• Phoebe Davenport

Oakleaf Private Childcare’s top tips for finding the best activity for your child

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

There are so many extra-curricular activities available for our children to try. We at Oakleaf Private Childcare would like to share our list and to help you find the best fit for your child.

There are many things to consider when picking an activity. A good way to start is to think about your child’s likes and dislikes and their strengths and weaknesses. the right activity can help your child develop in new arears. It is good to consider which activities include balance, attention, coordination, as well as peer interaction and the opportunity for age-appropriate socialising as these will be of the biggest benefit and help your child's development.

1. Marshal Arts

Marshal Arts such as Karate, Jiu Jitsu, and Taekwondo are excellent for building responsibility and discipline as well as coordination. They are super cool and excellent for building confidence and self defence skills.

2. Sewing

Sewing is such a lovely skill to learn and will help build excellent attention to detail. It will also develop your child's imagination and creativity. Sewing could be excellent for helping an extroverted child to sit quietly focus and build concentration skills.

3. Knitting/Crochet

Knitting and Crochet are a lovely pastime and something your child can do anywhere quietly. There are so many patterns and designs, colours, wool types and different needles to try.

4. Embroidery

Embroidery is a fantastic craft to try and a lovely way to be creative whilst learning a skill with history and lots of different and fun things to try.

5. Rugby

There are options for non contact Rugby but this is definitely a sport which builds strength and confidence. Rugby will also help your child to build team working skills.

6. Football

Football is a fantastic sport for building self discipline, as well as developing team working skills. Football will additionally help develop your child's coordination and their spatial awareness.

7. Hockey

Another amazing sport for team building skills and peer to peer interaction. It is also great fun to play if you are at all sporty and good for building coordination skills.

8. Netball

This a great sport for social interaction and peer to peer interaction as well as team work and coordination.

9. Tennis

If your child the next Novak Djokovic? tennis is an amazing game, it encourages strength of mind and will. It also is great for coordination and age appropriate social interaction and peer to peer interaction.

10. Swimming

Is your child a water baby? Swimming can be a wonderful way to build team working skills. It will also build coordination, balance, peer to peer interaction and social interaction if your child joins a swimming team

11. Violin

Violin is a beautiful instrument to learn and reading music and playing music is an incredible exercise for your child's mind. Your child will additionally build peer to peer relationships from joining any Orchestra's if they have the opportunity to do so!

12. Clarinet

This wind instrument is a lot of fun once learned. There are many different styles of music to learn. There are additionally amazing benefits to learning and playing music.

13. Piano

Piano is a wonderful instrument to learn and builds coordination and it is great for learning some historical musical pieces as well as exploring song writing.

14. Choir

Singing together as a choir is fantastic for peer to peer interaction and age appropriate social interaction. If your child enjoys singing a choir is also great for building confidence, self discipline and even communication skills!

15. Gymnastics

Is your child the next Simone Biles? This is a great activity for developing coordination, balance and self discipline whilst also having peer to peer interaction and team work. It may be a great way to build confidence is a child who suffers from clumsiness.

16. Ballet

Ballet is such a wonderful traditional and elegant activity. Ballet is a great way to build confidence and your child will get to work with their peers in a team to put on a show.

17. Tap

Tap is a fun and creative dance activity which is great for developing coordination and spatial awareness. At the same time it provides your child with the opportunity for peer to peer and social interaction.

18. Theatre

A fantastic opportunity to develop confidence, speaking skills and team work. As well as helping your child develop self expression and emotional intelligence as they put themselves in others shoes.

19. Pilates

Pilates is lovely for building a cohort and that social interaction your child needs. Additionally it will help your child develop communication and observation skills as well as self discipline and a healthy mind and body.

20. Horse Riding

Horse riding builds confidence, self discipline, as well as balance and coordination. It will additionally help your child build social skills from being in a Stables. It can also help your child develop emotional intelligence from working closely with animals.

21. Volleyball

This is a fun and very dynamic game. It offers excellent opportunities for teamwork and peer to peer interaction and your child's team will probably get to travel together to games to represent their school!

22. Lacrosse

A slightly more unusual Field sport, Lacrosse is a fantastic game with a great opportunity for developing coordination and balance. Lacrosse will additionally help your child develop team work skills and give them the opportunity for social interaction.

23. Ice Skating

Ice Skating is a great way to build coordination, balance and is a lot of fun to skate around on the ice! Ice skating will additionally build self discipline and give your child time for peer to peer interaction.

24. Drums

Drumming will be wonderful in helping your child build coordination as well as balance. It is a good instrument to learn and will develop self discipline in your child.

Your child may also like to start or join a band.

25. Chess

Chess is a great game for building self awareness. Chess will also help to develop your child's ability to think and plan. There is additionally excellent opportunity for peer to peer interaction and for age appropriate socialising.

26. Basketball

A great game, and good for building team working skills. Is your child the next Michael Jordan? This sport will help your child build self discipline, grit and tenacity.

27. Cooking/baking

A creative and self disciplined activity. Cooking and baking can be a lot of fun as your child learns how to make delicious dishes which they can then eat and share with others.

28. Gardening

Gardening is great for building coordination, and self discipline. Your child can also develop good organisation skills from organising seeds and bulbs and when to plant them in terms of the season. Gardening is great for getting in touch with nature and spending time outdoors too!

29. Woodwork

Woodwork is a creative, and fun activity which will help your child build discipline as they measure and create useful and fun objects.

30. Scouts

Scouts is a fantastic organisation covering many age groups. Scouts will give your child the opportunity to build skills across many activities and disciplines within a peer group, both out doors and indoors.

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