I'm excited to share my first ever guest post with y'all this week!! This post is coming to you from Maria creator of HobbyJr.org. Maria is an avid quilter and creator who loves sharing her passion for crafting with people of all ages.
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A Complete Guide to Hobbies for Children
Every child needs a hobby or two. According to the Child Development Institute, having a hobby benefits a child’s development immensely. It provides them with an outlet to express themselves, allows them to discover their own passions and place in the world, and helps build their self-esteem by providing them with the chance to succeed. However, finding a hobby for your child to enjoy can be difficult.
Most of the time, a child either wants to try all the possible hobbies out there or has no idea what they might interest them. It’s best to do some research on child-friendly hobbies. Here are a few ideas.
Starting a collection is perhaps one of the oldest and most common hobbies out there. Though coin collections and trading cards are usually the first thing people think of when they hear about collectibles, really anything your child is interested in can become the basis of their collection. Whether they’re collecting quarters, there are huge benefits in play. Psychology Today explains that allowing your child to collect items as they see fit exercises their imagination and cognitive skills. Children often collect everyday items that they find around them, from buttons to pens to stones. It isn’t so much important what your child collects but that they collect something they love. Plus, this hobby is extremely easy for your child to start and it is plausible that they may have already.
It has been known for some time that being outside is good for children. However, sometimes it can be difficult for children to find something fun and engaging to do outside. This is where outdoor hobbies can make all the difference. From geocaching to backyard camping, there are lots of outdoor activities your child can do that can get them moving and having fun.
You might look into bird watching, which teaches your child a number of helpful skills like attention to detail and self-control. Plus, if your child picks up an outdoor hobby, it could do a lot of good for you. Tagging along with your kid can lead to a decrease in depression, improvement of memory and lower blood pressure.
Some children just seem to have a natural love of science. There are tons of science-related hobbies your child might be interested in. Science experiments are a great go-to because they can be fun and educational. With just a few household ingredients, you and your child can transform your space into a small science lab. In addition, you can use explain the results to your eager lil’ mad scientist. There are tons of other STEM-related hobbies from identifying the stars and constellations to learning some amateur meteorology.
Of course, we couldn’t have a list of hobbies for children without mentioning things such as playing an instrument and dancing. If your child is extroverted and can concentrate during formal lessons, you might want to consider getting them into dance classes or begin them on a musical instrument. However, while these benefits for these hobbies can be massive, it is also important not to push your child too hard or make them take too many lessons too soon. No child is going to become a great composer at age 4. Odds are, they will change their mind on what hobby to pursue many times so it is important that these hobbies stay just that – a hobby. Make sure to give your child plenty of time to play and be active.
Helping your child find a hobby can be difficult. There are lots of options, and it is easy to bite off more than your or your child can chew. We recommend choosing one or two hobbies to start and then adding in more as you think your child can handle.
If you'd like to learn more about finding the right hobby for your kiddos, head over to Maria's site, HobbyJr.org. She has dozens of tips and resources for all the hobby-curious in your family.
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