Philosophical questions for kids are a fantastic way of getting children to think about big issues and their place in the world.
Children have active imaginations and lots of thoughts about the world. These philosophy questions for kids are designed to help them express these thoughts and think about their implications.
If you’re a teacher, these topics are ideal to use in the classroom. They’re also perfect to use at home to encourage thoughtful conversations on the wider world and ethical issues.
We think these thought-provoking questions for kids are so great the conversations you have with your children will ensure you both think the same!
Philosophical Questions For Kids List
1. How should we treat animals?
2. What’s the difference between adults and children?
3. Do you think the chicken or the egg came first?
4. Is love a feeling or is it a reflection of actions we do to others?
5. How do you think people would behave if there were no rules or laws?
6. What makes someone or something beautiful?
7. Is boredom a good or bad thing?
8. Is it ok to break the law to save someone you love?
9. Do humans have a responsibility to look after the planet?
10. What do you think makes a good friend?
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11. Do you think it’s ok to eat animals or not?
12. If someone shares a secret with you, is it ever ok to share it with someone else?
13. Do you think it’s possible to have good without evil, or not?
14. Do you think kids need two parents?
15. How long do you think it takes until you reach a point where you’re wise?
16. How do you think the world would look if apes were the dominant species?
17. Do you think there are alternate universes or are we living in the only one?
18. Do you think the world would be better if kids were in charge?
19. Is it important to be honest at all times or are there times when it’s ok to lie?
20. Is it possible for 2+2 to be anything other than 4?
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21. Do you think robots will ever take over the world one day?
22. What do you think is the most important thing in life?
23. Do you think animals have feelings like us?
24. If you traveled back in time and changed the past, what do you think the implications would be?
25. What makes a painting beautiful?
26. Can something be created from nothing?
27. Is it acceptable to kill bugs because we find them annoying?
28. If humans were able to live to 200, how do you think this would change society?
29. What makes us human?
30. Can a robot be human?
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31. Are you your body or your mind?
32. Can you know what it’s like to be an elephant?
33. If pigs are what wolves eat, is the big bad wolf bad?
34. If you made the cake, should you get the biggest slice?
35. What do you think life would be like if you were afraid of nothing?
36. Can anything be true and false at the same time?
37. Is an emotional person more or less likely to be a good person?
38. If you laugh when you’re not trying to laugh, is it you doing the laughing?
39. Do you think animals like being kept as pets?
40. If time travel is possible, do you think we might have met time travelers already?
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41. Are clowns scary or funny?
42. If your parents had given you a different name, do you think you’d have a different personality?
43. Why do humans find things funny?
44. Do humans need other people in order to live?
45. Do you think we should try to prevent bad things from happening?
46. Does everybody deserve to be shown respect?
47. Is it possible to be happy and sad at the same time?
48. Do you think happiness can be measured?
49. Is it best to seek out pleasure and avoid pain?
50. At what age are children accountable for their actions?
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51. Where do morals come from?
52. Is it ever ok to steal?
53. Do you think there’s ever a justification for hurting others?
54. Should we always follow the rules even if doing so leads to harm?
55. Does every human life count equally?
56. What makes you human?
57. Is love or money more important?
58. Do you think there’s such a thing as true love?
59. Do you think love lasts forever?
60. Why do people get married?
61. Do you think children are born with a deep love for their parents?
62. What do you think would happen if we lived forever?
63. What would your idea of heaven be?
64. Is it right that everyone should have access to education?
65. What makes a crime a crime?
66. If God is real, then who created God?
67. Do trees feel pain?
68. Why do you think we talk to ourselves?
69. Do you think your dreams have a hidden meaning?
70. How do we determine between what’s fact and what’s fiction?
71. Is freedom a bad thing if it’s not used morally?
72. Are people in a different time zone in the past (or future)?
73. Do you think it’s possible to be perfect in an imperfect world?
74. Do you think that someone can be lucky?
75. Is there a purpose to life?
76. What do you think the ideal society looks like?
77. What do you think is the biggest environmental issue today?
78. Is it always good to have choices or can we have too many sometimes?
79. Why can’t you buy cat food that’s mouse-flavored?
80. Do you think there’s intelligent life somewhere else in the universe?
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81. At what age does someone become elderly?
82. Why do we dream?
83. Why are there so many different Gods if there’s only supposed to be one God?
84. Should people be allowed to keep all the money they earn?
85. What do you think happens after we die?
86. Have you ever seen or experienced something you couldn’t explain?
87. Would you kill one person you love to save 100 strangers?
88. What is true friendship?
89. Is it possible to go through life without telling a lie?
90. Why might two wise people disagree about what it means to be wise?
91. Is it more important to do the right thing or to do things right?
92. Where do you see humans in 100 years?
93. Are people inherently good?
94. What would the world be like if everyone had the same opinion on everything?
95. Is it possible to know everything?
96. Is it easier to love or be loved?
97. If a tree falls in a forest but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
98. Is it possible to have happiness without sadness?
99. Do we have a soul?
100. Is there a difference between living and being alive?
101. What makes you, you?
102. Do people change when they have power?
103. Why do we throw away food when we know people are dying of hunger?
104. Does time have a beginning or an end?
105. Is it possible to achieve world peace?
106. Is it possible to think of nothing?
107. If someone grew up in a black-and-white world, would you be able to describe the color red to them so they understand what it is?
108. Is it possible animals have sophisticated languages we can’t understand?
109. What different kinds of love are there?
110. Is it possible to become happy just by using positive thinking?
111. Do adults have all the answers?
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