Six Things You Can Do With Your Kids To Encourage New Hobbies

While learning math, English, social studies, science and history are important to a children’s development, extracurricular activities can help them to grow just as much. From hobbies, children learn important skills and lessons, such as a strong work ethic and teamwork, which they can use throughout their lives. Activities also help young people to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. To have well-rounded children, parents need to encourage them to develop interests outside of school. For some young people, finding the right hobby can take some time. Parents can help them to discover an area of interest by doing activities with them.

Music

Parents may get their children to take an interest in music by exposing them to it early in their lives. Young people often start singing or playing an instrument as a result of hearing music played around the house or going to a concert or festival. Parents who know how to sing or play an instrument can involve their children in their music-making activities. Playing along on a set of drums or a xylophone or singing while their parents play the guitar or piano can lead children to explore music further. Parents may want to enroll their children in guitar, piano or voice lessons at young ages to see if they have a talent for and an interest in playing an instrument or singing.

Craft Projects

Craft projects can be a great gateway into the world of art. Parents can often find ready-made craft projects for children at festivals or events. From these types of outings, they often get ideas for future craft projects to do with their children. Parents can also come up with their own home craft projects. Jewelry making can be a simple, fun and inexpensive activity to do with older or younger children. With a few supplies from Har-Man Importing Corp, you can get started on jewelry projects. Craft projects also can be a good way for parents to share cultural traditions.

Excursions

Going out to a museum or festival can often spark new interests for young people. Children’s and science museums, in particular, often have activities that are not only fun but educational. Sometimes, museums will offer art or music workshops. These day-long experiences allow children to try activities to see if they are a good fit before jumping into them more intensively. Excursions can allow families to spend quality time together while fostering interests in their children. Parents can often learn more about opportunities for young people while on daytime excursions. They may also discover a community group offering social groups or leagues.

Sports Activities

Many children start to develop an interest in sports and outdoor activities from doing them with their parents. By going for a bike ride around the neighborhood, playing basketball or catch in the yard or going kayaking or canoeing on the lake, parents can encourage their children to take an interest in these activities. They may just end up playing a sport just for fun or a joining a league, but children who are involved in sports often live healthier lives. Sports and outdoor activities also foster the development of important skills, such as critical thinking.

The Power of Books

Reading to young people and encouraging them to find books of their own can be a great way to not only develop children’s literacy skills but help them to find a hobby. Children may develop a love of reading from story time, or they may come across a book that leads them to another hobby. Reading fairy tales or fantasy books as a child can lead to an interest in writing or acting. Through reading, children also develop stronger imaginations and creative skills.

Playtime

Relaxed playtime at home, a park, a gym or another type of social setting can often allow children to discover their hobbies. Playing a board game at home, dancing around with other kids inside a children’s gym or riding their bikes at the park may show children they have a knack for a certain activity. Sometimes doing these activities can lead children to become involved in a larger area of interest. A young person drawing at home may start to take an interest in the world of art, or a child who has a knack for board games may decide to join a school or community trivia or chess team.

Hobbies play a major role in children’s emotional, mental and physical development. There are a wide range of sports, art, science and music-related activities that children can get involved in at early ages. Often one activity or workshop can spark a greater interest in something. Whether children continue on with their hobbies throughout their lives, having these interests is important to their self-esteem and personal growth. Parents can help children to find out what they have a talent in through simple activities such as taking them out to museums, playing sports with them at the park or doing craft projects with them.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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