By: Courtney Newman
Many of us enjoy our own tried and true hobbies, but occasionally, it’s fun to try new hobbies to do at home. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to try something new or to simply expand your comfort zone, searching for a new hobby can be exciting while also opening doors to adventures! However, sometimes it can be hard to find a hobby that intrigues us. Have you already tried the most common recommendations without success? Homeschooling families are creative, so let’s take a look at a few lesser-known hobbies!
What Are Some Cool Hobbies for Homeschool Families?
Though hobbies are fun, whether you are doing something with your hands or your mind, getting into a new hobby always requires learning. The learning curve may be shorter for some hobbies than it is for others.
As homeschool families, we always strive for learning; and as we know, learning can happen in any way, shape, or time. Homeschooling is a lifestyle, but that mindset can also make it easy to revolve your entire life around education. While this is good in a way, sometimes children (and adults!) simply want to do something for fun without the pressure of making it educational. Games and natural learning are both helpful for these moments. Further, there are health benefits that come with taking up a hobby. For example, a good hobby can reduce stress levels, build self-confidence, grow creativity, hone your skills, help you meet new people, and perhaps even bring in an income.
Below is a list of eight hobbies to do at home, individually as hobbies for stay at home moms or dads, or together as a family! These hobbies remain educational in nature, but without feeling like homeschool work to your children. Additionally, they can help keep the enjoyment in homeschooling for your kids!
- Start a Podcast. Podcasts have been popular for parents and homeschooling families alike for a few years now. These days, there are a wide range of topics that appeal to people of all backgrounds and age groups. If you have found yourself enjoying your weekly or daily podcast, have you considered starting one yourself? For a homeschool podcast, topics could include your personal experience, successes, trials, tips, and more. Further, if you make it into a family podcast, your kids could become part of it as well!
- Learn Survival Skills. Outdoor skills, such as fire-building or knowing which way is north, are becoming increasingly rare among people today. And it’s no wonder, considering we have increased safety tools and technology to guide us along. However, certain survival skills are important to know. Consider making a hobby out of learning outdoor survival!
- Try Calligraphy. We know the importance of good handwriting, even in this age of computers, however, you might find a unique interest in calligraphy. With beautiful, fluid lines and an impressive demonstration of fine motor skills, calligraphy is an underestimated and forgotten hobby! If you’re a homeschooling mother, this could be a good choice when looking for hobbies for stay-at-home moms.
- Learn to Upcycle. What is upcycling? If you’ve heard this term, you may be interested in how it varies from recycling or simply reusing resources. Upcycling, in general, refers to the creative reuse of generally discarded items. Upcycling saves these items from the landfill or recycling bin, and consequently saves our oceans and wildlife. Take a look at these fun ideas for how to upcycle everyday items into homeschool manipulatives!
- Become a Wikipedia Editor. It’s well known that Wikipedia shouldn’t be utilized as a credible source for topics, educational or otherwise, due to its open nature allowing anyone to edit the content. However, if you have found yourself interested in correcting Wikipedia pages, perhaps consider becoming a Wikipedia Editor to help make this online world a bit more reliable!
- Learn Self-Defense. Self-defense is important for women and men alike. Everyone should know basic techniques for keeping themselves safe, both preventative and reactive. If you haven’t covered self-defense with your homeschoolers yet, or perhaps they need a refresher, it’s a good time to learn! Learning from a professional will always be best, but there are even YouTube videos with great tips. Self-defense is a valuable consideration when looking into hobbies for women at home.
- Cook International Cuisines. Cooking as a family is one of my favorite pastimes! Not only is it fun to work together to create a delicious meal or treat, but it is also fun to try new recipes from other countries. Bring the family together to attempt recreating international cuisine for unique and new experiences! To get started, you can learn from Pinterest, cookbooks, or even YouTube.
- Restore Thrifted Furniture. This is a popular hobby that can also easily turn a profit if you keep it up! Thrift stores are known for having cheap, ugly furniture (there’s a reason they were donated!). While you wouldn’t necessarily want to furnish your home with thrift store furniture in its original state, consider it a bargain and restore it to a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece!
BONUS: Go Geocaching! Geocaching is a fun, family-friendly activity. We love that geocaching encourages families to get outside, be active, and soak up the sun and fresh air. If you’re unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s the world’s biggest treasure hunt with the help of GPS coordinates!
8 Resources for Developing Hobbies
To be honest, as much as we are interested in trying something new, sometimes it can be hard to get started. Whether the learning curve is intimidating or the hobby itself is challenging, the process can feel like an uphill battle and require a fair amount of time and energy. The work is worthwhile if we are truly intrigued by the hobby, but it can still be discouraging at times. Here are some great resources for helping you and your family try new hobbies!
- 7 Tips for Building New Habits
- Inspire Yourself to Embrace Motivation
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
- How to Maximize Your Time and Stop Wasting It!
- Realizing Motivation: A Guide for Homeschool Moms
- 10 Habits of Highly Successful Secular Homeschoolers
- Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
- 7 Proven Ways for Overcoming Obstacles
Hobbies can be a great way for a family to spend quality time together outside the homeschool schedule! It’s just nice to set aside credits and classes and do something just for the enjoyment and excitement! Still, as homeschoolers, we know it’s always a good thing to include a natural learning opportunity. What are your favorite hobbies as a homeschool family? We’d love to know–share your experience in the comments below!