Open Ended Questions

Parents are hearing more and more about asking their young children open ended questions.  These types of questions encourage your child to think and give a thought out answer and not just nod their head, say a quick yes or no, or possibly ignore you all together.  Believe me, the ignoring really does happen. I found this list of open ended questions that you could ask your own child..go ahead, give it a try and watch the delightful conversation that will ensue between you and your child.

This list was compiled by PAULABRIANSTEDMAN@prodigy.net

Start each phrase with “What if …”

… there were no colors except white?
… we had three arms?
… children were the parents?
… there were no stoves?
… we had no pencils?
… we couldn’t cry?
… there were no clocks?
… we had no policemen?
… we went to school at night?
… there were only adults in the world?
… there were no school at all?
… there was no such thing as breakfast cereal?
… every country had a king?
… it never stopped raining?
… we had no cars?
… insects were as big as people?
… there were no books?
… our only form of transportation was horses?
… our parents never said ‘no’?
… there were no music?
… we were never hungry?
… we didn’t have to eat vegetables?
… we all looked the same?
… we didn’t have holidays?
… smiling was against the law?
… snails could run?
… every wish came true?
… the world was flat?
… we never recycled anything?
… people could fly?
… there was no gravity?
… no one had manners?
… all people were selfish?
… there were no teachers?
… our shadows were alive?
… there were no wars?
… there were no telephones?
… the ocean was made of jelly?
… we could only eat pizza?
… we used cookies instead of money?
… we all acted the same?
… water didn’t freeze?
… trees grew candy?
… we never slept?

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