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Forty Questions and Answers for Kids

Updated on May 18, 2014
The largest planet, Jupiter.
The largest planet, Jupiter. | Source
The surface of Mars, the red planet.
The surface of Mars, the red planet. | Source
The location of Sirius.
The location of Sirius. | Source
An iceberg west of Ilulissat inlet, Greenland
An iceberg west of Ilulissat inlet, Greenland | Source

1) What is the difference between a planet and a moon?

Planets revolve around a star and a moon revolves a planet

2) Which is the biggest planet in our solar system?

Jupiter is the biggest planet which has a diameter of approximately 140,000 kilometres.

3) What is the difference between a planet and a star?

A star is a huge ball of hot glowing gas and produces light and heat whereas a planet is a solid body that cannot produce its own heat or light.

4) Are planets always bigger than moons?

A moon can be larger than a planet however a moon cannot be larger than the planet it orbits due to the fact that a larger body has a greater gravitational pull.

5) What is the red planet?

Mars is often called the red planet due to the fact that its surface is made up of red rocks and soil.

6) Which is the brightest star that can be seen at night?

The brightest star in the night sky is called Sirius.

7) What is the Milky Way?

The Milky Way is a large band of stars that stretches across the sky.

8) What are latitude and longitude lines?

Latitude and longitude lines are lines that are marked around the globe and used by navigators to work out the positions of ships and aircraft. Latitude lines go from east to west and longitude lines run from north to south.

9) Which is the deepest ocean?

The Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean is the deepest known point of any of Earth’s oceans and has a depth of 10.911 km.

10) How big is an iceberg?

Icebergs are much larger than they appear as most of their mass is hidden below the ocean water. An iceberg maybe eight or nine times larger than what can be seen above the water.

The north face of Mount Everest.
The north face of Mount Everest. | Source
A kangaroo with baby (joey) in its pouch.
A kangaroo with baby (joey) in its pouch. | Source

11) How are caves made?

In the oceans, waves beating against the shore slowly erode away the rock and forms caves. Inland caves can be formed by underground streams flowing through the rock and wearing them away.

12) Where is the highest mountain?

The highest mountain on Earth is Mount Everest which is on the border or Nepal and Tibet.

13) Is Greenland really green?

Most of Greenland is covered with ice and snow due to the country being mainly in the Arctic.

14) Where is the Dead Sea?

The Dead Sea is between Israel and Jordan and despite its name is actually a large lake. It gets its name from the fact that the water is so salty that no fish can live in it.

15) Where is the world’s smallest county?

The world’s smallest country is the Vatican City which is located in Rome. It is governed by the Roman Catholic Church as an independent country.

16) Which is the world’s largest country?

The largest country is Russia which has an area of 17,098,242 sq km.

17) What is a marsupial?

A marsupial is a type of mammal. Baby marsupials are born before they are fully formed and then spend a period of time inside a special pouch on their mother’s body in order to complete their development. Kangaroos and wallabies are examples of marsupials.

18) What are feathers made of?

Feathers are made from keratin, which is the same substance that hair and nails are made from.

19) Is a sea anemone a flower?

Anemones are actually an animal that lives on the sea bed.

20) Which is the biggest animal in the world?

The blue whale is the biggest animal and can grow to more than 30 metres long and weighs around 10 tonnes when fully grown.

Panorama of St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Panorama of St Peter's Square in Vatican City. | Source
A cheetah.
A cheetah. | Source
A flying fish.
A flying fish. | Source
Bamboo. | Source

21) Which is the world’s fastest animal?

The fastest animal in the world is the cheetah which can run at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour.

22) Can a fish really fly?

Flying fish have large fins that they are about to spread and use like wings to glide through the air. They are able to use this ability to escape predators or avoid boats.

23) How can you tell the difference between a seal and a sea lion?

There are several differences between seals and sea lions: A seal lion has an outer ear flap and seals only have a hole that leads down to the inner ear. A sea lion can move well on land using its four flippers like feet and sea lions are more vocal and social able than seals.

24) Do birds only fly forwards?

The tiny hummingbird is the only bird that is able to fly backwards.

25) How loud is a lion’s roar?

When a lion roars the sound can be heard up to five miles away.

26) How high can a hare jump?

Hares can run very fast and once up to high speed can jump up to four metres high.

27) What do panda’s eat?

Bamboo makes up approximately 99% of a panda’s diet.

28) What is the name for a group of lions?

A group of lions that live together is called a pride.

29) How many wings does a bee have?

Bees have two pairs of wings.

30) What type of animal is a bat?

Bats are mammals.

The life cycle of a frog.
The life cycle of a frog. | Source
Ostrich showing its small wings.
Ostrich showing its small wings. | Source
Adult female G. rosea tarantula.
Adult female G. rosea tarantula. | Source

31) Which is the tallest animal in the world?

The giraffe is the tallest animal ad can grow to around five metres (16ft) tall.

32) What do tadpoles turn into?

Tadpoles grow and turn into frogs.

33) Are all snakes poisonous?

Not all snakes are poisonous.

34) What are camels humps full of?

Camel’s humps are full of stored fat. This is then used later when food is hard to find.

35) What are baby goats called?

Baby goats are known as kids.

36) Can an ostrich fly?

Ostrich’s cannot fly because their wings are too small to lift their much larger bodies.

37) What is the name of a female swan?

Female swans are called pens.

38) What is the world’s largest crocodile called?

The largest crocodile is the saltwater crocodile.

39) What type of animal is a filly?

Filly is the name for a young female horse.

40) How big is a tarantula?

Not all tarantulas are large; they vary in size from very small to about the size of a dinner plate.

© 2014 Claire


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