Adults and children alike love quizzes. Thankfully, kids’ quiz questions don’t have to be wholly academic or related to school subjects. In fact, they can be heaps of fun and tailored to different age groups. When making a quiz for children, it’s good to have a variety of rounds that are mostly not academic. This is so that all can participate and enjoy themselves, regardless of their academic abilities.
Kids’ Quiz Questions Ideas
Here are some ideas for quiz rounds that are suitable for children, with PowerPoint templates (where applicable). They’re intended for children to be in teams, though some could be scored individually.
The Price is Right
This is a really fun round that will also teach children about how much things cost. The idea is that they’re shown a variety of items and they have to guess how much they are to buy. The closer they are to the actual price, the more points they get. If they get the price spot on, they get 10 points, or 9 if they’re within 5%, 8 if they’re within 10%, and so on.
I ran this round on a summer camp for 11-14s and they loved it. There are 10 items in my template, ranging from a Nintendo Switch to a grand piano. I’ve also created answer slides and calculated the point scales. Feel free to choose your own items, and be sure to check the prices before you run the round.
Where in the World?
This is a fun geography round, based on Google Street View. Use Google Maps to find random locations across the world. Take a screenshot of a Street View image and provide a list of options of where it could be. Alternatively you could use GeoGuessr to generate the images. This helps children to improve their understanding of different places around the world.
In my template, I chose 10 locations from around the world, and came up with four possible answers.
Name That Tune
There are numerous ways you could interpret this classic game. I have done it with Christmas songs, where I played the introductions to 10 festive favourites, and points were awarded for the correct title and artist. You could also award points for the year of release.
I have also tried it with TV themes. I used Audacity (a free audio editor) to speed up, slow down, or reverse the themes to make them harder to distinguish. In my template, you’ll find 10 popular themes, from Blue Peter to Doctor Who. I’ve included answer slides, in which each theme morphs into the original. Depending on the age of the children, you may wish to include more children’s shows.
Are You Watching Closely?
This is a round that works well for children of all ages. It encourages them to pay attention and remember what they’ve seen. Simply show a clip from a child-friendly film or TV show, and then ask some observation questions. For example, you could ask about clothes that are worn, colours of objects, things that happen in the background, etc. In the past, I have used clips of Minions and Mr Bean, both of which worked well.
What Happens Next?
This is another video-based round that kids will enjoy. Simply find some clips on YouTube where something funny or unexpected happens. Show these to the children but pause them at an appropriate point and ask, “What happens next?” Allow them to guess, or give them four possible options to choose from.
Set the Scene
This round is designed to provoke creativity among the children. The idea is that in their teams, they have to create a still image (or scene) representing a given topic, within a time limit. Points are awarded at the host’s discretion. There are endless possibilities. I have tried this with the following scenes:
- Romeo and Juliet
- 3D shape
- Noah’s ark
- Album cover
Food & Drink Tasting
For something a little different, a food and drink tasting round goes down a treat. At a family quiz, I tried this with crisps, which worked really well as there are so many flavours to choose from. I gave the teams five samples of crisps and awarded points for the flavour and brand. Depending on the age of the children, you may just want to award points for the flavour. I used Sensations, Kettle Chips, Tyrrells, and supermarket brands.
You could also do this with chocolate, or soft drinks, such as Pepsi/Coke or 7UP/Sprite. You could even use the same flavours and add food colouring to make them look different. You’ll be surprised at how many kids don’t realise that they actually taste the same!
Who Said That?
This may be more suited to older children, but those who love films will love this round. Show them a series of quotes from films and they have to tell you which film each one is from. You could expand the number of points on offer by asking for the character and actor who said the quote, and the year the film was released.
In my template, I’ve included 10 quotes from films including Frozen and The Lego Movie, along with answer slides.
For a team-building exercise, you could devise a craft challenge. Give each team the same craft materials and ask them to make a structure of some kind.
At a recent summer camp, the children were asked to make a basket that would hold a raw egg so that when dropped from high up, the egg would remain intact. Most teams succeeded, though inevitably there were some smashed eggs, which amused us greatly.
For an energetic round, why not have a dance challenge? Show the children a dance routine they are to replicate in teams, and award points for the best performances. Use your discretion to determine how many times to show the routine.
I recently used this tutorial from The Greatest Showman at a family quiz, which everyone enjoyed. I showed the four parts twice, and then let the teams dance along to the “Showtime” section.
A quiz wouldn’t be complete without a general knowledge round. Questions can be tailored to children fairly easily by researching various topics. Multiple choice works best, as at least they can guess if they don’t know the answer. I’ve included 20 questions in my template, complete with answer slides.
True or False
An easy round to do, similar to general knowledge, where the kids have a 50-50 chance of getting the answer right. Simply find some interesting facts or trivia, and turn them into true or false questions.
I hope that you’ve found these ideas for kids’ quiz questions helpful. If you use any, do let me know how you get on. You may also wish to check out my post on kids’ riddles for some tricky brain-teasers.