What would happen if children were in charge of designing our homes? You’d have edible chocolate walls and enjoy your own petting zoo run by the legendary David Attenborough.
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Forget pots and pans – if kids’ dreams of a perfect home came true, traditional kitchens would be replaced with a sweet shop and ice cream parlour, a survey has found.
In fact, 60% of youngsters aged between three and 11 would want unlimited access to sugary treats, according to a nationwide survey of over 2,000 children by Censuswide, on behalf of home builder Strata.
The developer got some surprising – and not so surprising – responses when children were asked to let their imagination run wild and describe their perfect home.
One in four want a water park in their garden, while a similar number wish for a zoo filled with exotic animals.
In a video, Strata asked pupils at Shobnall Primary School in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire: "If you could live in a super cool house, what would it be like?"
Here are some of their replies:
“I would have a slide. I wouldn’t have a bed. My bed would be a swimming pool.”
“For my kitchen, I would have a pizzeria and a McDonald's.”
Cruz, 6, who wanted a home constructed with metal so it ‘can’t break’, said he also wanted a dozen toilets - "so I don’t have to wait in the queue".
Another youngster said he wanted a dinosaur “to scare all the baddies”.
Top 10 dream home features for kids:
|Magic homework room that does school work for you||Sausage-Llama as a pet|
|Water slide staircase so you never have to walk||Trampoline floors to bounce room-to-room|
|Dinosaur park with its own scientist||Petting zoo where David Attenborough works|
|House robot||Shark tank|
|Christmas market all year around||12 toilets so no-one has to queue|
What else did they want?
Living inside Disneyland is also a dream for most youngsters, as long as all the famous characters are there, and the rides are free.
Aside from Disneyland, almost one third of girls (32%) said they wanted to live in a beautiful castle at the top of a hill. Girls were also keen on having edible chocolate walls, covered in glitter and rainbows.
Boys, however, preferred the thought of living in a 'super-cool treehouse' made from multi-coloured building blocks.
If homes had special powers, invisibility, time travel and the ability to be teleported anywhere in the world - in just one second - were top choices.
And as for who they'd like to live with? Little yellow Minions, said one in three kids.Above: Shobnall Primary School pupils depicted their dream home for Strata's survey, including this original drawing from Ben (9)