16 Open-ended Questions to Ask Young Children About Superheroes and Action Figures
Updated: Jan 27
If you want to learn what children are thinking when they assemble a superheroes and action figures, 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 14 open-ended questions about superheroes and action figures:
What is a superhero?
What does super/hero mean?
What makes a superhero a superhero? What are his/her special abilities?
What else makes a superhero? Why?
What can you tell me about your superhero?
Describe how your superhero looks?
Why do you think your supehero dresses like that?
Why does your superhero look like that?
What kind of person is your superhero? Why do you think that?
Tell me about your superhero. What can he/she do that no one else can do?
How did your superhero get his/her powers?
Do you have to have superpowers to be a superhero?
What superpower would you like to have? Why?
What is the hardest/easiest thing for your superhero to do?
What is the hardest/easiest thing for you to do?
Who fights villains/criminals in real life? How?
Author of: The BIG Book of Open-Ended Questions to Intentionally Support Young Children in Learning: Topics for Preschool thru 1st Grade, ISBN-13: 978-0-9987090-7-9, Feb 2023
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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 (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).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.