Hobbies are great for children. Whether they want to learn a new skill or find new friends, hobbies come with a plethora of benefits. There are many hobbies you can do as a family, to help you bond and spend quality time together. There are also hobbies that children can go off and do alone, to help them build independence, a sense of self, and responsibility.
If you are not sure how to help your children get started with a new hobby, here are some top tips.
#1 Identify their passions and interests
Some children may know exactly what they want. In which case, it makes it very easy to get them started with the new hobby. In other cases, some children may need more assistance to find the right kind of hobby. This is where it can be helpful to learn about their passions and interests. Spend some time with your children, and ask them lots of questions to help you identify what kind of things they are interested in. It may be general areas, such as sports or nature. Alternatively, you might find they have specific skills, for example, problem-solving, singing, and drawing. Whether it is an interest or a skill that you identify, it provides you with a great starting point. There are endless opportunities, but you cannot find these until you identify specific interests or skills.
#2 Research hobbies
Now you have a good starting point, you can begin to research what types of hobbies are available. This can be a great thing to do with your children together or set them up with a task to conduct their own research.
If your children are not sure what hobby to do, and you are starting your research based on their skills or interests, then you will need to think about which activities are related. For example, sports can branch out into football, netball, hockey, swimming, surfing, or tennis and nature can branch out to collecting leaves, taking photos of plants, or looking after animals. The same goes for skills. If your child likes to solve problems, they may be interested in hobbies that include puzzles, chess, or maths.
When you have chosen a hobby, or if your children already know what they want to do, you should research where in your local area there is a club or an association they can join, and what equipment they need to get started. In some cases, such as puzzles, you will need to source the equipment and your children will need to learn to teach themselves. In other cases, such as surfing, you will be able to source a local club, such as Aqua Surf School, which can provide you with the equipment and lessons to acquire the necessary skills needed to participate.
#3 Take action
Once you have chosen an activity and know how to get started, it is important to encourage your children to take action. This will help them get started, and learn to be independent and responsible. This step is particularly important if your children are nervous to start, as it can build their confidence.
Hobbies are a great activity for children to get involved in, make friends and grow their skills. Follow these top tips to help your children get started.