The Winners of the Little Big Thinkers Contest 2017

The Winners of the Little Big Thinkers Contest 2017

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Little Big Thinker Contest and thank you to everyone who participated!

Every year we invite students from ages 5 to 11 to answer a philosophical question in any format they prefer for a chance to win books and games for the class. This year we were bombarded with smart and creative answers from across the country. Our submissions came from public schools, private schools, and home schools – it was not easy to choose from such a wealth of imaginative and original work! There were short stories, beautiful drawings, and even videos. We’ll be sharing many of them on our Facebook and Twitter over the next few days.

Our judges chose three answers in French and English that clearly addressed the question with a creative and original answer. Here are the 2017 Little Big Thinkers Contest Winners!


1st Prize – Hudson Van Dale – Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2nd Prize – Reese – Ottawa, Ontario.

3rd Prize – Malacai Heibert – Steinbach, Manitoba.


1st – Rileigh Dusseault – Penticton, British Columbia

2nd – Alex Jung – Penticton, British Columbia

3rd – Faith Henderson – Penticton, British Columbia

And more great news: Playwise, the inspiration for this contest, has been chosen as Creative Child Magazine’s Game of the Year for 2017! Congratulations to Dr. George Ghanotakis and his team at the Canadian Institute of Philosophy for Children.

Dr. Ghanotakis is working to establish a Canada-wide tournament of philosophical, democratic discussion, the Playwise Olympiads, inspired by the National High School Ethics Bowl and Philosophy Slam taking place in the United States. We’re looking for schools (elementary, junior high, middle school, and secondary) who are interested in hosting these events in 2018! For more information, or to volunteer, please feel free to contact us any time at!

playwise game of the year