3 Budget-Friendly Hobbies That Are Great For Kids

October 18, 2018

 

 

Hobbies are an important part of any kid’s life. They are a source of fun, socialization, and learning, but they are also crucial in teaching a child about perseverance, discipline, and self-improvement. While pretty much any hobby can be a wonderful influence on a child’s life, the following three are particularly beneficial for their development and well-being.

 

Consistently across all these hobbies, the best way to save money is to keep an eye out for discounts and rebates for supplies. This is especially true for expensive hobbies with specialist equipment, like music or sports. That said, we will recommend specific retailers and other key tips for each one to help you keep costs low while engaging your kids in important new skills.

 

Playing an Instrument

 

What Are the Benefits?

 

The benefits of playing an instrument for a child are extensive and well-documented. They include improved memory, perseverance, and coordination, as well as helping with academic skills like math and reading and comprehension. It builds confidence and enables self-expression, as long as the child gets to choose an instrument they like.

 

How to Save and Get Started

 

It’s not worth your money buying a poor-quality instrument for cheap, so look out for daily deals and promo codes at major retailers like Amazon. If your kids are very young, you can get away with introducing them to music through a toy instrument -- a ukulele is a great option.

 

Science Experiments

 

What Are the Benefits?

 

Giving kids fun experiments is a great way to get them excited about science from an early age, which could lead to them developing an interest in STEM subjects later on. However, even if they don’t become an engineer or rocket scientist, experiments can simply help them develop a healthy sense of curiosity about nature, as well as an interest in independent study.

 

How to Save and Get Started

 

Science experiment kits are a classic -- and for good reason. Target has a good stock of fun kits to get kids started in their scientific career, and often has weekly sales, plus you can find extra savings through cashback rewards available online. An even cheaper option is to get the kids started with simple kitchen science experiments using everyday materials: elephant’s toothpaste is always sure to impress (but does require hydrogen peroxide), while puffy paint is a great blend of science and crafts.

 

Drawing and Painting

 

What Are the Benefits?

 

Kids are given crayons and markers at a very young age, so most will have some experience with drawing. However, as they get older (usually between the ages of 9 and 11), they lose confidence if they can’t draw something realistic. Encouraging kids at this age to keep trying and not get bogged down by this is great for building creativity and confidence.

 

How to Save and Get Started

 

Look for deals on art supplies at big retailers like Walmart (another retailer where you can find discounts and savings), especially around back-to-school season and after Christmas. If you have any free museums in town, take your kids and show them the many different ways artists have chosen to express themselves. For added fun, bring some pencils and paper so they can do their own sketching when inspiration strikes.

 

By exposing children to concepts like music, art, and science from a young age, it is possible to create a lifelong interest in these areas. However, it is important to let them guide you in these decisions. Forcing hobbies on kids is only going to lead to resentment and frustration on both sides, so you should always try and pick up on the skills that they seem most interested in.

 

Above all, don’t put pressure on them to deliver any form of measurable success. Kids need to learn to love hobbies for the healthy, stress-busting, self-actualizing skills that they are, not as a means to an end. Keeping costs low is actually a great way to minimize any sort of pressure, so follow the tips above to keep things fun and lighthearted.

 

Jenny Wise

www.specialhomeeducator.com

 

 

 

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