Get your kids talking, thinking and feeling

Stimulating conversation starters for 7-11 year olds that improve key skills like resilience, communication and creativity

Happy

What made you happy today?

How to do the exercise
Ask you child how their day was at school - but specifically focusing on what made them happy.

Market Sizing

How many iPads are there in the UK?

How to do the exercise
Ask your child to estimate the size of a market or population.

Collaboration

How can we help neighbours during this time?

How to do the exercise
There are lots of Neighbourhood communities (eg on NextDoor) that are becoming quite active that your kids might want to participate in.

Good failure

When is it good to fail at something?

How to do the exercise
Win or Learn, Never Lose.

Explain It

In just 1 minute describe to an alien what a Car is.

How to do the exercise
Tell your child to imagine they met an alien who had never seen a Car before.

Cups

What are 10 different things you could use a cup for?

How to do the exercise
Select an object from a room in your house and ask your child to think of all the things you can do with that object.

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It only takes five minutes

Good failure

When is it good to fail at something?

Explain It

In just 1 minute describe to an alien what a Car is.

Cups

What are 10 different things you could use a cup for?

Happy

What made you happy today?

Encourage your child to end the day with positive and happy feelings.
How to do the exercise
Ask you child how their day was at school - but specifically focusing on what made them happy.

Market Sizing

How many iPads are there in the UK?

Encourage your child to use structured thinking.
How to do the exercise
Ask your child to estimate the size of a market or population.

Collaboration

How can we help neighbours during this time?

Thinking about others
How to do the exercise
There are lots of Neighbourhood communities (eg on NextDoor) that are becoming quite active that your kids might want to participate in.

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What experts say
"I think it is great that KidCoach is helping parents engage their children in learning conversations, in ways that should complement the learning experiences children have in school"
"Qualifications were only ever part of the story. In a world of complexity, with new challenges and opportunities emerging almost daily, what gives anyone the edge is their ability to think - deeply, analytically, critically, creatively, empathically and for themselves. I think the range and quality of the questions in the KidCoachApp will support any parent who wants to give their child that edge."
"The evidence shows that parents can play a significant role when it comes to influencing a child's capacity to learn. The KidCoachApp can help unlock a child's potential, by opening up a child's thinking and encouraging family talk"
Neha Modha
Assistant Principal
“What I like about KidCoach is that it encourages kids to be creative in their thinking and express their thoughts in a safe space through a low stakes conversation without a large audience. Communication is such an important skill,  it’s one thing to be really creative or analytical but if you can’t communicate your thoughts and ideas then you won’t be as effective.”
Zainab Rabani
English Teacher
"I use the KidCoach questions with my form class. These questions have been invaluable to me (during the Covid crisis especially). The questions tap into emotions, logic and creativity...and generate rich conversations in the classroom and online"
Vikita Haria
Primary & Secondary School Teacher
“I would love to do more of this with my class at school, but time is quite tight. KidCoachApp is a great tool to support parents in having conversations with their children at home which rounds out their academic knowledge with the social, cognitive and emotional skills they will need in life."
Vandana Wadhar
Private Tutor for 30+ years
"A lot of the questions here are classic 11+ interview questions asked at Independent schools, and is the kind of thing I have asked the hundreds of children I have coached over the years. I think it is a great initiative to make these more accessible for all parents, not just those wanting to sit 11+ but also those looking to develop more rounded skills in their children."
Parent power!

Even when the Covid-19 situation improves, 80% of your child’s time will be spent at home with just 20% at school. As a parent of a 7 to 11 year old, you have a powerful role to play in their development. Time moves fast and life gets busy with constant errands and distractions.

There is a way though of capturing the fleeting moments, in the car or over dinner or at bedtime, to be the best parent you can be.

The conversation starters we have developed in KidCoachApp require no more than 5 minutes a day, yet will create lifelong memories. They are also purposefully designed to develop skills to make your child happy, confident and successful.

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What other parents say:
Sonya
Mum of 11 and 8 year olds
“What I really like about the coaching cards is that they are divided into different skill sets. It prompts me to have more engaging and stimulating conversations with my children. KidCoachApp bridges the gap between academic and social / emotional skills. It’s very simple and effective and it’s a nice way to have conversations with our kids on-the-go.”
Ian
Dad of 2 kids
“I have 2 small kids and what I really like about KidCoachApp is that the questions give kids a focused way of expressing all their thoughts. I've been using the questions over the past month and it's been really great to see the positive changes in my kids. While I could come up with some questions myself, the breadth that you have in the App makes life really easy. Great work.”
Tatiana
Mum of 11 year old
“Every evening, after dinner I have a little chat with my daughter… I enjoy having discussions to stimulate her imagination, creativity and problem solving…. I've just discovered KidCoachApp website where I can find lots of ideas and chat starters. I love the variety of subjects, clean ideas and smart presentation of the cards. I will use them more and more.”
Rohit
Dad of 4 young kids


“The headline questions are helpful but what I’ve got lots of value from are the guidance notes and prompts if stuck. This helps me as a parent take the conversation deeper to make it really meaningful and memorable for my kids."
Sonal
Mum of 7 year old


"I love the idea! I think the cards would be a really useful and handy way to make kids think in different ways, often, not a way taught at school. Look forward to hearing more great ideas!"

Vik
Dad of 14 and 9 year olds

“I find the KidCoachApp to be very good and find it effective for kids to learn new skills, which they don’t learn explicitly in school. So it is great to use these cards when we can and make the conversations more effective to build these human skills. I definitely recommend KidCoachApp.”
Bhavisha
Mum of 7 year old

“We are using it for my 7 year old, who is quite bright but we still find it is a good way for him to think outside the box. For instance we loved the question about how many iPads there are in the UK! There are so many other cards and we are loving doing them with him!”

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Can you see this happening after a few weeks?

Introducing your child to a distant relative you meet at a family gathering, and hearing them greet them clearly and confidently
Watching the news and being surprised by an insightful comment your child just made, which you had not thought of yourself
Doing the school pick up and hearing from your form teacher how your child was comforting their upset friend that day
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