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