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Conversation Starters
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Sometimes, finding things to talk about with your young child can be a little challenging. Here are some conversation starters to give you new ideas of what to chat about!

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  • You and your child

  1. Pick a conversation starter from the list below. For a preschooler or toddler, ask your child the question or have him fill in the rest of the sentence.

  2. Talk about the answer and get a conversation going about it. For your newborn or baby, talk out loud with lots of expression so your baby can watch you answer. For your toddler or preschooler, take turns answering and asking follow-up questions.

  3. Repeat this process by taking turns picking and asking the conversation starter.

Conversation starters:

  • What is your favorite color?

  • What is your favorite food?

  • What is your favorite place?

  • Where do you want to travel to?

  • What was the happiest day of your life?

  • What is something that makes you happy?

  • What is something that makes you sad?

  • What is something that makes you mad?

  • What is something that makes you laugh?

  • What is something you are grateful for?

  • What is a special talent you have?

  • What job do you want to have when you are older?

  • If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

  • What is your favorite game?

  • What is something that helps you feel calm?

  • Who has helped you?

  • What are you afraid of?

  • What is something you are looking forward to?

  • What is your favorite piece of clothing?

  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

To make this more into a game, you can write a few of these conversation starters on strips of paper, fold them, and place them in a bowl. Take turns picking a strip of paper, reading it out loud, and sharing your answers!

This activity helps your child develop language, play, social-emotional, and cognitive skills.

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