101 Questions for Kids: 51 Alternatives to “How was your summer?”

It happens every year in August and September. Kids return to school, and you hear the same question asked by co-workers, students, parents, and friends. Usually, the answer is as follows: “Oh, it was good, [insert a detail about your weekend trip to the beach].” But this question does little to build a relationship or develop a connection – both of which are extremely important to the new children in your class this year!

So take a chance! Take a risk! Ask the questions that dive deep! You’ll learn something new about your new students and your old co-workers if you choose one of these questions over the generic “How was your summer?”

Alternative Questions to “How Was Your Summer?”

  1. What was something you didn’t do this summer?
  2. Tell me about a unique person you met this summer.
  3. What was your most memorable moment of the summer?
  4. Tell me one thing you learned.
  5. Who was the person you spent the most time with this summer?
  6. What is the best meal you ate?
  7. Tell me about something that you wish you had taken a photo of.
  8. What was the most educational thing you did?
  9. Tell me about your favorite thing that you bought this summer.
  10. Talk about something you made this summer
  11. Pick three words to describe your summer.
  12. What books did you read?
  13. What was your “high,” and what was your “low”?
  14. What was the kindest thing you saw?
  15. What was the kindest thing you did?
  16. Tell me about something that surprised you this summer.
  17. What was your biggest challenge?
  18. What is one thing you’ve been looking forward to in the new school year?
  19. What would it be if you could change one thing about your summer?
  20. How did you change/grow over the summer?
  21. What made you feel proud?
  22. What made you feel loved?
  23. What do you want to do this school year?
  24. What do you think you could teach the class?
  25. What made you laugh the most?
  26. If your stuffed animals could tell me about your summer, what would they say?
  27. Draw a picture of your favorite summer moment.
  28. Did you build a fort? Do you have any tips for creating a good defense?
  29. How many animals did you see?
  30. What is one thing you used to need an adult’s help for that you could do on your own this summer?
  31. Did you grow any plants or vegetables in a garden? If not, what would you want to grow?
  32. How did you make somebody happy over the summer?
  33. What was the best place you visited over the summer?
  34. Tell me about something cool that you saw outside in nature.
  35. What frustrated you most over the summer?
  36. Did you celebrate any holidays over the summer? Any birthdays?
  37. What was the grossest thing you ate?
  38. What new rules did you have to follow this summer? Were there any rules you had to follow last summer but didn’t have to follow this year?
  39. Tell me something that made you smarter over the summer.
  40. What did you daydream about?
  41. Tell me something about you that changed over the summer.
  42. What did you do with your friends over the summer?
  43. Did you make any memories that you will remember forever?
  44. What did you look forward to most over the summer?
  45. Did you go to the beach? Tell me about that!
  46. What made you feel brave?
  47. How did you help others over the summer?
  48. What are you most thankful for?
  49. What would it be called if you could make a play/book/game about your summer?
  50. What are three things you want to do this school year?
  51. How did you keep in touch with your friends over the summer?

More Fun Questions to Ask Your Students.

  1. How would you do it if you wanted to make everyone in the class smile?
  2. If you had a time machine, when would you go?
  3. How would you describe the school if you were tiny, like a mouse?
  4. What do you look forward to every day?
  5. When was the last time you felt lonely? How did you make yourself feel better?
  6. If you could only eat food of the same color for the rest of your life, what color would it be?
  7. What is the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
  8. Do you think your pet’s dream? What do they dream about?
  9. If you could invent a dance move, what would it be? Can you show me?
  10. If your life could be a tv show, what would it be called?
  11. If you were the only person on Earth, what would you do?
  12. What is the silliest thing you’ve ever done?
  13. What is your favorite season? Why?
  14. What are you most thankful for?
  15. Who would you choose if you had to pick someone else to be you for a day?
  16. Now reverse! Who would you be if you had to be someone else for a day?
  17. What would you name a hurricane?
  18. What animal would you choose if you had to spend the day as an animal? What would you have to do differently?
  19. What would your toys do while you’re at school if your toys could come to life?
  20. How would your friends describe you?
  21. If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it?
  22. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
  23. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
  24. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
  25. What is the greatest thing about being you?
  26. Do you notice anyone who needs some extra kindness today? What could you do for them?
  27. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
  28. If one of your classmates could be a teacher for a day, who would you want it to be and why?
  29. If you could be a teacher, what would you teach the class?
  30. What subject do you want to learn that isn’t taught in school?
  31. What do you wish your friends knew about you?
  32. If you could know anything about your future, what would it be?
  33. If you could change your name, what would it be?
  34. Do you know anyone who is going through a tough time? How can you help them?
  35. What is your favorite way to be comforted when you’re upset?
  36. When are you most proud of your mom and dad?
  37. What is the funniest word you know?
  38. If you could name your color, what would the color be, and what would you call it?
  39. If you opened your store, what would you sell?
  40. If you could design a treehouse, what would you put in it?
  41. Describe your perfect day.
  42. What do you do when people don’t want to be your friend?
  43. What would it be if you could choose one thing to bring with you everywhere?
  44. Have you ever felt misunderstood? What did you do? What do you think would help you feel more understood?
  45. What do you love doing with your parents?
  46. How are your mom and dad different?
  47. If you could grow any food at all (it doesn’t need to be a fruit or vegetable), what would it be?
  48. What rules do you dislike following?
  49. What can I do to be a better teacher for you?
  50. What compliment makes you feel good about yourself?
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