25 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School

25 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School

We’ve all been there.

Your kids get home from school and you ask, “How was your day?” without even thinking.

They reply with something equally generic like “Good” and we all move on without any elaboration.

Fortunately, that’s not where the conversation has to stop.

Finding out about your child’s day doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth. You can easily replace that tired old question with any of the following 25 questions to ask your kids listed below. Keep the conversation flowing by avoiding automatic responses and get your children thinking about what they want to say.

Questions to Ask Your Kids:

  1. What did you learn today?
  2. Is there anything you’ll never forget about today?
  3. What was your favorite part of the day?
  4. Who did you spend the most time with today?
  5. How were you a good friend today?
  6. Who was a good friend to you today?
  7. Is there anything you have questions about today?
  8. What did you talk about during lunch?
  9. What did you choose to do during recess?
  10. What are you looking forward to about tomorrow?
  11. What do you want to do tonight?
  12. What snack would you like to have tonight?
  13. What made you smile today?
  14. Did you feel embarrassed about anything today?
  15. Did anything make you laugh today?
  16. Did anything make you sad today?
  17. How were you creative today?
  18. How were you active today?
  19. Is there anything you wish you would’ve done differently today?
  20. Did you do anything outside of your regular routine today?
  21. Do you have any homework or studying to do tonight?
  22. What have you done lately that’s made you feel proud?
  23. Is there anything special happening at school this week?
  24. What do you want to learn more about right now?
  25. Do you have any questions for me about my day?

So there you have it! 25 different questions to ask your kids about their day. Try one after school today and see what happens! You might just spark an interesting conversation.

Ways to Use the Questions:

  • Write the questions on slips of paper and put them in a bowl. Choose one at random each day.
  • Print out the list of questions and post it on the fridge. Check off the ones you use and start over when you’ve asked all 25.
  • Take turns asking each other questions during dinner while everyone is together without distractions from TV or devices.
  • Do you have a reluctant writer? Encourage writing by using the questions as prompts in a journal.

Feel free to comment to share your own questions that you ask your kids or let me know how it goes when you use mine!

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at KatrinasResources.com or view her educational resources on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

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