Choosing extra-curricular activities for your children

Plenty of scope: Extra-curricular activity choices are as vast as any child's personality ranging from sport to craft to intercultural - just don't sign up for too many at once.
Plenty of scope: Extra-curricular activity choices are as vast as any child's personality ranging from sport to craft to intercultural - just don't sign up for too many at once.

All parents want their children to be well-rounded, balanced individuals and extra-curricular activities give children the opportunity to develop skills in various areas resulting in a range of interests and talents.

Multiple activities can encourage development of different types of skills but more than two or three activities in one period can be expensive and exhausting.

Children may be better off playing one sport during the winter season and a second sport during the summer season, or focusing on one year-long activity rather than several.

The extra-curricular activities available to children today is endless, with some being offered by organisers as early as infancy right through to the late years of high school, comprising:

- Team sports ranging from contact sports to non-contact sports, many of which can be played both indoors and outdoors in boys, girls and mixed groups.

- Sports based around individual performance like swimming or athletics

- Creative activities like art, craft, music, singing, drama and theatre groups.

- Adventure/outdoor activities like Scouts or Girl Guides

- Academic activities such as debating/public speaking, chess, language and photography.

Instructors should be qualified with plenty of enthusiasm for what they teach and willing to help extend your child's exposure to the activity at a competitive level.

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