Teach Kids to Question Everything
Are you sometimes feeling like, “Enough with the questions, already!” We get it. But when kids ask questions, they learn how to gather information, think for themselves, and come up with solutions. Use these ideas from
Nat Geo Kids to empower kids to question the world around them. Sign up for our
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QUESTION THE FACTS
Sometimes stories seem too strange to be true. Encourage your kids to question these
Weird But True facts (which are all true!) by asking “who, what, when, where, why, and how?” For example, cats might communicate using 16 “cat words”—but what are those words? Why do they say them? Here are some research ideas to get kids started.
Got More Time?Teach kids that not everything they read is true. Share some widely believed
animal myths, then check out these tips for spotting a fake news story.
Question What's out There
Asking questions can lead to mind-blowing discoveries. Just ask Nat Geo explorer Andrés Ruzo, who wondered about tales from people living in the Amazon rain forest—and discovered a
boiling river in Peru that’s over 200°F! (Full disclosure: The video is sponsored by Lego.) Bring out the questioning explorer in your child with this personality quiz. Then explore these habitats and see what your kids would like to discover in each one.
Got More Time?What would happen if you were sucked into a
black hole? Challenge kids to answer "what if?" questions. Then get the truth from real scientists, adapted from the book What Would Happen?
Challenging children to answer their own questions encourages them to find solutions. Start training the brain with
this science experiment that answers the question "How do you clean up dirty water?" Before you get started, ask kids to predict which filter will be most successful—and why.
Got More Time?
Not every question has just one answer—and the answer isn’t always what it seems. Train kids’ brains to think differently with these special kid-friendly clips from the TV show Brain Games.
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