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Dinner Conversation Starters: Free Printable Prompts

Lately I have been blessed to be able to have dinner with all of my family at the same time. We have been spending a lot of time together so we started keeping a mason jar full of dinner conversation starters as a fun game. Today I’m providing you with a fun printable that you can use to chat with your family too!

Since being quarantined together, the one thing that I have done right is make dinner and have us eat together as a family. Prior to this my husband would come in after dinner time. Or my kids would eat at their grandmothers house, or I’d be out at an event and eat there.

Our dinner schedules were completely all over the place, and that was what we were used to. Social distancing has changed these habits for the good. Everyone is (pretty much) eating the same dinner, and all 5 of us are meeting every single night at the dinner table.

We have been playing some fun games like finish the sentence and name an animal/celebrity/ for every letter of the alphabet. Lately I’ve been wanting to take more advantage of this special time with the kids because who knows how long it will last–and if we will ever have this time again.

Using conversation prompts during dinner offers a multitude of benefits for families. Here are several reasons why a family should consider integrating this practice:

  1. Fosters Connection: In an age dominated by technology, distractions, and fast-paced lifestyles, taking time to truly connect becomes essential. Conversation prompts can help family members shift their attention from screens and the stresses of the day to one another.
  2. Enhances Communication Skills: Using prompts can help family members articulate their thoughts, learn how to listen actively, and practice patience as they await their turn to speak.
  3. Encourages Openness: Some topics may not arise organically in daily chit-chat, but they are crucial for deeper understanding. Prompts can nudge family members to share feelings, experiences, and perspectives they might not otherwise discuss.
  4. Learning Opportunities: Through diverse prompts, families can learn new things about cultures, histories, personal preferences, and more. This can spark curiosity and motivate members to learn more outside of dinnertime.
  5. Supports Emotional Growth: Speaking about feelings, challenges, and personal experiences can be therapeutic. It aids in emotional processing and can help family members offer support to one another.
  6. Builds Empathy: Hearing different perspectives and experiences can foster empathy. Understanding where a sibling or parent is coming from can lead to deeper connections and reduced conflicts.
  7. Creates Tradition: Over time, using conversation prompts can become a cherished family tradition. It’s something that family members can look forward to, especially when the prompts lead to laughter, discovery, or profound insights.
  8. Breaks Monotony: Repeatedly asking, “How was your day?” can get tedious. Conversation prompts can introduce variety and freshness to dinner table discussions.
  9. Inclusivity: In some families, certain members might naturally be more vocal than others. Prompts ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share and be heard.
  10. Prevents Conflict: By focusing on neutral or positive prompts, families can avoid diving into contentious topics that might sour the mood. While it’s essential to address issues, the dinner table can be a sanctuary where everyone feels safe and respected.
  11. Memory Making: Years down the line, families might reminisce about the enlightening, funny, or unexpected conversations that sprung from a particular prompt.
  12. Adaptable: Conversation prompts can be tailored to fit the age, interest, and maturity levels of family members. This flexibility ensures that discussions are relevant and engaging for everyone.

Incorporating conversation prompts during dinner can turn ordinary meals into enriching experiences that nourish the mind and soul as much as the body. It’s a simple yet impactful way to prioritize family bonding and growth.

Dinner Conversation Starters Free Printable Prompts

In this free printable you can print out 50 different questions, 50 different conversation starters and have your family and friends chat about so many different things, while getting to know more about them.


Print out the pages and cut out each question on the dotted lines. Fold and place in a mason jar or bowl for random grabbing. You could even keep the bowl on the table for use at the next meal.

Some of the questions included on the Conversation Starters printable include:

What is your biggest fear?

If you could trade places with someone in this family who would it be and why?

If you could be famous, what would you like to be famous for?

What is the nicest thing someone has done for you?

If a genie would grant you one wish, what would you wish for?

If you had to do one thing for a whole day, what would it be?

What is the kindest thing you have ever done for someone else?

If you only ever had to do one chore forever, which one would you choose?

Download your free Conversation Starters here!

What are some. other fun family printables to try?

These are great for the holidays, road trips and just everyday meals!

Are you spending more time with family around the dinner table?