4 Engaging Hobbies Your Kids Should Be Doing

4 Engaging Hobbies

Kids with too much free time on their hands will find something to fill that time. Whether it’s playing video games or harassing other kids, you probably won’t like the long-term consequences of their choices. However, there are several great hobbies that your little ones can become engaged in to keep them happy, fit and out of trouble.

Photography

This can become a lifelong passion, and you’re sure to love the pictures that your son or daughter takes. It can start with a simple camera and then build up to include better quality equipment as the child grows and matures. Children capture images with a unique honesty that adults cannot always mimic, and you’ll get to see what really matters to your child.

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Martial Arts

You’ll feel great knowing that your child is learning skills that can literally save their life someday. However, the benefits go far beyond just learning how to block a punch or respond to a kick. Kids who are active in martial arts have better focus, balance, self-esteem, confidence, and strength. They can participate in tournaments or just focus on the group classes and developing their own skills.

Skateboarding

Cities across the nation are installing skate parks because they recognize the value of giving kids something physical and constructive to do. Research shows that most kids who hang out in skate parks are pretty well adjusted because they gain a sense of achievement from learning new skills. Being creative is another valuable skill that goes hand-in-hand with skateboarding.  Lots of kids like to build their own boards, and companies like Boards on Nord, encourage kids to customize to their heart’s content.  Skateboarding also helps develop feelings of self-identity and camaraderie as they make new friends with similar interests at various skate parks.

Arts and Crafts

Boys and girls alike enjoy arts and crafts. They’ll build fine motor skills and improve their self-confidence by bringing their visions to life. Ideas include crochet, knitting, painting, building models, and even making jewelry. You can pick up books to help your little one learn or enroll him in a class. Most of the supplies that you purchase can be reused from one project to the next, so the cost may not be as high as you initially thought, and your child may create awesome items that he or she can use and enjoy for a lifetime.

Encourage your child’s different interests and get them involved in different hobbies. Your son or daughter will become more confident, and you may be quite proud of the results yourself. These hobbies are all relatively economical to get started in, and you can always upgrade to better gear and tools down the road depending on how passionate your child is.

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700