Questions to Ask Kids at the Thanksgiving Table

The holidays are a time for gathering and bonding—often over food! These moments can serve as opportunities to nurture a child’s development together as a family.  From offering nutritious meal options to provoking thoughtful conversation, any adults who spend Thanksgiving with children can easily inspire healthy choices and deeper gratitude.

Boy in front of large family eating Thanksgiving dinner.

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Here are three simple questions to get kids reflecting and sharing:

1. If you could do something to cheer up a group of kids less fortunate than you, what would you do? Why?

2. Can you think of two things you own that you would be willing to give to a child your age who is not going to get any gifts this holiday?

3. Can you think of three things we could do to make meals together more interesting and fun for everyone in the family?

Download a list of more questions for year-round conversation.

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