Jenny created Special Home Educator as a forum for sharing her adventures in homeschooling and connecting with other homeschooling families. Jenny is a homeschooling mom to four children.
As a parent, you may be hesitant when it comes to your children picking up new extracurriculars. It’s not unheard of for a kid to say they want to do something, you invest a bunch of time and money into it, and then they completely lose interest. If your family is living on a budget, you probably can’t afford to let that happen. However, you also can’t afford to stifle your child’s potential by sitting them in front of the television instead of encouraging them to pursue their interests. The following hobbies are perfect for kids and are also relatively affordable, even for families on tight budgets.
Of course, instruments and music lessons do not come cheaply. You can save some money by looking for discounts and promo codes for online and local music shops, or find a used instrument via a site like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Be sure to look for student or beginner models that enable your child to pick up the basics before they upgrade to something nicer (and more expensive). You can also look for discounted accessories and sheet music on Amazon, where vendors from all over the world sell their wares used and new.
Arts & Crafts
It’s no secret that art supplies can be expensive. You can typically find good deals and discounts from Walmart, as well as cashback offers and discounts at Target, but don’t underestimate what your child can create with found objects or household items. As their abilities grow, look into professional lessons that help them hone their craft. You can find affordable art tutors on sites like Thumbtack, where locals post their services and you can negotiate prices.
Some great kids’ science experiments to try out include:
It’s very important for children to have hobbies and extracurricular interests for their socialization and self-esteem. Of course, it can be very frustrating as a parent to invest money in an activity only for your child to lose interest. When choosing hobbies, look for ones that can be done with inexpensive materials. For hobbies that require an investment, look for good deals online, and consider buying used beginner instruments that your kids can learn on before they upgrade.
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