If you’re trying to get your son or daughter involved in a new hobby then I suggest you considering introducing them to the world of collecting. Collecting is one of the oldest and most natural pastimes known to man, as well also being very relaxing, rewarding and informative.
Starting a collection of specific items can really invigorate a child’s interest for a certain area or subject, and often is the beginning of a life long passion. If you are thinking about suggesting to your child that they take up collecting as a hobby, then you should spend some time beforehand thinking about what it is that would be of most benefit for them to collect.
You can even use this new hobby as a way to bond with your child over a shared interest. There really is no limit to what can be the basis of a collection, but it’s important to consider what is being collected.
Benefits of Collecting
Some parents may be worried that instigating a hobby of collecting items will lead to a house full of clutter that can not be shifted. Parents that think this are forgetting that the value of collecting is not the objects themselves but the knowledge and experienced that is gained from starting and maintaining a collection.
However, it is still a good idea to be aware of what is acquired and how often this is done, as this will help prevent from too much accumulating too quickly. In doing so you can teach your child the importance of patience and how careful and informed examination can lead to successful results.
Your child will spend time learning about their interest, and when it comes to choosing a new item to add to the collection they will have a clear idea of what they want. A collection needs to be properly stored and kept in order, and children are much more likely to be neat and tidy with items they are interested in.
Categorising and sorting are attributes that are put into practice when maintaining a collection. As is keeping things in order. Collecting as a hobby can also lead to the development of healthy relationships with other children who have the same interests.
What to Collect?
You can start a collection of pretty much anything but it is important to identify something you think your son or daughter will be interested in for at least the next few years. Postcards and coins are typical collector items, but I advise trying something more unique.
For example, if you have a daughter then she may be interested in collecting dolls. Collectable dolls come in a range of styles and designs, from antique dolls made in Victorian times to modern collectable dolls for kids made by companies such as A Girl For All Time.
If you have a son he may be interested in something to with sports such as baseball cards. It is really important to work out what would be the best thing for your child to collect, and ask them what it is they like most.
James Murphy is an avid collector of Penguin Modern Classics, and has felt the benefits of collecting for more than a decade. When he’s not busy searching for rare and out of print editions, James likes to visit art galleries.