Young babies are like a sponge, soaking up all the stimuli around them. The experiences that your child has at a young age can often influence the hobbies they pursue, and things that they are interested in later in life. This is not to say that their childhood experiences will dictate what they will enjoy as they get older. These experiences will, however, introduce them to some ideas, and help them get a feel for what they enjoy.
As your baby’s development continues, and they begin to move around more independently, you can start to introduce them to more tactile and hands-on experiences, games, and activities. There are some fantastic toddler toys on the market nowadays that can help introduce your child to a range of different hobbies and life skills. From playing with kid’s sports gear to cooking dinner for their teddy bears in their play kitchen, and having fun indoors or outdoors, playing and experimenting with a diverse array of activities can help your child to start developing interests in a range of different things.
Let’s take a look at just a few ways that play can help to introduce your kids to hobbies and life skills as they grow up.
When your kids are young, they are generally fascinated by the day-to-day lives of their parents, idolising everything that they see their parents do. If you play golf, get them a toy golf set so they can pretend to be just like you.
Toy brooms and cleaning sets can also help to introduce your kids to important life skills such as home maintenance, which they can do alongside you and feel as though they are taking part. Giving your kids access to the tools they need to do things just like you, is a great way to introduce them to new hobbies and life skills that will no doubt follow them into their adult years.
Make Everything A Game
Whether you are doing the weekly shopping at the supermarket, doing laundry at home, or you are walking to the park, find a way to make everything fun. Turning mundane tasks into play time will encourage your kids to take part in your daily routine, and expose them to all of the tasks that you do throughout the day, instilling a sense of responsibility in your kids from a young age.
Winning And Losing
Even though there is some truth to the old mantra, “it’s not about winning, it’s about taking part”, this mindset alone shouldn’t play an absolute role in the development of your child’s character. Of course, you should encourage your child to take part, to do their best, and help them to realise that winning isn’t the be-all and end-all. If you, however, let your kids win every time, they will naturally assume that that’s how life works; you always win! And, this just isn’t the case.
Through play, you can teach your kids how to overcome letdowns, how to dust themselves off and do better next time, and most importantly, how to be gracious in defeat. These skills are important for your child to succeed, no matter what path they may go down in life.
Give Your Kids An Opportunity To Try New Things Through Play
Playtime is an opportunity for your kids to try new things and grow as individuals. By exposing your children to different toys, activities, and other kids their age, you’re essentially giving them opportunities to discover new and exciting things. Through these discoveries, your child will be introduced to different life skills and hobbies that they can pursue, or not, depending on how much they enjoy these new things.
If you notice that your child has a particular fascination with something, encourage further exploration in this area. If you see that your kid is just not interested in something, then don’t push it.
Allowing your child some freedom to discover what they like or don’t like on their own will help them to not only pursue hobbies and develop life skills, but also will allow them the freedom to recognise for themselves what may come naturally to them and what they are personally interested in, setting them up for self-motivated success moving forward.