Magical childhood: Mumsnetters share their best memories

Children waving at the camera

Remember when the days seemed to stretch on forever and the sun always felt like it was shining? Kinder Ice Cream asked Mumsnet users to share the favourite summer memories that they would like to re-create with their children. From sandy toes to sticky ice-cream hands, will the sun bring out your inner child?

Read on for the chance to win a £300 Eurostar voucher from Kinder Ice Cream.

Get on your bike
Family riding bikes

“Family cycle rides through our local forest. Ice cream when home.”

Picnics and pooh sticks
pooh sticks

“Mooching around in the river with bare feet, building dams and squealing when splashed. Climbing out to have a bite of picnic and then play pooh sticks.”

Long summer days
Girls playing bubbles in a garden

“On hot summer days spending (what felt like) the whole day outdoors, chalking on the drive, playing in the paddling pool, picnic in the garden for lunch, running in and out the house for ice pops and then bbq for tea. A bath at night to wash all the sticky summer away."

Boy reading in the woods

”I used to go to the library and take out a book or two, stick them in a rucksack with a little picnic and some squash then jump on my bike and find a little spot in the woods to sit and read the books.”

Planning days out
Girl writing with her mum

“My mum used to give me a notebook and ask me to write down the things I wanted to do. We used to do our best to get through the list, and write about it as we went. I would love to do this for my little one when she gets older.”

Family holidays
Girl and boy in a caravan

“We used to stay in a family caravan on a site just over the road from the beach. To get there you had to cross the main road and then clamber over the sand dunes to get to a near deserted beach. I can still remember the excitement of getting to the top of the dunes and then being able to see the sea and run down to the beach.”

Fruit picking fun
Girl blackberry picking

”At the end of August my mum and I would go blackberrying near to our home. We would come back with a bucket load of blackberries, fingers stained with the juice, looking forward to pies, jams and chutneys.”

Garden days
Reading in a den in the garden

“Making dens in the back garden out of the clothes horses and some picnic blankets. My brother and I pretending we were part of the Famous Five having our own adventures. Eating every meal possible outside.”

Get creative
Flower pressing

“My dad made me a flower press when I was little and I absolutely loved it. I would spend hours collecting different leaves and flowers to press and dry out. I also liked to collect petals and try and make perfume.”

Sandy toes
Toddler boy in the sea

“Days at the beach. Searching rock pools, being buried in the sand with sandy sandwiches followed by doughnuts and ice cream.”

Chips and chill
Ice cream on the beach

“On the beach with a bucket and spade. Chips for lunch eaten with a chip shop wooden fork followed by ice cream. Sand everywhere but no one minded. I can hear the sounds and smell the smells as I write this. I would love the same memories for my little ones.”


To enter the competition, please answer the question in the form below. Competition ends 4pm on 23rd May 2019. Open to UK residents aged 18+; one entry per person. Terms and conditions apply.

*Please read Unilever’s privacy notice to understand how they use your personal data. Our privacy policy can be found here.