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50 Fun Questions to Get Your Kid Talking

29 Apr 2017 01:08

By: Erinne Magee

But here's the thing, kids should actually be encouraged to ask more questions—not fewer! (I know, you want to stop reading right now, because, why?! How?!) Turns out there's a very good reason: When you answer your child's questions, you help keep your child's mind open, says author and parenting expert Michele Borba, Ed.D., Plus, she adds, "You're modeling what a good question looks and sounds like." It's important we let kids know their imagination—and desire to know more—is a wonderful thing, and it turns out we can help achieve this not just by answering our kids' many questions, but by making a point to ask them just as many questions in return. After all, it's proven that kids mimic the words, patterns, routines, and behavior of their parents. So move beyond the basic "How was your day?" and consider this list of 50 questions to help get your kids talking: 1. What do you like daydreaming about? 2. What makes you happy? 3. What have your friends been up to? 4. If you could do anything right now, what would you do? 5. What do you look forward to when you wake up? 6. Do you ever think about renaming the colors of your crayons? 7. What character makes you laugh the most? 8. If you opened a store, what would you sell? 9. What's your Superhero name and what powers do you have? 10. You're at the beach. What's the first thing you do? 11. If you could grow anything in the yard, what would it be? 12. What makes you feel brave? 13. What makes you feel loved? 14. How do you show people you care? 15. What does it feel like when I hug you? 16. If your stuffed animals could talk, what would they say? 17. If you could give $100 to a charity, which would you choose? 18. How would you design a treehouse? 19. What do you enjoy giving people? 20. Did you smile or laugh extra today? 21. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? 22. If you drew everything that came to your head, what would you be drawing right now? 23. If you designed clothes, would would they look like? 24. How do you best like helping others? 25. Pretend you're a chef, and tell me about your restaurant. What foods do you serve? 26. What do you think you're going to dream about tonight? 27. What makes you feel thankful? 28. Where would you like to travel? How would you get there? 29. What sounds do you like? 30. If you made a cave in the woods, what would be inside it? 31. If you could ask a wild animal any question, what would you ask? 32. You're outside for a whole day: what would you do? 33. What makes the best fort? 34. What makes you feel energized? 35. If you were in a play, what would your character be like? 36. How do you ...
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50 Fun Questions to Get Your Kid Talking

29 Apr 2017 01:08

By: Erinne Magee
But here's the thing, kids should actually be encouraged to ask more questions—not fewer! (I know, you want to stop reading right now, because, why?! How?!) Turns out there's a very good reason: When you answer your child's questions, you help keep your child's mind open, says author and parenting expert Michele Borba, Ed.D., Plus, she adds, "You're modeling what a good question looks and sounds like." It's important we let kids know their imagination—and desire to know more—is a wonderful thing, and it turns out we can help achieve this not just by answering our kids' many questions, but by making a point to ask them just as many questions in return. After all, it's proven that kids mimic the words, patterns, routines, and behavior of their parents. So move beyond the basic "How was your day?" and consider this list of 50 questions to help get your kids talking: 1. What do you like daydreaming about? 2. What makes you happy? 3. What have your friends been up to? 4. If you could do anything right now, what would you do? 5. What do you look forward to when you wake up? 6. Do you ever think about renaming the colors of your crayons? 7. What character makes you laugh the most? 8. If you opened a store, what would you sell? 9. What's your Superhero name and what powers do you have? 10. You're at the beach. What's the first thing you do? 11. If you could grow anything in the yard, what would it be? 12. What makes you feel brave? 13. What makes you feel loved? 14. How do you show people you care? 15. What does it feel like when I hug you? 16. If your stuffed animals could talk, what would they say? 17. If you could give $100 to a charity, which would you choose? 18. How would you design a treehouse? 19. What do you enjoy giving people? 20. Did you smile or laugh extra today? 21. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? 22. If you drew everything that came to your head, what would you be drawing right now? 23. If you designed clothes, would would they look like? 24. How do you best like helping others? 25. Pretend you're a chef, and tell me about your restaurant. What foods do you serve? 26. What do you think you're going to dream about tonight? 27. What makes you feel thankful? 28. Where would you like to travel? How would you get there? 29. What sounds do you like? 30. If you made a cave in the woods, what would be inside it? 31. If you could ask a wild animal any question, what would you ask? 32. You're outside for a whole day: what would you do? 33. What makes the best fort? 34. What makes you feel energized? 35. If you were in a play, what would your character be like? 36. How do you ...
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