500thingsthatkidslike

An eclectic list of 99 things that children like was given to me by a writing friend last year after she attended a conference.  The list was courtesy of children’s sports author Andy Gutelle…and here I’ve added 400+ more (and more)!  I hope this list gives a spark to your writing for children, but I wonder what it will do to my search engine hits?!

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Note: this list is more targeted toward picture-book-age children (8 and under) than tweens (9-12) or teens.

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(And also check out the list of things kids don’t like.)

  1. 3D Movies
  2. Acrobats
  3. Air Hockey
  4. Airplanes
  5. Aliens
  6. Allowance
  7. Amusement Parks
  8. Aquariums
  9. Arts & Crafts
  10. Astronauts
  11. Autumn Leaves
  12. Awards
  13. Babies
  14. Backpacks
  15. Bacon
  16. Badminton
  17. Baggy Clothes
  18. Balloon Animals
  19. Balloons
  20. Band-Aids
  21. Basketball
  22. Bathroom Humor
  23. BB Guns
  24. Beaches
  25. Beanbag Chairs
  26. Being Independent
  27. Being Older Than Another Kid
  28. Being Loved
  29. Being Right
  30. Bicycles
  31. Binoculars
  32. Birthdays
  33. Blanket Forts
  34. Blimps
  35. Bling
  36. Blocks
  37. BMX Bikes
  38. Board Books
  39. Board Games
  40. Boas
  41. Bobble-heads
  42. Booby Traps
  43. Boogie Boards
  44. Books! (of course)
  45. Bubble Baths
  46. Bubble Gum
  47. Bubblers (Water Fountains)
  48. Bubbles
  49. Bubble Wrap
  50. Bugs
  51. Building Things
  52. Buried Treasure
  53. Burping
  54. Butter
  55. Butterflies
  56. Buttons
  57. Cabooses
  58. Cake
  59. Campfires
  60. Candy
  61. Caps
  62. Capes and Cloaks
  63. Car Washes
  64. Caramel
  65. Carnivals
  66. Carousels
  67. Cars
  68. Cartoons
  69. Cartwheels
  70. Car Washes
  71. Castanets
  72. Castles
  73. Cats
  74. Cell Phones
  75. Cheeseburgers
  76. Chicken Nuggets
  77. Chimpanzees
  78. Chinchillas
  79. Chocolate
  80. Christmas & Hanukkah
  81. Churros
  82. The Circus
  83. Clay
  84. Coins
  85. Collecting Cards
  86. Collections
  87. Coloring
  88. Comets
  89. Comic Books
  90. Comic Strips
  91. Compasses
  92. Computers
  93. Contests
  94. Constellations
  95. Construction Toys
  96. Construction Trucks
  97. Convertibles
  98. Cookies
  99. Corn Mazes
  100. Costumes
  101. Cotton Candy
  102. Crafts
  103. Crayons
  104. Creepy Things
  105. Cuddly Toys
  106. Cupcakes
  107. Cymbals
  108. Dancing
  109. Dandelions
  110. Dares
  111. Daydreaming
  112. Dessert
  113. Dinosaurs
  114. Disco Balls
  115. Disney
  116. Dogs
  117. Dollhouses
  118. Dolphins
  119. Donkeys
  120. Doughnuts
  121. Doughnut Holes
  122. Dragons
  123. Drawing
  124. Dreams
  125. Dress Up
  126. Drums
  127. Easter Egg Hunts
  128. Eclipses
  129. Egg Creams
  130. Elephants
  131. Endangered Species
  132. Engines
  133. Exploring
  134. Extreme Sports
  135. Face Painting
  136. Fairies
  137. Farm Animals
  138. Fast Food
  139. Feathers
  140. Fencing
  141. Field Trips
  142. Finger Paints
  143. Finger Puppets
  144. Firetrucks
  145. Fireworks
  146. Fishing Poles
  147. Fitting In
  148. Flannel Pajamas
  149. Flashlights
  150. Flutes
  151. Flying
  152. Follow the Leader
  153. Football
  154. Forts
  155. Fortune Cookies
  156. French Fries
  157. French Toast
  158. Fried Food
  159. Friends
  160. Frogs
  161. Fun Houses
  162. Funnel Cakes
  163. Funny Words
  164. The Future
  165. Gadgets & Gizmos
  166. Games
  167. Geocaching
  168. Ghost Stories
  169. Giants
  170. Gifts
  171. Giggling
  172. Gingerbread Houses (and Men)
  173. Glitter
  174. Glow in the Dark Things
  175. Go-Carts
  176. Going Somewhere Without Parents
  177. Going to a Ballgame
  178. Goldfish
  179. Goofing Off
  180. Gorillas
  181. Graham Crackers
  182. Grandparents
  183. Graphic Novels
  184. Gross, Slimy Things
  185. Guinea Pigs (Cavies)
  186. Guitars
  187. Gummi Bears, Worms, etc.
  188. Gymnastics
  189. Gyroscopes
  190. Half Days
  191. Halloween
  192. Hammerhead Sharks
  193. Hamsters
  194. Hand Buzzers
  195. Harmonicas
  196. Harps
  197. Harry Potter
  198. Hats
  199. Haunted Houses
  200. Having Their Voice Heard
  201. Headbands (Hairbands)
  202. Hedgehogs
  203. Hermit Crabs
  204. Hidden Pictures
  205. Hiding Places (Hide-n-Seek)
  206. Highlights Magazine
  207. Hobby Horses
  208. Holidays
  209. Honey
  210. Hopscotch
  211. Horses
  212. Hot Air Balloons
  213. Hot Cocoa (Chocolate)
  214. Hot Dogs
  215. Hula Hoops
  216. Humming
  217. Hummingbirds
  218. Ice Cream
  219. Ice Pops
  220. Icicles
  221. Icing
  222. Igloos
  223. Ignoring Adults
  224. Imaginary Friends
  225. Independence
  226. Insects
  227. Instant Messaging
  228. The Internet
  229. Inventing Things
  230. Invisibility
  231. iPods, iPhones, iPads
  232. Italian Ices
  233. Jack-in-the-Box
  234. Jack-0-Lanterns
  235. Jacks
  236. Japanese Erasers
  237. Jawbreakers
  238. Jelly Beans
  239. Jelly Donuts
  240. Jokes
  241. Jugglers
  242. Jumping
  243. Jump Ropes
  244. Kaleidoscopes
  245. Karate
  246. Keychains
  247. Kickball
  248. Kid Celebrities
  249. Kids Just Like Them
  250. Kings and Queens
  251. Kites
  252. Knights
  253. Knock-Knock Jokes
  254. Knocking Things Down
  255. Knowing More than Everyone Else
  256. Ladybugs
  257. Legos
  258. Licorice
  259. Lighthouses
  260. Lizards
  261. Locked Boxes
  262. Lockets
  263. Log Flumes
  264. Lollipops
  265. Lightning Bugs (Fireflies)
  266. Macaroni
  267. Magic Tricks
  268. Magic Spells
  269. Magnets
  270. Mail Addressed to Them
  271. Making Fun of Others
  272. Making Noise
  273. Malteds/Malted Milk Balls
  274. Manga
  275. Maracas
  276. Marbles
  277. Marching
  278. Markers
  279. Marshmallows
  280. Martial Arts
  281. Marzipan
  282. Mascots
  283. Mazes
  284. Meatballs
  285. Medals
  286. Megaphones
  287. Mermaids
  288. Merry-Go-Rounds
  289. Meteor Showers
  290. Mice
  291. Microphones
  292. Milkshakes
  293. Minecraft
  294. Mini Golf
  295. Miniatures
  296. Money
  297. Monsters
  298. The Moon
  299. Moon Bounces
  300. Morphing Objects
  301. Movies
  302. Mud (and mudpies)
  303. Mummies
  304. Museums
  305. Music
  306. Mysteries
  307. Nachos
  308. Nannies (sometimes)
  309. Naps (sometimes)
  310. Narwhals
  311. Nature
  312. Necklaces
  313. Neon Lights
  314. Nicknames
  315. Ninjas
  316. Novelty Books
  317. Nutella
  318. The Ocean
  319. Ogres
  320. Origami
  321. Outer Space
  322. Packing Peanuts
  323. Pancakes (Flapjacks)
  324. Paper Airplanes
  325. Paper Football
  326. Parachutes
  327. Parrots
  328. Parties
  329. Peace Signs
  330. Pebbles
  331. Penguins
  332. Pennies
  333. Peppermint
  334. Petit Fours
  335. Picture Books
  336. Pie Eating Contests
  337. Pies in the Face (not theirs!)
  338. Piggy Banks
  339. Pillow Fights
  340. Piñatas
  341. Pinecones
  342. Pinwheels
  343. Pipecleaners
  344. Pirates
  345. Pixar Movies
  346. Pizza
  347. Planetariums
  348. Playdates
  349. Playgrounds
  350. Pogo Sticks
  351. Pony Rides
  352. Pools
  353. Pop-up Books
  354. Popcorn
  355. Popsicles (and Popsicle Sticks)
  356. Poptropica
  357. Pop Stars
  358. Porch Swings
  359. Posters
  360. Pretending
  361. Princesses
  362. Prizes
  363. Puddles
  364. Pumpkin Picking
  365. Puppets
  366. Puzzles
  367. Rabbits
  368. Race Cars
  369. Rainbows
  370. Rainforests
  371. Recess
  372. Red Light, Green Light
  373. Relay Races
  374. Repeating What You Say
  375. Reptiles
  376. Rhymes
  377. Ribbons
  378. Robots
  379. Rock Stars
  380. Rockets
  381. Roller Coasters
  382. Roller Skates
  383. Routines
  384. Rubber Bands (and Rubber Band Balls)
  385. Sailboats
  386. Sand Castles
  387. Sandboxes
  388. Seashells
  389. Scary Stories
  390. School Dances
  391. School Lunchtime
  392. Science Experiments
  393. Scooters
  394. Sea Horses
  395. Sea Turtles
  396. Secrets
  397. Secret Codes
  398. Secret Passageways
  399. See-saws
  400. Series Fiction
  401. Sequins
  402. Shadow Puppets
  403. Sharing Music
  404. Sharks
  405. Shiny Things
  406. Shoe Boxes
  407. Shooting Stars
  408. Sibling Rivalry
  409. Sidewalk Chalk
  410. Silly Bandz
  411. Silly Words
  412. Singing
  413. Skateboards
  414. Skeeball
  415. Skeletons
  416. Skim Boards
  417. Skipping
  418. Skyscrapers
  419. Skywriting
  420. Sleeping Bags
  421. Sleeping Late
  422. Sleepovers
  423. Slides
  424. Slingshots
  425. Slime
  426. Slugs
  427. Slurpees
  428. Slush
  429. Smiley Faces
  430. S’mores
  431. Snow Days
  432. Snowball Fights
  433. Snowboards
  434. Snowmen
  435. Soapbox Derbys
  436. Soccer
  437. Sock Monkeys
  438. Soda (Pop)
  439. Somersaults
  440. Spaghetti
  441. Sparkles
  442. Sparklers
  443. Spider Webs
  444. Spitballs
  445. Sprinklers
  446. Sprinkles
  447. Squirt Guns
  448. Squirting Flowers
  449. Staying Up Late
  450. Stickers
  451. Stilts
  452. Stopwatches
  453. Straws
  454. Stuffed Animals
  455. Summer Camp
  456. Sundaes
  457. Sunshowers
  458. Super Heroes
  459. Super Powers
  460. Superstitions
  461. Surfing
  462. Surprises
  463. Swimming
  464. Swings
  465. Swords
  466. Syrup
  467. Tae Kwon Do
  468. Tadpoles
  469. Tag
  470. Tall Tales
  471. Teasing
  472. Telescopes
  473. Television
  474. Telling Lies
  475. Temporary Tattoos
  476. Tents
  477. Texting
  478. Tickling
  479. Tide Pools
  480. Tie-Dyes
  481. Time Capsules
  482. Time Travel
  483. Tire Swings
  484. Tongue Twisters
  485. The Tooth Fairy
  486. Their Own Space
  487. Toys
  488. Toy Guns
  489. Trains
  490. Trampolines
  491. Trap Doors
  492. Trapeze Artists
  493. Treasure Hunts
  494. Treehouses
  495. Trophies
  496. Turtles
  497. Twisting the Truth
  498. Unicorns
  499. Unicycles
  500. Unwrapping a Gift
  501. Vacation
  502. Vampires
  503. Velcro
  504. Video Games
  505. Villains
  506. Volcanoes
  507. Waffles
  508. Wagons
  509. Walkie-Talkies
  510. Water Fountains
  511. Water Slides (and Water Parks)
  512. Watermelon
  513. Waves
  514. Weekends
  515. Weird Stuff
  516. Wellies (Rainboots)
  517. Whales
  518. Whirlygigs
  519. Whistles
  520. Wind Chimes
  521. Winning Contests
  522. Winning Games
  523. Wishing Wells
  524. Wizards
  525. Word Searches
  526. X-ray Vision
  527. Xylophones
  528. YouTube
  529. Yo-Yos
  530. Zebras
  531. Zig-Zags
  532. Zombies
  533. Zoos