Conversation Starter Cards

Learn and practice common ways to start conversations by making your own conversation starter cards. These cards can be used to practice conversation and social skills and can also help build new friendships.

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Building strong social skills is an important component of children's development. At times, children may feel shy or awkward, or reticent to speak in social situations. This may be common as they enter a new school or transition from a small at-home childcare program to a larger preschool or kindergarten class. Being shy in these new situations can be hard, yet with this Conversation Starter activity, young children will learn to speak on an array of topics.

This activity is great for children who struggle to talk to other children or make new friends, or those preparing to start a new school or camp. Your child will learn how to ask other children questions about their interests, share new ideas, and develop scripts for questions and answers that may come up in conversation. And the benefits are endless—including making new and strengthening existing friendships, learning how to approach conversations with empathy, and practicing public speaking and debate skills.

Who It's For

Children ages 5 and older

Why It Empowers

This activity empowers young children by allowing them to build confidence in carrying out conversations on many fun topics, which can support building new friendships in school.

What's Needed

  • Index cards
  • Pen, pencil, or marker
  • 30 minutes of time
  • CareNectar Conversation Starter Cards (optional)
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    Meet The Expert

    Shenley Seabrook

    Shenley Seabrook is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works primarily with children and adolescents in a private practice setting. She is also a foster parent and lives with her husband and daughter in Indiana. Shenley recently wrote her first children’s book, We Have the Same Heart, which celebrates diversity, inclusion, and community service.