There are very few people in the world who do not have a hobby. Different people have different types of hobbies, from baking and blogging to reading and playing sports. Hobbies are not just a way to pass the time; they are also fantastic for learning new skills and meeting new people.
As parents, we want the best for our children. We want to teach them about the world and help them to learn and develop as they grow. One of the best ways to teach your kids about the world is to let them explore it and try new things. That is why hobbies are so important for kids, they allow them to try new things and explore their interests and ideas.
While there are plenty of hobby options open to older kids, what about children under eight, what are the best hobbies for them to do? For younger children, the best hobbies are things that you can do with them.
To help you find a hobby that you and your child can do together, we have put together a list of some fantastic hobby ideas that kids under eight will love. To find out more, keep reading below.
Studies show that children who are read to from a young age are more likely to read themselves, as they grow up. So, if you want your children to enjoy reading it is important to start them early.
Turn reading into a special hobby that you and your little one do together. To make reading more fun, take your child on a trip to the local library and sign up. That way you will have access to thousands of new books and your child can choose any book that takes their fancy.
Take music lessons together
If you have always wanted to play an instrument but have never learnt, why not sign up for family music lessons with your little ones? Learning to play music as a family is a fun and unique hobby and something that children of all ages will enjoy and have fun with.
Look for a music teacher who specialises in family group lessons and ask for a sample session. If you and your children enjoy yourselves, then sign up for a block of lessons and see how you get on.
Collecting is a fantastic hobby that young kids will love. Choose something that you can collect together, things like old coins, model trucks, vintage stamps, or retro comics are all ideal for young children to collect.
Collecting old coins and vintage stamps are great as they have a lot of educational potential and can be used to talk about mathematics, history and geography. While collecting model trucks and retro comics may seem like more of a fun hobby, these two have educational value.
Geocaching is a fantastic hobby for young children; it’s fun, exciting and an excellent way to keep them active. Geocaching is a unique GPS-based treasure hunt that anyone with a smartphone and the geocaching app can do.
How it works is that people hide geocaches (small boxes filled with treasures) in any location, and the app directs you to them. Once you have found the box, you can swap a piece of treasure for something of yours, and there will also be a note to sign, too. Kids love to explore, so Geocaching is the perfect hobby for them.