Whether you are trying to get to know your teen better or looking for something to enjoy over brunch with girlfriends, here are some conversation starters to break the ice. These also work well for husbands and wives trying to reconnect and boyfriends and girlfriends trying to get to know each other. You can write the questions on index cards and pull from the pile or you can jazz it up and write them on Jenga game pieces. Enjoy!
- What was the highlight of your day?
- What do you hope to achieve this week?
- Why is your best friend your best friend?
- What do you like the most about yourself?
- How do you feel about [name a current event]?
- What is the coolest thing you saw on Instagram [or you can add Snapchat, Twitter, etc.]?
- What do you like the most about your favorite [name a hobby or sport]?
- What is something you have been wanting to try or learn and why?
- Pick a family member or friend and ask: What do you like the most about [name of that person]?
- What is a place you have always wanted to visit and what would you do once you got there?
This works really well for parents wanting their teenager to open up more. When I was doing my practicum for counseling, my supervisor taught me this. The Jenga pieces works wonders to get a conversation started between parent and child. Believe it or not, it is a form of play therapy that can be done in the home. It is a good way to lighten up the mood and make conversation fun. It also feels less invasive and defensive guards fall down when you turn open ended questions into a game.
There are many versions of Jenga you can buy. Happy DIY Home did a wonderful review on the best giant Jenga games available. These Jenga sets will definitely add an additional fun twist to your family night.
Give this a try. Did it work for you and your family or friends? Did you put your own little twist on it? What questions did you add? Let me know in the comments below.