January is National Hobby Month. Before you yawn and run away take a minute to write the ways you like to spend your free time. If you are like the average American, one them is likely to be watching TV.
Check out this list of the 50 most popular hobbies. Did you have one or more hobbies in the top 10? In the top 20? (Every wish you had more time for your hobbies? Be sure and check out the January 16, 2015 post on Session Cafe.)
What if you could use this list to help children learn to verbalize preferences?
- Explore hobbies through picture books.
- Have a list of hobbies with related images. Ask a child to find the things they like to do.
- Share singable books including “Take Me Home Country Roads” and “This Land is Your Land“.
- Take the tune: “Apples and Bananas” and sing about each child’s hobby. For example:
Frank likes to read picture books with his brother.
- Sing or listen “Paperback Writer” by the Beatles to start a discussion on favorite books.
- Play name that TV show with these theme songs. (You could also sharethemes from cartoons.)
- Discuss family time with a little inspiration from songs about families.
- Have a sing-along inspired by movies.
- Share these fishing songs from Outdoor Life. Play a word game with fishing terminology.
- Walking is a healthy hobby that appears in many songs. Some of my favorites to sing include:
- “Daddy Don’t You Walk so Fast”
- “These Boots are Made For Walking”
- “I Walk the Line”
- “Walking My Baby Back Home”
- “I Love to Go a Wandering”
- When exploring travel, be sure and check out “Travel Unlimited” for some great ideas.\
- Stitch-up a sewing sing-along with some of these songs.
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