As parents we all want the best for our kids, don’t we?
And this always includes a unique hobby for your child! But more often than not, the decision to choose unique hobby ideas for one’s child is based on availability of hobby class, it’s feasibility and peer pressure!
Even if there are tons of hobby classes available in the neighbourhood, sometimes it’s difficult to pick the right hobby for your child. Every child has a unique personality, interests, and skills.
However, it’s time to think deeper to let your children enjoy what they love the most. For hobbies help overall development and free expression in growing children, provided they enjoy doing them. For that reason, we’ve made a list of unique hobby ideas for every kind of child! And it’s perfect if you want screen-free engagement for them!
Here are some Unique Hobby Ideas based on Interests:
1) Hobbies for Nature-lovers
If your child loves nature and thrives in open spaces, natural light, and natural elements, give him/her more time to explore.
You can structure his/her interest in hobbies like gardening, hiking, bird-watching, fishing, swimming, golf, travelling, photography, horse-riding, collecting different types of leaves, going to the zoo, boating, etc.
“My 9-year-old loves planting saplings and takes good care of them. He spends lots of time with his grandparents on farms in outskirts of Hyderabad and brings back different saplings.
His love for plants is a great way for him to de-stress, be calm and be close to the nature. He actually wants to shift to a villa where he can grow trees!,” shares Aruna Tanikella, mother of two and Chennai-based Chartered Finance Analyst.
“Children should be introduced to gardening at an early. It gives ample learning opportunities to know about plants, soil, insects, worms, flowers, growth, weeds and many more. Watering regularly raises a routine in them”, explains Vidhya Sriram, a parent.
2) Hobbies for physically-active kids
If your child gets an adrenaline rush with exercising the muscles till he/she sweats, engage him/her in outdoor activities and sports.
These can be football, basketball, lawn-tennis, walking/marathons, biking, skating, skateboarding, cycling, etc.
If your child wants a bit of adventure, you may try trekking, windsurfing, scuba-diving, snorkelling, etc.
These work as excellent active hobby ideas for your little one as well as for the entire family!
3) Hobbies for the homebody and creative minds
Digital-art, baking, painting, candle-making, paper-art, pottery, reading, writing, cooking, knitting-sewing-quilling, etc. are great options for children who like to sit back and create stuff that are aesthetically appealing.
“I let my son chose the appropriate activity like painting, gardening and craft/building by providing the options available at home”, explains Prathyusha Prasad, a parent.
“Painting or drawing is an all time favorite for kids of all ages and most parents as well. Get them a canvas, some colours and let them colour, paint and explore!”, explains Sonali Awasthi, a parent.
Music, dance, singing, playing an instrument, theatre, acting, hairstyling, décor, etc. also fall under this category.
These activities instill a sense of accomplishment when a child creates things with basic means provided utilising his/her ability to think of out-of-the-box. And are you the parent of a creative genius, anyone?
4) Hobbies for history lovers and collectors
Reading, visiting museums, creating family trees, collecting old coins, vintage items and antique art pieces, etc. will give them a chance to explore the bygone era. How about collecting your forefathers’ belongings?
“My son is a collector, he loves collecting series of his favourite books, and actual models of cars and bikes of major automobile brands. There’s a comforting air in the house when he, and we parents, see his collection grow,” says Daisy S, a homemaker and mother of two from Mumbai.
5) Out-of-the-box hobby ideas
Magic tricks, sudoku, feng-shui, yoga, story-writing, learning a new language, watching or creating documentaries, joining communities or NGOs, keeping pets, etc. are other unusual hobby ideas that may interest your child.
Give your children some time to explore few activities before they can develop deep interest and pursue any hobby.
It’s perfectly fine if they stumble upon something and are excited for weeks before they finally can make out what they really enjoy doing. Happy hobby time!
What unique hobby does your child have? Do share it with us in the comments section below!
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