30 Questions to Ask Your Child About Their Day

While a well-intended “how was your day?” by a parent or guardian is asked to generate conversation with a child, it often simply ends before it really starts with something as simple as “fine” or “good.” However, the Apex Leadership Co. offers some questions to help engage children and students with the following fun questions that will make them think, smile, laugh or even share a challenging or difficult moment.

  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Can you tell me something you know now that you didn’t know this morning?
  3. If your teacher described your day in five words what would they be?
  4. What made you laugh today?
  5. If you could have spent all day learning one subject or topic what would it have been? Why?
  6. Tell me about one surprising thing that happened during lunch/recess.
  7. What did you do that was creative?
  8. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  9. What was one interesting thing you learned?
  10. Can you share with me an example of kindness you witnessed?
  11. If you could sit next to anyone in your class for the day who would it be? Why?
  12. What was your favorite or easiest subject today?
  13. What was your most challenging subject today?
  14. Was anyone from your class absent today?
  15. What was your favorite thing you had for lunch?
  16. Tell me something that made your teacher smiley today.
  17. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  18. Tell me the funniest thing that happened today.
  19. Can you share with me a story from recess?
  20. If you could pick one person to be your partner for activities for the whole day who would it be and why?
  21. What kind of person were you today?
  22. What was the easiest thing you did today?
  23. Can you share an example of kindness you showed someone?
  24. Who uplifted you today? How?
  25. Can you share with me an example of when you felt like a rockstar today?
  26. When were you the happiest today? Why?
  27. If you could pick one color that describes your day what would it be and why?
  28. What special area did you have today? Tell me about one surprising thing that happened during specials.
  29. Who did you uplift today? How?
  30. If you could ask any teacher a question today what would it be and why?

When engaging children and students in conversation, it’s important to pick age-appropriate questions that they can feel comfortable answering and to really begin a conversation. These simple one- to two sentence questions are meant to start further communication with parents, guardians, teachers and students beyond the standard “how was your day?” When children feel at ease talking with trusted adults about fun questions like these, they will likely feel comfortable talking with them about less-than-fun topics that are certain to come up over time. Starting the conversation now will make these times easier for all.