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Family Friendly Conversation Starters
What is diner time supposed to look like? Besides the food I mean.
Everyone at the table, check.
Good, wholesome meal, mostly check.
Lively conversation, …..
If you have kids (and you are likely to have them if you’re here) you know that asking them how their day at school was doesn’t lead anywhere.
And though some of us like to talk about work, it’s not always a great conversation topic. Especially with kids around.
Enter family friendly conversation starters! An easy and particularly fun way to get conversation flowing at the dinner table. It’s a really good way to get to know your kids better (and keep up with their development, thoughts and feelings)!
My husband and I used to play this game together with friends, back in the day. You know, the pre-kids era?
So I thought this would be cool to do at the dinner table, or just anytime for fun as well. But finding family friendly ones that included cards for toddlers was difficult (or expensive!). So, I decided to make my own 🙂
Family Friendly Conversation Starters – Free Download
To make them versatile and easy to use, I’ve created these conversation cards in four categories, each with a different color:
Toddler friendly – 15 extra questions for Tot, to make sure that they can add something to the conversation as well 🙂
Family friendly – 75 family friendly questions to share with your kids or between you and your partner!
Blank cards to make your own
Mix and match as you see fit and have fun!
Take this game as it comes. Maybe your child still needs to learn about gratitude and doesn’t know how to answer questions about it. That too is part of the game; a chance to talk and learn for everyone.
It is not even obligatory to answer a question if you don’t want to, or can’t. Of course, you can always take a question completely out of the stack, but you can also turn it into a conversation about the topic, without really answering the question.
Toddler friendly questions
- What is your favorite song?
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your favorite car?
- What is your favorite animal?
- What do you like most about school?
- What is your favorite bed-time book to read?
- What do you like doing most with daddy?
- What is the best thing about your big brother?
- What is your favorite game to play?
- What is your favorite food to eat?
- What is your favorite hide and seek spot?
- What’s your favorite outfit? Why?
- Who is your best friend?
- What makes you happy?
- What is the best thing that happened today?
Family friendly Questions
- What do you like to do for fun most?
- Where do you feel safest?
- What makes you different from your friends?
- What are your goals for this school year?
- Which superhero would you like to be?
- What are you most proud of?
- What is the scariest thing you can think of?
- What is your favorite book?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you like to live?
- What is your happiest memory?
- What are you grateful for?
- What did you laugh about today?
- What do you do when you’re stressed out?
- What’s one thing that you would like to learn?
- What would you like to be able to do?
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
- What’s your favorite movie?
- If you could paint over your room, what color would it be?
- If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
- What is your favorite sport?
More questions to come – but let’s take a break here
This is one of those games that don’t really have the purpose to win. The main purpose of the conversation starters game is to have fun and enjoy and bond with your loved ones.
Which is why playing this with grandparents is always a hit as well. Inevitably they begin to shine when they hear the answers of the little ones.
- What is your least favorite chore?
- If you could pick your own name, what would it be?
- What would you like to be when you grow up?
- What is your favorite meal?
- Mom or day, share a story from when you were young
- What is your oldest memory?
- How do you think your parents met? Then the parents tell the story.
- If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
- What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
- Describe the person sitting next to you in 3 words. Only loving things!
- If you won a huge amount of money, what would you do with it?
- If you planned our next family vacation, where would we go to and what would we do?
- What makes you feel loved?
- What is your favorite dessert?
- Would you ever get a tattoo? If yes, what would it be? If not, why not?
- What is your favorite number? Why?
- Which do you like best, summer or winter?
- Would you rather live at the beach, or in the mountains?
- What is the best dream you have ever had?
- Have you ever cried of happiness?
Deep and Moving Questions
You see that some questions are pure fun and some may be very moving or deep. Such as whether you’ve ever cried of happiness.
Some questions are about learning too. Toddlers, for instance, but pre-schoolers also, might not yet have a solid notion of grattitude. You can use the deeper and more moving questions to teach them about these concepts as well.
On a similar note, if there are questions you’d rather not discuss at the dinner table, then don’t! It’s meant to be fun, right? This game is free and flexible and should be played in a way that fits your family and needs.
- Tell a joke
- Tell us about a time when you had to be brave
- If you could be any age right now, how old would you be?
- What is your favorite memory of your grandparents
- What would you do if you were queen or king for a day?
- If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
- What hobby would you do if you could pick anything at all?
- What would your perfect room look like?
- What place from a book or movie would you like to go to most?
- What job would you be absolutely terrible at?
- When was the last time you climbed into a tree?
- What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
- What job do you think you’d be really good at?
- If you could build the house of your dreams, then what would it look like?
- What would your ideal day look like?
- What is your favorite day of the year?
- What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
- What is the most annoying question people ask you?
- What is the best thing that ever happened to your?
- What game do you play most often on the computer or iPad/Tablet
Family Friendly Conversation Starters – DIY Cards
Some final advice before I let you go onto the last leg of questions.
The easiest and probably fastest way of getting these cards made (as in under 5 minutes, because which parent has more than 5 minutes to spare? I sure don’t.) is to print them and then cut them into rectangular pieces with a cutter or a metal ruler and a crafting knife.
Easy does it 🙂
- How old would you like to get?
- What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
- If you were the only person left on the planet, what would you do?
- What is your favorite smell?
- What can you not stop doing?
- What food can you not resist ever?
- What would be the scariest monster you can imagine?
- Would you rather always be 10 minutes late, or 20 minutes early
- Would you rather be completely invisible for one day, or be able to fly for one day?
- What was the worst thing you ate lately?
- What is something nobody knows about you?
- What do you think mom and dad should do on our next date
- What do you like best about our family
- What is your favorite time of the day
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
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Have fun and let me know if your kids came up with some hilarious, or particularly surprising answers!