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3 Child-Friendly Hobby Ideas 

As a parent, it can be hard to find time to keep your hobbies going. The children need looking after, there is always more housework to be done and you and your partner will probably both be vying for alone time. It is a good idea, therefore, to find some hobbies you enjoy that you can share with your children, so you don’t have to choose between doing something you love and looking after the little ones. Here are some ideas.


Cycling is a wonderfully versatile activity that will get you from A to B while staying active, having fun and, hopefully, immersing yourself in a beautiful landscape. Another great thing about cycling is that most children will be able to learn how to ride a bike from a very young age, starting on a balance bike before progressing to a regular bike with stabilisers and, finally, taking the stabilisers off. If you are not sure how to go about it, here is a guide on how to teach your child to ride a bike. Remember to rein your anxiety in as much as possible – your child will pick up on it, and it won’t help their confidence!


If you have a child who is on the quieter side, fishing might be a great activity for you to do together. You don’t need to live near a big body of water to go fishing, as you can find freshwater fish such as carps even in small lakes and ponds.Get your child to help you choose the carp fishing tackle and accessories, as this will teach them that hobbies often come with equipment that you need to take care of. Once you are sat waiting for the fish to bite, you might find that your quiet child will open up, and you will share a wonderful bonding experience together.


If you and your children are not afraid of heights, climbing is another great way to stay active while learning endurance, concentration and personal safety. If you are a competent climber, you will be able to supervise your own children in a climbing centre; if not, you can either complete an introductory course prior to bringing your children along or enrol your children and yourself onto a supervised family climbing session. While you might immediately picture lots of knotted ropes and carabiners when you think of climbing – a method which is known as ‘top roping’ – keep in mind that there is also bouldering, where you climb lower walls without the aid of ropes. Starting out with bouldering might be a great way to figure out if you and your children enjoy climbing without the need to hire or buy lots of equipment, and it will also teach you and your children to be responsible for your own safety while climbing without relying simply on a rope.The equipment you will need for bouldering is helmets, and if you like, you can also hire or buy a bag of chalk, which climbers use to make their hands less slippery.