More Questions to Ask Your Kids Instead of “How Was Your Day”

An ever growing list of questions to inspire lively family dinners, enjoyable car rides, and engaging conversation with kids and parents of all ages.

Kids come up with some pretty exceptional commentary when they’re given the chance. We hope the questions below will inspire some lively family dinners, enjoyable car rides, and engaging conversations with your family.
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What would your kid say?

Send us a video of your kid answering one of these questions for the chance to win a family pass to 600+ science & tech museums. (Learn more below)

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The Questions

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  1. When did you last feel frustrated?
  2. If you were the only person on earth for one day, what would you do?
  3. When do you feel most anxious?
  4. If you could invent a vehicle what would it be?
  5. What do you wish more people knew about you?
  6. Which of your friends makes you act silliest?
  7. What was your first thought this morning?
  8. What three things would you bury in a time capsule for a kid to find 100 years from now?
  9. What skill are you most proud of?
  10. What is the grossest combination of food you can think of?
  11.  If you created an animal what would it look like?
  12. If you had to switch families with a friend which would you choose?
  13. What do you think adults don’t understand about kids?
  14. If you could only keep one of your toys, which one would it be?
  15. What is the best thing about being a kid?
  16. What is your favorite way to make your friends laugh?
  17. What song makes you feel saddest?
  18. What song makes you feel happiest?
  19.  If you could ask the president one question what would it be?
  20. If you could make one family rule what would it be?
  21. When do you think kids turn into adults?
  22.  If you could make one thing besides money grow on trees, what would it be?
  23. What one thing would your fix about the world?
  24. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
  25. If you could give any gift to anyone in the world what would you give and who would you give it to?
  26. If you could design a dollar bill, who face would you put on it?
  27. What animal scares you the most? Why?
  28. If you could give your parents one superpower, what would it be?
  29. Which season has the best smells?
  30. What do you like most about your best friend?
  31. What are 3 things you should always have with you?
  32. Which family member do you think you are most similar to?
  33. What would you say is your best skill?
  34. If you could be any age you want for a day, what age would you be? Why?
  35. Do you ever think about what you would like to do for a job some days?
  36. What animal represents you the best? What’s your “spirit animal”?
  37. Is there anything that you think kids do better than adults?
  38. Have you learned about any countries that you’d like to visit?
  39. What part of your day do you wish could have lasted longer?
  40. Have you played any new games that you really like?
  41. What do you like the most about yourself?
  42. What do you think gives stars their light?
  43. Where do you think fireflies sleep during the day?
  44. Were you proud of someone else today? Who was it?
  45. If you could time travel, what would you ask a kid who lived 100 years ago?
  46. Design your dream 6-course meal.
  47.  You have to choose 5 people to live in a free house with you, who are they?
  48. You design a vessel that travels to the center of the earth, what are three main features?
  49.  If you morphed into a cartoon character, what would you be like?
  50. What would you name and imaginary planet & what would it be like?
  51. Which animal do you wish could fly that can’t?
  52. If you could change the color of the sky, what color would you choose?
  53. If you could spend a week as a movie or book character, who would you be?
  54. What’s your favorite memory from last summer?
  55. What do you hope to do more of this summer?
  56. If you could plan the ultimate summer day, what would we do?
  57.  What skills do you plan to master this summer?
  58. What is one thing you have to do every day that you wish you didn’t?
  59. What makes you feel grumpiest?
  60. If you could keep any animal as a pet what would you choose?
  61. What do you think your parents got in trouble for doing when they were kids?
  62. If you could plan a vacation where would you go?
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Beyond the Photo Studio: 3 Ways to Make Real Moments 

Anyone who has ever attempted to get from point A to point B with a small person in tow can attest to a child’s attention to detail. The youngest walkers stoop down to inspect every crack in the sidewalk and each ant that marches across their path. The older set may be unable to pass by low hanging branches without a minor tree climbing session. It’s a natural tendency that in many cases, we grow out of as we get older.

Yet, the moment a brand new baby is placed in your arms, the skill of noticing every little thing is reborn. Each tiny fingernail, the perfect swirl of their hairline, the wrinkles that make them look brand new and a hundred years old all at the same time. There are few things we are ever as in tune with as our children.

With that understanding, there’s an art to observing the things that make them who they are. Given the tools we have these days, there’s no question that it’s easy to amass thousands of photos and videos of our kids. But truly capturing them extends beyond clicking and tapping buttons.

Consider these few things to build a rich collection of memories.

Take non-traditional photos

Of course there’s a time and place for posed, picture perfect photos. But the truth is, those captures rarely tell a story. Candid shots of an afternoon in the yard, or little hands caring for a favorite stuffed animal have far more to connect with. Occasionally, focus on the action itself, not the obvious smiling face. Or leave the kid out entirely, and take the photos they’ll want to have.

Document the “boring”

The normal of today won’t be the normal of 5 years from now. What seems mundane and uninteresting in the moment is often super fun to look back on. Make a video of the song they’ve been singing on loop for two weeks straight, or write down three sentences about a particularly disastrous trip to the grocery store (“You insisted the place to ride was under the cart. I finally talked you into riding properly and you knocked at least two things off the shelf in every aisle. I got desperate and opened the goldfish crackers in line.) After all, there are far more of those moments than anything else.

Let them lead the way

Stepping back and allowing a kid to be in charge is a great way to watch them shine. Let your toddler lead you on a walk around the neighborhood, or hand a recipe over to a 9 year old to prepare for the family. A quick photo of them genuinely enjoying that freedom can speak volumes.