We’re all aware that hobbies carry a lot of benefits; as well as getting you up and about and off the couch, you’ll meet new people, gain new skills and enhance your own confidence.

The same is true when the hobbies are designed for your children – with the added benefit that they could find something they love to do and develop a career from doing it.

However, with hundreds of potential hobbies to choose from, how do you find the thing that’s right for your child?

Active hobbies

With a huge focus on childhood obesity at the moment, a hobby that keeps your child active and away from consoles and screens is a great idea.

Most gyms and sports centres run athletics, gymnastics and sports clubs for children from aged 5 and over, whilst most towns have junior football and rugby clubs which take junior members.

Horse riding remains extremely fashionable and popular and there are lots of stables offering beginners lessons throughout the country, even if you live in a more urban area. From basic riding, your child could then progress to show jumping, racing or dressage or they could become a pony owner and simply enjoy time with their own steed. Check out Seanor Lane in Lower Pilsley.

Musical hobbies

It’s safe to say that whilst not all of us are musical, those who are have both a love and a passion for their art. Music is a great hobby as it encourages discipline (through learning pieces and preparing for performance) and gives a skill for life.

As well as instrument lessons, which you can either find through your local library or children’s centre, there are choirs to join.

Performance hobbies

Hobbies such as drama, dance or glee club are fantastic for raising confidence and helping to shed inhibitions. They’re also remarkable for children with short attention spans or those with an abundance of confidence as they teach discipline. Classes tend to be very popular so look for recommendations and book early to avoid disappointment.

Crafty hobbies

Craft hobbies such as jewellery making or collecting tend to be seen traditionally as hobbies for girls rather than unisex, but of course there’s nothing to stop anyone having a try of anything! Pottery classes are also becoming very popular.

Educational hobbies

Many parents avoid educational hobbies as they feel their child gets enough actual school work whilst at school. That being said, if your child enjoys IT, languages or maths, why not find them a hobby where they can practice their skills?