Sweet Talking

Looking for a new way to get your kids to talk about their feelings and experiences?  Want to get more than the traditional “Fine” answer when asking “How was school?”

Try Question Cookies–a Sweet way to get them talking!

  1. Have a plate of homemade cookies waiting for them as they come home.
  2. Attach a question to each cookie
  3. Enjoy hearing their responses as they describe their world.

Some open-ended questions to consider are:

  • Tell me about the best part of your day.
  • What was one of the hardest things you did today?
  • Who did you play with today?  What did you play?
  • What did your class read today?
  • What activities did you choose at table time?
  • Tell me something you learned today.
  • Is today better or worse than yesterday?  Why?

Open-ended questions elicit more than a one-word response.  Their answers to these kinds of question will help you discover their world.

I came up with this idea with my 4-year old preschooler, who I could tell was going to have a rough day.  It was  a fun and open-ended way to learn about his day, experiences, and feelings.

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About Kerri

Ahh…see that smile on my face? That’s a genuine smile. I love my family. I love the 4th of July. I love the beach. I love ice-cream. And the day this picture was taken, I was getting the combination of it all. Ahhh…that’s a real smile!
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2 Responses to Sweet Talking

  1. Never A Dull Moment says:

    This is a great idea! We also play “Low, High” at dinner. This idea is stolen (and modified) from the movie The Story of Us (not a kid movie). We go around the table telling the “low” and the “high” points of our day. We get 2 stories from each child this way. Sometimes the stories spark conversation. Also, an added benefit is that, since we started this tradition, our children regularly ask my husband and I about our days. That feels really good!

  2. Janae says:

    Great idea!! Can’t wait to use it!

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