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12 Open-ended Questions to Ask Young Children About Sponges

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

If you want to learn what children are thinking when they play with sponges, you have to ask the right questions. Not just any question will do. Open-ended inquiry encourages high-level thinking because there are many possible responses (Lee, 2010). Asking OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS is one of the best ways to enhance children's curiosity and guide them through a learning process without telling them what to do. The answers children give reveal what they are feeling, thinking, and comprehending on a topic. With these types of questions, parents and educators delve deeper into children's thoughts and ideas, guiding them to the next steps for learning by introducing more complex activities or experiments. Here are 12 open-ended questions about sponges:

  1. What is a sponge?

  2. Describe the sponge.

  3. Why do people use sponges?

  4. Where do you think sponges come from? Why?

  5. Why do you think a sponge has holes?

  6. Why do you think sponges come in different shapes and sizes?

  7. How is this sponge the same as/different from that sponge?

  8. What do you have to do to get a sponge wet?

  9. What happens when a sponge gets wet?

  10. What happens if you put a dry/wet sponge in the refrigerator/ freezer?

  11. How does the sponge feel/smell /look when it is dry/wet/frozen?

  12. How can you get water into the bowl using a sponge?


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Lee, Y. (2010). Blended teacher supports for promoting open-ended questioning in pre-k science activities. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Virginia, USA.


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