Although most people don’t choose a lifetime career until high school, and more often, college, it doesn’t have to be that way. Kids sometimes enjoy hobbies that lead to successful occupations. Parents who notice their kids’ preference for certain recreational activities may want to encourage such interests. It can help their sons, and daughters, decide whether it will lead to an eventual profession.
3 fun activities kids can turn from fun into careers
Children who enjoy spending time with pets often develop a life-long affection for their animal buddies. Some kids like to take nature walks and observe wildlife. While other children who visit farms head for the barn, or pasture, to learn how farm animals live, and work. If this interest continues over time, a child may pursue a career as a veterinarian. However, not just any veterinarian, but one caring primarily for larger farm animals, or show breeds. Parents can help cultivate this interest by teaching them to properly respect, as well as, care for their pets. Teach them how to keep their pets healthy with good nutrition, adequate training, and exercise.
Even toddlers like to stack building blocks to create towers, or make-believe houses. They love being creativity. Even better, achieving the perfect build when the blocks come together in a structured way. As they get older, more sophisticated blocks, such as Legos, or Lincoln Logs, help children develop more advanced organizing, and building skills. Coupled with an interest in math, or technical design, in high school or college, children who established an early appreciation for building may pursue professional building. Perhaps even earn an online masters in civil engineering while they’re at it.
Children love moving toys, whether they:
- push them with their hands
- pull them on a string
- switch on a battery-operated car and let it go.
Toy cars, motorcycles, tractors, and other engine-based toys are fascinating for kids who like figuring out how things run. Equally fun? Learning how to fix things that don’t run. Their mechanical interests may one day blossom into a career in engine repair, or designing and building new models of motor-operated objects! Objects ranging from home appliances to vehicles or heavy equipment. Electronics, and technology, intrigue many young children, inspiring potential careers.
Playtime isn’t just about having fun apart from daily routine activities. It’s also about exploring the world according to a child’s inclination and interests. Providing creative opportunities to learn a new skill and explore how something works may lead to the exciting discovery of a professional occupation in the not-so-distant future.
Author bio: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.
I am hoping my oldest daughter continues and keeps her interest in nature. She says she wants to “be a nature teacher and teach people and kids about nature.” I think it would be awesome if she were a naturalist or even interpreter for a national or state park! :)
Great career for her! There’s so many national parks across this country, she’d probably be able to travel a bit, too!