• Angela Russ-Ayon

14 Open-ended Questions to Ask Young Children About Color

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

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. Here are some examples of what to ask children when they are working with colors.

1. What is color?

2. What do you think/notice about colors?

3. How do colors help us/make things interesting?

4. How do you know which color that is?

5. How can you tell the difference between this color and that color?

6. What is your favorite/least favorite color? Why?

7. How do you think colors are made?

8. What do you think you can use to make color?

9. What else can you use to make color?

10. How would you find/create a color that matches this one/your skin?

11. Why do you think there are so many different colors in the world?

12. How do you make a color got lighter/darker/brighter/duller/redder/greener/etc.?

13. How can you sort/match/organize these according to their color?

14. What would happen if you tried to take a color out?

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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 (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).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.