Taking the time to ask questions and listen to their answers is a great way to get to know your family members on a deeper level and spend some quality time together. With the help of these printable conversation starters for kids, you can start having meaningful discussions with your family on a regular basis.
Using conversation starters with your kids can be a powerful tradition to start. The connection in relationship grows as communication gets stronger.
Conversation Starters for Kids
- Printable conversation cards
- Basket or jar
- optional: laminator
- Download the conversation cards and print them out on cardstock so that you can use them over and over again. If you want, you can also laminate them to make them more durable.
- Cut out each card around the outer border.
- Place the cards in a basket or jar.
- Pull a card from the basket and let each member of your family answer the question.
Where to Use Conversation Starters
These simple cards can be used in a variety of places to get your kids talking!
- Around the dinner table
- In the car
- Before tucking your kids in at night
- At a sleepover or birthday party
- Between homeschool lessons or after school
- At the grocery store
Benefits of Conversation Starters
These printable family conversation starters are a great way to improve your family’s connection with each other. And while you might not need to use conversation cards to get your family talking, sometimes they’re helpful in starting a new conversation. There are a variety of great benefits to using talking points on a regular basis, including:
- Getting to know your children better. Your kids are constantly growing and evolving. And that means they may like something one day and hate it the next! With the help of these fun questions, you can constantly learn more about your kids’ daily lives, their hopes and dreams, and the emotions they’re feeling.
- Creating a stronger family bond. The questions on these printable cards are perfect for starting a conversation between family members. That means they can be the start of a deeper discussion among each member of the family. As you interact with your kids during these discussions, you’ll be showing each of your children that their opinion is important and valued, helping strengthen the overall family bond and encouraging connection.
- Cultivating gratitude. Helping your kids practice gratitude is important as they grow older. You can use conversation starters to help steer your family’s conversation toward topics that center around thankfulness, allowing you to incorporate gratitude into your daily life.
- Developing imaginative thinking. Using their imagination is a great tool for helping your kids improve their creative thinking skills. Not to mention that conversations centered around imaginative thinking are fun! Fun conversation starters are a great way to help your kids practice using their imagination each day.
- Increase vocabulary and communication skills. The art of questions and answers is a learning opportunity for children both in terms of expanding their vocabulary and developing their communication skills.
- Managing emotions. Kids can often feel big emotions. So learning how to manage their emotions, regulate their thoughts, and practice empathy are all important lessons to teach your kids. Conversation starters that center around emotional events are great ways to help your kids work through their feelings and understand how others might feel in a similar situation.
Create Your Own Conversation Starters
My printable conversation cards for kids come with 30 fun and thought-provoking ideas for sparking a conversation with everyone in your family. But you can also create your own conversation starters with blank cards. If you’re struggling to come up with additional questions to ask your family members, try these fun topics and ideas:
- What do you look for in a friend?
- If you could make a new family rule, what would it be?
- What is your favourite thing about your siblings?
- If you could create a new school subject, what would it be?
- What is something you don’t need, but you’re happy you have?
- If you pet could talk, what would it say?
- What is one nice thing you could do for someone tomorrow?
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
- What feeling makes you the most uncomfortable?
- If you could create a new holiday, what would you celebrate?
- What are you good at?
- What do you wish you were good at?
- When was the last time you made someone smile?
- What would your dream house look like?
- If someone wrote a story about you in the newspaper, what would the headline be?
- What is your biggest goal in life?
- Who is your best friend? Why?
- What do you like to do at recess?
- Would you rather be forced to whisper or scream all day?
- What is your favourite chore?
- Could you go an entire day without talking?
- What do you think about before you fall asleep?
- If you could build your own zoo, what animals would you have?
- What is your favourite day of the week? Why?
- What is something kids understand better than adults?
- When you make a new friend, what’s the first thing you ask them?
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