing and making a collection of curious cushions, luxurious lambswool blankets, and a variety of products for you and your home.Donna says:"It was a wonderful commission to work with The School of Life on a transitional toy. My own teddy bear was my most treasured possession when I was little, and I loved the idea of creating this symbolic object for adults or children. Donald is no ordinary teddy bear; he has a lot of character in his embroidered face and looks like he’d keep all your secrets! He’s made from the softest lambswool and has cosy knitted shorts to make him stand out from the crowd." The English psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott was the first person to write seriously and with sensitivity about the business of teddy bears. In a paper from the early 1960s, Winnicott described a boy of six – whose parents had been deeply abusive to him – becoming very connected to a small animal his grandmother had given him. Every night, he would have a dialogue with the animal, would hug him close to his chest and shed a few tears into his stained and greying soft fur. It was his most precious possession, for which he would have given up everything else. As the boy summarised the situation to Winnicott: ‘No one else can understand me like bunny can.’ Winnicott knew that mental well-being depends on having to hand a repertoire of more gentle, forgiving and hopeful inner voices. To keep going, there are moments when one side of the mind needs to say to the other that the criticism is enough: that it understands, that this could happen to anyone, that one could not have known… It is this kind of indispensable benevolent voice that the child first starts to rehearse and exercise with the help of a stuffed animal. If our development has gone well, what was trialled in the presence of a stuffed animal should continue all of our lives. Every healthy adult should possess a capacity for self-nurture: that is, for retreating to a safe secluded space and speaking in a tone that’s gentle, encouraging and infinitely forgiving. We should honour stuffed animals for what they really are: tools to help us on our first steps in the vital business of knowing how to look after ourselves. 32cm tall soft lambs wool toy | Assembled by hand in London | Supporting booklet
The School of Life Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Know Yourself£2.50
Colouring is not just an activity for children, but an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for adults too. We work hard to juggle the many challenges and complexities of modern life, and we need time to relax and recharge. The simple, meditative act of colouring in lines on a page can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm. You don't need to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Our illustrators have designed these posters with collaboration in mind. Using their framework as a guide, we encourage you to exercise your imagination as you select your colours and fill in between and outside the lines. An ideal activity for time spent alone or shared in the company of friends. An A1 colouring poster designed by Jeffrey Bowman to encourage inner reflection. About the illustrator: The School of Life commissioned Creative Jeffrey Bowman to create an illustration which would encourage inner reflection. Jeffrey lives, works and creates in the Lake District. His practice extends to writing too - he has two books published by Gestalten. Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Know Yourself | 680 x 990mm | 128gsm art paper by The School of Life