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Do you long to capture the heart of your child?
If your house is like mine, bedtime is such a special time of the day. Kids are winding down, the world is becoming quiet, and families are often home and together. Bedtime is a great time to read stories, but sometimes it can be a good time to get into the brain of your young child.
Kids have the most fun imaginations, and they can say things that totally surprise you. Last night I asked my five year old what instrument he would like to play. His choice? The harp. I didn’t really even know he knew that much about the harp. Who knew?
Thinking, reasoning, and problem solving skills are so important to develop in your child, but these can even be exercised in a fun way – like with silly questions that are often very far beyond reality.
Try something new at bedtime tonight. Ask some of these questions and see how much you really know about that active mind of your young child. You can actually ask these questions again and again as they usually answer them differently each time!
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- What if you woke up and you were a cat?
- What if you woke up to find the ocean at your front door?
- What if you could be any animal, which animal would you be and why?
- If you could eat anything you wanted for an entire day, what would it be?
- What if you discovered you could fly tomorrow…would you fly or walk to the kitchen for breakfast?
- Would you ever want to live underwater?
- If you could take a rocket ship to the moon, would you?
- Would you ever want to meet a pirate (for boys) or a fairy princess (for a girl)?
- What would you do if you were locked in a toy store all night?
- What would you do if you found a horse in our front yard tomorrow?
- Would you ever want to be a zoo keeper?
- If you could be on tv, would you do it?
- What if you woke up tomorrow with an extra arm?
- What kind of superhero would you be?
- If you had to eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week, would you like that?
- If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
- Do you wish you could be a grown up?
- Would you ever want to live in a treehouse?
- If you could choose to travel back in time, would you? Where would you go?
- What would you do if you were the mom/dad tomorrow?
- What would you do if you found a box of kittens on the front porch tomorrow?
- What would you do if your hair turned purple?
- If you could have one wish, what would it be?
- If I asked you to make dinner tonight, what would you make?
- What would you love to learn to do?
- What if you discovered that animals really can talk?
- Would you ever want to be in a circus?
- What would you do if you woke up and the sky was red?
- What if you had all the money in the world. What would you do with it?
- If you could choose what you would dream about tonight, what would it be?
This is a great list of questions to ask to not only foster a love for learning in your child, but also to spend some intentional time together. Bedtime is one of the best times of day to focus a few moments on getting to know your child.
Included is a printable version of these questions on cards for ease of use. They are business card size, and you can print them off, cut them, and then even laminate them if you desire. I LOVE my laminator…it is my best friend, especially with creating busy bags for my preschoolers and also homeschooling. Here is the one I have: