Personally, I’m a person who loves to indulge in great hobbies. Reading and art and crafts are my favorites. With a little planning ahead, I will always make time to pursue my interests. And now, blogging has claimed a spot in my list of great hobbies 🙂
After having children of my own, I introduced different hobbies into their learning paths at a very early stage of their lives. It is a great way to enhance growth stimulation and bonding. It makes learning fun and interactive too. Together we build so many beautiful memories. Something that is so priceless which money can’t buy.
So, let’s dive in. Here are some ideas of great hobbies you can try with your kids today:
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This is one hobby you can start with your child as early as infancy. Instilling the love of reading to your child at an early stage is important to promote the joy of reading which will continue into adulthood.
At this stage, they will be attracted to bright colors and a bold single to double vowel words. Choose books with good illustrations to capture their attention span.
When they grow older you can consider buying them different reading materials such as story books, comics or even encyclopedia to diversify their learning capabilities.
To make the session fun for you and your child, try to be playful. Read with different tones, create some excitement and anticipation with body actions. See how your kids burst into laughter the moment you sound funny.
I also love to wriggle my fingers at them to make them feel excited, anticipating that I will tickle them anytime soon!
2. Drawing and Colouring
Drawing and coloring aren’t just for kids. These are great hobbies for moms too. As therapeutic as it may be, it also helps to release stress and promotes creativity.
There are coloring books specially catered for children and adults alike. Some children comic books even have coloring pages to further stimulate their creativity by letting them color a scene or character from the storyline.
But if you prefer a different approach, why not draw a picture together? Encourage your child to come up with a theme and together you see the picture transform. You can also make it more interesting by incorporating other craft supplies like ribbons and stickers into the art.
Then, here comes the magical moment. Frame it up! Yes, framing up the art gives your child a greater sense of achievement and holds sweet memories your whole family will cherish for a long time. It is also a way to say how proud you are of his skills and that you appreciate the moments shared together.
But of course, you can’t be framing every piece of his artwork. So choose one (or a few) and give him a pleasant surprise. Your child will be so happy and this builds confidence in his next endeavor.
Some outdoor activities are good for the whole family. Let your kids help out the next time you do the garden.
Buy them their own set of tools so they feel proud being a new member of the team. It’s more fun and enjoyable knowing they have a new responsibility. At least they’ll feel something like, ‘I’m grown up now. I’m helping mom’.
Teach them names of the plants and explain why you are doing certain things. Try planting something easy to grow such as bean sprouts, tomatoes as well as flowers and greens to start with.
Growing with seeds are also great projects you can start. Depending on the weather, choose different seeds for different seasons. Let them experience for themselves and be amazed of life nurtured by their own hands.
Do you know music is one of few activities that enhances both the left and right brain? That’s why many parents are sending their kids to music schools but music lessons are not cheap.
Other than paying for the lessons and fetching them to attend classes, parents can get more involved and join in the fun too.
Since you can’t be there to attend those lessons, you can ask your kids to teach you instead. Learn from the Little Mozart. Let your child feel what it’s like to be on the other side, reversing the roles of teacher and student.
I still remember when I was learning guitar from my son, as much as I wanted to pick up the skills but somehow my fingers are just not obeying. There were so numb and I always forgot the chords. Haha…finally I gave up. Playing on my computer keyboard is so much easier than the guitar 🙂
When your child teaches you, he is actually learning and practicing at the same time. Although I didn’t manage to pick up the skills, learning together was so much fun. It was the quality time we got to spend together and the process that went with it. What a great hobby this is.
5. Board Games and Card Games
Board and card games are examples of great hobbies which are very good for brain stimulation.
My son is a great chess player. He represented the school in various competitions. He loves challenging his parents and showing off his powerful 3 steps move to checkmate us!
Our chess game never lasted long. Sometimes it was less than 5 minutes before he killed us off…haha. My hubby and I were so willingly letting him defeat us. Well, those were the happy days.
If you don’t play chess, you can try other board games like monopoly, scrabble or even snake and ladder. Unlike our chess games, you are sure to spend more than 5 minutes with your kids 🙂
6. Sports and Exercise
Do you like swimming and badminton? How about yoga and aerobics? Make it a family routine to exercise at least once every weekend.
If your kids are too young for hectic exercises, evening walk at the park is just as good. Some parks allow you to cycle, then bring along their bicycles and let them sweat it out.
For us, we play badminton. When my kids played with his friends, we booked the next court to play too. We even invited his friends’ parents to join us in the game. It’s a good way to meet new friends and expand your social circle.
If we were not too tired after the game, we would normally go for drink together and build some great friendships.
Food never fails to bring people together. Cooking together with your kids is a whole new experience. Go for simple recipes which require lesser ingredients and fewer steps.
Check out YouTube or recipe books then decide one that you think simple enough for the little chefs.
Watch the video or go thru the recipes together with your kids. Discuss the steps and ingredients required. They may not understand all but that’s okay. Let them listen and familiarize with some of the terms, like steam, fry, marinate etc.
Then tag them along when you go shopping. Teach your kids how to choose fresh ingredients and read the labels.
When you reach home, prepare everything with your kids and let’s cook up a storm. It can be pretty messy but isn’t that to be expected?
Praise him for his involvement and encourage him to try another recipe with you the next time.
You think boys don’t like beading? Well, you are wrong.
When I started this hobby, my whole family joined in. We made some bracelets and simple necklaces together. There were a lot of interactions as we discussed which project to try our hands on, what color schemes to choose and the types of beads to use.
We got our supplies online. So it was very convenient. Later we even made more to be sold at the charity bazaar. What a great way to teach the kids the importance of giving back to the society.
9. Watching Movies
Is there any nice movie in town lately? Usually, there are a number of great movies during school holidays. Plan a night out with the family and have dinner outside. Your kids will be so excited.
Watching movies can be such a simple hobby but trust me, the kids will keep the memories for a long long time. They could even memorize the dialogue and the songs! How I wish they were that brilliant when it comes to their studies 🙂
Just a note of caution here, some of the children movies these days come with a certain degree of violence. So make sure you do your research before buying the tickets.
From the ideas of the great hobbies curated, you can see that enjoying a hobby is really possible and fun when you have kids around. Kids are always loaded with surprises which add to the enjoyment of the whole process. You certainly do not have to put your hobbies on hold, do you?
So moms, start planning your great hobbies with your little ones today. Learning through play is effective 😉
Love, Mei N