by Ailen Arreaza
Happy snowcalypse. By now, the inside of your house is probably scarier than any natural disaster and your kids, after exhausting every snowy-day activity available to them, are staging an indoor skydiving competition.
Try talking them down the dining-room-chairs-stacked-on-top-of-a-dresser-cliff with these fifteen creative questions:
For sparking deep, thought-provoking conversations:
- What is your first memory?
- What would happen if earth lost its gravity for a day?
- Where do dreams come from?
- If you could invent a new color, what would it look like and what would you name it?
- If you could live forever, would you want to?
For keeping them busy without resulting in bodily injury:
- Build your own board game. What does the board look like, what are the game pieces, and how do you win?
- The government asks you to design a new kind of money (not dollars). What does it look like and what will you call it?
- Describe – or draw – the most awesome snow suit you can imagine.
- What kind of toy would you invent for kids your age? What would it look like and what would it do?
- You have to build a fort using only 5 items from your home, what do you use?
For eliciting warm thoughts and feelings:
- Invent a new celebration dance! What would it look like, what would you call it, and what are you celebrating?
- If a creature lived inside a volcano, what would it look like?
- If there was a tropical island made just for you, what would you find on it?
- If you could relive one day from this past summer, which would you choose, and why?
- You’ve just invented a machine to control the weather. What kind of weather do you set it to?
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