Sure, playing outside is great and kids should definitely learn to love the outdoors as opposed to being outside, cramped and cooped up, and playing video games or watching TV. However, sometimes it is just impossible for your children to play outside and you need some Indoor Hobbies for Kids.
3 Fun Indoor Hobbies For Kids
Not even you would want to spend more than a few minutes outside during a rainstorm, blizzard, or heat wave, and no child wants to play outside in the dark either. That is why it is a good thing for your kids to have indoor hobbies too. Here we have a list of 3 great indoor hobbies for kids. These hobbies are fun, relaxing, and even educational too.
Without question one of the best indoor hobbies that any child can do and have lots of fun in the process is art. Now, we know that art is very vague and can include many different things, but that is a good thing because a little bit of variety never hurt anybody. First and foremost, people need to express themselves, but sometimes that can be a little hard to do with words. However, art is a great way for your child to express their emotions without having to verbalize them.
It might be a great way to find out more about your kids without having to play 20 questions with them. Moreover, art is also very therapeutic in nature. The vast majority of people who do art, do it because it is relaxing and calming. People also do art because it is a creative outlet, not because of the money or fame.
You never know either because while art may be a great creative outlet for your kids and an even better way to pass the time when it is raining outside, you might also discover that you have a little Picasso or Mozart on your hands. There is never a better time to discover hidden talents than early in life because it will give your kids the maximum amount of time to develop their potential and skills and maybe actually make a career out of it.
The beauty about art is that there are so many different varieties of it that it will be virtually impossible for your child to not find a type of art they like. Art can come in the form of painting, drawing, making music, making crafts, and a variety of other things too. These are all awesome creative outlets that will help your child express their emotions and talents, calm down and relax, and it’s a great way to pass the time when it is raining outside too.
It’s not like we would recommend getting your child a noisy drum set or a 400 dollar set of oil paints for their first time engaging in any kind of artistic expression, but the fact of the matter is that art is a great hobby, and that counts for anybody, not just children. So, get your child a pad and colored pencils, a child guitar, or even some string, glue, and macaroni. Whatever it may be, art is one of the best indoor children’s hobbies by far.
Aquascaping & Fish Keeping
Another fantastic indoor hobby that any child can do without problem is aquascaping and fish keeping in general. If you do not already know what aquascaping is, it is a special kind of indoor garden that also happens to be submerged in water. It is kind of like a combination between gardening and having an aquarium.
This is a great indoor children’s hobby for several different reasons. First of all, there are people out there who like nature, like flowers, and really enjoy gardening. The problem is that you probably don’t want your child rooting around in your garden and destroying that priceless rose-bush, plus you can’t always garden because it is something that relies on the weather. If it rains outside you aren’t going to want to be in the garden and neither will your child, but aquascaping is indoor gardening at its finest and therefore the weather does not make the slightest difference.
Moreover, it’s also a great hobby for kids who would like to have pets, especially fish. Your kids will definitely have a whole lot of fun with their new aquascape, because in a way it is actually also a form of artistic expression. Your child can organize the aquarium exactly the way they want, add the right colorful fish, the right rocks or sand, and the best looking plants too. An aquascape is something that your child can create, or even something that you can create together with your child.
What is really neat about the aquascapes scene is that there are many different varieties to go with. There are those that look like underwater mountain ranges, ones which look like submerged jungles, coral reefs, there are those which are only plants, those which are half-submerged and half on dry land, and many more. The possibilities are virtually endless.
We also really like aquascaping as a kid’s hobby because it does teach a certain amount of responsibility. It forces your kids to take care of living things, thus teaching them to responsible little people and get them ready for the real responsibilities of adulthood still to come. It’s pretty great too, because all you really need to get started is an aquarium like a betta tank (this article covers some cool Betta fish tanks), a water filter, protein skimmer (which help keep the water clean), and a light, plus of course the fish and plants too. It is actually a relatively cheap and low maintenance hobby, both bonuses when it comes to kids and their sometimes 2 minute attention spans.
Now, we all know that this is something that children can really struggle with, or just really do not want to do. The fact that kids no longer like to read as much as say 50 years ago definitely has a whole lot to do with technology and the advent of electronics and video games. Most 8-year-old boys, and even girls, would rather play video games alike Minecraft rather than read an inspiring book, and in our eyes there is almost nothing sadder than that.
Reading is a great thing to introduce to your child at a very early age. Just start out with some simple story books, read them to your kids, and work your way up from there. You will be surprised how fast your kids learn to read and learn to like it, which is more and more true the earlier they start to read. Reading is not only a great way to pass the time, and a much better alternative than video games, but it is also educational in nature.
The simple fact is that reading and writing, or literacy in general, are absolutely essential skill that every child and every person needs to have to be successful in life. Teach your kids to read really well at a young age as it will really help them later on in life. (It’s never to early to start teaching your kids about money and college too).
Reading is definitely something to teach your kids and it’s a great hobby too. It should not be too hard to find something that your child likes to read either, because there are so many different types and genres of books out there. Action, Sci-Fi, mystery, adventure, love stories, and a long list of children’s stories are all things that your child can read and enjoy.
Finding Non-screen Hobbies for Kids
Whatever the case may be and whatever hobby or hobbies you try to introduce to your kids, please just make sure that they don’t grow up in front of the boob tube watching TV all day. Art, aquascaping, and reading are all perfectly fine hobbies that can help your child have fun and pass the time, let out their creativity, and maybe even learn something too. If you need more suggestions then you might also like this post which covers 5 more fun activities for kids.
What do you encourage for fun indoor hobbies for kids? Do you have any family routines or activities?