Hobbies can help a child develop their personality and learn about who they are as a person. As they explore different activities and interests, they can find what they like, dislike and where their strengths lie which can build their sense of self and self-esteem. From an academic standpoint, it’s also an opportunity to develop new skills and for them to enhance their cognitive abilities. Your child will have plenty of opportunities to find a hobby they like at school as they host a range of extracurricular activities to help pupils make these discoveries and develop all-round. To get started, here are 5 unique hobbies that were shared with us by an independent girls’ school in North London.
Knitting is a leisurely task for those who don’t mind the wait. Projects can take several hours depending on what you’re making, however, it’s certainly worthwhile for something handcrafted and completely unique. They will need to first find their way around a pair of knitting needles which can be a great exercise for improving hand-eye coordination.
Bird watching is another unique hobby, and it requires an observant eye. Using a bird encyclopaedia, children must learn the distinct differences between species and keep a lookout for them. While it doesn’t sound like the most thrilling thing to do, it could be for a child with a fascination for nature and all things animals.
Hockey is another worth tapping into. It’s a team sport which means that your child will have the chance to meet other children, make friends and develop good teamworking skills. As with all sports, it’s a great way for them to get active and improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Magic is all about illusion and it’s interesting to learn how we can trick the brain. Children will need to use their imagination, problem solving skills and presentation skills to learn them and put on a good show.
All children have the opportunity to practise swimming at school in key stage one and two as a part of their PE lessons so it’s not very unique, but few continue. It’s a survival skill that we often overlook and great for children to master.
While these are all great and offer wonderful benefits, it’s important to make sure that they’re hobbies that your child actually wants to take up as otherwise this will just be a waste of their time and yours.