101 Questions and Conversation Starters For Kids- Great Time Fillers

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101 questions and conversation starters for kidsI am so tired of my kids telling me they are bored after 5 seconds of having nothing to do.  If we go somewhere and there is a wait, they have NO patience.  Both of my girls have ADHD so that makes it even worse.   All the usual games that we used to play like I Spy, I’m Thinking Of, and Alphabet Games (where you think of words that start with each letter of the alphabet or think of a word that starts with the letter the last word ended on) are no longer of interest to them.  I have been looking for things to keep them busy lately that don’t require any supplies.  I once bought a set of conversation starter type cards that were laminated and on a ring and could be kept in my purse for when we had some time to kill.  Unfortunately, I have no idea where that ring of cards went.   Instead of trying to purchase something similar I decided to create my own list of questions, topics, etc. to use with my children.  Instead of needing to keep a ring of cards with me, I can bookmark this post so I can quickly pull up the list from my cellphone and keep my kids busy.  And the best part, they’ll be busy THINKING instead of playing electronic games that require little actual brain power. 🙂
If you have questions I should add to my list, please comment and let me know!
Make sure to bookmark this post so you, too, can have it handy when you need some time filler!

  1. What was something fun you did this week?
  2. What is your favorite meal that your mom makes?
  3. What is your least favorite meal that your mom makes?
  4. Describe your day if you were a zoo keeper.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
  6. What cartoon character would you most like to meet and why?
  7. What job would you like to have when you grow up?
  8. What is your favorite movie?  What is your favorite part of it?
  9. What is something you are afraid of?
  10. If you could redesign your house, what would you change?
  11. What is your favorite joke?
  12. If you were to create your own country, what would you call it?  What laws would you have?
  13. If you could do anything for your next birthday party, what would you want to do?
  14. What would you do if someone teased you?
  15. How would you describe your father to someone?
  16. How would you describe your mother to someone?
  17. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go and why?
  18. What television show would you want to be on and what would your character be like?
  19. Who is the funniest person you know?
  20. What 3 words would you use to describe your teacher?
  21. What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
  22. What is something you are really proud of?
  23. What is something that you wish you hadn’t done?
  24. Where is the best place you have ever been?
  25. If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?
  26. Do you want to have children and if so, how many?
  27. What is your favorite song?
  28. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  29. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
  30. What actor or actress would you most want to be friends with?
  31. What television parent would you want to be your parent and why?
  32. If you were invisible, where would you go and what would you do?
  33. Name 5 things that make you smile.
  34. Name 5 things that make you sad.
  35. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
  36. If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you want to go?
  37. What book character would you most want to meet?  What would you do with him/her?
  38. If you could invent something, what would it be?
  39. If I gave you $1 million dollars what would you do with it?
  40. If you could decorate your room any way you want, what would you do to it?
  41. If you were a parent and your child wasn’t listening, what would you do?
  42. What is your favorite family tradition?
  43. What family tradition would you like to start?
  44. Who do you think is the best television mom?  Who do you think is the best television dad?
  45. What is the hardest part about being you?
  46. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose?
  47. If a time machine was real would you rather go back in time or go to the future and why?
  48. Describe what you think your parents were like as children.
  49. What would be your ideal meal?
  50. Would you rather be a child or be an adult?
  51. What is your favorite store to shop in?
  52. If you were locked in the mall overnight what would you do to pass the time?
  53. If you could plan the most perfectly fun day, what would you do? Where would they go? Tell me everything from waking up to going to bed.
  54. If you could own any store what store would you want to own?
  55. If you could make a new law for the country, what would it be?
  56. If you could make a new rule for your school, what would it be?
  57. What are 3 ways you like to get exercise?
  58. Make up a silly word, tell me what it is and what it means.
  59. What famous person would you like to meet?  What would you ask them if you met them?  How would you spend your time with them?
  60. What is something that makes you angry?
  61. If you could only keep one thing to save forever what would it be?
  62. Who is your hero and why?
  63. What is your favorite thing to do during the summer?  What is your favorite thing to do during the winter?
  64. What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
  65. If you could be someone else for a day, who would you want to be and why?
  66. What is your favorite room in your house and why?
  67. What is the worst job in the world? Why?
  68. If you could only eat 1 food for a week what would it be?
  69. If you had $1,000 where would you spend it?
  70. What was the best part of your day?  What was the worst part of your day?
  71. Why did the chicken cross the road?
  72. What is one food you’d never want to taste again?
  73. Where would you choose to live, the ocean or the moon?
  74. What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?
  75. What is one thing you wish your parents knew about you?
  76. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
  77. What one chore do you wish you never had to do again?  What thing around the house do you wish you could do?
  78. If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would you trade with?  What would you do?
  79. What is your favorite game to play?
  80. What is one thing you want to learn how to do?
  81. Describe the steps it takes to cook your favorite meal.  What items do you need to make it?  How long do you cook it for?
  82. What song do you know all the words to?  Sing it.
  83. What is your favorite holiday?  How do you celebrate it?
  84. Who is someone you think is brave?  What do they do that makes them brave?
  85. What could you do to make the world a better place?
  86. What do you think the biggest problem in the world is?
  87. What do your parents do that makes you crazy?
  88. Who do you think has things easier, boys or girls, and why?
  89. What food would you never eat?
  90. What is your favorite subject/class in school?  What is your least favorite?
  91. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
  92. What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
  93. Who is the smartest person you know?
  94. What is your favorite snack?
  95. What do you love most about your sibling?
  96. Name two things you want do as a family on the weekend.
  97. What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?
  98. What would be the ideal allowance?  What would you do with it?
  99. What advice would you give your parents?
  100. What do you like about being a kid?
  101. Would you rather have wings to fly or gills to breathe under water?

BONUS- What question do you want to ask your parents?

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5 Lists to Make With Your Children to Promote Gratitude and Positive Change

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I usually make New Year’s Resolutions but this year I got my whole family involved.  I gave everyone a piece of paper and a pencil.  We talked about what a resolution was with our girls and we each wrote 5 resolutions.  But we didn’t stop there.  I wanted to start 2014 with positivity and happiness so next I had everyone write 5 things that make them happy.  I’ve noticed that my girls haven’t been as appreciative of the things they have lately so I also had us all write 5 things we are grateful for.  When we were finished with all 3 lists we took turns sharing our lists.  This not only gave our girls the opportunity to hear our ideas but also share their own and learn from each other.

After we shared our lists, we reflected on the fun things we did together in 2013.  We each shared a few of our favorite things.  Talking about our favorite things we did together made me realize that we really need to do more fun family things in 2014 so we then made a list of places we’d all like to go to and all the things we’d like to do together in 2014.

It was really wonderful to share together as a family.  I am so proud of my girls and the lists they created.  Their resolutions included donating to charity and doing community service.  They were grateful for family, having a home, food, and clothes and my older daughter said she was grateful for indoor plumbing.  It wasn’t on my list but I have to agree with her.  Hubby said he is grateful for internet and while I forgot that on my list, I agree with him on that one, too!  It was nice to reflect on the little things that make us all happy and fun to plan what things we’d like to do together in 2014.

It’s not too late to get your family together and come up with your own lists.  Let me know if you do this with your family, too!

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New Years Eve- Go Out or Stay In?

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I hardly remember the last time I went out on New Years Eve.  The first few years my husband and I were together we would go out to a show or something else fun on New Years Eve, sometimes alone and sometimes with other couples.  Then we became parents and I don’t think we have gone out on a New Years Eve since we had our older daughter who just turned 10.  A few years we had some friends over with their kids but usually they end up having to leave before midnight to take their kids home and put them to bed.  So we started a new family tradition- we make a bunch of appetizers and special foods we like and have a fun “party” for the 4 of us.  I’m excited because I now have a Sushiquik Sushi Complete Training Sushi Kit so we can roll our own sushi, too.  We play board games, watch movies, and just have some good old family fun.  This year now that my girls are 8 and 10 they are hoping to be able to stay awake until midnight.  I’m more hoping hubby can stay awake until midnight.  My girls often end up awake later than hubby on weekends.  Either way, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
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What are your plans for New Years Eve?

UPDATE- January 1, 2014.  All of us were awake to ring in the new year.  Hubby did fall asleep before the rest of us though.  Read more about what else we did to celebrate the new year and teach our girls about gratitude and positive change.
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Family Fun and Learning at the Miami Science Museum

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Disclosure:  I received free admission for myself and my family to the Miami Science Museum to facilitate my review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are 100% my own.

(PLEASE NOTE- My camera died after only take 1 picture at the museum so I had to take all the pictures for this review with my cellphone which doesn’t take the best pictures.  Please excuse the quality of my pictures for this review.)

Growing up in South Florida I have fond memories of taking field trips and family trips down to Miami and going to the Miami Science Museum.  My favorite part was always the laser light show in the planetarium.  The planetarium at the Miami Science museum only has the laser light shows once a month so we weren’t able to see it today.  We were still able to enjoy the planetarium show that was about where to find certain stars and constellations in the sky such as the Big Dipper, North Star, and other important stars.  We are hoping to be able to see some of them when we go outside at night sometime soon.  My girls were excited to see all the stars shining on the planetarium walls and ceiling.  We just wished that they had showed more pictures of what the constellations were supposed to represent so they could visualize it easier.  Hopefully we’ll be able to find some constellations in the night sky soon!
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There was so much to do at the museum today.  We were there for about 5 hours and could have stayed longer but we were getting hungry and had to come home to walk our puppy.  Make sure to bring lunch with you or eat before you go because there is no place at the museum to get a meal.  They do have several vending machines to grab a quick snack though and if you are really hungry they have tuna salad kits in the vending machines which are all temperature controlled so even in the hot Florida weather the snacks come out of the machine cold.

I really liked how there were screens throughout the museum that changed between a map of the museum and the schedule of shows for the day so we were able to easily know where we were and what the next shows were.  It even had a QR code that you could scan with your cellphone to get the schedule of events right on your phone.
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There were so many hands-on activities for all of us to do.  We started in the Sea Lab.  There we were able to touch and hold starfish, hermit crabs, sea urchins, and shrimp.  Watching the suction cups on the starfish was mesmerizing.  My girls loved this area so much we stopped here 3 times while at the museum.  It was interesting to learn all about these sea animals and my girls were particularly fascinated with the hermit crabs because they were so tiny and there were so many of them.  I have to say my favorite sea animals that we held were the starfishes.
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Some of our other favorite exhibits that are currently at the Miami Science Museum include learning about Hurricanes, Moving Things, Water, Wind, and Weather: Miami in a Changing Climate, Energy Tracker, and being Heart Smart.  We sat in an airplane cockpit, used our bodies to generate electricity, problem solved with gears, watched our shadows, and so much more.  There were exhibits that didn’t just challenge our minds and get our hands working but also challenged our bodies like the hula hoop.  
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Here’s my new favorite “selfie” picture:
miami science museum4Another one of my favorite part of the museum was the facial recognition exhibit.  You stand in front of the screen and it tries to figure out your age, your sex, and your mood.  It was so much fun to smile at the camera and watch it put a smiley face over my face and then frown and watch it put a sad face over mine.  But the best part- it thought I was a teenager and it thought hubby was in his 50’s.  LOL  Hubby didn’t like that too much! 😉
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My girls were both picked to participate in the Science Live Show.  We learned all about liquid nitrogen and they each participated in an experiment on stage.  I am sure it is a lesson they won’t soon forget.
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We love animals of all kinds so we all enjoyed the animals in the Wildlife Center.  We saw various snakes, reptiles, arachnids, turtles, tortoises, an owl, vultures, an alligator, a crocodile, a bald eagle, bees in a hive, and so much more more.  We learned how the Wildlife Center rehabilitates many birds and then sets them free back into the wild or keeps them at the center if they cannot be turned back into the wild.  My favorite was the owl.  It was so cute!
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If you are in the Miami area make sure to check out the Miami Science Museum.  Admission is just $14.95 for adults and $10.95 for children (Dade county residents get a discount).  It is located just north of Coconut Grove, across from Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and open daily from 10am to 6pm (box office closes at 5:30pm).
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