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Have you ever found yourself (as an adult )getting excited over a child's toy?

Asked by ZEPHYRA (21750points) July 1st, 2016

I mean really excited so that your heart skips a beat as it would have when you were a child. I know it sounds stupid but a few hours ago I saw some huge, shiny beach balls for sale and the look of them struck a chord with me. I wanted to stop and buy one. I did not do so of course because not only would it not of any use, but I also felt silly for having had those almost uncontrollable childlike reactions over a silly kiddies’ ball. It has happened before with a doll, bubble liquid for blowing bubbles( I got myself that ) and balloons!
Strange thing is that I did not experience a deprived childhood at all! Why such immature reactions? Am I the weirdo yet again?
Any of you ever had your heart skip a beat upon seeing a toy?

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janbb's avatar

I’m at a point in my life where I feel anything that brings you joy and doesn’t hurt anyone else is worth indulging. Why judge yourself if something makes your heart “skip a beat”? Enjoy the feeling!

I haven’t felt that way over a toy recently but there are other “childish” pleasures I’ve enjoyed.

Winter_Pariah's avatar

Does Warhammer 40k tabletop game count as children’s toy? because I am very guilty of being excited over the miniatures… as recent as of 20 minutes prior to posting this.

dxs's avatar

All the time. I still play with tangrams.

tinyfaery's avatar

I really am just a 12 year old girl inside. I went to Disneyland on Tuesday for my wife’s birthday and when I saw Disney Tsum Tsum plushies I clapped and jumped up and down.

Seek's avatar

Minecraft PE just got updated with new evil mobs… So…

YARNLADY's avatar

I am always finding delightful things for my two elementary age grandsons.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The question pretty much defines my life. After a lifetime of “grow up” I am now allowed to pass the defect off as raging senility.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@ZEPHYRA Please don’t feel silly or embarrassed. Being childlike isn’t the same thing as being childish. Knowing simple joy – finding the wonder in something – is precious.

To answer your question, yes! I was in a doctor’s waiting room that had a basket of toys. I spotted an Etch-a-Sketch; I’m not exaggerating when I say that I was ecstatic. I was having so much fun, I didn’t want to go inside for my appointment. The receptionist was so amused, she insisted that I take the item home with me and continue enjoying it.

longgone's avatar

I could never consider that immature. If having fun is childish, there’s something very wrong with the world. Don’t feel like these feelings are wrong!

To answer the question: Yes. I can’t really pass Schleich animals without studying some of them. I bought my last one when I was 18. I get that sense of childlike pleasure outside of stores, too. It makes me climb trees and ride my bike through deep puddles.

ucme's avatar

I’m the guy in the toy aisle pushing all the buttons on the electronic toys setting off all the bells & whistles
I love squeezing black ball horns too as they make the same sound as poking tits <PARP>

Coloma's avatar

Well, I wouldn’t say my heart skipped a beat but recently I was watching water balloon videos with my little 9 yr. old friend ” Sydney” and got really excited about making water balloons. I bought her a big tube of cool green balloons and we are going to make water balloons and play catch with them next time we get together. I’m a 4 yr. old at heart. Still love colored markers to draw with, Play Doh and bubbles.

I recently saw this giant swan pool floaty and really wanted it but it was like $300.00 haha

Mimishu1995's avatar

My heart still skips a beat when I see toys. These days I find that I get excited over some board games. I still have the same excitement over some toys I wished to have as a child. My love for “child” things doesn’t stop at toys, last month I bought some children comics on sale because they were good looking. Oh, and don’t forget I still have my teddy bear on my bed :)

Thanks to this thread I’m more certain that I’m completely fine. People around me tend to automatically assume that someone with a toy hasn’t grown up yet. I can see that they lead a boring and unimaginative life.

cookieman's avatar

My wife bought me a remote control BB-8 Droid for Christmas. Daughter got me a light-up Thor hammer for Fathers Day. My office has three shelves full of Muppet action figures, Marvel Comics mini-busts, and a Marvin the Martian metal lunchbox. And, I’ve currently got my eye on a six inch, die cast Millennium Falcon at the Disney Store I may just buy for myself.

So yeah…once in a while.*

* alltheflippintime

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Coloma's avatar

I still love Strawberry milk and Ptter Pops. I have about 300 Otter Pops in my frizzer right now. The nectar of summer for kids at heart. The body may be aging but the mind is still childlike. Note: Child like does not mean childish! haha

Haleth's avatar

This is embarrassing, but whatever, fluther knows all my secrets.

A couple weeks ago my friends were late for a party that THEY were hosting. So I got to the house and sat in the car for quite a while.

There was a toy baby giraffe sitting on top of one of the parking meters. I (kind of?) subconsciously but not really think that stuffed animals have feelings after watching all the toy story movies. I thought about how someone forgot this thing there and it was about to start raining and how it would get washed into the gutter (where it would be sad, I guess??).

But also I thought about how there were probably strange baby germs on it. Then it started to rain in earnest so I put it on the dashboard of my car. After disinfecting it, it lives with my other stuffed animals now. I have a build-a-bear that’s a jedi that I made while day drinking at the mall and a beat-up stuffed bear that glows in the dark that I’ve had since age 4.

flutherother's avatar

I suspect that the pleasures we feel as adults are mostly reflections of the pleasures we first experienced as children and long may it continue.

LostInParadise's avatar

My weakness is for toys that demonstrate some scientific principle – gyroscopes, kaleidoscopes and sippy birds. I bought one of those birds that looks like it is defying gravity because it is balanced by its beak on a pedestal. At work I have one of those light powered dancing flowers – definitely worth the dollar it cost.

BellaB's avatar

Lego still makes me insanely happy. If friends have grandkids over – and they have Lego – I’m joining in the building party.

Love Etch-a-Sketch – bought myself a keychain version so I can always Etch-a-Sketch when I’m in the mood.

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