What is a Noun? Explanation and List of Nouns for Kids

Homework can be difficult, and I’m not just talking about the kids. It can be hard for parents too, even parents with elementary school students. In this article, we will explain what a noun is and give examples.

what is a noun?

What is a noun exactly? Nouns are the building blocks of sentences. Nouns are like the superheroes of our sentences—they name people, places, things, or ideas. Whether it’s your favorite toy, your pet’s name, or the place you love to visit, nouns are all around us, helping us paint colorful pictures with our words.

What is a Noun?

Noun- A word that identifies a person, place, or thing

Let’s find out more!

Have you ever played the “I Spy” game, where you look around and say, “I spy with my little eye, something…” and then you say what you see? Well, that’s kinda like what a noun is!

A noun is a word that helps us talk about things we can see, touch, hear, or even think about. It’s like a name for stuff! So, if you spy a fluffy cat, “cat” is the noun because it’s the name of the furry friend you’re looking at.

Whether it’s your favorite toy, your cozy bed, or even your super cool friend, nouns are the words that give everything a name! So next time you play “I Spy,” keep an eye out for those sneaky nouns hiding all around you!

Types of Nouns

Nouns come in all shapes and sizes, just like the things they name. Here are some different types of nouns:

Common Nouns: These are basic nouns that name general things, like “dog,” “book,” or “house.”

Proper Nouns: A name used for an individual or place. Proper nouns are special because they name specific people, places, or things and always start with a capital letter. For example, “John,” “New York City,” or “The Eiffel Tower” are proper nouns. Proper nouns are spelled with capital letters.

Compound Nouns: These are nouns made up of two or more words put together. Examples include “rainbow,” “toothbrush,” or “classroom.”

List of Nouns for Kids


mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, cousin, lady, woman, girl, boy, man, baby, teacher, lawyer, bus driver, dance teacher, coach, grandma, grandpa, doctor, dancer

Mrs. Jones, Janelle (proper nouns)


mall, school, building, hall, backyard, office, store, car wash, locker, street, town, state, country, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, movie theater,  bus stop, supermarket, playground, field, train station, coliseum, stadium, ballpark

America, New York, England, Italy (proper nouns)


toys, book, crayon, pencil, dog, cat, cup, music, apple, stroller, bike, markers, bag, floor, car, train, truck, machine, money, cards, kitten, spider, oranges, pig, horse, mouse, pizza, eggs, wheel, door, window, table, basketball hoop, dresser, picture, frame, socks, t.v, handle, crib, bed, mattress, pillow, grass, slide, hula hoop, basket