Hearing the ice-cream van, long school holidays and new toys are the things Brits miss most about childhood, study finds
BRITS have revealed the things they miss most about being a child – including the excitement of hearing the ice cream van, the long school holidays, and the thrill of getting a new toy.
A poll of 2,000 adults found 55 per cent would like to be able to relive their childhood, with the 60s, 70s, and 80s seen as the best decades to have been a kid.
Not having to worry about money came out at the top of the list, while not having to work and building sandcastles ranked highly in the top 50.
Family holidays and watching cartoons on a Saturday morning also featured.
The research was commissioned by learning and tech brand Osmo, who partnered with sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, to bring children’s drawings to life in three giant sandcastles on Weston-super-Mare beach.
Having your holidays paid for, getting money for losing a tooth and always having energy were other things adults miss about being a child.
While 67 per cent said trips to the beach were some of their fondest childhood memories.
Adults reckon seven years old is the most magical age of childhood – and you start to lose the sparkle from 10 years old onwards.
However, more than half like to maintain a childlike attitude in some aspects of their life – because it’s fun, it helps them see things from another perspective as well as keeping them curious and honest.
Respondents no doubt looked to do this because 65 per cent no longer use their creative thinking and imagination to navigate life – sticking purely to logic instead.
It also emerged that of the 65 per cent of respondents who have their own children, 84 per cent allow their kids to live as child-like a life as possible to keep the magic alive.
Playing games with them, encouraging them to ask questions and getting them to explore the outdoors were some of the top ways parents tried to keep their kids in a childlike mentality.
Interestingly, six in 10 reckon their childhood was better than the kids of today – because they spent more time outdoors, felt the world was safer for youngsters and they had more trust from their parents.
A spokesman for Osmo, added: “Children are naturally creative and love to explore their imagination – we strongly believe these traits should be fostered and celebrated.
“And the summer holidays draw to a close, we wanted to make some extra special memories by bringing imaginations to life in an even bigger way than usual.
“Exploration during early years is key to a child’s development and we wanted to demonstrate that encouraging this through real life activities or virtual resources is extremely important and can be done in really fun and simple ways such as a beach visit.”
TOP 50 THINGS ADULTS MISS ABOUT BEING A CHILD
1. Not worrying about money
2. Having long school holidays
3. The magical feeling of Christmas
4. Always having energy
5. Not paying any bills
6. Not having to work
7. Not having aches and pains
8. Being really excited about birthdays
9. Believing in Father Christmas
10. Family holidays
11. Getting loads of presents at Christmas
12. The excitement of going to the beach
13. Sleeping soundly
14. The thrill of getting a new toy
15. The excitement of hearing the ice-cream van
16. Making dens
17. Having no fear
18. Having holidays paid for
19. Getting money from the tooth fairy after losing a tooth
20. Using your imagination freely
21. Going to birthday parties
22. Someone doing your laundry
23. Being free to climb trees
24. Watching cartoons on Saturday morning
25. Playing games whenever and for however long you wanted
26. Having a great imagination
27. School trips
28. Watching TV as soon as you got in from school
29. Being friends with everyone
30. Everything being new
31. Being able to fall asleep comfortably anywhere
32. Building sandcastles
33. Playing with your siblings
34. Being the first one to see the sea on a trip to the beach
35. Getting clothes bought for you
36. Feeding ducks in the park
37. Building things
38. Jumping in puddles
39. Not having to shave every day
40. Water fights
42. Using an empty box to create countless games
43. Being excited by public transport
44. Swapping stickers with friends
45. Asking any questions you like, to anyone you want
46. Not knowing what a hangover is
47. Being carried to bed by your parents
48. Making paper airplanes
49. Watching Gladiators on a Saturday night
50. Dressing up anytime (not only on Halloween)
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