Hobbies can be a fun and exciting way for children to learn new skills and make friends. From activities like painting and writing that will develop their creativity, to sports and groups that enhance their communication, hobbies can play an important part in their development and wellbeing.
However, all of this can come with a high price tag, with some parents spending in excess of £500 a month per child. To help you budget and plan your finances, here are five popular – yet pricey – children’s hobbies.
With the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA), more kids are choosing to learn a combat sport. From karate to jiu-jitsu, martial arts can offer many benefits, from teaching discipline to boosting confidence and helping them stay active.
However, with specialist clothing and uniforms such as a gi, competitions and presentations, as well as classes to pay for, it can also be costly for parents.
Horse riding has long been a popular hobby, both with children and adults. It can also be very rewarding, allowing kids to form a bond with an animal, be active in a fun way and spend time outdoors.
In terms of cost, horse riding can vary. While there are lessons and clothing to pay for, the price of classes or stable fees will vary across local riding clubs and facilities.
A hugely popular hobby with kids of all ages, children can choose from a whole range of dance categories, from modern and hip hop, to ballet and ballroom, as well as Irish dancing and Bollywood.
While dancing may sound like a relatively cheap hobby, the costs can soon add up. This is due to a range of factors, including regular shows, expensive costumes and classes.
While some children enjoy team sports or group hobbies, others prefer more solo activities like collecting. This can include anything from collections filled with coins and comics, to video games and toys.
Obviously, the price of this hobby will vary drastically depending on the items in question, but you may need to be prepared to fund their collecting habit for years to come.
Research has shown that learning to play an instrument can benefit children in a variety of ways. Whether they choose the guitar, violin or drums, this is a hobby that can boost their school work and enhance their motor skills. Yet affording any of these instruments, lessons and song books won’t come cheap.