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Questions to ask preschoolers about their artwork

 
Young children love to paint and draw, build and sculpt and when they present us with their artworks it’s easy to tell them that they’ve done a great job - whatever the results! However with a few open-ended questions you can find out a little more about what they’ve produced and what inspired them. You’ll also help develop their creative and critical thinking skills in the process.
Preschoolers love to paint and draw, build and sculpt and when they present us with their artworks it’s easy to tell them that they’ve done a great job - whatever the results!

However with a few open-ended questions you can find out a little more about what they’ve produced and what inspired them.

You’ll also help develop their creative and critical thinking skills in the process.
 

Questions to ask preschoolers about their artwork 


There are so many questions you could ask, but here are some easy ones you can use to get your preschooler to talk about their latest piece of art.

You can also adapt or simplify the questions for younger or older children.

By taking an interest in what they have created, you are supporting them and helping them to express their own ideas.

1. What can you tell me about your picture, sculpture etc?

This is a good open-ended question and offers an opportunity for your preschooler to talk you through the different elements of their piece.

It also lets you off the hook if you’re not quite sure exactly what they’ve created!

 
2. Where did you get your idea?

This question gives your preschooler a chance to tell you about what inspired them and where their idea came from.

Often it’s things that are currently top of their mind.

 
3. What is your favourite part?

Ask your preschooler to tell you about their favourite part of their masterpiece.


Follow up with questions such as ‘Why do you like that part’ and ‘What do you think makes that part work so well?’.

 
4. Why did you use …?

By asking questions about colours, shapes, textures etc, it shows your preschooler that you have noticed even the smallest of details.

It shows you have taken an interest in what they have done and helps to build their self-esteem.

 
5. What title would you give this piece of art?

Naming something always makes it more personal and meaningful.

Giving their artwork a title or name will also help prompt your preschooler to think more about the main elements or theme of their masterpiece.

 
6. What materials did you use?

Talk to your preschooler about what they used to get to the finished product.

Ask them to tell you about the paints or crayons they used, any arts and craft materials, glue, cardboard or anything else that helped them make their creation.

 
7. Where should we keep this work of art?

Young children are often very proud of what they have created, so it’s important to respect this and discuss how they would like to display their work of art.

Will you hang it on the fridge, save it in a scrap book or put it on a shelf or into a folder to keep?

Alternatively, they may decide to give it to a family member or friend, or that today’s work was fun, but it can be recycled to free up some space for next time.

More kids activity articles to enjoy: Image source: henfamily.com
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