Hobbies for Kids
Parents who want their children to have a certain hobby can start encouraging them at the young age of a pre-schooler. It is said that this is the perfect age in forming hobbies since they are still in a developing stage where their personal interest started to show. This is also the starting age where gifted children started to exhibit their astonishing talents. That is why parents must be attentive to their children at this stage to support them and guide them to a hobby that will feed their personal interests and boost their inborn talents. Here are the few hobbies parents can engage their children into:
Is your boy showing soccer skills for the next Cristiano Ronaldo? Is he shooting hoops like Michael Jordan? Then this hobby is for your child.
Playing sports is a good hobby to enhance body coordination for a kid. It also provides opportunity for physical activity especially for children who usually sit all day watching shows in television, playing video games, or just emerging themselves in technologies.
Sports also promote discipline and goal-setting towards one’s self that can even transpire into the child’s academic pursuits. That is why many children who indulge themselves into sports also excelled at school. Sports also can boost the child’s self-esteem due to the encouraging support of the parents and coaches. They learn to trust their own skills, developing confidence towards their own capabilities. Children who play sports are usually children who are not awkward in making friends, and sports competitions usually provide them a venue for interacting with children of their own age and people from older generation (coaches, parents, etc.). This is the reason why children who play sports are known also for being socially-skilled.
Arts and Crafts
It may all start with a play dough or a crayon drawing in your new painted walls. Do not scold your child. Be happy, for the truth is, your child has an artistic hobby that is starting to bloom. Art is not just a hobby that promotes fun, but also a hobby that promotes creativity and concentration. Their attention is usually picked by colours and forms they can see around them that they subsequently transmit into their arts and crafts.
Children who indulge themselves in arts and crafts are usually children who have right brain dominance. They are also children who are emotionally stable for they can express their feelings that otherwise they cannot express in words, through arts.
Arts and Crafts hobbies can also help a child to develop his or her motor skills, focus and coordination. It may be cutting and shaping a piece of paper into different shapes with the use of a scissor, drawing with crayons, or folding a piece of paper into an airplane, all of these trains a child to learn control and focus that leads to a developed fine motor skills. Your child may start from a messy drawing of stick figures, but who knows, later, with enough support, your child will be able to make delicate arts.
It may be a loom band bracelet-making session, or just your child drawing a smiling sun, appreciate their work and support them. Who knows, maybe you had given birth to the future Leonardo Da Vinci.
Music is said to be the universal language. Anywhere in the globe, music is a constant factor in a society’s culture. So when your child sings a nursery rhyme, he or she is singing in different languages at once. So why not enrol your child in a singing lesson, or more, in a piano or violin lesson? He or she may not be the next Mozart, but music can still provide your child many benefits.
One of the advantages of having music as your child’s hobby is it can help the kid in his or her academic pursuits. According to the website of www.parents.com, Music and math are highly intertwined. The writer said that by understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. Music, after all, notably has similarities to some principles in mathematics.
Just like hobbies under arts and crafts, music also promotes the development of motor skills and coordination. Playing musical instruments is also a good activity for children suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is because performing music involves the functioning of many body parts such as the hands and feet. As what Oliver Sacks, M.D., a professor of Neurology at Columbia University says, “Nothing activates the brain as extensively as music”. It provides children suffering from such, a venue to develop their concentration and focus.
In addition, music is also a good tool to improve the left side of the brain. Children who have difficulty in verbal communication can be help to develop their language processing skills through music.
Moreover, Music teaches patience and team work. In an orchestra or a band, playing instruments takes turn, and you must be patient enough to wait for yours and cooperate as a group, or else you will have discordance on the rhythm. Children in a music class are usually group together to perform a melody that gives them an opportunity to think and act for the benefit of the group he or she belongs to.
The advent of technology provides kids new dimensional hobbies. One of them is blogging. Blogging gives socially-awkward children a place where they can communicate without bias when it comes to physical appearance. Blogging encourage them to express their thoughts, feelings and opinions that afterwards help them communicate with other children in school. It gives them confidence that aid the child to become comfortable in mingling with other children personally.
However, parents must supervise to protect their child from online corruption of the mind, and must balance their children’s activities with physical ones for health benefits.
This is a hobby that must be pushed early to a child. It may all start from dropping coins in a small piggy bank but it has a lifetime financial effect for a child. Saving gives a child a purpose, though they may not seem to realize it at first, and a value they can use when they grow old. Financially stabled individuals are after all individuals who learned how to save at an early age.
Role of Parents in their Kid’s Hobby
Parents play a big role in their children’s development. That is why encouraging your children to indulge themselves into some hobbies is a big yes for parenting. However, before you start enrolling your child into different classes, you must take note, or even ask what does your child wants. Do not push them into something they do not like, for hobbies are made to feed the interests of the child. What you all need to do is support them and make hobbies a fun time for you and your kid.