Creating and Roleplaying Child Characters

Things that get frustrating really quickly is watching a 10 year old act like it was born yesterday. Child characters can be very fun to write and create but unfortunately in literary work they aren’t so well-delivered. So here are some tips and tricks for writing child characters.

  • Children are not stupid, literally they know how to form complete and more complex sentences at the literal age of 5. By the time your child is 4 strangers can literally understand them pronouncing any word in their native language.

    • But don’t jump into the Einstein child trope too quickly, children definitely have their own limits. They might be good at a few things and horrible for others.
  • Despite not being stupid they have to act like children. Kids like to blow things out of proportion and are immature especially under the age of 10.

  • Don’t make them all cutesy and adorable, please. Children are diverse and thye have their own ticks and personalities. They can definitely be cute but please don’t make that their defining trait as a child.

  • Write them as unique individuals, they are people after all, just less developed! While keeping that in mind, give them their own personal personality which will and can definitely grow throughout the RP and their own backstory and experiences!

  • Different stages of child development give to different things, to see this more in depth take a look at this article!

  • Children are heavily influenced by the adults in their lives and the people around them, think of the people sorrunding your child character and how they act! Children will mimic them a little, from words they say to actions they do.

    • They idolize people as well, older siblings, people heaily involved in their lives or people they see a lot. Give them an idol, someone they heavily look up to, it can add interest and depth to your character and how they grew to idolize this person.
  • THROW OUT THE BABY TALK!! I don’t want to see this anymore, if you write this I’m slapping your post to the oblivion. (kidding not really) Like I said, kids form complex sentences and become more fluent in their language from 4 1/2 - 5 years old, by 5 years old they can talk and are more detailed. They might trip up on verb tenses but they got it. But the age of 8 they’re basically little adults in their native language. They can speak complexly and thanks to school they know things like metaphor and you know English class stuff. :clap: I :clap: don’t :clap: want :clap: to :clap: see :clap: 9 year olds :clap: baby talking. :clap:

    • While language may differ among nuerodivergent child characters, research into it and into alternatives on that. Baby talk should not be your first move.
  • Children wear clothing weird, they’re still developing a style. I found a piece of writing where I thought purple tights and a zebra shirt was cute :sob: I was in 3rd grade. But the point is, they’re still discovering their own style and what they like – and that will open to some wild combinations in their clothes (unless they’re being dressed by their parents or an adult)

  • They have goals too!! They have ambitions (might be smaller but still there and they have them). They might want to be an astronaut! Maybe they want to go to Disney Land or have the idea of making cookies because they have cookies every day, maybe they want to play soccer :clap: whatever, make sure it makes sense for their age and make sure they have it. It might be tiny but those are the goals you start setting at an early age that grow into larger goals.

  • They like to ask questions! They like to talk! They’re discovering the world and even if they’re shy they have questions and they are going to get the ansewer to those questions!

Hope this helps and will try to keep it updated @RPers in case anyone wants to make a child character.


Great guide!

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Good guide!

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Added some tags!

Ouii I love this guide even though I’ve never roleplayed before but this is rad. :dizzy:

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I recommend looking at the theory of Piagets and Erikson.

They did resreach on the psychological and cognitive development of children (Erikson did about life phases)

It helps understanding how a kid looks during their 0-11 years.


~ For anyone interested: here ~


Lol I need this as well, I have a test tomorrow about this. :joy:

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I love this! :sunflower: :yellow_heart:
I don’t RP but I have child characters in my stories, so it’s definitely helpful.
Another good tip is to consider the children in your family, if you have younger siblings, cousins, nieces, or nephews. How do they talk? What do they talk about?
Not every kid under 6 likes Paw Patrol or Baby Shark. My youngest nephew loved PJ Masks until he was almost 5, and then he started getting into video games because of his brother. And both he and his brother love Sunflower. It was their favorite song before it was mine. :smile_cat:

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This is definitely helpful, Ani! :white_heart:

Also added the #roleplays tag


Oooh, what about the characters tag?

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What rps currently let you rp as kids?

Oh, yeah! I know them.

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One of my Blue Royalty girls has a ten year old sister.

Oop I added it just now xDD Sorry about that-

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Don’t be sorry, silly. It was just a suggestion.

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exactly :wink:

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Added the #children tag~

I think one of the more important things to remember is that children are simple and innocent. It’s very black and white for them.

“who would be mean to someone who’s nice?” or if you tell them something, they’ll often believe you. Its stuff like that, that makes them interesting.

They are also very curious which creates fun scenes with someone who tries to keep a secret.

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