50 Conversation Starters for Families

Getting everyone to the table for a family dinner night is hard enough let alone starting a conversation (at least it’s this way for my family). Dad and I hardly speak at all while we’re eating. Mom, on the other hand, is trying her best to get us all to talk, and that includes grandma. Usually though it ends in silence.

So, I put together a list of 50 conversation starters for family meal times. I’ve pooled together these 50 from friends, family, games, and a few parenting websites with slight changes. Even if your family are pros at this you may find some inspiring ones to try.

50 Conversation Starters/ideas for Families
1.) What is your favorite color? Why?
2.) If you could choose to be an animal, which would you choose. Why?
3.) Choose one song on the radio you like the best and explain why.
4.) Discuss a favorite movie or tv series. Why was it your favorite?
5.) Tell jokes.
6.) Share family stories.
7.) What is your biggest fear? Why?
8.) What is the one thing you loved most about your day?
9.) What is one thing you loved least about your day?
10.) If you could be any cartoon character for a day which would it be and why?
11.) If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
12.) When you grow up what do you want to be?
13.) If we lived in a world where there was only one season which would you choose? Why?
14.) What’s your favorite fruit/vegetable?
15.) What’s your favorite family meal?
16.) If you had three wishes like Aladdin what would you wish for?
17.) What’s your favorite family tradition and explain why?
18.) What makes you, you? Share a special talent.
19.) Who is your favorite teacher? Explain why.
20.) What is your dream job?
21.) If a friend was being bullied what would you do?
22.) What makes you happy?
23.) If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?
24.) Which country would you like to visit one day?
25.) Share some riddles.
26.) Share a story about a cooking “disaster” or family gathering gone wrong.
27.) Share about something inspiring that you saw in nature?
28.) Share about an answered prayer?
29.) Do you believe in miracles? Angels? God?
30.) Tell about a time when you forgot something very important. What did you do?
31.) Have a story about a time when you mistook someone for someone else?
32.) What was your favorite family vacation or outing?
33.) If you had a time machine where would you go and why?
34.) Tell me about a person who meant a lot to you? Why?
35.) Name three favorite past-times and why they are your favorite?
36.) Which subject(s) do you like the best in school?
37.) If you were president, what three things would you do?

38.) Share about a time when you acted like someone you were not?
39.) Tell me of a time when you were embarrassed, but looking back on it you can laugh?
40.) What was the most unbelievable thing you saw in person? Explain.
41.) Share a story about a time when you stood up for something that you believed was right even though it was an unpopular position.
42.) If you could create any business you wanted what would it be?
43.) Tell of a time when you helped someone who needed help.
44.) What do you think of the saying, “An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth”?
45.) Can change be positive? Explain and give an example.
46.) Tell of a time when you were your own worst enemy. How did you handle this?
47.) What are three things you are most grateful for? Why?
48.) It is said, “That success is failure turned inside out”. Describe a time when you turned a failure into a success.
49.) What was your favorite childhood song? Sing it.
50.) Share a story about a time when you put off doing something important. What happened and what did you learn?

Happy conversation!

For more ideas go to the Family Dinner Project.

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