Why use conversation starters?
Mealtimes are so important to have together as a family. It gives you the chance to visit and laugh, eat a good meal together and ensure that you are spending quality time together as a family at some point during the day. It can be tricky, especially with busy schedules, but so worth it when you can make it happen. Sometimes it can be hard to get a conversation going with your kids or family.
I want you to be able to open up those communication lines and really get to know each other. Even if you think we know each other really good – you will be surprised what you will learn about each other. Plus, these are great “get to know you” stuff for gifts, birthdays, etc.
There is a free printable below that you can download, print out and cut and keep in a jar by the table. That way you can choose a new one each meal, or night, or whatever. I hope these are as fun for you as they have been for us! If you have other questions or conversation starters that you would like to see here, leave them in the comments and I will add them.
Free printable mealtime conversation starters for families:
- What is your favorite song/band?
- If you could plan the whole day, what would we do?
- What superpower would you choose?
- What is your favorite subject in school?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- What are some things you want to accomplish this year?
- What’s the best thing about your work or school?
- If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose?
- What is your favorite dessert?
- What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
- If you opened a business, what kind would it be?
- What do you do when you hang out with your friends?
- What is the best gift you have ever gotten?
- Do you like cake or pie more? Why?
- What was the last funny video you saw?
- What is your favorite snack?
- Would you rather have a hot breakfast or cold cereal?
- What is your favorite video game(s)?
- What’s your favorite number? Why?
- Which sports do you like to play and why?
- What cartoon character would you want to be?
- If you could change your name, what would it be?
- What is your favorite fruit?
- What three words best describe you?
- Would you rather be a dancer or a singer?
- What would you say to your pets if they could talk?
- What is your favorite vegetable?
- If you could bring one of your toys to life which one would you choose?
- What is something that you want to be great at?
- What are you most afraid of?
- If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?
- What is your favorite memory?
- Would you rather eat your least favorite food or have extra homework?
- What is your favorite vacation?
- What is your favorite day of the week?
- Do you like cinnamon rolls or scones more?
- What is your favorite kind of cake?
- Do you like brownies or cookies more? Why?
- What is your favorite thing to do at recess?
- What is your favorite thing to do in summer?
- Would you rather ride a bike, skateboard, or scooter?
- What is your favorite thing to do in winter?
- What is your favorite kind of candy or sweets?
How to use the conversation starters
I also left some blank spaces at the bottom so you can write some of your own if you want. Remember these are just conversation STARTERS. They get the conversation going and you will have to keep asking questions, giving answers and engaging.
Like if you pick the ‘favorite kind of cake’ paper, then you would talk about it, then ask why. Then ask about frosting, toppings, do they like chocolate chips, nuts, cherries, a lot of frosting or a little – would they rather have cupcakes or a slice of cake, etc. Then you can lead into other things, like how often you like cake, or what kind of cake do they want for their birthday, etc.
Click below for the free printable mealtime conversation starters cards for families (you will be directed to the PDF file to print or download)
You can use scissors to cut these up, or I recommend using a paper cutter. They are great for all sorts of projects and are very affordable. You may also want to print these out on cardstock and laminate them so they don’t get dirty or ruined with food and drink.
Do you have any other questions or ideas for these? Please leave comments below so I can add them in. Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon.