Which Would You Choose?
Express opinions about what you'd rather do.
- Target Age: 4-7
- Learning Goals: vocabulary, oral language development, values, critical thinking
- Related Episode: Martha Gives Advice
advice, agree, encourage, disagree, opinion, suggest
Encourage your child to express his or her opinion with questions such as these:
- Which would you rather be, the President of the U.S. or a movie star?
- Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to fly?
- Which do you like better, waterfalls or ocean waves?
- Would you rather drive a fire truck or a motorcycle?
- Would you rather have a pet elephant or a pet monkey?
- Would you rather be in a room with a mosquito or a mouse?
Ask follow-up questions to learn more about your child’s preference. Share your own ideas as well. If other kids or family members are around, ask their opinions too, and invite discussion:
- Why would you choose that?
- Interesting. I think I agree. I think a monkey would be a terrific pet. But Daddy disagrees. He says he would much rather have a pet elephant.
- If we were stuck in a room with a mosquito, what would yousuggest we do? That’s good advice!
- The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
What’s the most important thing about rain? About the sky? About a shoe? The author gives her opinion. What does your child think?
- Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig
Discover your child’s preferences and share your own as you answer the questions posed in this book. Would you rather be thunder or lightning? A stick or a stone?
- The Kids’ Book of Questions by Gregory Stock
This book contains great family conversation starters for the car, the dinner table, or anywhere.