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20 questions


20 questions

What to do with this activity?

With this game your child can develop confidence in asking questions - an important skill in language. It’s also a good game for thinking and problem solving that you can play when travelling.

One person, we'll call them the leader, thinks of just one thing, either a person, a living thing, a place or an object. They don’t say out loud what they have thought of. 

The others take turns asking the leader questions. Each person has only 20 questions to find out what it is. The leader can only answer with a "yes" or "no". For example, the leader might choose a "train". If someone asks if it’s an animal, the leader can only say "no". 

Whoever guesses "train" first becomes the next leader and it’s their turn to think of something. If no-one guesses correctly within the 20 questions, the leader wins and can take another turn.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.

  • How can I do more?

    Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.

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