Crazes tend to be pretty age-related, but occasionally, boundaries are blurred and adults decide that they want to help themselves to hobbies meant for kids. Here are five examples of times when we gleefully ignored the recommended age range.
A kid-centric craze for like, ever, the colouring book used to be the domain of restaurants and birthday party-bags, but now that the mindfulness trend is sweeping the nation, us adults have decided that the simple act of colouring in might relax us. It does, of course, and with millions of colouring books sold in the UK alone last year, this looks like a trend to stay.
The Mindfulness Colouring Book, Amazon, £3.95
You might not have even batted an eye at Pokemon when growing up, but when it returns in virtual reality form on your smart phone, you’re definitely paying attention. For a few months you could see clusters of grown men and women walking around public spaces, catching invisible creatures, but unless you’re a hard-core Pokefan, you’ve probably given this one up.
Pokemon Go, App Store, Free with in-app purchases
If you’d have predicted in the nineties that we’d all be dressing up like babies a mere decade later, most people would probably have laughed. At one point, the TOWIE lot were even socialising in these giant swarths of fabric. They’re still around, but now the dust has settled, they’re probably one to wear in the privacy of your own home.
Animal Onesies, kigu.co.uk, £39.99
This latest craze is getting everyone in a spin! Created to help people who have trouble focusing or fidgeting by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or stress. They are not only found in the playground but in offices too.
Fidget Spinners, Amazon from £3 http://amzn.to/2qX2BQX
Soreen Lunchbox Loaves
These had all the makings of the perfect kid-friendly snack. Crumb free, individually wrapped and school approved, they really were meant to be for our smaller fans. But adults have developed a love for them too.
Lunchbox Loaves, All Major Supermarkets, From £1