Although the stereotypical image of a teenager may conjure up images of adolescents locked away in their bedrooms taking extended naps, it’s actually the perfect time for teens to take up a new hobby.
As well as hobbies being a good way to release some pent-up energy, teenage brains are still malleable as they grow, meaning learning new skills is relatively easy compared to adults a little older. What’s more, with around 20% of adolescents experiencing a mental health problems each year, learning something new can be a great way to keep mental health problems at bay.
Sound like a good idea? Read on to see our round up of the top 10 activities for teens to try.
For teens learning how to express themselves, what better way than through the creative medium of photography? Requiring little-to-no experience, photography is easy to get into and with 99% of 16-24 year old’s owning a smartphone, most of us have a device to hand that’s more than adequate for snapping away.
- Martial arts
As well as helping to keep your teens fit and healthy, martial arts is an invaluable skill that may come in handy further down the line!
If the teenager in question is interested in tech, what better hobby than taking up computing? The skills involved in computing can open a plethora of doors to your teens. By learning computing, your children can learn how to design websites and 3D modelling, get involved in programming and so much more.
If you’re just starting out, the Raspberry Pi model starter kit is a great option for helping beginners learn computing in record time.
- Start a YouTube channel
Although once upon a time YouTube was reserved for the few, nowadays becoming a YouTube sensation is a perfectly viable career option. Grab your tripod, set up your camera and away you go!
- Become a tutor
If your teenager has a special skill or excels at a certain subject, why not encourage them to take up tutoring? Not only will this help keep them sharp, but it’s a good way to earn some additional pocket money in the process!
If you find your teen is twiddling their thumbs on an evening – why not use that time to help someone else in need? Most charity shops will accept volunteers and this experience can be extremely valuable when it comes to getting a paid part-time job later down the line.
If your teenager enjoys singing in the shower or on road trips, why not take them to some singing classes to realize their potential?
- Learn to play an instrument
Many people think that to become good at playing an instrument you have to start young. However, that’s not the case! Anyone can learn to play an instrument, teens included.
Simply choose an instrument of choice and consult YouTube for the basics. To learn how to play by the book – why not book some lessons too?
- Foster an animal
We all know that being a teenager can be tough, with hormones raging. Therefore, fostering an animal can be a great way to reduce anxiety and stress, whilst providing a much-needed home for an animal.
- Learn a new language
Finally, why not learn a new language? Whether your teen is planning on going travelling or simply wants to broaden their horizons, learning a language is a great way to keep a teenage brain sharp and engaged.
Puzzles are an excellent hobby for teens, offering a blend of mental stimulation and entertainment. Engaging in puzzle activities, whether traditional jigsaw puzzles or brain teasers, helps develop critical thinking and concentration. Several online games like 2048 are perfect choices. They combine the fun of gaming with cognitive challenges, making them not only enjoyable but also beneficial for mental agility and memory. These games provide an interactive way for teens to challenge their minds while having fun, either solo or in a competitive setting with friends.
The bottom line is that teenagers need to stay stimulated to keep sane and happy in a world of smartphones and social media. Luckily, there are so many exciting things for teenagers to try – no matter their interests.
Why not strike up a conversation with your kids and encourage them to give something a go?