The poll of 1,000 pre-school parents revealed children should also have fed the ducks, had a birthday party and met some friendly farm animals before starting primary school.

Jumping on a bouncy castle, taking a trip to a toy shop and dancing with parents also ranked highly on the list of things to do in their formative years.

It also emerged 89 per cent of parents believe it is important to regularly introduce new things to their children to help with their development.

The research, commissioned by childcare provider Busy Bees, found for 72 per cent of parents, experiencing new things is important for building their little ones’ confidence.

Seven in 10 believe it helps pre-schoolers learn new things while 60 per cent say it allows children to explore different emotions.

Deena Billings, head of experience at Busy Bees, said: “Life is full of wonderful things and every child should experience as much as they possibly can during their early years to help them develop their confidence and understanding of the world.

“Sadly, many have missed out on important milestone moments due to the pandemic.

“These findings confirm what we have seen in our nurseries and heard from parents as they hope to introduce their children to more experiences now that life is returning to normality.

“That’s why we’re building in extra activities at our centres to provide our children with the additional developmental support they need.”

To extend these experiences further than childcare surroundings, Busy Bees has created a playful quiz to see which activities their child has already ticked off the list.

Almost two-thirds of parents (63 per cent) believe their child has missed out on many of these key experiences due to the pandemic, with 78 per cent agreeing their development has been held back because of this.

Social interaction (53 per cent), social skills (51 per cent)

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