Middle School is a tough age for many students, so it’s important to have activities and conversation starters that can help young teens engage with one another and build relationships. Here are twenty ideas for conversation starters that can help kick off middle school conversations:
1. What extracurricular activities are you most interested in? – This is a great question to give kids the opportunity to talk about their passions and interests.
2. If you got to pick one superpower, what would it be? – Superheroes are popular at this age and this conversation starter can get kids thinking about the limitless possibilities of having extraordinary abilities.
3.What was your favorite thing about the weekend? – It’s nice to bring light conversation to the start of the day with cheerful topics like this one.
4. What is your favorite book? – Kids can share their favorite books, authors, and genres with each other and make new connections within the group.
5. What was the last movie you saw? – Talking about movies can help kids bond while they discuss their opinions on plots and characters.
6. Which teacher are you most looking forward to this year? – This is a great way to get to know which classes kids are most looking forward to, and find out any teachers that particularly resonate with the group.
7. What made you laugh the most today? – This can be a good way to start the day with smiles, and hopefully create a positive environment as the day begins.
8. What new hobbies have you taken up recently? – Kids can swap stories of their latest hobbies or skills they’ve learned.
9. Who is your favorite professional sports team? – Many teens are getting into sports at this age and this conversation starter can lead to conversations about teams, players, and rivalries between different groups.
10. What was the last thing you created? – This is a great way to get kids talking about projects and hobbies, and find out what creative ideas students have come up with.
11. What is the weirdest dream you ever had? – Strange dreams can often bring unexpected, funny conversation that can lighten up the atmosphere in a group.
12. Are you looking forward to any vacations or trips this summer? – Discussion about upcoming travels can help kids think positively about the summer and make plans with their peers.
13. If you could have any celebrity as a friend, who would you pick? – This can be a fun way to discuss which famous people have characteristics that resonate with each student.
14. What are you curious about lately? – Kids can talk about problems and mysteries they’ve been thinking about, and it can be an opportunity for students to explore potential interests.
15. What is the best gift you ever received? – Sharing stories about special memories can help generate fond recollections and create a closer environment between peers.
16. What jokes do you think are the funniest? – Jokes can accompany many conversations, and sharing humor can be a great way to lighten the atmosphere and help kids feel comfortable with each other.
17. What is the best school lunch you ever had? – Besides being a great way to reminisce about tasty school lunches, this topic can also provide a platform to discuss food likes or dislikes with others.
18. What is the wildest thing you’ve ever seen? – Kids can share their craziest experiences, and it can be a great conversation starter for discussing adventurous ideas.
19. What would never want to try? – This can be a great way to find out what and what not to bring up as topics around a group of students.
20. What’s the most creative thing you ever created? – Creative activities can often be fascinating topics for conversation, and kids can help identify each other’s strengths and come up with new ideas together.