Remember all the fun times we had playing as children? Perhaps it is the nostalgia for years gone by, but adults seem to be turning towards their childhood pastimes more and more. Even the movies that are released seem to be following that patters; there are live-action versions of classic children’s cartoons, there are animated movies that have simple plots but adult themes and there are plenty of adult movies with songs, dance and catchy dialogue.
Even pastimes and looking for wooden thomas trains sets seem to be moving towards adult-friendly childhood again. Here are a few examples to remind you of how adults are enjoying a re-flowering of youth.
Paint a Picture
For those who loved colouring books as children, these are pretty great times to be alive in. A new trend swept the world as ‘adult’ colouring books hit the stores. These have intricate and complex designs, often times geometric, for adults to colour in. They are marketed as aids for relaxation and they do seem to have a soothing effect on most people. Not only has the trend been embraced, it has also exploded among fandoms and franchises who now design colouring books separately for children and adults.
Parents are encouraged to provide their children with building blocks in order to stimulate their creativity and learning capability but today, there are special sets designed for adults too, with moving or mechanical parts that make models much more interesting. You can find these in an online lego shop in Australia where you can browse the available options and even order it in from a different state before making a purchase decision. These blocks are not meant to be taken apart and rebuilt constantly; unlike the kid-friendly versions, these models are meant to be put on display after being assembled.
Remember the sticky and colourful stuff that we could mould into any shape we wanted. Playing clay still remains one of the most popular educational toys among children, and they are slowly making the transition into adult life too. Some adults stick to making shapes and figurines, or cutting shapes out of flattened clay by using a pre-designed cutter. Some others will paint it over with nail varnish, which preserves the clay and allows it to retain its shape for years. Over time, the clay will harden until it is rock solid.
Making scrapbooks used to be one of the most important parts of being a kindergartener. ‘Scrapbooking’ is now a legitimate activity, particularly after the establishment of so many social media sites dedicated to everyday arts and crafts. Adults scrap book about many different things: their favourite artists, their dreams, their fears, their problems, their family and friends and many other things. With less time and more responsibility, adults tend to use smaller scrapbooks and more pictures. The very creative ones will even design their own book.