From the Archives: Conversation Tins

This is a great way to promote family togetherness. Dinner time is one of the most important times of the day for a family. Children learn not only the social concepts necessary for living (manners, conversation ettiquette, etc.) but they learn by example about the importance of quality time as a family. They see that their parents care enough to sit down over a meal and listen to what they have to say. I have such treasured memories with my family growing up.
We played guessing games and even had a conversation starter flip book when we were in elementary years.

I posted a photo of this DIY project back in early 2007 when I was the Creative Activities Coordinator for my local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. I can't remember where this idea originated from (probably one of the message boards on the MOPS site) but I thought it was so much fun!

I used an Altoids Mint Tin, decorated the outside with ribbon, paper cut to size and stickers. I then typed out 15 to 20 table talk questions cut them to size, wrapped them with ribbon, and placed them inside the tin. We did the project around Valentines day, so the ladies were encouraged to take the tins with them on their valentines dates.

Sample questions:

How are you most/least like you parents?
What is one thing good that happened today?
What is your proudest moment as a parent?
What Character trait do you wish you exhibited more?
What's your favorite sport to attend?
(I am sure you ladies can all come up with more clever questions!)

I think this would be a great craft to get kids involved in- decorate the tins, come up with questions, and participate at dinners. Buying one has its benefits, but I think making one has them as well. For one, you can control what questions will be read and asked!

I found my blank tins online in bulk for under 99 cents, but you may want to just go and buy an Altoids tin at the grocery store for $1.99


  1. This is such a great idea! I am the creative activities for our local MOPS this year. Next month we are doing family dinner conversation starter containers, but I'm using a small glass jar I got from IKEA. I SO wish I would have seen this earlier for some more inspiration!

  2. How fun!! This reminds me of the Ungame, only the packaging is much more clever and handy for a quick grab while at the dinner table!!

  3. It's been so long since I played the ungame, but you are so right!