In a world saturated by the media, it’s almost impossible for kids to spend a day without watching hours upon hours of television or playing video games. It’s up to parents to guide their kids away from these over-saturated lifestyles into more healthy, creatively-stimulating hobbies.
By introducing a creative hobby to your child, you’ll be able to teach your kids life lessons, develop their skills and their self-esteem and keep them entertained. There are many hobbies for you kids to choose from, but if you have yet to find one that fights into your child’s interest, here’s a list the trendiest hobbies for kids in 2013:
The wonderful thing about music is that it can appeal to anyone that’s interested in the arts–which is basically everyone. Music has been used as an outlet for kids to express themselves creatively, and has thus, become a growing trend among preteens and teens. Whether your child wants to learn to play the drums, the guitar, piano, bass, clarinet or violin, he or she will be developing great habits and talents. Music also encourages higher learning, creativity and hand eye-coordination, skills that are will be needed later in life.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts also fall under creative hobbies that help kids develop higher learning and hand eye coordination, plus, it’s fun! What makes arts and crafts so fun is that many activities that fall under this category will most likely appeal to your child’s interests. A few examples of arts and crafts hobbies are painting, drawing, ceramics, pottery, bead-making, scrap booking and carving. Hobbies like these expand your child’s creative capabilities and remain with them until adulthood. They may even become professional artists!
Most kids like using their hands in their hobbies. One skill and hobby that will teach them how to be self-sufficient is cooking. Like other hobbies, cooking serves as an outlet for creativity, allowing kids to develop their senses and knowledge of the culinary arts and nutrition. Cooking can be a great hobby because it teaches kids how to make their own meals, which they will need to learn how to do when they’re older.
Performance Activities and Sports
If your child has a lot of energy, why not consider introducing them into a performance activity or sport. For hobbies that involve physical activity, it’s usually best to register your child to a class or after school program that piques your child’s interest.
A few examples of performance activities or sports common among kids are dance, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, basketball, baseball and other competitive sports. Physical activity will keep you child healthy, in shape and improve his/her balance and hand-eye coordination, essential skills for adulthood. Doctors also agree that physical activity leads to better habits (lower risk of drug and alcohol use) and academic achievement.
Hobbies are meant to teach them skills they’ll need later in life. The hobbies mentioned above will also help children better express themselves. Nourish their interests–they’ll thank you when they’re older.