101 Conversation Starters for Kids to Help Get Them Talking
“Good.” “Fine.” If these are the only things you hear from your kids when you ask how their day is going or how school was, you're not alone. Pulling a multi-syllabic response is harder than pulling teeth! But kids' minds are full of questions, thoughts, and feelings that they don’t always know how to—or want to—express. If only you had the right questions to ask. That's where these conversation starters for kids come in.
This list of conversation starters for kids can be a helpful tool to open the lines of communication and learn more about how your children see the world. It includes great questions to ask your kids about school, friends, emotions, and—for the bravest among us—how we’re doing as moms and dads. These conversation starters will get your kids laughing, thinking, and even responding. Throw them out over dinner, in the car, or anytime you just want to check in.
We’ve got plenty more ideas for how to unplug, laugh, connect, and share in our Boredom Busters for Kids guide, where you’ll find the 100 Hardest ‘Would You Rather’ Questions for Clever Kids and 101 Fun Facts That Will Blow Your Kids’ Minds. For more fun ideas delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletters.
Conversation Starters for Kids to Get Them Talking About School
1. What would be your top three classroom rules if you were the teacher?
2. Did you learn any new words today?
3. If you could eliminate one school subject, what would you eliminate?
4. If you could add one school subject, what would you add?
5. What’s the funniest thing your teacher has ever said?
6. What’s something you haven’t learned in school that you’d like to know more about?
7. What are three things that all kids should learn in school?
8. What are your favorite games to play in gym class and recess?
9. What’s one goal you’d like to accomplish in school by the end of the year?
10. How is being in ___ grade better than being in ___ grade? How is it worse?
11. What are your favorite and least favorite things about your teacher?
12. What makes you want to do your best in school?
13. Does school ever feel overwhelming? When?
14. What would be on your agenda if you were class president?
15. If you could pick one book that everyone in your school had to read, what would it be?
16. Do you think school days should be shorter or longer? Why?
17. Should the school week be shorter or longer? Why?
18. What’s in the perfect school lunch?
19. Are school uniforms a good idea? Why or why not?
20. If you got to design uniforms for all of the kids in your school, what would they look like?
21. Who is your favorite teacher ever and why?
22. Do you think school was easier or harder before computers and the internet? Why?
A good chat can help kids navigate friendships.
Conversation Starters To Get Kids Talking About Friends
23. Were you a good friend to others today?
24. How does it make you feel when other kids are bullied?
25. Was anyone kind to you today?
26. Did you share with anyone today? If so, what did you share?
27. How would you describe your best friend?
28. What makes someone a good friend?
29. Do you think it's possible to have too many friends?
30. Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
31. Do you think making new friends is easy or hard? Why?
32. Do your friends ever pressure you to do things that you don’t want to do?
33. Do you think it’s okay to tell a little white lie if it protects a friend’s feelings?
34. Can you love a friend as much as a family member?
35. Do you think it’s important that your friends have the same interests as you, or is it not that important?
36. What’s an example of a friendship that you admire from a book, movie, or TV show?
37. If you could be best friends with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why?
38. Do you think everyone needs friends? Why or why not?
39. Have you ever gotten in an argument with a friend? How did you guys make up?
40. Do you think your best friend has to be another person? Could it be a pet or something else?
It's so important for kids to get those big feelings out.
Conversation Starters for Kids to Get Them Talking About Feelings
41. Did anyone hurt your feelings today?
42. Did you have the chance to help anyone feel better today?
43. What’s your proudest moment?
44. What’s something that was really hard to do but you kept trying and figured it out? How did that make you feel?
45. What are you most scared of?
46. How do you cheer yourself up when you’re feeling down?
47. Do you want to hear the story of the day you were born, and how happy we felt when we finally got to meet you?
48. Name five things that make you happy and five things that make you sad.
49. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
50. What has been the happiest day of your life?
51. What has been the hardest day of your life?
52. What does it mean to love someone?
53. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
54. What does it mean to be yourself?
55. What are three things that you love about yourself?
56. What makes you really angry?
57. What’s the best compliment you could receive?
58. Do you ever feel jealous of others? When?
59. What makes you feel nervous?
It's not easy being a teen. Give them a safe space to open up.
Conversation Starters for Teens
60. What’s your favorite memory of us?
61. Describe me in three words.
62. Describe yourself in three words.
63. When was the last time you were angry at me but didn’t say anything?
64. What’s the best lesson you've ever learned from me?
65. If I could take you on a trip anywhere in the world, just you and me, where would we go? What would we do there?
66. Is there anything you know about life that you think your friends don’t know?
67. What should parents be more understanding about?
68. What does it mean to be in love with someone?
69. When was the last time you cried and why?
70. What’s one thing I’m really good at as a parent and one thing I’m really bad at as a parent?
71. What are you looking forward to in adulthood? What are you not looking forward to?
72. What’s the hardest thing about being a teenager?
73. What do you miss the most about being a little kid?
74. What's your earliest memory?
75. What are you looking forward to the most about high school/college?
76. What do you like best about social media? What do you like least about it?
77. What do you think it was like to be a teenager without cell phones and the internet? What do you think we did all day??!!
78. What do you think I was like as a teenager? Do you think I fought with your grandparents a lot?
79. Do you think the driving age is fair? Do you think the voting age is fair?
80. What’s your favorite family trip we’ve taken and why?
Even the silliest conversation can reveal a lot about your child—and make you both laugh!
Silly Conversation Starters for Kids
81. Did you know that bees talk to each other by wiggling their butts? Do you think that’s a good way for us to talk to each other? Wanna try it?
82. What’s the best way to eat an Oreo?
83. If you could combine one fruit and one vegetable into a "fruitable," what would you choose? What’s your "fruitable" called?
84. If you could only use one word all day, what would it be?
85. If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?
86. What’s the funniest thing that's ever happened to you?
87. What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever seen or heard?
88. Name five things that always make you laugh.
89. If you were in the circus, which act would you be?
90. Tell me your favorite joke.
91. If animals could talk what do you think they would say?
92. What’s the stinkiest smell on Earth?
93. Let me see your best impression of me!
94. Which Smurf or troll is most like you?
95. If you could name our WiFi network, what would you call it?
96. If you could clone yourself, how many copies of yourself would you make, and why?
97. Which animals do you think would make the best race car drivers? Why?
98. If the sky could rain food, which food would you like it to rain?
99. If you had a robot for a day, what would you do with it?
100. If your toys could talk, what would they say?
101. If you had to change all the names in this family, what would you change them to?