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12 Open-ended Questions to Ask Young Children About Sponges



If you want to learn what children are thinking, you have to ask the right questions. Not just any question will do. Open-ended questions encourage 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 the learning process without telling them what to do. The answers children give reveal what they are feeling, thinking, and comprehending. With these types of questions, parents and educators can delve deeper into children's thought processes and guide them to the next steps for learning by introducing more complex activities or experiments.


  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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Angela Russ-Ayon is a mom-preneur, children’s author, interactive trainer on the subject of early childhood, and award-winning artist/producer of music for young children. She presents educational strategies to child care providers, parents, and teachers nationwide for AEYCs, R & Rs, and the like. She is a member of the Recording Academy and is the sole owner of Russ InVision Records. For more information on Angela, her workshops, and accomplishments you are welcome to visit www.abridgeclub.com. © 2021, Russ InVision. All rights reserved.

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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 (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).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.