Things that children like -- writing prompts and research topics
An eclectic list of 99 things that children like was given to Tara Lazar by a friend. As she says "the list was courtesy of children's sports author Andy Gutelle…and here I've added 300+ more (and more)! I hope this list gives a spark to your writing for children."
Note: this list is more targeted toward picture-book-age children (8 and under) than tweens (8-12) or teens.
Use them as writing prompts, journal entries, poetry themes, art "starters", or research topics. Here they are represented in a Wordle: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/4661537/things_kids_like