Why Do Preschoolers Ask So Many Questions? Here Are 7 Reasons

If you are the parent to a preschooler, then you will be on the end of relentless questioning.

Sure, it can be frustrating, especially when you are right in the middle of your daily tasks.

But, have you ever considered why preschoolers ask so many questions?

Here are 7 reasons why.


Why do kids ask so many questions?

Here are the 7 reasons why kids ask so many questions.


1. Curiosity

preschooler curious

As preschoolers develop their imagination and other vital skills, their curiosity continues to thrive. They become more curious and continue to ask new questions. Curiosity is one of the main reasons that preschoolers ask questions.

For you, the questions preschoolers ask can seem self-explanatory; for preschoolers, these questions are tough. It is always worth exploring a child’s curiosity.


Curiosity while learning

If you are a teacher, then you are no stranger to seeing curiosity in the classroom. It is one of the most enjoyable traits in a student because it shows an eagerness to learn.

Preschoolers will ask questions that seem straightforward but indulging their curiosity can provide inspiration and cultivate a lifelong love for knowledge.

A preschooler might ask, “why?” after explaining simple things like colors or shapes. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the preschooler’s curiosity further.


Curiosity in daily life

When children get older, they become more interested in daily activities. They may begin to question regular practices such as brushing teeth, waiting for lights to turn green, or wearing jackets in cold weather.

A curious question such as why they need to wear a winter coat is a genuine question.

Preschoolers do not understand the relationship between weather and attire. You must indulge their curiosity by helping them understand why jackets are necessary for cold weather.


2. Understanding

preschooler understanding

A large part of the preschooler’s mind is expanding their understanding of the universe. According to a University of Michigan study, which explored why preschoolers ask so many questions, receiving an explanation is why preschoolers ask so many “why” questions.

At this age, many preschoolers question things to understand better what is happening around them.

When you establish a rule with a preschooler, they might ask for your reasoning. Questioning rules is not always an act of defiance on behalf of the child. It is most likely their way of asking for a deeper explanation to understand the rule better.


Questioning to understand

Imagine telling a preschooler that they cannot run with scissors in their hand without explaining why it is dangerous. There is a big chance that the preschooler will ask you why they cannot run with scissors in their hands.

The reason preschoolers ask why they cannot run with scissors in their hands is so they can understand your reasoning.

According to the Wall Street Journal, children develop free will at age four. By explaining the reasoning behind safety to preschoolers, you are helping them understand how to make safe choices.


3. Making connections

preschooler writing

For most preschoolers’ lives so far, all connections, interactions, and references have been internal.

As children reach preschool age, their cognitive development reaches a point where they can understand things beyond themselves.


Connections to learn

Since the preschooler’s only reference is themselves and the members of their households, many of their questions will be relative to their own lives.

There are many questions that preschoolers may ask that help them make connections to their inner life.

Many of these questions will directly address their maternal figure, with who children typically form the strongest bonds.


Connections to share experience

In some cases, preschoolers will ask questions to share personal experiences. Preschoolers frame these questions as immediate and necessary “why” or “how” questions, but they will inevitably become rhetorical statements.

These questions are a form of socializing where the preschooler shares their experience with other children.


4. Clarity

preschooler reading

Clarity is essential to preschoolers mainly because it is difficult for them to follow directions. At the preschool age, children are becoming more explorative with their creativity.

In school, they are beginning to participate in more complicated tasks where they may ask several questions to clarify directions.

Many of the preschooler’s clarifying questions will involve, “how?”. They may also ask traditional “why” questions regarding your directions. These questions are essential for explaining the reasoning.


5. Learning

preschoolers learning

Preschoolers learn from trial and error. As they practice their skills, they will undoubtedly question their skills compared to yours. This form of questioning is an example of their eagerness to learn.

When they notice differences in your skills, they become interested in learning from you. For instance, if they watch you complete a puzzle that they struggled with, the preschooler will likely be interested in learning from you.

They may question “how?” from you, so you will teach them how you completed the puzzle.


6. Attention seeking

preschooler getting apple from mom

Sometimes children will continuously ask questions because they are seeking attention. Attention seeking occurs for several reasons. In any case, they are desperate for your attention and need to know.


7. Misunderstanding

preschooler question with arm up

If you answered their question the first time, but your preschooler is continuing, that might mean you misunderstood them.

A child that continues to ask the same question might not be getting the response they want.


Confusion

Your first explanation is not always the clearest.

When a preschooler continues asking questions, especially the same question, it is a sign that you were not clear enough in your first explanation.

Also – asking questions will help your child solve problems in the future.

Good luck!

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