Hobbies for kids are a great way to help them learn about the world and themselves. Hobbies are born from a spark of passion and can grow into a lifelong interest. It may even be the starting point for a child’s adult career. The educational benefits of having a hobby are invaluable.
Self-directed learning builds intrinsic confidence and sense of achievement within the child, and they learn essential skills such as how to make decisions and set achievable goals. Intellectual benefits aside, when your child finds a hobby that grabs their interest they will be having fun, which is what drives us to be lifelong learners and achieve mastery in the first place.
As parents, we have to help children to develop their interests to make them independent decision makers. But how does one find a hobby, especially for a child?
1)A great way to help your child find an area of interest is to get out there and start discovering! Visit museums and art galleries; walk through old op-shops and collectors studios to marvel at the collections and inventions of the previous century. They will love the opportunity to talk to you, and in the process discover what really interests them.
2)Workaround the activity they enjoy the most! If your child likes the outdoors, activities like hiking, running, travelling and gardening may be a great idea.
3)If a child loves indoors, drawing, painting, sewing are all wonderful skills to try and possess.
4)Choose a hobby according to their traits. An organised and thrifty child can be a great collector – of stamps, coins or just simply cards.