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Inside: 120 conversation starters for kids sure to get your family connecting and your kids talking. If you are looking for fun family questions (the entire family will love) we’ve got tons of ideas, and a printable pack of 120 beautifully designed questions for kids.
Does this sound anything like the dinner table conversation at your house…?
“Hey Johnny, how was school today.”
“What did you do?”
End of conversation.
If so, you aren’t alone.
Getting kids to open up is hard!
But here’s the thing:
Kids desperately want to connect just as much as we do. They just don’t know how.
So I’ve scoured the internet and put together a truly genius list of the best family dinner conversation cards that will get your little one’s talking (and connecting).
What are conversation starters for kids?
In a nutshell, family conversation starters are unique discussion questions for kids. The goal of these magical little cards is to help your child open up and connect deeper as a family. (And have a little fun along the way too.)
In my house, this a fun family dinner ritual. We pick one card each night, ask the question on the card, and then have a discussion.
Everyone in the family answers the questions (not just the kids).
And what I find incredible, are all the interesting and unexpected conversations that transpire from these sweet little cards.
I promise you, these cards are little sparkling nuggets of gold brightening everyone’s creativity and imagination.
Introducing the cards to your kids
When I introduced these conversation cards to my family, I was a little nervous.
Would everyone look at me like I had two heads?
My shoulders relaxed when my six-year-old asked if he could pick the first card, and he dove right into the questions with fevered excitement!
I was happy. Finally, we were having an actual discussion at the dinner table.
The teenager in my house seemed a little too cool for it all, but I know secretly he enjoyed the questions and chance to talk too.
My son looks forward to this evening ritual, and so do I.
You can grab this set (120+ questions) right here.
Or, jot down a few of the questions from below and just spark up a conversation tonight.
Where to Use Family Conversation Starters
You don’t have to limit yourself to only using these conversation starters at the dinner table. You can play this fun family game anywhere! Think dinnertime, family night, before bed, rainy days, school classroom activity, car rides – you can use these anywhere and everywhere.
The best questions are ones that don’t leave kids with a one-word answer. You want to get to why, or how, and ask questions that YOU can also answer. After all, no one wants to feel like they are on display or at a job interview.
Benefits of family conversation starters
We are constantly changing, and even though we might think we know our kids, we need to check-in. Our thoughts, fears, and emotions change as we evolve and grow.
And that’s why these cards are so magical. They give us a chance to check-in (in a fun way.)
Conversation starters for kids also help to foster gratitude, imagination, creativity, confidence and empathy. They help develop improved mental health, help kids discover ambitions, improve confidence and help guide us during ethical dilemmas.
You’ll be surprised at what you learn and what your child shares.
And all this information only equips you with more knowledge to raise the best little person you can.
Connecting through conversation will also enhance family relationships all around.
I’ve talked before about the importance of your child feeling like they are an important member of the family. (I love chore charts to help do this, and you can snag a free chore chart here).
You kids will cherish these family memories, and one day they might even start this tradition with their own kids.
Limit questions to one or two a day to keep this special. And remember this is not a job interview or a police interrogation. This is a fun activity and if no one is in the mood for whatever reason, simply skip a night.
Don’t forget to answer the questions yourself.
Let’s get to it, 50 conversation starters for kids.
Conversation Starters for Kids
We’ve separated the discussion questions for kids into five categories below:
- Family questions
- Ideas and thought-provoking questions
- Gratitude and kindness questions
- Love and feelings questions
- Fun and silliness questions
Fun family questions for kids
- What’s your favorite family activity?
- If you could set a family rule, what would it be?
- If you could trade places with any member of your family for one day, who would it be, and why?
- What’s one subject your no more about than anyone in your family?
- Who understands you more than anyone else?
- Can you think of a time you told a little white lie? What was it? And why did you tell it?
- What do you think are the most important rules in your family?
Ideas and Thought-provoking Questions for Kids
- If you could pick your own name, what would it be? Now name everyone in your family.
- Can you think of one dream you would love to come true? What is it?
- Use three words to describe yourself.
- If you could suddenly know everything about one subject, what subject would you pick and why?
- If you were traveling to another planet, what’s one thing would you take with you?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
- Make up a holiday, what is it called and what is it for?
If you love fun family time, check out our epic list of 45 fun family night ideas, or the peruse ultimate guide to spending quality time with kids.
Gratitude and Kindness Questions for Kids
- Name three small things you are grateful for today?
- Can you think of a way you could help make the world a better place?
- What is one thing you can’t live without?
- Think of the people you cherish the most. What do you love about them?
- What makes someone a good friend?
- If you wanted to give someone a compliment, who would it be and what would you say?
- Which do you think is more important — to be funny, or to be honest?
Love and Feelings Questions for Kids
- What makes you angry? Sad? Happy? Scared?
- What are three small things you are thankful for?
- What do you see yourself doing in five years?
- What is your happiest memory?
- What do you want to accomplish tomorrow?
- Do you think it’s okay for people to cry when they feel upset?
- Are you generally a positive person or a negative person? Is the cup half-full or half-empty? Do you wish you could change anything about the way you think?
Fun and Silly Questions for Kids (to get the imagination flowing)
- If you had to pick one food to eat for the rest of the month, what would it be?
- If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one week, who would it be, and what would you do?
- If you won $1 million dollars, what would you do with all that money?
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you use it for?
- Would you rather fly like a bird or run fast like a tiger?
- Would you rather live on the beach or in the mountains?
- Do you believe in aliens? Would you like to visit another planet with other life forms?
Conversation Starters for Families Printables
If you are just in love with this family-building connection ritual as much as me, then grab all 120 of our printable conversation starters for kids right here.
Instructions for Family Conversation Starter Printables
So you’ve decided to snag this awesome and easy to set up conversation starter printable pack.
- Download your cards here.
- Print your cards. I love to use card stock paper so they are a tad bit more durable. If your printer allows, print these cards double-sided to get the fun design on the back.
- This step isn’t necessary, but boy oh boy, it sure takes your cards to a whole new level of fun. Do you have a laminator? (If you don’t have one, I like this one) Laminate the cards and dividers. Do not try to laminate two pages together, they will just come apart.
- Decide how you want to store your family cards. I used a recipe box and the premade dividers work brilliantly. You could also put your cards in a bowl, jar, or hole punch them and put them on a ring.
- These cards are approximately 4″ by 3″ and will fit in most recipe boxes. The dividers and card box decorators will add that special little touch.
- Develop a ritual and most of all, keep it fun!
Now you have 120 conversation cards to create special family moments. Use this time and create lasting memories and connections.
Not interested in printable cards but still want to take advantage of this awesome family tradition? Then I recommend this set of Family Table Talk from Amazon.
Communication and Talking Tips for Families
If you are looking for some talking tips for kids (like how to talk so your kids will listen). Dr. Sears has a ton of helpful suggestions here.
Below are a few key points:
- Connect Before You Direct
Before asking your child to participate, squat to your child’s eye level, and engage your child in eye-to-eye contact to get their attention. You can say, “I need your eyes” or, “I need your ears.”
- Eliminate Distractions
Turn off the T.V and put any iPhone or tablets away. Everyone in the family should come into the present moment. Why not even lock up the electronics for a set period of time?
- Don’t Interrupt
This is very important. When someone is speaking you might have an urge to butt in and share a funny story or something that pops into your head. But please, wait your turn and give everyone a chance to share and talk.
Address everyone by their name respectfully.
Wait until whoever is speaking is finished and then respond with a question or a comment. You could respond, “Wow that’s really interesting, I didn’t know that about you.” I’d encourage parents to also answer the questions and encourage their kids to ask follow-up questions.
- Listen & Respond
Show the person speaking that you are listening by nodding, smiling and looking at them.
Always, always, always be kind.
Final Thoughts on Family Conversation Starters
You don’t have to give up on developing a meaningful connection or having interesting conversations with your kids.
Sometimes all you need is a little help.
Since implementing this ritual into my family dinnertime, there is never a dull moment, and I’m smiling in satisfaction at how much my family is responding and participating.
Give your child lasting memories and traditions to carry on to their kids with some awesome conversation starters for kids.
Don’t forget to snag your printable Family Conversation Starters right here.
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