Yesterday was a big day at our house — our biggest little boy turned 4! He’s been talking about his birthday for months, so he was pretty excited when the big day finally arrived. This is the first year that he’s really understood the significance of the day enough to look forward to it, so it has been a lot of fun to build it up.
In honor of his birthday, I’m making a list of all his favorite things. I always like hearing about what other kids are into to get ideas for my own kids, so I thought you might enjoy it, too. Here you’ll find his favorite foods, books, toys, TV shows, movies, and activities. If you have a 4-year-old, I would love to hear if there are any similarities or if you have any favorites at your house you’d like to share. Be sure to read through and add your comments at the bottom of the post!
Without further ado, here are Aidan’s Favorite Things!
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Aidan is a pretty good eater, but here are his top 10 favorite foods:
- Ice Cream! – I mean, I could tell you that his favorite food is something healthy, like spinach or broccoli (actually, he does really like broccoli), but I have to be honest. It’s totally ice cream. Can you blame him?
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches – This is his go-to lunch. He’d eat it every day if I let him.
- Bananas with Peanut Butter – This is his breakfast request every single morning. I’m not exaggerating. Every. single. one.
- All fruit — I’m lumping them together, or fruit would make up this entire list. After ice cream, of course.
- Dark Chocolate-Covered Cashews — I may be responsible for getting him hooked on these…
- Baby Carrots — Another lunch staple – he likes to eat them like a beaver, haha!
- Bacon — Isn’t it on everyone’s top 10 list??
- Bread — He is his mommy’s son.
- Nuts — He wanted to eat some of mine one time, and I wasn’t expecting him to like them that much, especially the plain pecans. But he loves them! He asks for them all the time. It just goes to show — you shouldn’t shy away from offering food to your kids because it’s not “kid-friendly.” (Whatever that means. I actually don’t believe in applying that term to food.) You never know what they’re going to like, and you should give them a chance before you say a word. Give them several chances, actually. But that’s a topic for another post! 🙂
- Spiced Peaches — This is a favorite of everyone in my family. No, they’re not the healthiest way to eat fruit, but they are soooooo good!
- Beginner’s Bible — hands down my favorite Bible for this age!
- Berenstain Bears — He has this treasury of 5-minute stories, and we read it almost every night.
- Shine-a-Light books from Usborne — So fun! He has On the Train and Secrets of the Vegetable Garden
- Wind-Up Tractor book from Usborne — Our poor little tractor is starting to slow down from all the use he’s gotten.
- Press Here — The more you get into it, the more fun you’ll have with this one!
- The 3 Little Dassies — He got this book over a year ago, but it remains one of his favorites!
- The Polar Express — I know, it’s a little strange to talk about this book in April, but he loves reading it year ‘round!
- Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb — We’re reading this one a lot to Andrew, and Aidan has fallen in love with it all over again.
- Ranger Rick Jr. magazine — Okay, so this one’s not really a book. But Aidan loves reading the issues when they come!
Here are some of my favorite books to read to him that inspire him to greatness.
- Bricks blocks — If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I LOVE building toys. Yes, they’re a bit of a pain sometimes because of all the pieces, but they’re fantastic for little minds.
- Guitar & Drums — He loves music, and he pretended to play guitar like Mommy for months before we finally got him this guitar for Christmas. Shortly after, he got this drum set, and now he’s the makings of a one-man band!
- LEGOS — Classic.
- Play-Doh — Another classic, and there are so many kits available! Aidan has this one and loves it.
- Shovel — I got the boys a toy rake and shovel from ALDI a couple weeks ago, and Aidan is having a blast with the shovel. I can’t believe how long he can entertain himself with a shovel and a good ol’ spot of dirt.
- Easel — He has this one and plays with magnetic letters and dry erase markers
- Cars, Trucks, Tractors, etc.
- Paper — Does paper count as a toy?? I doubt it, but that’s what he loves to play with! The kid goes through several pieces a day making his creations. (I’m sorry about the trees. Don’t send hate mail.)
- Kinetic Sand — This was on my 3-year-old edition list, but it’s still a favorite!
- Sticks — What? Sticks?? Yep. Good old fashioned sticks. They can entertain him for hours. The lesson here is: don’t bother spending lots of money on fancy toys. It’s the simple things that they’ll have the most fun with.
- Spirit: Riding Free — I’m pretty sure the target market for this show is probably 9-12-year-old girls, but he likes it! And it’s a good clean show, so I don’t care.
- Thomas & Friends
- Paw Patrol
- PJ Masks
- The Magic School Bus — We’ve tried the new version, but he really prefers the original. And I love the blast from my past.
- Any PBS kids show – His favorites are Wild Kratts, Curious George, Daniel Tiger, Cat in the Hat, Peg + Cat, Word Girl, Super Why, Word World
- Thomas movies – His favorite is Misty Island Rescue
- Cars (though we’ve only seen the third one – thanks, Netflix)
- Boss Baby
- Hotel for Dogs — This is an older one, but it was on Netflix and we gave it a try. He was riveted!
- Piglet’s Big Movie — He likes all the Winnie-the-Pooh movies, but this one is his favorite.
- Digging — Especially now that he has his shovel.
- “Helping” in the garden — or any outdoor chore
- Tractor / 4-wheeler rides
- Coloring & Drawing — He’s really into making books right now … maybe that’s Mommy’s influence again??
- Cooking with Mommy
- Playing music
It was a lot of fun for me to go back and read through the 2-year-old and 3-year-old editions and see what has and has not changed. If you’re not making lists like this for your own kids, I would really encourage you to start. Pictures and videos are great, but they don’t always record memories of what our kids were into at the time. But lists like these record those precious memories.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the little peek at what Aidan enjoys. Let me know in the comments if you discovered anything new you’d like to try. You can also drop me a note to tell us what your kids are into these days — I’d love to get some new ideas!
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