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We all want the best for our children. We want to make sure that they are healthy, happy and can live life to their full potential. Of course, their schedules do tend to be busy anyway. They have school, they may have homework to do and they may want to just spend some time playing with friends and family. But most children can also benefit from a little extracurricular activity in the form of hobbies. H

Why Help Your Child Choose Hobbies?

Perhaps the best way to get your kid to use their spare time well is to help them find a hobby that they genuinely enjoy. Hobbies can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – and the right one for your child will depend entirely on their interests, preferences and other personal factors. Avoid setting your kid on a hobby they don’t like but that you want them to do. Instead, find something that ticks all of their boxes. This way, they’ll grow committed and really enjoy time spent building this skill.

Ideas

There are countless hobbies out there. Here are some popular ideas to help you get the ball rolling when it comes to finding the right hobby for your own kid!

  • Team Sports – one of the most popular hobbies amongst children and adults alike tends to be team sports. There are so many benefits to this! Team sports can help your little one to get the exercise they need, as well as teaching them valuable social skills such as teamwork. From basketball to soccer to football to hockey and so much more, team sports can really bring a smile to your kid’s face.
  • Instruments – learning to play an instrument can provide your child with a lifelong skill, as well as potential to earn money from this skill later in life. Whether that’s becoming a professional musician or teaching others down the line. There are various instruments, ranging from drums to piano to guitar to harp. Consider your budget and find good teachers for your children in your area, then get the necessary instruments or equipment like a looping pedal, silencers or picks.
  • Arts and Crafts – arts and crafts can be so fun for little ones and can really encourage their creativity. Whether you help your child with arts and crafts projects at home, or whether they head to arts and crafts after school clubs, this could be a great opportunity for them to show their creative flair.
  • Baking – of course, children shouldn’t be left to their own devices in the kitchen. This is a potentially dangerous environment. But under supervision, baking can be an extremely child-friendly activity that your little ones might want to engage with. There are so many child-friendly baking kits out there that allow little ones to create basic cakes and breads with adult help.

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These, of course, are just a few different ways to keep your kids happy, healthy and productive outside of school hours. Hopefully, some of the ideas above will appeal to your little one and they’ll find some enjoyment in them!

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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