The pandemic has provided ample time to spend together as a family. While quarantines and shelter-in-place orders made it nice to simply “be together” for a while at the beginning of the crisis, at a certain point parents and kids alike can start to get a little stir crazy. When that happens, it’s nice to find specific activities to channel your collective energy toward.
This is where family-centric hobbies can be really useful. The thing is, you don’t want to focus on activities that are empty or individualistic. For instance, simply watching television or only eating meals together, while not bad, isn’t particularly satisfying to do with your loved ones.
With that in mind, here are some ideas for fulfilling hobbies that you can do with your family.
Reading together as a family is an underrated and often a tragically ignored concept. It doesn’t matter if daddy or mommy is reading out loud or everyone is engrossed in their own book, the simple act of reading together is powerful.
Reading together promotes bonding and connection, develops collaborative abilities, and helps children learn to sit still and quietly listen for longer periods of time.
Coin collecting is a classic hobby that can quickly bring generations together. While there are ways to get very intense with this hobby, if you’re going to engage in it as a family with little children, it’s wise to focus on more attainable goals.
For example, consider collecting all of the state quarters. You can also take time to teach your kids about coin collecting terminology as well as practice their math skills as you consider the value of each shiny new item in your collection.
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Making a Movie or Taking Pictures
Photography isn’t just a hobby for individuals or adults. It’s also easily accessible to younger kids and family settings, too. And this isn’t just referring to taking a group selfie while you’re doing something else, either.
For instance, you can download a kid-friendly camera app on a child’s tablet or your smartphone. From there, study the different types of photography, such as nature, cityscapes, and people. In addition, you can also create home movies that use stop-motion animation or depict your loved ones in action as you learn and grow together.
Doing Simple Home Improvement Projects
If you’re looking for a more productive group hobby idea, consider tackling some family-friendly home improvement projects. There are many small-yet-powerful ways that you can do this together.
For example, you can have your (older) kids help you install weather stripping and caulk around your doors and windows, respectively. You can also teach them about sustainable remodeling habits by having them help you make repairs and salvage and reuse items. This guide includes home renovation tips for families, and there’s a related free webinar on April 27. Kids may want to listen in for design tips and get involved in the process.
Exposing your kids to these kinds of group activities isn’t just fun. It also helps them learn life skills and can even help develop interests that can guide their future careers.
Finally, consider cooking together. This is a great activity that can serve as a constructive and incredibly beneficial hobby.
Cooking together encourages creativity through trying new recipes. It can also hone math skills via measurements. It even invites your loved ones in on the process of feeding and caring for each other.
Finding Constructive Things to Do as a Family
When you spend a lot of time with your family, it can be easy to slip into an uninspired state of boredom. Hobbies can be your ticket to a more fun, exciting, and fulfilling family life.
Engaging in activities together can help develop important skills, boost creativity, and cultivate interests. Most importantly, it unites your family as a unit that loves to be together, even in your free time.
Sam Bowman writes about families, wellness, and how the two merge. He enjoys getting to utilize the Internet for community without actually having to leave his house. In his spare time he likes running, reading, and combining the two in a run to his local bookstore.
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