Most parents feel they know their children inside out. However, while some children are outspoken and good at communicating, others may be silent. If your child is of the latter type, being aware of a few conversation starters for kids could help bring your child out of their shells are indulge in some talks.
Parents may know very well about their child’s favorite food items or bedtime rituals, but they are most likely unaware of their thought processes. In addition, as children constantly grow, their preferences, thinking abilities, and emotional attributes keep evolving. Therefore, it may not be easy to keep up with them.
Read on to explore a diverse list of conversation starters that may help break the ice with your children.
Why It’s Important To Have Conversations With Your Child?
Questions open a great line of communication, which plays an essential role in shaping your child’s personality. Effective communication improves bonding, boosts listening skills, vocabulary, and language skills, strengthens family bond, helps build self-esteem, and encourages to listen to you.
150 Conversation Starters For Kids
Questions For Kids About Friends
Children spend most of their time with friends and are close to them. Talking about their friends can tell you a lot about their thought process.
- Who is your best friend?
- What do you like the most about your best friend?
- Did your best friend leave you?
- What made you get mad at your friend? What did you do about it?
- What do you like to do when you’re with your friends?
- What traits do you look for in friends?
- What is something that annoys you but doesn’t bother your friends?
- What’s a funny prank you’ve played on your friends?
- Would you move to another town to be with your best friend?
- How are your friends unique?
- What does friendship mean to you?
- If you could relive any moment in your friendship, would you? Which one?
- What do you value the most in a friendship?
- If you can change something about yourself as a friend, what would you change?
- Which of your friends would be with you for the rest of your life?
- If each of your friends were a cartoon character, who would they be?
- What was your first impression of your friends when you met them?
- What is the best way to make and keep a friend?
- Would you ever hide the truth so that your friend’s feelings are not hurt?
- Would you rather be poor with great friends or rich with none?
- Do you think you are a good friend?
- What qualities do you think are important in a friend?
- Why is friendship important for you?
- Do you share everything with your best friend?
- According to you, what are friends for?
- They say, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” What do you think about this proverb? Do you agree?
- What is the best thing about having friends?
- If you had to create a nickname for each of your friends, what would they be?
Questions For Kids About Themselves
As your children grow, their thoughts evolve. To know what goes on in their minds, you may ask these questions.
- What do you most like about yourself?
- What’s your strangest hidden talent?
- What makes you laugh?
- With whom can you have a meaningful conversation?
- What’s your favorite subject in school, and which one you dislike?
- What are your deepest fears? How do you plan to overcome them?
- Is creativity your strong attribute? If not, what do you feel you’re good at?
- What’s your favorite ice cream flavor that’s unusual for others?
- Name a few things you want to achieve in the future.
- If genie granted you three wishes, what would you ask?
- Paying attention or listening to elders—which is difficult for you?
- Are you waiting to be a grown-up? Why?
- Do you think you’re better at sports or academics?
- If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change?
- What are you most proud of yourself?
- Where do you see yourself ‘X’ years from now?
- Name a few things you want to achieve before your next birthday.
- What are a few of the most exciting things about you?
- Do you feel you’re more of a “cup is half empty” or “cup is half full” kind of person?
- Poor choices are a part of life. Tell us a time when you made a poor choice that you regret.
- What is the most important thing in your life?
- If you had unlimited money, how would you spend it?
- What is your dream job?
- If you need an answer to one question about your future, what would it be?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- Who do you aspire to be?
- What would be a “perfect” day for you?
- What’s your best/favorite childhood memory?
- What motivates you to go after your goals?
- Do you believe in having a ‘X’ year plan?
- Who is your favorite person in the family?
- What are your skills and talents?
- What’s the biggest goal?
- What is the hardest thing about being a child, and what do you like the most?
- When do you feel misunderstood by grown-ups?
- What is the one thing you would like to learn from us?
- What do you know or do well that you can teach me?
Questions For Kids About The World
To know what your children think about the world and have a deeper conversation, we have a few conversation starters.
- What’s the biggest problem in our world?
- If you could change anything about the world, what would you change?
- How do you think you can make the world a better place?
- What’s one piece of advice you’d give everyone in the world?
- What does it mean to be a good citizen?
- What can we do as a family to make the world a better place?
- What is the best thing of the world?
- How would you change the world when you grow up?
- Do you think technology will destroy the human race or save it?
- Do you feel movies and books have the same power to change the world?
- If you had to fight for one global cause forever, which would it be?
- What are a few small, daily steps you can take to make the world a happy place?
- Given a choice, which charity would you support?
- Why is it important to have so many different kinds of plants and animals on earth?
- What can we do to protect our environment?
- What big change would you like to see in the future?
- What do you think will be different about the world when you are an adult?
Positive Conversation Starters for Kids
There’s more beyond likes and interests that you would like to know from your children. Here are a few ideas.
- How will you help boost someone’s confidence?
- How can you be kind to those around you?
- What is the most positive advice you’ve got from a closer friend or family member?
- What’s your favorite song that uplifts your mood instantly?
- Name three things you are grateful for.
- What are some things you’re lucky to have?
- What color do you think is the happiest? Why does it make you feel happy?
- How often do you help others? Who do you help? How do you help?
- Who is your idol?
- Who is the nicest person you know and why?
- How can you help someone who is having a bad day?
- Who is someone you admire right now? Why?
- What are the three most important things in your life?
- What’s the last good thing you’ve done for someone?
- Name a few of your positive qualities.
- What’s the best compliment you ever received?
Family Conversation Starters For Kids
To make the conversation healthy and want to know what your children think about the family, you may ask family-related questions.
- What’s your favorite thing to do with your family over the weekend?
- What’s the one family tradition you want to continue forever?
- How would you describe your family?
- If you get to plan your family vacation, where would you go and what would you do?
- Do you think you will be close to your siblings when you grow up?
- According to you, is your family the same or different from other families?
- What do you think makes a happy family?
- What do you think are the most important qualities of a good parent?
- As a family, what should we do more together?
- What are the most important things your parents have taught you?
- In our family, do you think the discipline, consequences and rewards are fair?
- If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
- What do you think makes a family close?
- If you could swap any three family rules, which would they be?
- Which family member do you think you are most like and why?
- How is love/marriage/family different in real life than in the movies?
- What is one treasured family recipe you love eating at dinner time?
- What is something your mother always tells you?
- What is something your father always tells you?
- What are the similarities between you and your parents?
- If you could add any pet to your family, what would it be, and who will look after it?
Funny Conversations Starters For Kids
Serious conversations could dull the moment. Here are some funny ideas to consider when talking to your little ones.
- What’s the funniest sounds you can make?
- What’s one magical power you wish you had?
- What’s one of your most embarrassing moments?
- Do you have a favorite chore? If yes, which one and why?
- Besides the usual, what’s one funny thing you always do in the shower?
- Name a few things you’d buy in a grocery store if you went shopping all alone.
- What are a few things you don’t understand about boys/girls?
- In case of a zombie apocalypse, where will you hide?
- If you were to dress like no one’s looking, what would you wear?
- What’s the most funny mobile game you have played?
- Who would be the worst person to be stuck in an elevator with?
- If you had to have an extra body part, what would it be?
- If you could get a tattoo, what would you get?
- What would you call your rock band group?
- If you could be any object, which one would you be and why?
- If you could have a celeb as your BFF, who would it be?
- If you could live in any fictional world, where would it be and why?
- According to you, what is a complete waste of time?
- What do you think outer space would be like?
- If you could break any world record, what record would you want to break?
- If food rained from the clouds, what food would you want it to be?
- What is the most interesting story from your childhood?
- What’s your biggest pet peeve?
- Why do you have to eat three times a day?
- If you had one minute to get out of your house, what are the things you’ll grab?
- If you could talk to any animal species, which one would you pick?
- If the whole world can see everything you do, what would you stop doing and what would you keep doing?
- What’s one thing you want to skip from your bedtime routine?
- If you can swap places with a cartoon character or a famous celebrity, who would you choose, and why?
- If you could ask your favorite celebrity one thing, what would you ask?
- If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
While the conversation starter questions are meant for your children to open up, they should not seem like an interrogation. Ask questions that help build conversation, share your thoughts, and talk more rather than getting overwhelmed and shutting down. Be a friend when your child is sharing their feelings, and don’t judge them.
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