Three unique hobbies for your children to try
It is becoming increasingly common for people to pursue their passions as a career. I enjoy saving money so when I was made redundant I made Ashleigh Money Saver as a hobby to keep me busy, it turned out to be a huge success so I took the risk of making it a full time job and I’ve not looked back, so it can be done!
Encouraging your children to try lots of different activities may lead to them finding that one thing they are really into, which could put them in good stead for later life.
It’s not so much about the specific activity as it is about encouraging your children to be confident in trying new things and giving their all to whatever it is they are doing. There are so many different, exciting clubs and hobbies out there to try. Many will offer free taster sessions or introductory offers too, so allowing your child to explore new interests shouldn’t need to break the bank.
Trampolining is a great hobby for your children to try perhaps because, first and foremost, it’s just so fun! It is a fantastic source of exercise, but one which doesn’t feel like a chore.
Health benefits aside, trampolining can teach a lot of essential skills about being responsible for another’s safety. A key part of trampolining is ‘spotting’, or making sure you’re ready and watching if somebody might take a fall. This means people really have to look out for each other in an entirely different way to team sports.
This is a great, flexible option and can be very inexpensive, depending on what scale you decide to operate. From simply growing cress in the kitchen to helping you tend to a garden vegetable plot, you might be surprised how interested your children are in gardening.
What is really fantastic is that, relatively quickly, they get to see (or eat) a very tangible reward for their hard work. This is really motivating and should teach children about taking a little responsibility in order to create something.
Try getting your child their own little set of garden tools or gloves to make it seem like something they have some ownership over, rather than them just helping you out with a chore. Involving them in choosing which plants or vegetables to grow is a great idea too.
Young children naturally want to climb everything but it is something they start to grow out of as they get a little older. Encouraging your children to continue to develop this natural urge could be a very positive step though. Rock climbing involves a lot of focus and concentration, yet channels this in a physical rather than academic forum. This could be especially beneficial for children who may struggle in the classroom.
Rock climbing also really encourages children to trust in a partner or team, who are responsible for belaying the ropes and ensuring their safety. It is also about overcoming fears to achieve new things and it is something that, with a little practice and patience, anybody can improve at. This can have an enormously positive effect on self esteem as a child physically sees themselves setting and achieving goals.
I have taken my child to a climbing wall centre a few times and they loved it. It is great exercise too!