Each generation of adults asks each generation of kids “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a well-loved question for many reasons – these insightful, imaginative little people give us hope for what’s to come, and we’re able to live our dreams vicariously through them. The more creative and unexpected the answer, the better! Here are some funny real-life answers to this age-old question.
Creative Answers to “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”
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- Tattoo artist – 4-year-old girl from a non-tattooed family. When asked her reason? “You get paid to draw on people, and they pay you lots of money for it.” She seems to have it figured out!
- A ninja chef – 5-year-old boy (who, when he was 5 wanted to be a videogame maker). Now that he’s 6 months older, he would like to have a very specific working schedule. Monday through Thursday, he’ll be a regular chef. Then on Friday, he’ll turn into a ninja chef. And don’t forget Saturday and Sunday – he’ll be off.
- Zookeeper – this entrepreneurial mind shared that she would buy lots of animals and start a zoo. When an adult questioned how she’d afford it, she said her house is available, and she’d keep the animals there. Good Night, Gorilla would be the perfect book for this little girl!
- Aerospace engineer – 5-year-old boy who tried to provide this answer to his kindergarten teacher. When his assignment came home and the teacher had written in “astronaut,” the boy told his parents he answered “aerospace engineer,” but his teacher didn’t understand him. So he settled on astronaut – something she could understand. Here he comes NASA; I have a feeling this clever little boy will indeed end up as an aerospace engineer!
- A mommy who cooks – 5-year-old girl who shared this gem with her mother. I wonder what she would have said if she’d been asked by her dad or teacher!
- Cab driver – a little boy with a friend who had stopped coming to school because of a broken leg and no means to get to school. When asked why he chose a cab driver, he responded, “I want to drive around and teach those people who cannot afford to go to school.” Whatever this little boy chooses to do in his future, he will undoubtedly make a positive impact on his community!
- Dealer in antique Swiss Alp horns – 12-year-old boy in Australian with no musical ability who has never been to Switzerland. This is perhaps my favorite answer on the list…
- A grave digger – 7-year-old boy who had, apparently, been heavily influenced by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which had been read in class (and the reading of which was discontinued shortly thereafter).
- A doctor…then a teacher – 5-year-old girl who plans to be a doctor long enough to teach preschoolers to be doctors, then she will become a preschool teacher.
- Myself – 4-year-old girl who didn’t understand the question, but does understand her importance. Her rationale behind her answer was that if she became someone else, who would be her? She just wanted to be herself. What a wonderful answer!