25 Thanksgiving Questions for Kids to Get Them Talking

Don’t settle for an awkward silence. These Thanksgiving questions for kids will get them sharing stories and funny moments with ease.

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Thanksgiving Questions to Ask Around the Table

Involve the youngest members of your family and friends in the dinner table interactions with these kid-friendly Thanksgiving conversation questions to ask at dinner.

  • Who is the funniest person at this table? What’s a funny story about them?
  • If you could invite someone famous (living or dead) to Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be?
  • If you could completely change up the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu, what would you serve instead?
  • If you could only have one thing on this Thanksgiving table today, which thing would it be? Can you guess what other people here would pick?
  • Do you know the story of any of the foods at this table? Do you think your parents ate them when they were growing up?

Thanksgiving Questions to Ask Kids Over the Phone or Zoom

Sometimes, you can’t be with your friends and family over Thanksgiving. Connecting with kids over Zoom or on the phone can be challenging, but these questions can help with your virtual Thanksgiving.

  • If you think about all the electronic devices you use in your life, which one are you most thankful for? Why?
  • What are three things you couldn’t live without?
  • If you had $100 to give someone who needed help, who would you help?
  • What is something in the room with you that you are thankful for? Tell me about it.
  • Think about the ways we connect with each other. Which ways are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving Questions to Ask Kids You Don’t Know Well

If you’re a guest at another family’s Thanksgiving dinner or you want to try to make conversation with your great niece or nephew during the meal, these open-ended questions can help.

  • What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
  • Can you remember the last time something really funny happened? What was it?
  • If you had to pick only one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • What has made you happiest in your life so far?
  • What is your favorite book? Why are you thankful for it?

Thought-Provoking Thanksgiving Questions for Kids

Some questions provoke deeper thought, add to kids’ Thanksgiving vocabulary, or simply lead to great story sharing.

  • What would you tell your great-grandchildren about life this year?
  • The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and make maple syrup. What is something you’re glad you learned this year?
  • What is the first Thanksgiving you remember?
  • There’s a Thanksgiving saying by Maya Angelou: “Be present in all things and thankful for all things." What do you think this means?
  • If you could thank your parents for something, what would it be?

Thanksgiving Questions About Gratitude

At its heart, Thanksgiving is about showing gratitude. Asking the right questions can bring this theme to the forefront of kids’ minds and teach them how to show appreciation in words.

  • What are you thankful for that your teacher has done? Can you think of a way to say thank you?
  • Who has been kind to you in your life? What did that person do to show kindness?
  • What is something fun you do with your parents that makes you really happy?
  • What do you love doing as a family? Would you like to do more of it this year?
  • When do you feel most loved?

Make Memories Together on Thanksgiving

Another great way to interact with kids at Thanksgiving is through word games. Whether you’re playing a Thanksgiving word game together or using one of these Thanksgiving questions to spark conversation, you’ll be making memories on this important holiday.