For Kids

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Charlie’s Playhouse makes awesome evolution-themed toys!  They work with scientists to make sure that toys like their Giant Evolution Timeline (section pictured at right) and Ancient Creature Cards are scientifically accurate, and they have kids play-test their toys to make sure they’re fun too.

Charlie’s Playhouse also runs fun activities and contests for children, like their recent Evolution and Art contest which asked kids to imagine a creature and how its descendants might evolve in response to a changing environment.  You can get on their email list, friend them on facebook, or follow them on twitter to hear about new fun offerings.

We’ve used both the Giant Evolution Timeline and the Ancient Creature Cards at Camp Quest, with great results.

Junior Skeptic is a ten page kids section included in Skeptic magazine, a quarterly magazine published by the Skeptic Society and edited by Michael Shermer.

It is aimed at an approximately 6-8th grade reading level. Junior Skeptic covers popular skeptic and paranormal-debunking topics like alien abduction, bigfoot, and the Bermuda Triangle, along with science topics like evolution.  Check out a sample issue in PDF.

The Society for Philosophical Inquiry has a book and program for kids. They offer a method for facilitating philosophy discussion with kids called The Philosophers’ Club, and they have a book of the same name.

Check out their guide for facilitating a Philosophers’ Club.  There are Philosophers’ Clubs springing up all over the place, so be on the lookout for one in your area, or get one started yourself!

The Society for Philosophical Inquiry also promotes philosophy discussion groups for adults called Socrates Café, so check those out too.

The Center for Inquiry runs a week-long summer camp program called Camp Inquiry for kids ages 7-16 in Holland, NY.  Their 2011 session runs from July 31 to August 6.  Camp Inquiry works toward “helping youth confront the challenges of living a non-theistic/secular lifestyle in a world dominated by religious belief and pseudoscience.”  Activities at Camp Inquiry focus on science, skepticism, ethics, and philosophy.