Wednesday, November 26, 2014

8 Great Hobbies to Try With Your Kids

Hobbies are important for our health. They give us time to ourselves to think, relax, and let our imagination flow. Not only that, they can offer great skills that can help in everyday life. By getting your kids into a hobby of their own from an early age, you should notice that their confidence improves. They may even become more happy and creative! If your child doesn’t have one of their own yet, see if they like one of these great hobbies:

  1. Reading

Reading is one of the greatest hobbies in life. A book is a tool to spark the imagination, and lets us step into a whole different world - even if it is just for a short while! By reading, your child should improve their reading level, as well as their spelling. If you ask them to read to you, it could improve their communication skills. Read to them, and it’ll improve their listening.

  1. Writing

Writing lets your kids use their imagination to create any world or situation that they like. You could ask them to write their own short story, a poem, or even a description of the scariest monster they can think of.

  1. Cooking

Cooking is an extremely useful skill to have in life. We all need to eat, and sometimes it’s nice to impress people with great food. You could start your kids off helping you to make cookies and cakes, before letting them try easy to make foods on their own. They’ll probably make a mess, but that’s all part of the creative process!

  1. Collecting

Collecting things is a lot of fun for kids, and they often take great pride in having a big collection of something. They may even like to show it off to friends and family, as well as at shows relevant to the collection. They could collect anything, from coins to Eddie Stobart trucks. Make sure you’re reasonable with the amount they’re allowed so the collection doesn’t start to take over the house.
  1. Gardening

Getting green fingered will teach kids all kinds of things. They could learn about different flowers, plants, bugs, soil, and how plants grow. They might even develop a love for landscaping - who knows!?
  1. Playing an Instrument

Kids pick up things much faster than adults; so many find playing an instrument a breeze. Let them pick something they like the sound of and see if they enjoy playing it. You might want to buy a second hand instrument first, just in case the novelty wears off. If they do enjoy it, they might also enjoy playing in a band or making their own music.
  1. Get Into Sports
Getting into sports will keep kids fit and healthy. Their motor skills should improve, along with their ability to coordinate their hands and feet!

  1. Drawing
Drawing is another messy hobby that kids love. Buy them different drawing materials, from felt tips to paints and let them get creative. If they need ideas, ask them to draw things like their dream house, or the funniest thing they can think of. You’ll end up with some great pictures for the fridge. Make sure you don’t try to help them too much - you want to nurture their creativity, not stunt it!

Have fun!

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