35 Family Conversation Starters for the Dinner Table

I still remember when we got out first dining table as a child. We simply didn’t have room for one until my dad did some renovations on our house. The upgrades gave us room for a table the whole family could sit at. No more small breakfast nook in the kitchen. Our first meal was pork chops and baked potatoes. That dinner table changed our family dynamics.

35 family conversation starters

Family Conversation Starters

Colby and I have carried that dinner table concept over into our own family. We sit and have dinner together as often as possible. We listen to each other and engage in meaningful conversations. I absolutely adore that time with my family. Even when we think there is nothing new to bring to the table, no pun intended, one of the kids always seem to spark conversation somehow. With that in mind, I wanted to share 35 family conversation starters for the dinner table.

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. Name the 3 most interesting things about yourself.
  3. Are you grateful for something today? What is it?
  4. What is your favorite family memory?
  5. Would you rather be famous or just rich?
  6. What superhero power would you like to have?
  7. Imagine you’re the President. How would you use your position for good?
  8. What do you think makes a happy family?
  9. If you could have picked your own name, what would it be?
  10. How would you change the world if you could?
  11. What do you seem to daydream about the most?
  12. What is your favorite movie right now? Ever?
  13. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
  14. What has been the best thing about being your age?
  15. What random act of kindness have you done lately?
  16. Which one chore do you like doing the least?
  17. What is something you want to learn more about?
  18. If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be and why?
  19. What are you most looking forward in the future?
  20. What has been your proudest moment this week?
  21. What is one thing you could not live without?
  22. A genie gives you 3 wishes. What are they? (No wishing for more wishes)
  23. What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?
  24. How would you spend a million dollars if I gave it to you?
  25. You can’t use the internet or TV for a month, what would you do instead?
  26. What do you fear the most?
  27. If a color defined you, which color would you choose? Why?
  28. Where would you travel if you could?
  29. How would you decorate your room if you had the money?
  30. What is your dream car?
  31. You write a blog post about your day, what is the title?
  32. If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Why?
  33. You are famous for one week, what do you do?
  34. What is your favorite restaurant?
  35. If you could have dinner with 1 person, past or present, who would it be? Why?

You could easily print a few (or all) onto slips of paper and then place them into a jar. Pull one out when the conversation calls for a bit more and engage. It can be a great way to learn more about your kids, and vice versa.

What are some of your favorite family conversation starters?