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Popping bubble wrap and doodling in meetings – child-like habits we never give up

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Popping bubble wrap, kicking piles of leaves and licking the bowl are all childhood behavioural habits we cannot help but indulge in as adults, it has been revealed. Other youthful urges included wheeling around on a shopping trolley, drawing faces on steamed up mirrors, not eating crusts and still saying ‘jinx’, were common for a fifth of all Brits.

Indulging in ‘selfies’, daydreaming and duvet days were other ways grown up Brits hark back to younger years.

Unfortunately, results showed the age of 26 as the time in an adult’s life where imagination dwindles and people felt they lost their ability to see things with a child-like eye.

The top 50 child-like behaviours emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults conducted by Nick Jr. UK to mark the launch of brand-new children’s show Zack & Quack, which airs every Friday at 4:30pm.

Jacqueline Harding, Nick Jr. Child Development Expert, said:

“Children have an innate capacity to be imaginative and it is only as we mature and face exposure to adult rules and regulations that imagination and creativity begins to wane.

“Magical stories serve a child’s imagination and are invaluable to the development of solution–focused thinking.

‘”Children believe that challenges can be overcome and they are optimistic in their approach, so adults need to play in order to regain that child-like sense that anything is possible.”

A youthful two thirds of the adults asked felt they are still a big kid at heart with one in ten adults still jumping out on people to startle them.

More than half of those studied said they regularly daydream, mostly about being very rich or happy, while a third of dreamers imagine a life lived in a big house and a fifth pretend they have superpowers.

A resounding 86% thought it crucial to try and keep a good imagination as an adult and more than two thirds asked believed that having a good imagination makes you more creative.

Sadly, age 26 is where most thought their imagination began to wane and they became less child-like in their thoughts.

However, it is not all child’s play, as half of all adults believe that being more imaginative made them better at work.

Picking up youthful trends was common in many an adult – a fifth regularly indulge in a ‘selfie’ and a third uses abbreviations like ‘lol’.

One in four had photobombed by sticking their fingers behind an unsuspecting person’s head.

Other ways in which adults hark back to their younger years were through dancing to music, spending time with young family members and indulging in the occasional duvet day.

A grateful 90% of parents regularly re-live certain childhood moments through their children – with days out, watching programmes together and feeding the ducks among the most popular activities.

And six in ten parents also felt it was important their child saw them being a bit silly from time to time.

Alison Bakunowich, VP Director of Creative for Nick Jr., said:

“Whether it is declaring #YOLO, riding a shopping trolley or drawing a moustache on a celebrity in a magazine, harking back to childhood is a great way to indulge your imagination.

‘”Our new show Zack & Quack was produced to bring creativity alive for kids and stimulate their imaginations, which we hope will put them in good stead for their adult lives.”

THE TOP 50 CHILD-LIKE BEHAVIOURS

1. Popping bubble wrap
2. Trampling through snow
3. Sticking fingers in cake mix/ lick the bowl
4. Kicking piles of leaves
5. Going on a swing
6. Watching kids’ movies
7. Pulling silly faces
8. Building a snowman
9. Touching hot plates
10. Having a snowball fight
11. Prodding wet paint
12. Doodling in meetings
13. Running away from the sea when at the beach
14. Watching cartoons
15. Cracking through ice on puddles
16. Drawing smiley faces in the mirror
17. Playing with your hair
18. Jumping out and startling people
19. Blowing bubbles with chewing gum
20. Picking your nose
21. Being the first to push the button at a pedestrian crossing/lift
22. Wheeling around on a trolley in supermarket
23. Splashing in puddles
24. Running/skipping for no reason
25. Having a water fight
26. Saying ‘jinx’ when someone says the same thing as you at the same time
27. Drawing faces on celebrities’ faces in magazines
28. Popping crisp packets
29. Blowing a blade of grass
30. Slurping through your straw
31. Dressing up in fancy dress
32. Swinging like a monkey on any bar that’s around head height.
33. Doing handstands/cartwheels/snow angels
34. Repeating everything a friend says to annoy them
35. Shouting “shotgun” and running for the front seat in the car
36. Not eating crusts
37. Racing to be first at anything
38. Pretending to walk downstairs “to the cellar” when you’re stood behind a counter
39. Drawing on car windscreens
40. Pretending the shopping trolley is a car/motorbike
41. Popping Fuchsias
42. Running through a sprinkler
43. Blowing bubbles in milk
44. Going to bed with a toy
45. Rolling down a hill
46. Dressing up animals
47. Sleeping with the light on
48. Stealing someone’s hat
49. Leapfrogging bollards
50. Bum-sliding down banisters