My 3-year old is really into family dinners. He loves to play games and have discussions. I love it too. A lot of quality time is spent at the dinner table. I’ve created a bunch of conversation starters for us – and I’ll have more coming to the blog soon. I managed to get this free printable ready just in time for Thanksgiving.
As you share meals with friends and family this year, try out these Thanksgiving conversation cards. Instead of going around the table stating what you are thankful for (boring!), try these cards. They’ll get you talking about what you’re thankful for and how you can show your gratitude.
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I took the pdf to my local Kinkos and had the file printed on cardstock. Then I just cut the cards out with scissors. Conversation cards are great for any age and any group of people. You can do one card per night, or do them all at once.
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Story Cubes are great for ice-breakers, family gatherings, small or large groups, and for players of all ages.
With my adult family members, we play by rolling a die and telling a personal story based on the image rolled. Last time we played we learned that my father was really into abacuses from childhood to young adulthood, and that my husband brought whole frozen fish to biology class for dissection in junior high (which the teacher did not ask for!).
We adapt the game a bit to play with our three year old. Here are four ways to use Story Cubes with a preschooler.
- Roll one cube and name the object facing up. What letter (or letter sound for beginners) does it start with? To extend the game, you can go around the table naming other things that start with the same letter or sound.
- Roll one cube and make a statement inspired by the image. As your preschooler gets the hang of the game, you can roll multiple cubes in one turn and make a statement or story including all of the images. Our three year old is surprisingly good at this one!
- Roll all of the cubes and create categories (e.g. living things, things that go, small things, big things, things in the house, things outside).
- Roll all of the cubes and study the pictures for 30 seconds. One person removes one cube while all the other players close their eyes. Players must open their eyes and identify the missing cube.
If the conversation goes off on a tangent, let it! The important thing is to take turns, get creative, listen to one another, and have fun!
We’ve got the original Story Cubes, but these other packs (enchanted, actions, and prehistoria) will definitely be on my Christmas wish list.
What You’ll Need
Various Story Cube Sets