Updated: Mar 31, 2022
March 9th, 2022
How Kids Benefit from Clubs
With restrictions loosening and the weather warming up, kids’ eyes are now gazing towards fun activities with other children! Learning new things, playing games, and making friends are all at the top of the list. When searching out for child-friendly activities, some parents will think that youth clubs can be a waste of time and money. So why get together in a formal setting when kids could just hang out with their friends elsewhere? In this blog post, I will be breaking down a few different benefits kids can get from clubs and the fun they can have along the way!
The first benefit I want to talk about is the ability for kids to explore new interests. Joining a club allows a child to try out an activity they might never have considered before! For example, when I was a child, I once joined a book club that introduced me to tons of different and interesting books I would never have thought of reading before! It opened my eyes and my world to loads of new authors, ideas, and concepts that have carried me forward for the rest of my life. Had I never joined that club, I wouldn’t have the same love of books I do now. And that love has gotten me to where I am today.
By trying out a club, kids can explore potential interests and fun activities. Plus, who knows, if the club focuses on a subject that can turn into a career, kids can learn all kinds of valuable skills. This leads to the next benefit.
Another benefit (and the one I think is the most important) is skill development. Joining a club, no matter what the subject or skill level of the child, will result in the improvement of their abilities. If they take up computer programming, but already know a lot about the subject, there are still ideas and concepts that can be learned from the person leading the club or the other kids in the club. It exposes the kid to new ways of thinking about concepts they might be already super familiar with! And if the child doesn’t have previous knowledge on the subject, their mind can be opened up to a whole new world! They might discover passions they never had before and potential career opportunities that await their future with these newfound skills. For example, if they joined a robotics club, they could learn all about programming and circuitry and develop a desire to go into a career in robotics. And even if they don’t, the knowledge gained could aid them in other fields such as computer science, electrical engineering, and more!
The final benefit I want to talk about is the social benefits of participating in a club. No matter what type of club it is, kids can gain a medley of social skills. They’ll get the chance to interact with a lot of other kids their age. Friends can be made, project partners created, and maybe even besties can be formed. There’s the potential of lifelong relationships for your children. And even if they don’t meet a new best friend, you kid can just learn how to handle different social situations outside of school. Clubs have the unique experience of thrusting kids into a group of similar-aged kids that they don’t know. This provides the opportunity to navigate complex social scenarios that kids can learn from.
With all of that said, clubs can truly provide for an amazing and unique experience for kids of all ages. They’ll make friends, explore new hobbies and potential career paths, and develop invaluable skills along the way. Clubs can grant children unique opportunities that they simply won’t get in other settings.
If you live in the Calgary area, Coded Minds offers clubs on a regular basis in robotics, gaming, coding, and more! Click HERE to learn more about the clubs we offer and the available times!
Until next time,