Fun, silly, and serious things to ask kids to get to know them better and bond over things you may not know you have in common. Whether you have a toddler, school age kids or tweens, keep this question list handy the next time you have one on one time with your son or daughter.
From the time my older kids were around age four or five I started doing birthday interviews.
Every year on their birthday we would sit together and film a five to ten minute interview, where I would ask them a series of questions about their life at that point and time.
It was always fun to see how the answers changed as they got older.
Now that they’re in high school, I see their time at home quickly coming to an end and I’m so happy I have all those old interviews with them through the years. Who knows, maybe we will be sharing small clips at their weddings in a few years (cue the tears 😭).
We haven’t done the birthday interviews the last few years but now that we have a toddler again, I’m excited to restart my favorite family tradition all over again.
Anyway, if you have a similar tradition or just want some fun conversation starters around the dinner table make sure to print this list of questions to keep handy.
Just make sure that when you’re asking all the great questions from just plain silly to serious thoughtful questions, make sure you pay attention to your child’s response. It truly is a great way to bond and get to know your child’s heart better.
Great Questions To Ask a Toddler
I know not all toddlers have the language skills necessary to answer a lot of these questions, so just take your pick and have fun with it….you might be surprised how much this age group actually understands.
My little guy is only two and still has a very limited vocabulary (it’s mostly gibberish at this point!) but i’m still excited to see what he may be able to answer.
- What does the horse say?
- What does the monkey say?
- How old are you?
- What’s your name?
- What is your favorite book?
- What does daddy always say?
- What does mama always say?
- What’s your favorite animal?
- What’s your favorite toy?
- Can you say hippopotamus?
- What does the fish say?
- Who gives you the best hugs?
- Can you sing me a song?
- Where does grandma live?
- What would you like to have for dinner?
- What’s the funniest face you can make?
- What’s your brother’s (or sister’s) name?
- What color is the sky?
- Where does Jesus live?
- What makes you laugh?
Funny Questions For Young Children
- What is the best smell in the whole wide world?
- If your pet could talk what would it say?
- Who makes you laugh the most?
- Would you rather live in the ocean or on the moon?
- How many eyes does a spider have?
- Would you rather be tall or short?
- Where’s your favorite place to be?
- What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
- Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?
- How much is a lot of money?
- How old are your parents?
- What is dad afraid of?
- Who’s the best driver in your family?
- What world record would you like to set?
- What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
- What family rule should we get rid of?
- What sound does a giraffe make?
- What color is a zebra? black with white stripes or white with black stripes?
- Are clown fish funny?
- If you could turn into any animal what would you be?
- Would you rather be a good joke teller or be a good trickster?
- Can you pat your head and rub your belly at the same time?
- What makes mom laugh?
- If you could paint your house any color what color would you choose?
- Would you rather be a sloth or a turtle?
Giant List Of Things To Ask Kids
Simple Questions For Kids
- What’s your favorite food to have at dinner time?
- Who’s your best friend?
- If you could only drink one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
- If you could give yourself a new name what would it be?
- What was the best part of your day?
- What’s your favorite color?
- What”s your favorite dessert?
- If you had a time machine where would you go?
- What’s your favorite subject in school?
- What’s the silliest thing you like to do with your dad or mom?
- How old are you?
- Where were you born?
- What’s your favorite sport?
- What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
- Would you rather spend the day at the beach or at the mountains?
- What’s your favorite board game?
- Who’s the president of the United States?
- What’s your favorite holiday?
- Would you rather travel by boat or airplane?
- Have you ever seen a shooting star?
- Do you have a favorite vegetable?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What’s the best way to make you laugh?
- What’s your favorite movie?
- How many people are in your family?
Things To Ask Kids To Spark Conversation
- What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
- What are the best ways to show someone you love them?
- What makes a good friend?
- What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
- What’s the most important thing to you?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What are you thankful for today?
- Did you learn anything new today?
- Do you think there were dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
- What’s your favorite thing to do?
- If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?
- Tell me one thing you are really good at?
- What makes our family special?
- What’s one thing you would like to invent?
- What’s the earliest memory you have?
- What is your favorite family tradition?
- What was the hardest thing you had to do this week?
- What’s your least favorite chore around the house?
- If you could have any pet what would it be?
- What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
- Did you learn something new today that you didn’t know yesterday?
- If you could give your best friend one thing what would it be? Why?
- What do you wish we would do more often as a family?
- What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
- What’s one thing you want to learn more about?
Questions To Ask Tweens
- What’s your favorite drink?
- What’s your biggest dream you would like to accomplish someday?
- What’s your least favorite thing to do?
- What’s your favorite tv show?
- Describe your perfect day?
- What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten?
- If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be? Why?
- What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten?
- If you could have any super power what would it be?
- If you could change anything about school what would you change? Why?
- Who would you like to meet and have a conversation with?
- What would you like to be really good at? Are you working towards it?
- What are you looking forward to in the next year?
- Are you an early bird or a night owl?
- Do your friends have a nickname for you?
- What do you like the most about your family?
- Does anything scare you?
- Do you keep a diary?
- What’s your favorite food?
- Would you rather listen to music or read a really good book?
- Tell me one good thing that happened today?
- What’s your dream vacation?
- What’s your biggest pet-peeve?
- What do you think your siblings like the most about you?
- Would you rather ride roller coasters all day or swim with dolphins?
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Questions to start meaningful conversations with High School Kids
- What’s your favorite thing to do with the whole family?
- When was the last time you felt proud about yourself?
- What’s your dream job?
- What social media platform do you spend the most time on? Why that one?
- What’s your favorite part about being a teenager?
- Tell me one thing that makes you happy?
- What are you grateful for today?
- What’s one skill you would like to learn?
- Do you think there’s such a thing as too much screen time?
- How can I pray for you in this season of your life?
- What are you the most excited for after you graduate high school?
- What do you think about your life so far? Would you change anything?
- What would you say are your biggest challenges right now?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
- What’s the funnest thing you have ever done?
- What’s the best memory you have?
- What’s your favorite thing about your family?
- What’s the best way to show kindness to someone?
- If you could meet anyone in history who would you want to meet? What would you ask them?
- What’s your least favorite thing about school?
- Who do you look up to? Why?
- What do you love doing?
- What do you hope to accomplish this year?
- What would you say your family loves the most about you?
Would You Rather Questions for Kids
- Would you rather spend the day at an amusement park or go on a shopping spree?
- Would you rather have a pet dragon or pet unicorn?
- Would you rather go on a long car ride or ride your bike everywhere for a week?
- Would you rather have a magic wand or a time machine?
- Would you rather it always be summer or always be winter?
- Would you rather live in your favorite book or in your favorite movie?
- Would you rather be a cartoon character or a super hero?
- would you rather be a giant or an elf?
- Would you rather be a bird or a fish?
- Would you rather be an olympic athlete or be a circus clown?
- Would you rather read the same book over and over or sing your favorite song over and over?
- Would you rather be able to breath under water or be able to fly?
- Would you rather be stuck in a room full of bees or a room full of spiders?
- Would you rather have four arms or four legs?
- Would you rather learn a new language or play a musical instrument?
- Would you rather live in a cartoon or a video game?
- Would you rather be a great singer or be a great dancer?
- Would you rather it was always be Christmas or it was always be your birthday?
- Would you rather run like a lion or swim like a dolphin?
- Would you rather sleep in a castle or sleep in a tree house?
- Would you rather play with snakes or swim with sharks?
- Would you rather never have ice cream again or cookies?
- Would you rather be a pirate or a mermaid?
- would you rather talk to animals or be able to understand all languages?
- World you rather explore space or explore the ocean?
I hope you found some great questions for a birthday interview, or for a fun night at home getting to know their thoughts a little better.
I bet you’ll be impressed with some of their answers. You might even find out something new about your kids.
For the lists of things to ask kids that are more for the purpose of starting meaningful conversations, make sure you don’t rush them to give you an answer. Let them take their time if they need a few minutes to think it through.
Now go make some memories with your kiddos!
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