Dinner time is a rare opportunity for busy families to connect and have a meaningful conversation. By creating conversation games, you can have fun with your family instead of asking questions that feel like an interrogation.
Continue reading to discover a range of conversation game ideas that make dinner time connection a priority and engage your kids in fun family time, rather than making them feel that they want to get away from the table as soon as possible.
Three questions is a great conversation game for learning more about each other and sharing your positive experiences.
Share three positive events from your day, two things you want to do tomorrow, and one thing you are grateful for.
Would You Rather
Would You Rather is a fun game for people of all ages. The only rule is that you must pick one of the two options. You can expand by giving the reasons for your choice.
Prepare questions ahead of time, or go with the flow and let each family member come up with their own questions for the group.
Example questions. Would you rather…
Have fairy wings or a unicorn horn?
Eat tacos or pizza?
Live in a zoo or live in an amusement park?
Travel to space or travel to the bottom of the ocean?
Have the ability to fly or have the ability to time travel?
Live in Narnia or attend Hogwarts school?
Table topics are a list of unique questions designed to inspire interesting conversations with your family. You can write your own questions or download an online list.
If you could be best friends with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why?
What’s the weirdest food combination you’ve ever eaten?
If you were a pizza topping, which topping would you be?
If you could be any mythological animal, which would you be?
If there was a zombie apocalypse, which three people would you want to be left with?
If aliens visited earth for a day, what would you show them?
Two thumbs up
Two thumbs up is a fast-paced game that requires at least five people to play.
Each round needs a caller who does not participate in that round. The caller instructs everyone to raise their hands and give them a thumbs up. The caller then says something like, “I’ve visited the Eiffel tower.” You keep your thumb up if the statement is true about you.
If you have never visited the Eiffel tower, you must put your thumb down and exit this round. The caller continues to make assertions until just one person in the round has their thumb up.
I’ve been swimming in the ocean.
I’ve spent a night camping in the woods.
I’ve held a tarantula.
I’ve met a famous person.
I’ve ridden a rollercoaster.
I’ve dyed my hair red.
Choose one theme, such as movies, books, food, people, animals, etc., and take turns to describe your five favourites.
This game allows you to get to know each other better and ask lots of questions about why certain things are your favourites.
A to Z Story
A player starts a story with an A-based statement, such as “Anyone know where my phone is?”
The next person would start the following sentence with the second letter of the alphabet and say something like, “Behind the couch” The game continues with each player in alphabetical order contributing to the chain.
One player selects a category, such as “Vegetables.” Within 10 seconds, the other players must come up with ten items that fall into the category. The player who came up with the category gets to choose which examples are the most appropriate.
Types of weather
Things you would find at a circus
Things that have tails
Two Truths and a Lie
Each player states two truths about themselves, and one lie in turn.
After that, the other players must guess which is true and which is false.
The Gratitude Game
Each player takes a turn sharing something for which they are grateful.
Be specific, and give reasons why you are grateful for that thing, such as “I’m grateful for my mum because she cooks us delicious dinners.”
Draw a Conversation
After dinner, cover your table with paper and pull out some coloured pens. Allow everyone to draw whatever comes into their head for the next ten minutes.
Once time is up, go around the table describing what you have each drawn and why.
Rose, Thorn, and Bud
Sharing the highs and lows of your day is a great way to connect as a family. In this conversation game, the rose represents the best portion of your day, the thorn is the most annoying or unpleasant aspect of the day, and your bud represents the thing you are most looking forward to the next day.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Take out an old photo album and discuss the images. Your children will enjoy hearing the story behind vintage photographs, and your parents or other relatives will be able to fill in the gaps.
Each member at the table should share a quality that they admire in the other people at the table.
This is beneficial to help groups bond or overcome any friction since you can concentrate on the positive characteristics of people.
Give everyone a piece of paper onto which they write down one food ingredient. When everyone has finished, share your unique ingredients.
The aim of the game is to work together to come up with a dish you could create from the combined ingredients that you would all enjoy eating.
Mad Libs can be printed and completed at the dinner table from a variety of sources. Mab Libs outlines a basic story plot with vital elements (words) missing.
Make a word contribution from each person at the table, and then tell the story! This is a missing word game that can have hilarious consequences.
Everyone pretends to be a food critic while analyzing the meal and coming up with complex ways to describe what they’re eating and what they like and dislike about it.
Dinner time is a great opportunity to share stories, have fun and connect with each other. Using creating conversational games you can enjoy quality time that everyone can enjoy.