This post was written by: Amanda Henderson

Children develop interests and exhibit certain skills as they grow, and hobbies can be just what they need to cultivate those abilities. Hobbies are excellent outlets for a child’s creativity, a good way to develop positive habits and grow self-confidence.

Kids with artistic and musical inclinations may not know where to turn to find out more about their interest, or how to take it to the next level. Fortunately, a hobby can provide the motivation and knowledge a child needs to grow an interest into what may become a life-altering passion. If they’re lucky, kids can follow a hobby into a pursuit that leads to a dream career, a happy scenario in which working means more than just earning a living. At the very least, it’ll give them a more positive outlet than video games. So, check out the hobbies below, set up a hobby workshop to foster encouragement and support, and watch the magic happen.

Fiber arts

For kids who love to be creative with their hands, fiber arts is one of the most popular hobbies around. What was once limited to people who created and repaired tapestries, fiber arts give children a range of activities to choose from, including crocheting, knitting and needlepoint. It’s a creative endeavor that’s not limited to certain age groups. Children (and adults) of all ages today enjoy making things with fiber, according to the Craft Yarn Council of America.

Can’t miss activities

Some activities are always popular with creatively inclined children. Painting and drawing are two of the most popular. All it takes is some paper or canvas, colors or pencils, and some imagination. Digital art, cartooning and pottery are also excellent outlets for your child’s creativity. Some parents provide materials for a wide range of creative endeavors, then sit back and watch their children find their own favorite expressive medium.

Music

Music has powerful benefits for children and adults of all ages. It’s an effective way to improve cognitive skills and boost memory, and studies have shown that musicians develop new neural pathways by learning and performing music. It’s also a proven effective treatment for everything from depression to ADHD, activating different areas of the brain like nothing else can, and stimulating neurotransmitters in the brain like dopamine, which make you feel good.

Music’s structure and complexity are beneficial to children and can even help facilitate the learning of mathematics. If your child shows a facility for music, let him or her experiment with an instrument. If you have a piano or guitar at home, you can start with that. Or, you could take your child to a music store so she or he can see instruments such as clarinets, saxophones, trumpets and violins firsthand. Most stores will let kids handle instruments under adult supervision. Owning an instrument is important for a child who’s learning to play because daily practice is essential. If you do choose to buy, do some research so you understand about an instrument’s different components, which may need to be purchased separately.

Rock collecting

If your child is into nature and enjoys collecting things, why not introduce them to the world of rock collecting? Not only will this activity provide children with reasons to get outdoors and scout around, but it can also nurture their love of learning. Perhaps the coolest part of this hobby is that kids can start their own rock collections by simply looking around in their own backyard. And when you and your family visit other areas of the state or country, your child can remain on the lookout for rocks that are specific to that particular region.

Science

Science is another area in which children often exhibit special ability. You can support this talent by encouraging them with experiments they can do at home. For instance, the Magic Milk Science Experiment requires nothing more than liquid soap, food coloring, cotton swabs and whole milk. Colors burst into life as the chemicals in the soap interact with the milk.

Hobbies can stimulate a whole new side of your child, allowing them to express themselves in ways that may unveil a truly remarkable talent. Sometimes, all it takes is a little encouragement and support. Especially if you’ve found something they really love.

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