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.

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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.

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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 Zoltan Takacs, who studies animal venom and its healing powers. Find out what it’s really like to seek out life-saving medications from the world’s deadliest creatures. 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.

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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?

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QUESTION SOLUTIONS

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.

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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.