Philosophy: If a tree falls in a wood…

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By Sue Cowleyeducation author and trainer

... and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Promote philosophical thinking with tree-themed questions


Trees can provide a fantastic stimulus for creative thinking and reasoning skills


  1. What is sound?
  2. Traditional stories
  3. We cannot eat money
  4. The meaning of life
  5. Trees and religion
  6. Family trees
  7. Tree poems

Images of nature offer a wonderful basis for inspiring philosophical questions and discussions. In this article, the picture of a tree (see Poster, ‘Tree’) is used as a starting point to get children exploring a range of complex ideas. Trees hold a powerful place in the imagination; in many cultures, forests are regarded as spiritual, sacred places. There is something magical about walking through a wood. If you have access to a wooded area, this would make a wonderful trip to inspire thinking around this topic.

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