50 Fun Questions To Get Kids Talking
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about 50 Fun Questions to Get Kids Talking.
Getting your children to talk to you can often be very difficult. Especially if they are young and are only just learning to speak in full sentences.
Although sometimes difficult and it can often feel as though the conversation may not really make much sense, it is essential for a child’s development and the parent-child bond that you persevere.
The key to helping your children talk to you is to try to keep things light. Just because you want them to talk does not necessarily mean that those conversations have to be deep and about heavy topics. Our list of questions to ask kids will help you get started.
The Science Behind Why We Should Ask Our Children Questions
It has been shown that when children have conversations with adults, they learn new vocabulary. Any grammatical errors are corrected, simply by the repetition in the conversation and the use of open-ended questions allow your child to offer their own opinion on an issue or question you have posed for them.
Vygotsky’s theory that children learn best through social interaction is also supported by improved expressive vocabulary development in children.
Scholars on the topic of language development shed light on how this can be accomplished, suggesting some ways that parents can encourage language development while talking with their children:
- Utilize rich vocabulary.
- Talk about topics the child is interested in.
- Use open-ended questions
- Take turns listening and speaking – model how a conversation works.
- Ask questions that encourage your child to think.
These suggestions are not complicated and as parents, you are probably doing them every day naturally as you speak to your children. But having a ready prepared list of questions at your fingertips can make the conversation flow a little easier.
So, here are some of our favorite questions to ask your children, to spark that conversation all the while enriching their language development and building that bond with them.
50 Fun Questions To Get Kids Talking
This list is a mixture of both open-ended and closed-ended questions. The purpose of some is to simply provide you information about your child’s likes and dislikes while others are there as conversation starters.
Get To Know You Questions For Kids
- What toy do you like to play with most?
- What is your favorite lunch?
- What is your favorite thing to do at the park?
- What is your favorite weather? Why?
- What is your favorite movie?
- Who is your favorite teacher?
- If you could live in any movie, but you had to go as the bad guy, which movie would you want to live in?
- Are you a morning person, or a night person?
- Do you like breakfast?
- Do you have a favorite dinner?
Funny Questions For Younger Children
- What kind of ice cream do mermaids like?
- What does the fox say?
- What noise do elephants make?
- Who lives on the moon?
- Why do puppies wag their tails?
- How did the big bad wolf blow down the pigs’ house?
- Is snow made out of sugar?
- What do leaves taste like?
- Why do dogs bark?
- Why does the wind blow?
Questions To Ask Children About Life
- What do you do first thing in the morning, after you wake up?
- How often do you brush your teeth?
- Who do you sit by on the bus to school?
- What’s your favorite way to help with dinner?
- What do you do to relax in the evening?
- What would you like to be when you grow up?
- Can you tell me about a dream you recently had?
- What is your favorite part of the day?
- What is your favorite type of music?
- Do you like to sleep over the covers or under the covers?
Interview Questions For Kids
- What is one talent that you are proud of?
- What is one way you help your siblings?
- Tell me a time when you felt bad about something you did.
- How would you react if your friends said mean things to you?
- When you have a test, how much do you try to study?
- Tell me about a time when you forgave someone.
- When you are bored, what do you do?
- Tell me about the best thing you have learned recently.
- Have you ever stood up for someone who was being bullied/
- What is one subject in school that you do really well at?
Questions For Younger Kids And Toddlers
- What sound does water make?
- Can you count to five?
- How old are you?
- When is your birthday?
- What toys do you like to play with at daycare?
- What is your favorite number?
- What does daddy do when you go to daycare?
- What animals do you like?
- What color is your hair?
- Do you like cereal or toast?
The Final Thought
Talking to your children and having those conversations with them is vital to their social, language, and cognitive development. They learn vitally important social skills such as listening to others, that people have different opinions and that it is ok to have a different opinion to their friend.
These conversations also help to strengthen your bond with your child. You can learn an awful lot about them that you probably didn’t know just by asking them these questions and having a conversation. Whether they are 2 or 17, teaching your children that talking is fundamental to having a happy and fulfilling life is key.