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Let’s Talk About It!

Sometimes it helps to have a little help to get the conversation flowing! We’ve got a list of 24 questions that are perfect for the dinner table, FaceTiming with Grandma, even long car rides. Check them out below or click the button above to get a printable version. Happy chatting!

24 Conversation Starters for Kids

If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?

Who’s your best friend and why?

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

What sport are you afraid to try?

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be?

What food did you hate at first, but now like?

What three words describe you best?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Name a book you’d like to read this month?

What’s the best thing about being your age?

Share your earliest memory?

What’s your favorite dinner?

If you could have any pet in the world, what would you pick?

List three things you love about your family.

Share an all-time favorite vacation memory.

What is one thing you own that you would never sell?

If you were given a present, what would you like it to be?

What is your favorite movie and why?

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

If you could redecorate your room, how would it look?

What do you love about your cousins?

What scares you the most?

Describe your perfect day.

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Printable Responsibility Wheel

Using a responsibility wheel make it easy for kids to keep track of whose turn it is to do what. How often you spin the wheel is up to you: Some families rotate jobs each week, some monthly, some even quarterly! Download our template to create one for your little helpers.

What You’ll Need:
• Card stock
• Scissors
• Thumbtack
• String or a thin rubber band

What to Do:
1. Print the template on card stock.

2. On a piece of paper, have the kids write down who will be participating and the jobs that need to get done. Talk them over together first so everyone agrees. Aim for 4 to 8 jobs.

3. Cut out the circles. Poke center holes using a thumbtack.

4. On the smaller circle, write one name in each section. If there are only two of you, you each get two sections. If there are three, you can leave one section blank (be sure to leave that part of the large circle blank too).

5. On the large circle, write one job in each section on the outer ring.

6. Layer the circles. Thread a piece of string or thin rubber band through the holes. Knot on each side.

If you’d like to make a wheel customized to the exact number of participants or jobs, use the patterned design on page two of the download or any other paper you like!

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Helping Siblings Get Along

Learning how to handle arguments—especially making up and moving forward!—is a big life skill for kids. And you don’t need us to tell you it’s one that takes a lot of practice! Review the  steps below with your kids and talk about how to use them the next time things heat up. The goal will be for them to eventually manage the steps (mostly) on their own, but be prepared to ref until they’re ready. And don’t forget to download our Peace Pact. It won’t guarantee the fights will end, but it will help ensure everyone’s committed to making up!

Step 1: Calm Down. It’s very hard to talk or even think when you’re upset, so encourage them to do whatever they need to do to feel more in control. Some ideas: Leave the room, take slow, deep breaths, or count to 10 (or 100!).

Step 2: Talk & Listen. Once everyone is ready, come back together. Each person now has a chance to describe the problem. The rules: Listen without interrupting, and be honest about your part.

Step 3: Think of Solutions. The best solution will be one that works for everyone, which will likely be a compromise. Learning to meet in the middle will save them years of grief!

Step 4: Hug & High Five! Now’s a great time to say “I’m sorry.” Hugs help too. Most of all, celebrate their awesome problem-solving skills!

Dealing with a tattletale in the house? We’ve got solutions! 

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Printable Kindness Coupons

Consider these printable kindness coupons a little incentive to help your kids get along. Have each child think about who they’d like to give them to and what little promise of help they’d like to make. They can even make a few copies to create a special book! If they need a little inspiration on what they can offer to sibs, share these ideas:

• Make her bed.

• Let him chose the movie.

• Let her go first.

• Help with homework.

• Lightly rub his arm.

• Snuggle together.

• Tell her how cool she is.

• Play his favorite game.

• Give her a big hug.

• Take over his chores for a day.

 

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Printable Coat of Arms Activity

 

Knights had shield designs that represented who they were and what they stood for. Often, this special coat of arms came to represent their family as well. Why not encourage your kids to create a coat of arms for your clan? Here’s what to think about:

• Four symbols or pictures that represent your family and what you value most

• Your family motto (it can go in the bar across the middle)

• The year your family was established (this can be your anniversary or the year your first child was born!)

• Your family name goes in the ribbon at the bottom with your “year of establishment” on each end.

For more family history activities, check out our Family Tree Craft and Family History Interview Questions for Kids

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Printable Family Tree Craft

 

How many leaves are on your family tree? Download this family-history activity for your kids and encourage them to write one relative’s name on each leaf. (You may want to grab a sheet of green paper or card stock; otherwise, just have the kids color in the leaves as they like!) Simply glue or tape them to the tree and display proudly!

For more family fun, check out Family History Interview Questions for Kids!