Kids are the most curious creatures ever.
My 6-year-old can never stop asking questions. Even though sometimes it drives me nuts, I realize it’s a good way to get to know about people and the world we live in.
And an amazing way to get to know your kids better is to ask questions to them.
I don’t know whether it’s because I have less and less time now to be curious and make questions up, I find a list of good questions to ask kids useful.
As part of your daily connection time with kids (if you don’t do it already, I highly recommend it!), I like to take this list and ask funny and thoughtful questions.
It always ends in laughter or some light-hearted moments.
And the fact is when kids grow up, they might not talk as much as they are now. It might get harder to make them share their life with you.
So, it’s a good idea to get used to asking questions and getting to know each other by sharing.
So here are 101 good questions to ask kids to get to know them better.
101 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD TO GET THEM TO TALK
a) FUN QUESTIONS TO ASK KIDS
- If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?
- What was the funniest thing that happened in your life?
- If you could become your favorite fictional character who would you become? And why?
- If you were stuck with one food item to eat every day, what would you eat?
- If you can switch places with mom (or dad) for one day, what’s the first thing you will do?
- If you could have one superhero as your imaginary best friend, who would it be?
- Would you rather be a baby or a grown-up? And why?
- Where would you rather live? A house that has all your favorite books or a house where you don’t have screen-time restrictions?
- If you could go to any part of the world right now, where would you go?
- If you can tick off an item from your bucket list today, what would it be?
- If you were to get stranded on an island, what three belongings would you pick to have with you?
- If you would like to change your name, what would it be?
- What’s one superpower you secretly wish to have?
- What smell do you like the most?
- If you could time travel, which year/memory/event would you go back to?
- If your pet could talk, what would you two talk about? What do you think would it tell you?
- Why are Tom & Jerry never growing up?
- Which cartoon world would you like to live in?
- The vegetable you wish never existed in the world
- What’s the weirdest thing you have ever seen?
- Would you prefer to be the smartest person or the most popular person in your school?
- What’s the funniest thing about your pet?
- What’s the daily chore you hate the most?
- If a genie comes to you and asks you for three wishes, what would those be?
- If you had a secret hideout what would you keep in it?
- If you could meet a historic person, who would it be?
- What’s the funniest thing that happened in school today?
- What would you do if you made the rules at home?
- How does it feel like to hug your favorite person in the world?
- How do animals talk to each other?
- If tomorrow will be the best day of your life, what would you like to happen tomorrow?
- If you want to make money, what would you sell?
- Would you rather have a cottage in the mountains or a bungalow on a beach?
- Do you think aliens exist? If yes, where do they live and what do they eat?
- What would you rather have in our backyard? A treehouse or a swimming pool? And why?
- If you made a video/a film, what would it be about?
- If you made a movie, who would you make the hero/ heroine in it?
- What makes you so awesome?
- What’s your favorite toy to sleep with?
- What’s the best dream you ever had?
- What do you think is the most difficult job in the world?
- What if mom stopped using her mobile phone? What do you think would change for you?
b) QUESTIONS TO GET THEM KNOW BETTER
- When you grow up, what do you want to be?
- If you could make a change in the world right now, what would it be?
- If you could change anything about your life right now, what would it be?
- If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
- If you are the President of this country, what changes would you bring here?
- Tell me some ideas about how you can change a poor person’s life.
- Which fictional character has your most favorite personality type? What can you do to bring that personality trait to you?
- When you buy a house, how would you design the interior of it? What things do you want to have in your dream house?
- What do you daydream about often?
- What’s one of your wishes that came true in the last 12 months?
- What’s the best way to show love to your mom/dad/siblings?
- What’s one rule you wish you didn’t have in life?
- What’s the best book you ever read?
- What do you worry about the most?
- When do you feel jealous of your friends?
- What’s the worst mistake you made in life? What would you do differently about it?
- Have you ever lied because you feared punishment?
- What is the proudest moment of your life?
- Tell me more about your best friend. What made you make him/her your best friend?
- What made you proud today?
- What is your biggest strength?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- What do you like most about your brother/sister?
- What’s your favorite way to spend time with mom/dad?
- What’s your favorite family ritual?
- What’s the hardest part about being a child?
- What’s the most shocking thing you ever heard in the news?
- What are you most grateful for in life?
- What’s the saddest memory in your life?
- Tell me something you did that I don’t know yet
- What makes you feel loved?
- What’s one thing you wanted to ask mom/dad, but you were too scared to ask?
c) QUESTIONS THAT PROMOTE CRITICAL THINKING
- How would you spend your time if you were born in a time when there was no TV, tablet, or computer?
- What would you do if a medical urgency happened to someone at home and there are no other adults around?
- What would happen if there was no Sun?
- How would you live if your parents are not around anymore?
- Is it better to spend time watching TV or reading a book?
- What would you do if your best friend gets bullied at school?
- What do you think about cheating on a school test?
- If you want to buy yourself a favorite item and if you have to make money on your own, what would you do?
- If you were the writer of Harry Potter (or any of their favorite story), how differently would you end it?
- If you were too poor to attend a school, how would your life turn out?
- What are your five best qualities?
- What would you do today if you came to know that the world will end tomorrow?
- What one thing would you like to invent to make life easier for people?
- What is one thing you think kids have it hard and adults easy?
- What would you want to be famous for?
- if you had more than 24 hours in a day, what would you do with the extra time?
- If you felt sorry about misbehavior what would you do to make yourself feel better?
- In what way you can help a friend who struggles with studies?
- How has being born in this home affected your life?
d) QUESTIONS THAT PROMOTE RESILIENCE
- If you lose your basketball game final, what would you do to cope with the disappointment?
- What would you feel if you fail in your exam even after studying well? How would you cope with your emotions?
- How would you react if your sister tore the drawing you worked hard on?
- How would you react if you were scolded by your teacher in front of the whole class?
- What if your project idea was rejected by your group mates?
- How do you feel about being put down by people about your failure? How would you stand up for yourself?
- What would help you to keep going when you face failures in life?
- What was the toughest thing that happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
WHY ASK QUESTIONS TO KIDS?
As parents, we are busy and we hardly have quality time to talk to kids while juggling chores, work, and raising kids.
But conducting a 10-minute session, where you ask some of these questions to kids can bring up interesting answers and start good conversations.
Remember, this question-answer session is to make kids talk and help build a closer bond as a result. This helps to start good conversations that you might not get a chance to have otherwise.
1) When you ask questions, give kids the time to think and answer. There are no marks for answering these questions. So if all you could do is ask one question and then have a good conversation as a result, that’s wonderful and that’s enough.
You can do it again later.
2) Get curious and ask lots of why. This helps you to get an insight into their internal world and how they are perceiving life and the people in their life.
This also helps in improving their creativity and teach them to develop critical thinking skills. You could also find opportunities to know how your parenting affects them and where you need to improve.
So it’s a win-win. What are you waiting for? Start asking questions away!
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