Children sometime show sluggish behaviour and lack of concentration while studying. In that case, you will have to look at the type of hobbies he/she might be pursuing. Along with reducing the gadget time for children, the overall development of the child's mind is necessary to make them alert, sharp and creative. Just like studying and playing, a structured approach to introducing hobbies will help you in making your child smarter.
1. Educative Games:
Puzzles, crosswords and word games are good for the child's cognitive and analytical skill developments. Sudoku and chess will help them in developing their concentration.
2. Get them to learn a new language:
Studies have maintained that learning a second language after the age of 10 improves cognitive functions, making kids smarter. Children who are adept in multiple language, can focus better when under pressure and can source relevant information.
3. Make a collection of coins and postal stamps:
A child's mind is ever-inquisitive and when they start collecting coins and postal stamps from the world over, they get to know about different countries and places. Their curiosity makes them learn more about these places like areas of interest, currencies and geographical attributes.
4. Learn arts:
You may not enjoy it much when your child has just started his lessons to play any musical instrument, performing arts or painting, but it is beneficial to them in the long run since it can help prevent the decline in the ability to recognize words and comprehend speech in later years. Music lessons have shown to benefit children's IQ and academic performance.
5. Encourage fitness and sports activities:
While free play helps kids grow up into happy, healthy adults, participation in organized sports builds their confidence, teaches teamwork and leadership skills. So encourage your child to pick up a ball or take them with you for a jog even as you talk to them about getting into school sports.
(Source: The Times of India)