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How Spark Discussions about Generosity with Kids

The idea of "generosity" or "selflessness" can be tricky for kids to understand. These words are big and need some unpacking. Here's a list of questions to spark conversations with children about what it means to live generously. These can also be excellent questions for adults, so feel free to use them with any age, but I've tried to create some basic questions for the littles and a few more thought-provoking topics for older kids.

Pre-K through Early Elementary:

  • What made you smile today?

  • What did you do to make someone else smile?

  • What is another word that means "generous"?

  • What is the best gift you've ever received?

  • What is your favorite thing you've ever given to someone else?

  • What is the best thing that happened today?

Upper Elementary:

  • Tell me about one thoughtful action you did today.

  • Tell me about the most beautiful thing you saw today.

  • Who are some characters from the Bible that show generosity?

  • Has anyone ever shown you generosity? How did that make you feel?

  • Tell me something that makes your teacher happy.

  • Tell me something that makes your sibling happy.

  • Do people think of you as a "giver" or a "taker"?

  • How do your family and friends show they care for you?

  • What is something you can do to help around the house?

  • Who is the most helpful person you know?

  • What does it mean to be a friend?

Middle School and High School-aged kids:

  • What is an activity or organization that is important to you?

  • What is needed to make schools, churches and other places run?

  • What does it mean to be selfless?

  • What does Jesus say about serving others?

  • What is the hardest thing to give away?

  • Are we always called to be generous? When should we receive?

  • Why is it difficult to give things away?

  • What places do you feel grateful for?

  • Who can you always rely on?

  • What would it mean to you to have a reputation of generosity?

  • What is something that makes your coach happy?

  • Who is someone who needs to be encouraged? How can you help them?

I hope this gets you thinking about initiating conversations regarding generosity with your family. No matter a child's age, the time to start is now. Pick a question or two and ask today!

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