A recent article in the Union-Tribune touts what most moms have known all along – united moms are happy moms. Ask any mom of a toddler or a teenager, and they’ll tell you that the bonds of friendship with other moms go a long way toward preserving their sense of sanity.
Of course, one way to build or strengthen those friendships is through shared activities and interests. You might simply go for a walk together each morning or take turns planning free activities with the little ones. Maybe you’re a book hound and would enjoy getting together with your girlfriends and others in a book club.
Getting together over shared hobby projects is an old standby. Discover what skill sets reside in your group of friends or research some educational hobby ideas where you can all learn a new skill together. Think outside the box … you’re not limited to the typical “mommy hobbies.”
Try your hand at stained glass, build a miniature doll house or village, or learn about astronomy. Yes, each of these educational hobbies can be pursued individually, but we’re social creatures. It’s a lot more fun to learn new skills and try new things with our friends!
Build Environmental Awareness With Educational Hobbies
Once you start looking for ideas for educational hobbies, you’ll find they pop up everywhere!
Children holding kites made from recycled bags.
Here’s an idea from the 2008 River Festival in Brisbane, Australia. They’ve combined trash cleanup and creativity to teach children about caring for the environment in a constructive way.
A new exhibit at the festival will include 350 kites made from plastic bags, 700 plastic bottles made into
costumes and artwork and a collection of 1 million bread tags that will stretch across the Victoria Bridge.”
The exhibition called ‘Out of the river … imagine’ is based on the amount of rubbish that Healthy Waterways removes from the Brisbane River every week.
Think about it … all of those plastic bags, bottles, and bread tags pulled out of the river each week!
Kudos to the organizers of this event, and to all the artists and school groups that are involved. This is an innovative way to teach an important concept to children and the community-at-large.
You can combine basic wonderment of nature with the complexity of technology very easily right in your own backyard, home or school through educational hobbies. Nature provides a plethora of plants, insects and animals as study material for this process. All you need to do is to have a simple basic digital camera and a way to print pictures of what you’ve taken.
One of my favorite educational hobbies is to look around my yard to see what I can of interest. Fortunately I can sit and watch for a little while allowing the critters around me to settle and accept my presence before getting closer to them. Some animals have a natural fear so they will be harder to approach, but in time as long as they begin to sense no perceived threat, they will allow me to get closer and closer.
Bee in flower. Kodak Camera. Some of the animals and insects are obvious because of their size. However, there are others that one needs to look closely to see. But if you look closely you’ll discover more than you might expect. One simple way to study these critters is to use a simple digital camera to snap shots of them.
Take this little bee for example. You actually combine two educational hobbies…photography and entomology. Pictures often reveal more than the eye can see in a glance. The photograph provides one a detailed record of not only the bee but the flower it is on.
Now a trip to the library or a search on the internet for more information about both the little bee and the flower yields more information to expand upon in the classroom or the home “lab.” Being alert to the environment around you, you can find many creatures of interest.
Spider. Mouse. Fungi.
Above: A spider in the garden. A field mouse seeking warmth and food on a cold winter night. A “Puff Ball” fungi harvested from the backyard. All make great subjects for educational purposes. Isn’t it time you got started in any one of the many Educational Hobbies?
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