We all know children can sometimes be shy.  What if there were a game you could play to draw them out of their shell?

That game is called “Would You Rather” – it’s great for kids.

Get to know them by watching their reactions and listening to their response.

What is the game “Would You Rather?”

The game ‘Would you rather’ is a conversation type of game that poses a question with two options and the person must choose one.

The question causes a dilemma because the person must choose only one option. The choices can both be very good, bad, funny, or impossible. Questions can be deep or silly.

Asking why the person chose the specific option, could lead to exciting and stimulating conversations.

Teachers and parents can use ‘Would you rather’ questions for kids for various outcomes.

  • To get to know the kids at the beginning of the school year or when the teacher needs to substitute another teacher during the school year.
  • Starting the school year is exciting, but many kids may be anxious about making new friends and getting to know the teacher. Would you rather questions may help the kids to get to know the teacher and their classmates.
  • Would you rather questions stimulate critical thinking skills, especially if the child is asked to motivate their choice.
  • Would you rather questions are effective as writing prompts for students and writers too. It’s a nice way to bridge ‘writer’s block.’
  • The game works great at family dinners or on road trips when the car becomes crowded, and the destination is still miles away.

Here is a list of possible ‘Would you rather’ questions for kids in different age groups.

 Questions for Young Children

  1. Would you rather eat ice cream or candy?
  2. Would you rather be very fast or very strong?
  3. Would you rather have a pet cat or a pet dog?
  4. Would you rather play hide and seek or cops and robbers?
  5. Would you rather eat a plate of broccoli or a plate of carrots?
  6. Would you rather live in the sky or under the sea?
  7. Would you rather jump into a pool filled with melted chocolate or a pool filled with ice cream?
  8. Would you rather be a character in the movie Narnia or the Wizard of Oz?
  9. Would you rather run everywhere or skip everywhere?
  10. Would you rather live in a house made of marshmallows or made of gummy bears?
  11. Would you rather sleep all day or play all night?
  12. Would you rather eat a live worm or a dead bug?
  13. Would you rather never bath (or shower) again or never brush your teeth?
  14. Would you rather sneeze melted chocolate or have tears that are cheese flavored?
  15. Would you rather brush your teeth with soap or drink a glass of liquid soap mixed with water?
  16. Would you rather have a runny nose or get caught eating a booger?
  17. Would you rather have a mountain of candy or a mountain of cookies?
  18. Would you rather raise chickens for eggs or sheep for wool?
  19. Would you rather whisper when you speak or shout all the time?
  20. Would you rather be a rabbit or a tortoise?
  21. Would you rather have a squirrel’s tail or a horse’s tail?
  22. Would you rather play outside all day or be inside all day?
  23. Would you rather go to bed whenever you want or eat whatever you want?
  24. Would you rather drink a glass of ketchup or mustard?
  25. Would you rather get a new toy every day for a year or candy every day for a year?
  26. Would you rather be able to talk to birds or insects?
  27. Would you rather be a banana or an orange?
  28. Would you rather play with a puzzle book or a coloring book?
  29. Would you rather eat pancakes filled with cabbage or waffles with sour cream?
  30. Would you rather have no nose or have three eyes?

Questions for Middle Schoolers

  1. Would you rather eat a hamburger or a hotdog?
  2. Would you rather have summer holidays or go to school during the summer and have the rest of the year off?
  3. Would you rather go to the doctor or the dentist?
  4. Would you rather be a cat or a dog for a day?
  5. Would you rather build a fort out of sheets or make a pillow fort?
  6. Would you rather play the guitar or play the trumpet?
  7. Would you rather eat rotten eggs or the soles of your shoes?
  8. Would you rather have a pet lion or a pet elephant?
  9. Would you rather swim every day or jump on a trampoline every day?
  10. Would you rather kiss a frog or hug a snake?
  11. Would you rather not watch TV for a year or eat no sweets for a year?
  12. Would you rather eat a can of dog food or two rotten fruit?
  13. Would you rather set the table or wash the dishes after dinner?
  14. Would you rather go to school wearing a clown nose or a clown wig?
  15. Would you rather jump into a pool of mud or a pool of chocolate pudding?
  16. Would you rather eat only cold food during the winter or eat only hot food during the summer?
  17. Would you rather only eat one favorite food for a year or the food you hate the most for a week?
  18. Would you rather suck your thumb the whole day at school or go to school without brushing your hair?
  19. Would you rather live in a zoo or an amusement park?
  20. Would you rather be very short or very tall?
  21. Would you rather be a teacher at school or the principle?
  22. Would you rather have an actual robot or as much Lego as you want?
  23. Would you rather live forever or never feel pain?
  24. Would you rather go to school riding a dinosaur or carried by a robot?
  25. Would you rather live on a houseboat or in an RV?
  26. Would you rather go to the Amazon for a week or Antarctica?
  27. Would you rather be poor and happy or rich and sad?
  28. Would you rather have a dog as big as a horse or a horse as small as a dog?
  29. Would you rather be stung by a bee or 10 mosquitos?
  30. Would you rather receive $200 today or $2 a day for the rest of your life?

Questions for High School Students

  1. Would you rather only eat your favorite food for the rest of your life or never eat your favorite food again?
  2. Would you rather be a police officer or a firefighter?
  3. Would you rather be a good athlete or get good grades?
  4. Would you rather ride a dirt bike or a quad?
  5. Would you rather live in a treehouse or in a tent in the woods?
  6. Would you rather go on a ride that spins really fast or an upside-down rollercoaster ride?
  7. Would you rather babysit a baby that doesn’t stop crying or stay up all night and help a family member you don’t know very well?
  8. Would you like to buy everything you want at a discount store or only have two designer outfits?
  9. Would you rather live in the country or in the city?
  10. Would you rather create a new social media platform or a new movie genre?
  11. Would you rather go without a mobile for a year or without watching TV for a year?
  12. Would you rather be the hero or the villain in a story?
  13. Would you rather always talk in rhymes or sing as you speak?
  14. Would you rather not wash your hair for a month or not wash your hands for a month?
  15. Would you rather have your clothes two sizes too big or one size too small?
  16. Would you rather be famous while alive and forgotten when you die or unknown during your lifetime but famous after your death?
  17. Would you rather go to school wearing a pirate patch for a whole month or a superhero cape?
  18. Would you rather learn to pilot a plane or learn to drive a racecar?
  19. Would you rather be nominated for homecoming king/queen or elected class president?
  20. Would you rather ride on the back of a hippo or a tiger?
  21. Would you rather be an actor/actress in a drama or a comedy?
  22. Would you rather have feet instead of hands or hands instead of feet?
  23. Would you rather jump on a hungry alligator’s back or be chased by a lion?
  24. Would you rather save your town from a terrorist or a terrible disease?
  25. Would you rather live 200 years in the future or 200 years in the past?
  26. Would you rather give a 30-minute speech to the whole school (including teachers and the principal) or would you rather work in the school cafeteria for 30 days?
  27. Would you rather win an Olympic Gold Medal or an Academy Award?
  28. Would you rather be the worst player on the winning team or the best player on the losing team?
  29. Would you rather have lunch with the president of the United States or your favorite movie star?
  30. Would you rather lose your sense of smell or your taste sense?

What is your favorite ‘Would you rather’ question for kids?

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