Do you want children to be good thinkers? – Then ask some really good questions. Here are 20 questions to get your child thinking about ‘deep stuff’ and the world around them

Helping children to develop their thinking doesn’t have to involve a lot of knowledge or preparation.


Here are a few questions that can be used in the classroom or at home.


If you’re already doing P4C then they can provide a starting point for a longer enquiry or developed across the curriculum into writing or artwork, for example.


At home – they are great to use as you are sat around the dining table or in the car or walking to school. Try a few and find out what your child really thinks.


Depending on the age of your child you might need to re-phrase some of these - but don’t be afraid to ask what seem to be deep and difficult questions with children from the age of 5 – you’ll be surprised at some of their answers.


  1. If happiness was the main form of currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  2. Do we ever fully appreciate what we have?
  3. What would you like to change in your world?
  4. Is there something you know you do differently to other people? Does it bother you?
  5. Which is worse – failing or never trying?
  6. Why do different things make different people happy?
  7. Would you rather be a genius who worries all the time – or less academic but happy?
  8. What are you most grateful for?
  9. If you could stop going to school – would you?
  10. What is good luck? Can you make your own?
  11. What would be on your Top Ten List of Things I Love?
  12. How do you know if someone is really your friend?
  13. Would you dare…? (put in what’s most appropriate here) eat sweets every day?  Go to space?
  14. What do you think animals think of us humans?
  15. What do you think is the best punishment for someone who steals cars?
  16. Would you rather be a sheep or a fox?
  17. What does anger smell like?
  18. What if there was no such thing as time?
  19. What does it mean to be embarrassed? Can you be embarrassed when you’re on your own?
  20. If you had to choose between lots of presents or cuddles from your loved ones – which would you choose?


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