Don’t you love learning about your friends’ hobbies? They’re like the secret-superhero of each person you know. Some of these hobbies might have started out as hobbies for kids and moms.
I have friends who are master gardeners… car photographers… ultra-runners… sip-n-painters… mosaic makers… bakers… Harley riders… crazy-good knitters… a haiku poet… and an actress.
Each friend found something interesting about their hobby and started – simply at first. Starting a hobby with friends in a class is a great way to spark your creativity. Sharing a hobby with your kids is a fabulous memory maker that they’ll talk about forever!
Hobbies let us relax and challenge us to grow
Creative hobbies can even be the start of something bigger! One of my friends took one old car photo and now has a beautiful instagram stream. Another launched a successful Kickstarter book series using her haikus and photos. A third knits her family’s socks and sweaters, as well as sweet baby sweaters for her friends. These gifts for themselves have become gifts for their kids (and the world).
So many gifts come from hobbies
One of the best gifts of being a parent is teaching your kids new things. You can share so much joy in simply creating and moving for the fun of it. Sharing hobbies with your kids shows that you develop skills through having fun, one baby step at a time.
Here are 10 easy hobbies you can enjoy with your children at almost any age:
- Plant a garden in the spring. My kids loved checking the growth of the seeds they’d planted. Harvesting and cooking their own veggies was a healthy reward.
- Let them draw or paint beside you. You can both show off your progress and growing talent at each session. “I like your lines there,” or “Your colors are so bold,” will encourage them to keep experimenting.
- Bake as a special treat. Even using boxed mixes will help them learn kitchen skills.
- Have them ride their bike alongside you as you run. Three miles is very easy on a bike. You can meander or sprint!
- Pamper each other with an at-home facial. (This can totally be a hobby!)
- Explore in a local or national park for blooms to take photos of. Or see if you can learn to identify trees.
- Go to an old car or new boat show to see how designs have changed! Pick your favorite ones and talk about what you like about it.
- Show them a hobby you learned as a child. They’d love to hear about you learning how to sew or knit a giant winter scarf.
- Learn a new language together and use your own special phrases for practice. “On y vas!” (“Let’s go! in French)
- Visit museums together to explore other’s hobbies (that turned big).
Encourage them to try after-school clubs, too. Hobbies done with friends is great for strengthening friendships.
Ask your kids what they’d like to do and see their superhero side shine.