70 Quality Conversation Starters for Family Dinner Time


70 Conversation Starters for Family Dinner Time to get the kids talking.

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Eating dinner together can be one of the most bonding times for a family. However, if your family isn’t talking at dinner time, you are not doing much bonding at all.

Do you ever have an evening that you just don’t feel like talking? Or maybe you have been so focused on school, work, or household chores all day that you can’t get your mind shifted to meaningful conversation. For those evenings when the conversation is sluggish or hard to get started, I have some great Family Dinner Conversation Starters for you.

This list of questions for family dinner conversations is a fun way to get the entire family (young kids, middle school, high school, or any age) to take part in some great conversations. Print these cards, put them in a jar, and take them out at your next family dinner. The family dinner table is not only a place to share good food, but it’s also the perfect time to share family stories and truly connect on a regular basis. Spending time together is the most important thing about family meals.

You won’t need to pull these out every evening, but when you need a little extra help getting the conversation flowing, you are sure to find some great ideas with these cards.


70 Conversation Starters for Family Dinner Time

Conversation Starters Sheet #1

  1. Parent(s) share a story about the kids when they were babies or toddlers.
  2. Each kid tells how they think their parents met. Parents go last.
  3. Parents share what you were like at your kids’ ages. Kids say what they think they will be like as parents.
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up? (This answer changes often with kids.)
  5. Best thing, worst thing. Go around the table and ask each family member to share the best part of your day and the worst thing about their day.
  6. What is your favorite meal Mom cooks? What is your favorite meal Dad cooks? (You’ll get some dinner ideas from this conversation!)
  7. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  8. Name 3 foods you would never eat.
  9. What is your dream job you could do for the rest of your life?
  10. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
  11. What is the thing you worry about most?
  12. What are you most thankful for?

Conversation Starters Sheet #2

  1. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? What is the best gift you’ve ever given?
  2. What is your favorite movie?
  3. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
  4. What is your favorite Bible verse?
  5. Describe the person sitting to your right in 3 words. Keep it positive.
  6. What is your least favorite chore?
  7. What is your favorite thing about our family?
  8. What is your all-time favorite toy?
  9. If you won the lottery (at least $1,000,000), what is the first thing you would buy?
  10. What is the hardest thing about being your age right now?
  11. If you could live in any state, which would you choose? Why?
  12. Describe your life 10 years from now.

Conversation Starters Sheet #3

  1. When you have children, what will they like most about each aunt and uncle (your brothers and sisters)?
  2. If you planned our next whole family vacation, where would we go and what would we do?
  3. If you could pick any age and stay that age, how old would you be?
  4. What do you think heaven will be like?
  5. What do you know more about than your parents?
  6. How can you tell when you’re grown up?
  7. What is your favorite place in our home?
  8. What is your most favorite fast food restaurant? What is your least favorite?
  9. What is your greatest strength? Why?
  10. Would you ever change your name? If so, what would your new name be?
  11. What makes you feel loved?
  12. What habit would you most like to break? What habit would you like to start?

Conversation Starters Sheet #4

  1. What motivates you?
  2. Think of the people you respect the most. What is it about them that you respect?
  3. What is your favorite dessert?
  4. If you could create a new holiday, what would it be called and what would it celebrate?
  5. Would you ever get a tattoo? If not, why not? If yes, what would it be?
  6. What is your favorite number? Why?
  7. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? If so, what was it? If not, do you think miracles still happen?
  8. If you could have one question answered about your future, what would it be?
  9. What do you do to get yourself out of a bad mood?
  10. What 3 apps do you use most on your phone?
  11. What is the best thing about having a cell phone? What is the worst thing?
  12. What are your goals for the next 2 years?
Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters Sheet #5

  1. Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
  2. Would you rather live on the beach or in the mountains? Why?
  3. After a long day, what is your favorite way to relax?
  4. What is your favorite family tradition?
  5. What is your favorite song?
  6. Name 3 things you would want to have with you on a deserted island.
  7. If you had to eat one food everyday, what would it be?
  8. What is your earliest memory?
  9. Who is your favorite movie character?
  10. If you could meet a famous person (dead or alive), who would you choose?
  11. What is your favorite smell?
  12. What is your greatest talent?

Conversation Starters Sheet #6

  1. What is your favorite book?
  2. Who at this table can make the funniest face?
  3. What is your favorite time of day? What is your least favorite time of day?
  4. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  5. If you were planning a road trip, where would you go?
  6. What is the best time of the school year?
  7. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
  8. If you could create a tv show, what would it be about?
  9. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  10. If you could only use one social media platform, which would you choose?
  11. What is one new skill you would like to learn?
  12. Label for the jar

Conversation Starters Sheet #7

I’ve included a sheet of blank cards so you can continue to build your collection of conversation starters.

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Download the Conversation Starter Cards

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

You can use the list above, or to make it a little more fun I’ve added the Conversation Starters to some handy printable cards. Print them on standard copy paper or on cardstock if you prefer.
Click on the button below to download the card sheets. They are my free gift to you!

Make a Conversation Jar to Hold Your Cards

If you would like to use a jar to hold your cards, I’ve included a jar label on Sheet 6.

What You Need to Make a Conversation Jar

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Good Conversation for Family Time

These family conversation starters are a great way to initiate interesting conversations into your daily routine. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to start a new way of connecting with your family. Dinner time is a great time to add quality time together.

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Family Dinner Conversation Starters


  1. we have our first time ever family conversation for 2018 and it was fruitful even thou was the first time in my family but it was really great and awesome…family members starting to to get there act together in regards to individual committements …but will be better in days to come…

    1. That is awesome! Having a conversation over dinner seems so simple, but with so many distractions nowadays it takes effort to get started. I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed it! I hope you are able to keep it up and grow closer as a family.


  2. Thank you for making up these cards. I think they’ll help get the conversation flowing with our 15, 15 and 13 year olds 🙂

    1. Our family has a great time together at dinnertime. We often think we should video our dinners, they can be so funny! I’m so glad you like the Conversation Starters. I hope your family enjoys them.
      Thanks for the comment!

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