Making new friends can be hard. Here are 65 Easy Conversation Starters for Kids to encourage them to build lasting friendships. This is a sponsored post, to encourage all parents to #TalkEarly with our kids. All opinions are my own.
65 Easy Conversation Starters for Kids to Make New Friends
It’s the one thing that both kids were worried about when we moved.
“But I don’t know anybody. Will I make any friends?”
Remember how hard it was to make friends when you were a kid? When I moved to Florida at age 10, I was hurt and angry. I had left all of my childhood friends behind, and I remember how hard it was to start over and make new friendships. Irony is, I just did that same move to my 10-year old son and 6-year old daughter.
We moved this week. And one of the biggest factors in choosing our new home was our kids. We wanted them to not just be but thrive in a community filled with kids, potential friendships and a lifetime of wonderful childhood memories. To be honest, I’m scared for them. Part of me, that 10 year old girl is reliving those hard times. I don’t want that for them.
But friendship is one of the most important things we will have in this life. While I may not be able to hold their hands as they discover new friends in this chapter of their lives, I can provide tools to help encourage friendship. Grab these 65 easy conversation starters for kids to help encourage them to make new friends, beyond the ‘Hi my name is…what’s yours?’
The Importance of Raising Kids to Have a Good Friend “Squad”
Friends can make or break childhood. And right now, I know how much my kids are struggling to understand what this move can mean for their future friendships.
“You have the power to replace the negative with the positive. Teach this to your kids. You have the power and make the decision that you care enough to speak up.”
When we sat down with 2-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist soccer player Julie Foudy and Responsibility.org in October 2018, it was so encouraging to hear how her fellow soccer players were more than just players. They were also friends on and off the field. These women lifted each other up under intense and stressful situations. They are her “squad.”
And that’s what I want for my kids, a friend squad. Who is lifting our kids up? Who is encouraging them to be the very best they can be? Who is there to pick them up when they fall? Who is there to make our kids’ lives better? Who is always cheering our kids on? This is friendship, the most influential squad our kids will have in their lives.
In this age of bullying, peer pressure and tough decisions, it’s important that I focus on this moment in my kids’ lives and guide them to not just friendships but quality friendships that last. Standing up for what is right, helping a friend in need, making responsible choices – we as parents have such an important job in role modeling good friendships for our kids. We have to #TalkEarly with them about what those friendships can mean for their lives.
65 Easy Conversation Starters for Kids List
Friendship begins with good communication and thoughtful conversations. As my kids explore new friendship squads in this chapter of their lives, I want them to begin to build those foundations with their words and actions.
While first impressions may not be the forefront of our kids’ minds today, it certainly can help bridge the gap between someone they just say hi to in school and someone they make years of laughter and memories. So hopefully these 65 easy conversation starters for kids can help them find their friend squad and move beyond the “hi my name is…”
- How old are you?
- Do you have any brothers or sisters?
- Do you have any pets?
- What do you like to do for fun?
- What’s something unique about your family?
- Do you play any sports?
- When is your birthday?
- What grade are you in?
- Do you play any musical instruments?
- What school do you go to?
- What is your favorite food?
- What is your favorite school subject?
- What is your least favorite school subject?
- What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
- What is your favorite movie?
- Do you have a favorite TV show?
- Do you like to play video games?
- What is your favorite toy?
- What is your favorite game?
- What is your favorite book?
- What is your favorite thing to do?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What makes you smile the most?
- Do you have a favorite super hero?
- If you could be a super hero, what would be your super power?
- Do you have a favorite candy?
- What is your favorite color?
- Where is your favorite place to be?
- If you were to go on vacation, where would you go?
- What do you like to do when you’re with your friends?
- Do you have a best friend?
- What music do you like to listen to?
- Who is your favorite actor?
- If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
- What is the strangest dream you’ve ever had?
- What is one thing that you cannot live without?
- If you could change your name, what would it be?
- What are you the best at?
- Do you have any hidden talents?
- What was the last movie that you saw?
- Do you have a favorite athlete?
- What is your favorite restaurant?
- Do you have any fears?
- What is your favorite holiday?
- What is your favorite animal?
- What is your least favorite vegetable?
- If you had $20, what would you buy?
- What is your favorite number?
- What is something that will always make you laugh?
- What is something that you want to do every single day?
- Do you have a favorite ice cream flavor?
- When have you been the most happy?
- What is the most difficult thing that you have accomplished?
- What does your perfect day look like?
- What is your favorite joke?
- Who was your favorite teacher and why?
- What is your least favorite chore?
- Who do you turn to for help?
- If you could be any age, which age would it be?
- What is something that you have won?
- If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?
- What is the most challenging part of being a kid?
- What is something that you are thankful for?
- What is your earliest memory?
- What is the silliest thing you have ever done?
Moving is so hard. And as guilty as I feel about it, I’m excited for this next stage of my kids’ lives. I’m so ready for them to find their people and form their friend squads. You can head over to Responsibility.org for more conversation starters and resources for parents so we can raise our kids to be good friends and make responsible decisions.
Which of these Easy Conversation Starters for Kids is your favorite?
I’ve been compensated as a #TalkEarly blogging ambassador for Responsibility.org for 2019. Even though this post is sponsored, I love the mission. All opinions are my own. Follow Raising Whasians via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for more family tips, delicious recipes, and kid crafts.