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101 Questions for Kids That Will Get Them Talking and Thinking [all open-ended]

Kavin Wadhar
September 20, 2021

How can you have more meaningful conversations with your kids and get to know them better? How can you use these conversations to also build up their skills to prepare them for their future? What questions are quick and fun to ask but also get them thinking critically, logically and laterally?

We have done the hard work so you don't have to! Here are 101 questions for kids that will get them "talking and thinking" - helping you get to know your child with more meaningful conversations, and at the same time building the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow's world.

It's perfect for 7-11 year olds.

The great thing about this list is that they are not only fun to use after school or at the dinner table, but they also focus in on some of the “soft skills” that the next generation will need to thrive – creativity, critical thinking, resilience etc.

See our App to have all this and more in the palm of your hand, but in the meantime enjoy the list below….

Alternatives to “How was your day?”

1.   What was the best thing that happened to you today?

2.   What will you do tomorrow that you did not do today?

3.   Tell me about something new that you learned today?

4.   What made you laugh today?

5.   Who did you play with today?

6.   What did you eat for lunch?

7.   What kind of a person were you today?

8.   What made your teacher smile today?

9.   What made you really proud today?

10.  What questions did you ask the teacher today?

11.  What do you think your teacher will be doing tonight?

Would you rather questions?

12.  Would you rather find true love or win one million dollars?

13.  Would you rather end poverty or end racism?

14.  Would you rather be gossiped about or ignored?

15.  Would you rather be an ant or a fly?

16.  Would you rather be able to fly or have super strength?

17.  Would you rather be 1 foot taller or 1 foot shorter?

18.  Would you rather be more like Mum or more like Dad?

19.  Would you rather be the sand castle or the wave?

20.  Would you rather live to 100 years old sad or live to 50 years old but happy?

21.  Would you rather live without TV or live without internet?

(We have lots more of these by the way in this 101 list of the BEST "would you rather...?" questions for kids)


Debating questions

22.  Should children set their own bedtimes?

23.  Do you need teachers at school or can you just learn from computers?

24.  Is it right to eat animals?

25.  Should everyone donate money to charity?

26.  Should children have to wear school uniforms?

27.  Should children choose what to learn at school themselves?

28.  Does Santa Claus only bring presents for good children?

29.  Should zoos be banned since they are unfair to animals?

30.  Should children be paid if they get good grades?

31.   Is social media a good or a bad thing?

32.  Should every child have their own mobile phone?


 Fun communication challenges

33.  How would you describe a car to an alien?

34.  How would you describe a tree without saying green, plant or leaves?

35.  What is a rectangle?

36.  How would you describe an elephant without saying animal, trunk or grey?

37.  What is a circle?

38.  Can you name 10 different emotions?

39.  What is the number five?

40.  Can you say the alphabet backwards?

41.  Can you talk for one minute about anything without saying “umm” or “err”?

42.  Can you say “Hello” in three different accents?


 Critical thinking questions

43.  How many iPads do you think there are in the world?

44.  How many grains of sand do you think there are on a typical beach?

45.  What would you do with a million dollars?

46.  If you could go back and time and change one thing, what would it be and why?

47.  If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

48.  Is there life on other planets?

49.  What would you name a new colour?

50.  What are 10 different things you can do a cup?

51.  How would you improve a sofa to make it better?

52.  When Baby Shark grows up, will he still be called Baby Shark?

53.  What would happen if it never rained?

54.  How can you make £100 or $100 by next week if you wanted to?

If you are particularly interested in critical thinking then this ultimate guide to developing critical thinking skills in your kids is a must-read.

For Harry Potter fans!

55.  Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into and why? (critical thinking)

56.  If you owned the Philosopher's stone and could live forever, what would you do? (creativity)

57.  What make Harry Potter a good leader? (leadership)

58.  Is Professor Snape on the good side or the bad side? (critical thinking)

59.  Why do wizards hide themselves away from muggles? (philosophy)

60.  How would you explain the game of quidditch to a muggle? (communication)

61.  Why are most wizards scared to say "Lord Voldemort" out aloud? (empathy)

62.  How do dementors make you feel? (mindfulness)

63.  If you were an animagus and could turn into any animal, which would you choose and why? (creativity)

64.  Which magical object would you choose to have and why - marauders map, time turner or invisibility cloak? (critical thinking)

65What makes Dumbledore such a good headmaster? (leadership)


If preparing for an interview

66.  What are your three greatest strengths?

67.  What is your favourite subject?

68.  What makes you different?

69.  What are your three greatest weaknesses?

70.  Who do you want to be like when you grow up?

71.  What is happening in the book you are reading right now?

72.  What will be different about the world when you are an adult?

73.  What is going on in the news at the moment?

74.  Who are your best friends and why do you like each other?

75.  What is the funniest thing you have ever done?

76.  What motivates you?

(Print these at home for some great dinner table conversations!)


 To build resilience

77.  What is a growth mindset?

78.  What do you feel grateful for today?

79.  What is something you can do today that you couldn’t last year?

80.  What does a confident person look and sound like?

81.  What do you worry about the most?

82.  What are you better at than most other people?

83.  What do you love to learn?

84.  What make you happy?

85.  How important is winning?

86.  What is your best quality?

87.  What do you find really easy to do?

88.  What can you teach others?

Dinner table conversation starters

89.  What is your favourite dessert?

90.  If you could just eat one food forever what would it be?

91.  Where shall we go on holiday next?

92.  What is one thing you admire about the person on your left?

93.  What animal are you most like and why?

94.  If you could swap places with anybody else in the family for one day, who would you pick and why?

95.  Tell us something about yourself that we probably don’t know?

96.  If you could have one wish what would it be?

97.  What is the hardest thing about being a child?

98.  What three words best describe you?

99.  What three things do we want to do as a family next month?

100.  If you could choose a new name, what would it be?

101.  What will we all be doing in 20 years time?

A final suggestion

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Written by
Kavin Wadhar

Kavin Wadhar is a parent of 2 kids and founder of www.KidCoach.app: guided conversations for parents to get their kids talking, thinking and feeling. Kavin left his corporate role in education publishing to pursue his passion to help parents develop in their kids the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world. Working with a team of parents and education experts, Kavin has built an App for parents with hundreds of questions like those in this article, and with additional guidance / prompts to take conversations deeper. Check it out!

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