We welcomed Guest Contributor, Maria Cannon owner of the popular website: HobbyJr to share some unique hobby ideas for kids. Read more below -
There is increasing evidence to suggest that hobbies are important for both personal development and overall well-being. For children, hobbies can be particularly important for the development of certain key skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, and fine motor control. Additionally, a hobby can turn into a passion that a child may enjoy throughout his or her life. Keep reading for some fun hobby ideas that are particularly great for skills development in children.
Whether it’s playing an instrument, singing, or dancing, music can help children develop a wide variety of skills. The practice of reading music can enhance a child’s processing skills, memory, and coordination. Responding to notes on a page is also a multi-sensory experience that requires the use and coordination of several senses. There is also evidence to suggest that learning to play music enhances self-confidence, diligence, and patience. Music is highly soothing and can play a role in helping your child self-regulate emotions. For younger children, listening to music (or making musical noises) can improve listening skills, fine-motor control, and self-expression.
If your child loves scientific discovery and outdoor adventures, rock collecting could be the perfect hobby. Not only will your child gain a unique understanding of the world in which they live, they will also gain knowledge in scientific process, research, and problem solving. Additionally, the act of discovering and identifying rocks will help nurture a sense of wonder and discovery. With each rock, your child will be encouraged to use their deductive skills to determine what variety a certain rock is. If they don’t know, this may be an opportunity to gain early research and investigation skills. While researching an element, your child will need to develop thoughtful questions and learn best practices for discovering answers. Investing in a rock identification book can also enhance skills in reading and index use. Rock collection can also be made into a social activity simply by reaching out to your child’s friends or classmates. This might also be a great opportunity to do some hiking or park visits!
Science experiments are a great way to for children to learn about how different elements interact. Additionally, science is a lucrative way for children to learn how to develop a hypothesis, follow instructions, record findings, and summarize conclusions. This can also be a great opportunity for parents to discuss safety procedures as well as scientific process. These experiments can be as simple or elaborate as you want! For example, Earth Science Jr.’s glass of lava experiment requires only a few supplies – water, oil, food coloring, a beaker, and salt. Ready for a more complex experiment? Try working with your kids to create elephant toothpaste!
Children can learn about the universe’s planets, stars, and galaxies right from their own backyard. Backyard astronomy gets kids outdoors, where they can explore and observe the world around them. Identifying planets and star constellations can be an opportunity for you and your children to learn more about the earth’s placement within a greater system. Together, your family can discover planet names, their origins, and their history of discovery. Because astronomy involves physics, biology, and mathematics, your child may be able to bring some of the academic skills they learned into the classroom.
Not only are hobbies fun, they are also educational and contribute to the development of a variety of skills. By encouraging your child to participate in some of the activities above, you could play an important role in their future hobby, education, or even career. No matter what hobby you child chooses, they are sure to develop and enhance a number of personal life skills.
About the Author:
Maria Cannon believes we’re never too young to dedicate ourselves to a hobby. She created HobbyJr to encourage young people to find a hobby they love. Maria has suffered from depression and anxiety for years. Her hobbies--gardening, quilting, sewing, and knitting--play a major role in maintaining her mental health.