Talking about the school day can be a challenge for kids when presented with the typical “How was your day?” question. Some kids might just not know where to start.

When we asked Mightier parents and caregivers about ways they encourage conversations with their kids after school, they suggested great ideas like:

“We try to ask open-ended questions”

“I don’t ask anything until my daughter has started eating snacks”

As well as some question suggestions like,

“What did you have to work hard at doing today?, “Did you see any acts of kindness today?”, and “Who did you talk to today at lunch and recess?”

One way to spark conversation is to use conversation cards.

What are Conversation Cards?

Conversation cards are a playful way for children to practice sharing things about themselves and expressing their thoughts and feelings.

These cards provide open-ended sentence starters that encourage conversation about the school day – supporting the child’s social and emotional development, and opening up dialogue about what’s happening at school.

How can I use these Conversation Cards?

Cut out and shuffle the cards, then turn it into a game:

1. Use them with the child’s favorite game: Turn the deck of conversation starter cards over. Each time it is someone’s turn, that player picks up a conversation card and reads it to another player to complete the sentence. Take turns asking questions back and forth between players.

2. Pick a card of the day: Have the child pick a card from the deck daily. Encourage them to complete the sentence and to ask others (friends, family members, and others) to complete the prompt as well. Reflect on what the child has learned about others and themselves.

3. Make your own game: Some children find answering these prompts with an adult or other children a game in and of itself. Simply turn the deck of cards over and take turns completing the sentences.