Building dens named one of the best things to do as a child

During lockdown it’s a great time to remind ourselves that building dens, jumping in puddles, climbing trees and dressing up are some of the best things about being a child.

A study of 1,000 children under 11 found getting presents, feeling loved by parents and school holidays are also considered the greatest.

While those of primary school age said riding their bike around, playing traditional party games and using playdough are their favourite ways to spend time.

It emerged while more than seven in 10 children are looking forward to growing up, they are apprehensive about things being ‘less fun’.


And of those parents longing to revisit their early years, 88 per cent miss their childhood years.

Deena Billings, head of quality for Busy Bees Childcare, which carried out the research of 1,000 children and 1,000 parents said: “It was a joy to research the best things about being a child. We aim to give children the best start in life and we’re delighted to reveal the little things that make being a child so special.”

The study found the anticipation of Christmas, family holidays and days out with school or nursery all leave children feeling excited. Others voted building sandcastles, feeding the ducks and making paper aeroplanes as some of the best activities.

Building towers, creating things out of empty boxes and getting a visit from the Tooth Fairy also feature in the top 40 list.

Of the 1,000 parents polled via OnePoll, 35 per cent miss not having to work, 41 per cent enjoyed a time without having to pay bills and a further four in 10 miss their childhood years where they had no financial worries.


  1. Getting presents at Christmas
  2. Feeling loved by your parents
  3. Being really excited about Christmas
  4. School holidays
  5. Being really excited about birthdays
  6. Being outdoors
  7. Having lots of friends
  8. Building dens
  9. Jumping in puddles
  10. Everything is fun
  11. Getting to explore
  12. Riding your bike around
  13. Watching TV as soon as you got in from school
  14. Trying new things
  15. Getting a visit from the tooth fairy after losing a tooth
  16. Getting treats whenever the grandparents came round
  17. Having birthday parties with the whole class
  18. Always having energy
  19. Days out with school or nursery
  20. Playing traditional party games – musical statues, musical bumps, Simon says
  21. Playing games whenever and for however long you wanted
  22. Going to water parks on holiday
  23. Not having to work
  24. Building sandcastles
  25. Sleepovers
  26. Having a great imagination
  27. Making new friends easily
  28. Making paper airplanes
  29. Playing with playdough
  30. Playing with your siblings
  31. Feeding ducks in the park
  32. Playing dress-up whenever you want (not only on Halloween)
  33. Being free to climb trees
  34. The excitement of hearing the ice-cream van
  35. Going on roller coasters
  36. Using an empty box to create countless games
  37. Getting piggy backs
  38. Asking any questions you like, to anyone you want
  39. The excitement riding public transport – trains, buses etc
  40. Being carried to bed by your parents


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