Creative Play: It’s All in the Question

My boys love to build.  Give them some blocks, rocks and erasers, you name it, plus some free time and they go to town.  But when I ask them about what they’ve built — whether it be a pirate ship, a plane, or a “zombie house” (!) — they barely answer.

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I’m there saying “Wow…cool. A pirate ship?” “Is that the captain of the ship?”  But I get nothing back.  On a good day, a reluctant “yup” or “I guess.”  Even my 5-year-old does this; my 8-year-old is the worst. How can I get them talking during their imaginative play time?

Questions to Ask Kids

One of my friends who thinks a lot about these things recently gave me the best tip when it comes to getting your kids to communicate about what they’ve created:  rather than ask questions which will only get you a yes or a no, ask WHAT, WHY or HOW?

WHAT journey will the plane take?  HOW fast does it go? WHY does the captain of the ship want a treasure? HOW will he get it?

Sound obvious? Maybe, but it’s so simple. And on a good day I get a nice peek into their sweet little brains, into how they think.  This creative play is a special time for mom and childF.

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