Do you want a lively conversation going at the family table? Try ice breaker questions for kids. They are made in the form of printable coasters, especially for autumn gatherings!
Both my husband and I work from home, and our children are homeschooled. We don’t spend much time away from each other, so when we get together at a table, it isn’t a big wonder that conversation runs thin sometimes. When that happens, a conscious attempt to start a conversation can fix things, though there are times when we also choose to have a quiet dinner.
I once considered our situation and our problem somewhat unique, but recently I heard my friend complain that it can be difficult to get her son talking when they sit down for a family meal. I guess it happens with everyone. There are times when my son can talk non-stop, and there are times when his responses are monosyllabic.
But no kid can resist a bit of a game!
The printable ice breaker questions are kind of a game. Kids get a random card, and they need to express their opinion on the options offered. Each card provides two alternatives, which act as a prompt for children. For older children and adults, the alternatives add a little playful element to the activity, and for younger children, they make it easier to answer the question. All the participants are, however, encouraged to elaborate on their answers as much as they want and also give their opinions to other people’s questions.
The conversation starters are made in the form of coasters, so that they can be integrated into those family meals when everyone gets together. You can try it on a Friday night or whenever you feel like bringing a little surprise to the table. All you need to do is print them, then cut them out. If you want to reuse them, you can glue them onto coaster blanks.
Then, put the coasters out as you set the table, or let everyone choose a card as they sit down.
Walking in the fresh air or reading a book under a plaid?
Apple pie or pumpkin pie?
Pumpkin patch or corn maze?
Family gathering or family outing?
Warm sweater or warm blanket?
There are eighteen questions included as well as six blank cards for writing your own. All of them treat with autumn topics, but can be interpreted as freely as you like. For instance, the person who answers the question “Apple pie or pumpkin pie?” can decide whether it is about eating pies, baking pies, or simply looking at pies. If you want to know my opinion, I prefer to eat apple pies, but think that pumpkin pies look better on the table!
Some questions may not be followed by long discussions, while others will result in some surprises.
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