In one of our most recent blogs we explained how important it is for a child to have a hobby when they’re growing up. If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, a hobby will teach a child many valuable life lessons that will help them become better, well-adjusted adults. It’s also a great way for parents and even grandparents to spend some ‘quality time’ with their children and help them to become masters of whatever hobby it is that they choose.
Today’s blog is going to focus on the many different types of hobbies available for your child and some of their attributes. Keep in mind that many of the hobbies that your child can’t do today they can certainly do in the future so don’t write anything off if they can’t enjoy it just yet. Many of the wide variety of hobbies that are available will appeal to a specific child or age range and, of course, children change as they get older and thus their likes and dislikes as well.
One of the most frequent hobbies for children to have is some type of physical activity. There are team sports like football, rugby, hockey and many others but there are also individual sports aplenty such as skateboarding, hiking, mountain biking and running. If your child has that desire to be part of a group but also do something individual, there is dance (of many different types), martial arts (ditto) and swimming. The fact is, there are an incredible variety of physical activities that a child can be involved in as a hobby if they so choose and the best part is that they will stay physically active and fit at the same time.
Depending on where you live there will probably be opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and allow your children to engage in some type of outdoor hobby. Gardening, for example, can be very rewarding and also very educational. Flying kites, fishing and bird-watching are not only fun but will teach your child about nature and the way the world works. There are even a number of nighttime hobbies that your child can enjoy including stargazing and camping.
Now, to be honest, when most people think of hobbies they think of collecting. (We’re not exactly sure why but it is what it is) indeed, there are millions of manufacturers of toys and other collectibles that take advantage of this fact every single day. Children (and some adults) just naturally like to collect things and, depending on what those things are, it can be a very interesting and enjoyable hobby. There are the old standbys like coins and stamps as well as the ever-growing action figure collecting hobby and comic books. A collection can be anything however, including seashells, interesting rocks and even feathers from different birds. Fridge magnets, badges and even spoons from different countries can be collected and displayed proudly. Some things that your children may want to collect will cost practically nothing while others might involve a good bit of money. (Just so you know.)
Depending on your child’s age they might enjoy a hobby that involves the performing arts. Acting, singing and even composing music are all great hobbies that can be enjoyed by older children. In today’s technologically advanced day and age there of course is the opportunity for your child to become involved in computers as a hobby, something that could help them incredibly as adults. Then there are school clubs that they can join like photography, chess and even debate, all of which will not only give them a hobby but a group of people that share their joy of it.
Many hobbies that are available to children include creating things like jewelry, paintings and making things out of clay. There are thousands of different plastic models available and if your child enjoys building them they can build cars, planes, trucks and trains and then test their skill at painting them. Cross stitch, crocheting and knitting can be quite enjoyable and the results can be proudly displayed or given away as gifts. Woodworking is also a lot of fun but probably something that you’ll want to leave to the older kids as it involves hand tools that can be dangerous if not handled correctly.
As you can see there is an incredibly wide variety of different hobbies that are available. Indeed, there is such a long list that some parents and children have a hard time deciding which one to pick. Our best advice is to offer as many hobby opportunities to your child as their age permits and let them ‘test’ a few to see which one they like the best.
One last note directly to you mum and dad; keep an open mind. As long as your child is safely enjoying themselves the hobby that they are engaged in doesn’t really matter as much as the valuable lessons that they are learning and the joy that they are receiving.