During the academic year, kids are busy learning specific material that will help them to succeed in school as well as in life. Learning skills through as hobby or extracurricular activity is important in a different way.

One of the magics of childhood is that everything is new. Kids are exploring who they are, what they enjoy, and what they’re good at. Hobbies provide an excellent opportunity for kids to learn new skills and develop in ways that academic pursuits don’t always allow for.

Hobbies, especially sports, encourage team-building skills and help kids to meet new people and form friendships. Even if a child isn’t the best on his or her team, hard work and practice will see improvements in sports skills, which builds self-confidence on and off the field. If a child does discover a talent for a sport, extended practice and honing in skills can help him or her to excel in high school and perhaps even receive a sports-based scholarship to college.

Most kids love spending time in front of screens, whether it’s the TV, computer, phone, or all of the above. Physical activity through hobbies is a good way to relieve stress, build strength, and keep physically fit. Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life. Enjoyment of sports at a young age can encourage kids to develop good life skills that will help them to become healthy adults.

Hobbies also sharpen the mind. Sports strategy and quick-thinking on the field helps to keep kid’s minds active while they’re not in the classroom. It also provides a fun way for them to avoid boredom during the long, hot summer days.

If your child is ready to start enjoying the benefits of a hobby, contact SportsTyme to find out about a summer day camp near you. We have several convenient locations in Central Florida including Heathrow, Juniper, Oviedo, Wellington, and Winter Springs.