Forget the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus!
In a recent survey British children (aged 6-11) were asked to list what they would list as the ‘seven wonders of the world’, and their answers provide fabulous insight into what a dream day out would comprise for the nation’s children.
The Pyramids (47%)
Harry Potter World (44%)
London Eye (33%)
The pyramids made it! Yay for castles – good thing to like living on the British Isles and all. And I’m not sure but I think… I think the fact that Hollywood is listed as a ‘wonder’ somehow disturbs me.
For the parents who can’t afford to pat a lion or shake hands with Harry, Hermione and Ron, you’ll be glad to know that the aforementioned survey (commissioned by Persil as part of the Kids Today Project (http://www.persil.co.uk/kidstoday/)) is that what children love most of all is simply playing and exploring and having fun. Of children surveyed:
Two-thirds (69%) named riding their bikes and scooters as their favourite past time.
Three-quarters (73%) relish outdoor water activities.
More than half (64%) just want to get grubby playing in the park.
(My budget is shrieking in joyful resonance.)
Apparently everyday life has its own attraction. As it should be.