Anymore everywhere we look we see our childhood superheroes in movies, a push on book franchises in the young adult space, toys becoming collectibles, constant reboots of old television shows, and more of our childhoods being repurposed for profit or enjoyment in a more sophisticated way. However, because of all this rebooting, retooling, and repurposing we forget to enjoy what made these things our favorite childhood memories in the first place and make our inner child just a little happier as well.
That thing is the experience of them, the willingness we once had to give moments of time to things that may feel futile or non-conducive. This list gives you a jumping off point for what I believe are thirty great ways to be mindful of your inner child and let them “waste” five or fifteen minutes of your day. Do some, do one, do all. I promise that doing any of these by yourself, with your sibling, or with a friend will provide to you a renewal in the feeling of having fun and refreshing your mind.
30 Things to Do to Fulfill Your Inner Child’s Needs
Wear a Costume as clothing for a day.
Camp in your backyard.
Fly a kite for more than 5 minutes
Build something(s) out of giant cardboard boxes
Ride a ferris wheel at the county fair
Build a snowman
Get a library card and spend the day reading books
Go to a corn maze
Run through someone else’s sprinklers
Play on a sports team again
Roll down a big grassy hill and then lay there looking at the clouds
Hatch a butterfly, sea monkeys, or a venus fly trap
Paint an actual painting
Make a tye dye shirt
Create a blanket fort and have a movie night inside
Sing in the rain
Jump into a pile of leaves
Play a surprise game of tag with friends
Read a kids chapter book from your childhood (or not) in one day
Stay in your pajamas all day
Write a comic book
Explore your house for loose change and other artifacts like you’re Nancy Drew
Make paper airplanes and have a derby off of the roof
Make your own play dough
Go to a petting zoo
Go take a photo with a Disney Princess
Collect things to donate to others and then drop them off
Call someone in your family you haven’t talked to in years just to say hi
Ride a train for a day
These are all things that I have tried at some point after becoming an adult, for all intents-and-purposes, but that does not mean that these are the only thirty or the best thirty. Do you have any suggestions for the list? Leave them in the comments below and lets talk about your favorite ways to feel like a kid again.
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