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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 Hobbies Fit For Your Child This Summer

The summer holidays can seem like a long haul, especially if you need to look after children. They can get restless after a couple of weeks, or even days, if they don’t have something different to do outside the house – so here are five great hobbies you might want to consider introducing to your children.

Skateboarding

Skateboarding can be a little bit risky for children to take up as a hobby, especially if they are younger, but with the right supervision, it can be very enjoyable and even quite safe. If you want to introduce your child to skateboarding, they should start off in a skate park as opposed to the neighbourhood sidewalk. This will also allow them to meet other children and socialize while they master the board. If you are worried about getting the right equipment, never fear – search the web and you will find something to suit, take a look at the cool range on the Penny Board website. 
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Rock climbing

Rock climbing is a little different, as it is not a sport that children will usually encounter at school. This means that they won’t really ever get bored of it because it will be a unique experience for them. Rock climbing is not only good for exercise purposes, adding strength into arms and legs, but it also teaches children partner work and being able to rely on others.
Grow a garden
This might seem boring to most children, but can be turned into something quite exciting, especially for those who like food. Growing a vegetable garden can be quite rewarding, and is a long term type of project that can be continued even after the summer is over.

Music

Learning a musical instrument can be a great way to get the kids out of the house, as well as to get them to socialize with other children their age. Music is also great for concentration and focus, a couple of attributes that will serve any child well. If you don’t have a musical instrument or the funds to get one, singing is another easy way to get your children involved in music.

Build something

There are so many great do it yourself projects available on the internet for you to do with your child. These can range from little things, like making a pencil holder, to slightly bigger projects like building a cubby house in your backyard. Building projects are great because it is easy to get the whole family involved, and you can spend as much or as little time as you want each day on your particular build.

There are many other hobbies you can get your child involved in this summer, but these are just five great suggestions that will hopefully get you thinking about activities you can do with your child. No matter what you choose, make sure that you child is interested in it – there is no point in forcing them to do something they don’t want to do.

Now it’s your turn to put forward some suggestions. If you are a parent, what hobbies have you introduced your children to during the summer? What have they enjoyed the most and what have they very much disliked? What would you encourage other parents to try? Leave your experiences and comments down below.

5 comments:

Suzanne said...

These are all great options for kids to participate in. My two have tried rock climbing and they loved it and it was great exercise!

Layne Quintanilla said...

Great ideas to keep kids busy this summer!

Jennifer Van Huss said...

These ideas are a great way to get kids up and active and away from the video games (my biggest problem). DS6 tried skateboarding in the spring and fell in love! Its a great new hobby

Cathy C said...

What a great list of ideas for kids in the summer. I have written several skateboarding related posts since my son has been skateboarding for years, including how to pick a board and one on safety gear, lessons and park etiquette should you be interested. Personally I think it would be great if kids could do all on your list and get a nice variety of activities and adventures in the summer!

Casey Palmer said...

While my child is only 9 months old, I know that he likes drumming beats on surfaces if I start drumming first :) When he's older, I think we'll probably pursue all of these and more ;)