Explore Hobbies for Kids to Expand Your Child’s Interests
No matter what your child’s age is, you probably have a good idea of what his or her interests are. Perhaps your child prefers craft activities over science experiments. He or she might enjoy playing an instrument over playing a sport. These interests may change over time, but even temporary ones have a significant impact on a child’s development.
One way to nurture your child’s interest is to help him or her find a hobby. Children benefit from hobbies because they help kids:
- Discover new talents
- Develop “self-smarts” or intrapersonal skills
- Form their personal identity
- Build self-esteem
- Feel a sense of accomplishment
- Share their achievements with others
If you want to explore hobbies for kids to find one your child might enjoy, start by trying the tips below.
Tips for Helping Your Child Find a Hobby
- Make a list of your child’s interests. Discuss your child’s current interests and make a list. This will help you find ways to expand those interests through relevant hobbies.
- Introduce your child to new things on a regular basis. Trying new things is the best way to get life experience and discover interests that your child never knew about. Get creative when you help your child try new things: go on field trips for different subjects, introduce books on diverse subjects, and try plenty of fun crafts, experiments, and other activities at home.
- Test hobbies before committing. Even if you identify a hobby that seems perfect for your child, start slowly. There’s no guarantee that a certain hobby will be a good fit for your child. Let him or her try it for a couple of weeks before you make a big commitment.
- Give your child the freedom to explore the hobby. This means giving your child adequate space for the hobby and allowing him or her to dedicate time to it each week.
- Help your child learn and make progress. Depending on the hobby, your child might not be able to take it further without your guidance. If he or she isn’t sure what to do next, work together to brainstorm ideas. If your child already knows what steps to take next, offer your support.
- Know when to let your child move on. Some hobbies last into adulthood, while others won’t last long at all—even if your child enjoys them. Younger children often grow out of the hobbies they establish early on. When your child is ready to quit, don’t pressure him or her to continue. Just be ready to help him or her find something new.
If you’re ready to explore different hobbies with your child, start by narrowing down his or her strengths and interests. Using psychologist Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences can help you identify how your child prefers to learn and think and what special skills or talents he or she might have. For example, if your child has strong verbal-linguistic skills, or “word smarts,” he or she might be interested in hobbies such as reading, collecting books, and writing stories. If your child has strong “body smarts” or enjoys hands-on activities, then he or she might want to pursue dancing or athletics.
Once you help your child identify his or her strengths, explore different clubs and activities in virtual school. Clubs are easy to join and also help students socialize. Just a few of the clubs available include Art Club, Chess Club, Science Club, Book Club, Brainteasers Club, and Robotics Club.
If you’ve found other ways to support your child’s interests, please share your suggestions with us!