It’s 2:45pm and it’s time to get my son from school or pick him up from Taekwondo. And from all the questions I ask him about his day, I ususally end up getting one or two words as an answer…
Are you tired of getting a one-word answer from your child when you ask them about their day? Do you want to have more meaningful conversations with your kids? Asking open-ended questions is a great way to get your children talking and spark interesting discussions.
I’m an English facilitator here in Korea and asking the right questions is part of my job. I have compiled a list of 150 open-ended and simple questions that will help you connect with your kids and have fun conversations.
Whether you are sitting at the dinner table, going on a long car ride, or just hanging out at home, these questions will encourage your children to share their thoughts, dreams, and experiences.
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Questions that Encourage Kids to Dream
Young children have vivid imaginations and love to dream about all sorts of things. These questions will tap into their creativity and allow them to share their wildest dreams and aspirations.
1-If you were given one million dollars, what would you do with it?
2-If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
3-If you could spend the day with anyone in the world (past or present), who would it be?
4-If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
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5-If our pets could talk, what would they say?
6-If you could be on any TV show or YouTube channel, which would it be and why?
7-If you could be any animal, which would you be?
8-If you could create a new holiday, what would it be?
9-If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
10-If you could give every person in the world a gift, what would it be?
More Great Questions
11-If you could grow up to be famous, what would you be famous for?
12-If you could travel back in time three years, what advice would you give yourself?
13-If money wasn’t a factor, how would you live your life differently?
14-What do you imagine your first day of college will look like?
15-If aliens offered you a ride on their spaceship, which two friends would you take?
16-If you had $5000 to design a custom treehouse, what would you include?
17-If you could be any flavor of ice cream, what would you be and why?
18-If you could have any three wishes granted, what would they be?
19-What are you excited to do when you’re a grown-up?
20-What rule will you have as an adult for your home?
Great Conversation Starters
Sometimes, we don’t always know what’s going on inside our children’s minds. These insightful questions will provide a window into their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
21-Would you ever go skydiving?
22-Where do you imagine yourself in five years?
23-Where would you go on your perfect vacation? Who would you take with you?
24-What’s one of your biggest fears?
25-If you could be any age, what age would you be and why?
26-What’s your first memory?
27-If you could plan the perfect day, what would you do?
28-Is there something you wish you could do better than you currently do?
29-What was the high point and low point of your day today?
30-Which objects do you associate with your parents or grandparents?
More Great Questions
31-What’s your biggest challenge right now?
32-What’s special about the neighborhood you grew up in or the one you live in now?
33-Are you saving for anything right now?
34-What are three things you’re grateful for?
35-If you could create a new family tradition, what would it be?
36-What are you looking forward to next year?
37-What was your biggest accomplishment this week?
38-If you were a teacher at school, what rules would you make?
39-What do you think is different about life now compared to when your parents were kids?
40-What are some ways we could help people this week?
Like or Dislike Questions for Kids
Getting to know your child’s preferences can be a great way to bond and understand them better. These questions will help you discover their likes and dislikes.
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41-What’s your favorite season of the year? Why?
42-What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
43-If you could only listen to three songs all the time, what would they be?
44-What movie could you watch over and over and not get sick of?
45-What’s your favorite movie?
46-What’s your favorite meal?
47-What’s your favorite day of the week?
48-What’s your favorite time of day, and why?
49-What’s one of your most loved things? Why?
50-What do you like most about your school?
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51-What are your favorite ice cream flavors?
52-What’s your favorite thing about our family?
53-What’s your favorite activity that we do together as a family?
54-What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?
55-What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
56-What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter?
57-What’s your favorite holiday, and why?
58-What’s your favorite room in our home?
59-What are your favorite books of all time?
60-Do you like cats or dogs better? Why?
Questions about Favorites
61-What is your favorite subject in school?
62-What’s your favorite place in the world?
63-What’s your favorite color?
64-What’s your favorite holiday?
65-What’s your favorite sport or activity?
66-What’s your favorite animal?
67-What’s your favorite song right now?
68-What’s your favorite joke?
69-What’s your favorite food?
70-What’s your favorite hobby?
“Would You Rather?” Questions for Kids
71-Would you rather take a trip to a city or the beach?
72-Would you rather have the power to fly or the power to be invisible?
73-Would you rather explore the bottom of the ocean or the deepest reaches of outer space?
74-Would you rather be as small as a ladybug or as big as an elephant?
75-Would you rather have wings or a tail?
76-Would you rather have a pet cat or a pet dog?
77-Would you rather be able to wake up earlier or go to bed later?
78-Would you rather have a ghost in your attic or a monster under your bed?
79-Would you rather live someplace that’s warm all the time or someplace where there’s always snow on the ground?
80-Would you rather ride a horse or a motorcycle?
Questions for Big Kids
81-What’s your best talent?
82-What’s one thing you wish you were better at?
83-What’s one thing that makes you unique?
84-What qualities do you look for in a friend?
85-Who is someone you look up to? Why?
86-What do you like to daydream about?
87-What’s one thing I don’t already know about you?
88-When was the last time you had to do something really hard? How did you do it?
89-When was the last time you went out of your way to be nice to someone? What did that feel like?
90-What worries you most?
91-What’s the hardest thing in your life right now?
Questions About the Past
92-What’s the first thing you remember?
93-What’s a memory that makes you happy?
94-What’s the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to you?
95-What’s the best gift you ever got?
96-What was the best trip you ever took?
97-What was the best birthday you ever had?
98-What’s the last thing that made you laugh really hard?
99-What’s your favorite age to be so far?
100-What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you?
101-What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
102-What’s your favorite family tradition?
Questions About the Future
103-What’s something you’re looking forward to?
104-What goals do you have for the next year?
105-Where do you want to live when you grow up? What does your dream house look like?
106-What do you want to do for a job when you grow up? What job would you want to do the least?
107-What kind of car would you like to drive?
108-What skill or hobby would you most like to learn in the future?
109-If you could go anywhere in the world, what place would you most want to travel to? Why?
110-If you could sign up for one travel experience, like bungee jumping or scuba diving, what would it be?
111-Do you think you’ll attend college? What kind of campus do you imagine you’ll want?
112-What are you looking forward to most about getting older?
Fun Questions for Critical Thinking
113-If you had a time machine, what time would you travel to? What would you do?
114-If you could make any invention in the world, what would you invent?
115-If you won a million dollars, what would you buy?
117-If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Why?
118-If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
119-If you were a parent, what new rules would you make for your family?
120-If you were the principal of your school, what new rules would you make?
121-If you were the president of the country, what new laws would you make?
122-If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
123-If you could switch places with one person in your family, who would it be and why?
Silly and Funny Questions for Kids
124-If you could switch places with your pet for a day, what would your day be like?
125-If your stuffed animals could talk, what would they say?
126-If you woke up and there were suddenly no rules, what’s the first thing you would do?
127-What is the silliest face you can make?
128-If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
129-What would life be like if you had eight arms like an octopus?
130-Can you wiggle your ears?
131-Touch your tongue to your nose?
132-Raise only one eyebrow?
133-If you were given permission to make the biggest mess ever, what would you do?
134-What’s the weirdest noise you can make?
135-Which animal do you think has the smelliest farts?
Questions for Little Kids
136-What’s your favorite animal?
137-Are Zebras Black or White?
138-What’s your favorite thing to color?
139-What would your best day be like?
140-What do you like to do most when you go to a playground?
141-If you opened a store, what would you sell?
142-Would you rather be a superhero or a princess? Why?
143-What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
144-What’s your favorite thing to do inside?
145-What’s your favorite room where you live? Why?
146-If you had a camera, what would you want to take pictures of?
My Last Words…
Remember, the key to having great conversations with your kids is to listen actively and show genuine interest in their responses. These thoughtful questions are just a starting point to help you connect with your children on a deeper level. Enjoy the conversations and cherish these moments with your kids as they grow up.
Ask the silly questions and make up your own list of questions. 1- What’s the grossest thing you can imagine? 2- What’s your favorite TV show? 3- What’s the fastest land animal? 4- What are 5 items you would never buy at the grocery store? and the list goes on…
The best thing to do is to make this natural. Don’t make these questions awkward for your kids to answer because they’ll not want to join in. The whole point of this is, not only to have fun but to select the types of questions that your kid will love to answer and hopefully snowball from there.
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