50+ Questions to Ask Your Kids to Get Them Talking

Updated: August 8, 2019
Whether it’s in the car on the way to afterschool activities, at the dinner table, or really anywhere, these 50+ questions will help get your kids talking.
Mom and daughter having a conversation

How was your day? “Good.” What did you do? “Nothing.” Sound familiar?  

Sometimes when you’re just trying to connect with your child it’s easy for them to shut down, oftentimes hidden behind a screen. But having the right questions to ask can help facilitate conversation. Whether it’s in the car on the way to afterschool activities, at the dinner table, or really anywhere, these 50+ questions will help get your kids talking. Feel free to answer them as well so you learn something new about each other! 

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What is your favorite…

• What is your favorite movie?

• What is your favorite book?

• What is your favorite song?

• What is your favorite family tradition?

• What is your favorite color?

• What is your favorite joke?

• What is your favorite day of the week?

• What is your favorite time of year?

• What is your favorite thing to do with friends?

• Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

• What is your favorite dessert?

• What is your favorite thing about yourself?

If you could…

• If you could eat one thing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

• If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

• If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

• If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

• If you could be any animal, what would you be?

• If you could be any age, what age would you be?

• If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be?

• If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

• If you could go back and do something differently, what would it be?

Personal

• What is your favorite thing about yourself?

• When is the last time you made someone smile?

• Can you remember a time when you had a really good day?

• What do you feel grateful for today?

• What is something you are really good at?

• What are you most proud of?

• What do you want to be when you grow up?

• Do you want to be famous?

• What made you laugh today?

• What do you worry about the most?

• What does it mean to be a good friend?

• What motivates you?

• What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

• What was the best part of your day?

• What is the last dream you had?

• What is something you are really looking forward to?

• What is something you want to learn how to do?

Would you rather…

• Would you rather play inside or outside?

• Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

• Would you rather read a book or watch a movie?

• Would you rather shovel snow or rake leaves?

• Would you rather have 3 arms or 1 legs?

• Would you rather live in the city or on a farm?

• Would you rather read minds or be invisible?

• Would you rather stay up late or wake up early?

Just for fun...

• What job would you never want to have?

• What’s the hardest part about going to school?

• Do you think it’s more important to be rich or kind?

• If someone gave you $50 what would you do with it?

• If you were the teacher, what rules would you make?

• What is the worst smell in the world?

• What is the best smell in the world?

• What 3 items would you grab if your house was on fire?

• What is the most annoying sound?

• What is the best gift you have ever received?

Open ended questions give children time to think and be creative. You have to catch them in a moment when they are willing to talk, but by keeping the questions interesting and unique you will have a better chance at sparking conversation and keeping them engaged. Keep in mind that as you strengthen your relationship, the best question you can ask is always: Is there anything you want to talk about?

PRO TIP: These are perfect for a long car trip to keep kids distracted and entertained. For more ideas, check out our top tips for How to Keep Kids Busy While Traveling.