The things that our children learn in school are all well and good, and will stand them in good stead for when they are older. They are important for their development and can help them to grow and learn what they do or don’t enjoy. But having our children take part in some hobbies is a good idea too as there is plenty that they can learn from them too. They can learn new skills, meet new people and improve their social skills, as well as encourage a good work ethic with them and develop good teamwork. Which is why having some interests outside of school is a really good idea. But where do you start? Here are some of the things that you can do to encourage children to get involved with a hobby, to find something else that they can enjoy and excel in.
Music is going to be a natural part of our children’s lives, as there will be many times in life that they are exposed to it, from school assemblies to car journeys. But singing or playing an instrument can be a great hobby for a child, and in fact, it has been shown to help them with subjects like maths too. It could be a formal lesson to enroll them in, or just getting them ‘toy’ versions to play along with at home. Making their own music and learning a sense of rhythm can be really fun too.
When children are in school, the crafting that they are likely to do is probably going to be around a specific theme, where they are given the guidance on what to do, rather than having free reign. Which is why crafting at home can be a good idea. It allows them to harness their creativity and make their own projects, from gifts for people to things for their bedroom. There may need to be some supervision with crafts, if things like scissors or crafting guns are involved, but other than that, it can be a fun hobby that can take as much or as little time as you want it to.
Reading and writing is so important, and a love of books from early on can help their imagination to run wild! And having some books outside of ones that they read for school can be a great idea for them. They could even get into writing their own or telling their own stories. Reading books could also lead to other interests, like Harry Potter leading to wanting to try magic tricks, for instance. You never know, it could also ignite a dramatic streak in them as they try new voices, and a career on the stage could be for them.
These are just a few of the small examples of hobbies that kids could try; it does depend on them and their interests and abilities too. But getting them involved with hobbies can help them physically, emotionally, and mentally, which can only be a good thing as they grow up.