Children get many opportunities to expand on their skills with extracurricular activities after school and during their time away from school. With so many options available, there’s no reason to  let your child sit around and get bored—or worse, get stuck to the television or their mobile devices the rest of the day. 

Children are curious. Exploration is in their nature and finding something interesting fuels their enthusiasm. Support that curiosity and help unleash their potential by encouraging them to learn new hobbies and skills after school.

Not only are these activities great to help boost their confidence but it also helps them build on soft skills essential for their personal growth.

Here are five wonderful benefits of extracurricular activities to kids of any age. 

Time to get productive off-school

Let’s face it. Schoolwork can get stressful. I’m sure we can all attest to that.

Kids spend five days a week in school with hours of learning to cram into their young brains. This can get overwhelming at times. Extracurricular activities give children a chance to decompress. It gives them space to not think about schoolwork and just focus on something they’re more interested in.

That could be sports, dance, acting, arts class, or piano lessons. Whatever piques their interest. As long as they’re having fun, extracurricular activities create an opportunity for kids to learn new skills and to stay occupied during their free time. 

Building on Essential Life Skills

One of the keys for raising well-rounded kids is to have them learn a few essential life skills.

Many extracurricular activities are specifically designed to help children build on life skills. Learning practical life skills helps kids adapt. They can cope more easily with their environment and situations they face. Life skills also help overcome obstacles and teach kids to thrive in other aspects of their lives.

With each milestone and every piece of learning they get out of these activities, children are trained to exercise communication, cooperation and critical thinking, among other things.

Having multiple extracurricular activities also train children to manage their time and develop a healthy work ethic. Both are incredible skills that can take them far in life.

Encourages children to explore new interests

Hobbies keep the mind active and creative.

There’s not enough time to do all activities at once. Picking and choosing, or learning about one and moving on to the next, can help children explore their likes and dislikes. This approach can also help children discover their potential through various activities.

Extracurricular activities allow children to get an in-depth knowledge of an activity. They get to immerse themselves in a subject that they’re highly interested in. Activities also expose them to different fields that they might not have been introduced to in school. 

Opportunities for social growth

Group classes allow children to socialize with other kids who share the same interests. It’s like finding their tribe of like-minded individuals.

Being surrounded with people in a safe and positive environment helps children build their confidence and reduce their anxiety for meeting new people.

Group activities help develop children’s sense of belonging and teamwork. Beyond these, shared experiences such as participating in group activities help children get closer and forge friendships faster.

Activities look impressive

Extracurricular activities are fun and have many benefits. Eventually, perhaps even long after the interest has passed, these activities will end up on paper as your child begins to work on his or her college applications.

Hobbies help spark interest among potential schools and employers. Specialized interests or skills can make your child stand out from the crowd. Extracurricular activities also present your child as a well-rounded individual who is knowledgeable in other disciplines beyond academics.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are even more benefits to be derived from extracurricular activities.

Don’t let your child miss this opportunity for growth and learning. Start them young and encourage their interests with your full support and guidance.

Building on this positive attitude toward learning helps motivate your child to become a lifelong learner. This sets them up for success in their future endeavors.

Looking for a preschool that encourages creativity and helps your child achieve their full potential? Handprints Academy provides the best quality child care with fun, child-friendly activities that stimulate young minds and support both academic and extracurricular learning. Visit our blog for more great parenting tips or call (214) 484-1018 to schedule a tour.