Encourage Kids Reading About Hobbies
In today's world children have a great many things to occupy their time and keep them entertained. From group sports, clubs, to the latest electronics, kids can stay busy without ever reading. How can you get them to read when there are so many other things pulling them in different directions? Cater to their special interests and hobbies!
People are creatures of curiosity, and that is especially true of children. They want to learn about the things that they care about. Kids want to learn strange facts to amaze their friends and the adults in their lives. They need their burning questions answered. Curious children want to know more about things that mean something to them.
You might already know what makes that special child's eyes light up. If you don't, no need to worry! There are a couple of simple ways to assess what interests a particular child. Have a conversation with that child and explore their thoughts on what interests them. Then, go to a bookstore or online to look for books on those topics. Another way is to go to the library and tell them you have to work there for a certain period of time. You want the child to pick out books while you are working. When they bring their books to check out, you will know what they like. You can also help them to do activities connected to the books. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
LEGOS-If your child likes to build things and has the world's largest LEGO collection, find The LEGO Ideas Book. This book has a lot of information about LEGOS. There are many projects for kids to work on.
Cooking-If your child loves to cook, get them a cookbook of their choice. Then, have them read to find recipes that they would love to try. You guessed it! You and your child will be spending time in the kitchen.
Sports-Your child can read about their favorite sport, team, or athlete. Then, take a field trip that ties into the information that they learned.
Art-If your child is a budding artist, they might want to explore techniques, artists, or a country's art work. After they have learned about a subject, take them to an art gallery or museum. If you don't live near an art haven, find a gallery online.
Destinations inside or outside of your country-Have the child explore various books about the country or region that interests them. After that, have them plan a trip through that region. Where will they go? What will they see? Which attractions and restaurants are they interested in?
Children crave positive adult attention. By having them share details from the books that they are reading about hobbies and special interests, they learn to remember what they read. They also have an adult as a captive audience. The big bonus is the precious time together. Books can do that for a family. Learn and grow closer! It doesn't get any better than that.
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