What was your favorite movie when you were 3? Can you remember your favorite toy or song from then?

For the last several years I’ve thought it would be fun to ask my daughter a set of questions every birthday, and see how her answers compare. I’ve been so upset at myself for not doing it on her third birthday, and the fact that I’ve continued to forget each birthday since.


But there’s no use in fretting about the past when I can do something about the present. I’m going to do a Q&A with my 5-year-old Lil’ J soon, but for now, here’s one with my little guy.

I mentioned before how I have a hard time trying not to compare my kids. This is one of those situations. I know at 3 my daughter would have had a hayday with this. My son wasn’t as amused, but to be honest, he did a lot better than I thought. I didn’t think he’d be able to answer all of my questions, but I tried anyway, and some he answered in hilarious ways I never imagined. See what I mean:

So here’s a few different lists of questions to ask your kids each year. The first 10 are easier for younger kids, and the next list are a little more inquisitive and deep. I’ll pull from more of those for my daughter.

Birthday questions for younger kids

1. What’s one of your talents? (Or ask them to do something you know they can do like count as high as they can)
2. What’s your favorite animal?
3. What do you like to eat?
4. What do you love to do?
5. What do you want to do? (When you grow up?)
6. What’s your favorite toy? (thing)
7. What’s your favorite song?
8. What’s your favorite movie?
9. What’s your favorite book?
10. What’s your favorite TV show?

Birthday questions for older kids

1. Describe yourself.
2. What are you thankful for?
3. What makes you happy?
4.. What makes you sad or angry?
5. What do you want to be when you grow up?
6. What’s important to you?
7. What do you love most about yourself?
8. What do you love most about your mom?
9. What do you love most about your dad?
10. If you could go anywhere, where would you want to go?
11. Who do you admire? Why?
12. What do you want to learn more about?
13. What’s something you’d like to do to help someone else?
14. What are you afraid of?
15. If you could only keep one thing, what would you keep?
16. What’s your favorite memory?
17. What are you proud of yourself for?
18. What are you looking forward to?
19. What do you dream about?
20. What else do you want to say?

You can ask them and write their answers down, or record it like I did. Next year you’ll have fun comparing their answers from years before! I’m working on making this into some fun different printable forms and should have those ready within the next couple of weeks.

I’d love to know how your kids answered some of these! Get any funny answers?

30 questions to ask your kids every birthday

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SheilaBee says:

So sweet!!

That is such a fun idea, I will have to remember this once I have kids so I can add their answers to their scrapbooks. Your son is so cute!
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Shirley Wood says:

Happy birthday to your adorable son! He was too cute in his debut interview. This is such a fun idea for birthdays. Documenting those questions in video will prove to be so much fun in later years when they want to see what they said.
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I LOVE this idea, we all should do this and have it for our kids when they grow up. It will be so fun to see the answers and how they develop an change.
Such a simple idea and one that will hold some powerful memories!

A Geek Daddy says:

My favorite toy at 3 was Weeble Wobbles – they wiggle and wobble but don’t fall down. I had a haunted mansion play set for these toys that I played with for hours on end.

Well that’s a fun idea. I never thought to do something like that with my kids. We usually make a video of them blowing out the candles but not something so memorable as that.
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Kerri says:

Ohh, I wish I would have done this. It seems like such a great memory and they you will always be able to look back and remember.
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Erin Marie says:

He’s too cute!

I’ve asked questions on birthdays and Father’s Day (we have three years of Father’s Day questions about their dad, if they’re old enough to answer), but we’ve only ever written them down. I think I’ll videotape them, too! I have two birthdays coming up next week, so I’ll try to remember to do this!

Baby Bottle says:

That is such a fun idea.

Hilarie says:

Love love love this idea of video documenting on birthdays, and your questions are terrific! May I link to this post from my website? I help families make and keep memories at http://www.legacytale.com.
So glad I found you on Instagram and am enjoying checking out your delightful blog!! ❤

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