Ten Cheap And Fun Hobbies That You Can Get Into (part 1)

Hobbies have been proven to boost levels of well-being and even improve job performance. The perfect hobbies are ones that make you tap into your energy and creativity but don’t tap into your wallet significantly. In this article, I pull together a list of some great hobbies that you can get into just with little financial investment.

Here are some of the best cheap but fun hobbies:

1. Hiking, Walking, or Biking

Instead of going to a gym, you can take a walk around your neighborhood or apartment complex to remain active. Look for local trails which are for beginners and reconnect with nature.

If walking isn’t your speed, buy a cheap bicycle and bike around your city. If you’re in a big city, rent a bike for one day and decide if it’s worth investing in biking.

All that hiking and walking require are decent shoes and comfortable clothes, which you probably already have. Having a water bottle along with you while doing these hobbies is useful, but it’s not essential if you’re doing a mile loop.

They are great activities for a couple, for the whole family, or for friends. Having a bonfire after going for a late-night walk or bike ride around town is a great way to end a night.

2. Reading

Reading is a cheap hobby with a lot of benefits. It can serve as an escape, forces you to focus on something meaningful, and can spark creativity or inspiration.

You can try audiobooks if you’re not the page-flipping type. You can take them anywhere and listen to them while walking or biking.

Instead of buying books, you can borrow them from the library. Many libraries have expanded their digital selections, so the chance of being able to borrow an ebook or audiobook is greater than ever. There are also many websites that offer free ebooks, although they tend to be older.

Making Paper Dolls With Your Kids

 

Kids nowadays seem to be missing out on a “real” childhood. When we were children, we used to play hide and seek, tag, red-light green-light, or some arts and crafts project. Kids now are so absorbed with experiencing the latest technology and rather contact with friends on social media than meet face to face. What attracts them is the “We have free Wifi” at restaurants or public places and you can barely grasp their attention to have a family dinner. There is also less appreciation for homemade gifts or board games than before. Everything is offered by apps and available in the palm of your hands. How can we drive children’s interests to the simpler things instead of owning their own electronic device? Try doing something active and creative with them.

How to Make Paper Dolls

Making paper dolls with your kids is a fun project! Whether you are having a play date or sleepover or are spending quality time, it is a great activity to take part in with your kids. Encourage them to make some paper dolls and tell them an identity or background stories. This activity is also inexpensive because you can use paper in your house. By this way, you will no longer have to spend a lot of money on Barbie and friends, Barbie Glam convertibles, and Barbie dream house.  Moreover, playing with paper dolls give your children the opportunity to progress their motor skills and bring out their imaginative side. Studies show that making kindergartners and special needs kids cut out paper dolls is an effective occupational therapy practice.

Barbie vs. Paper dolls

I’m sure there is not much excitement in buying a paper doll from Barbie while paper dolls can help kids be able to create a true representation of what people look like. We parents can help them understand the realistic standards of beauty instead of being misled by Barbie dolls and the media. For many years, people have been angry at Barbie for not creating dolls with practical proportions. Unluckily, young girls playing with Barbie dolls are inspired by their beauty and try to emulate them when they grow older. So, encouraging your kids to make their own dolls and make replicas of themselves to solve these misconceptions.

Barbie announces skating star Tessa Virtue doll as part of ‘Role Models’ series

Tessa Virtue, a Canadian figure skating star, is getting a Barbie which was made in her likeness. She joins the iconic line of toy dolls as part of “Role Models” series of the doll brand Barbie.

Tessa Virtue’s doll features the red dress that in real life, she wore in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games’ free dance when Virtue and her partner Scott Moir won their second Olympic ice dance gold.

“SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it,” Virtue tweeted. “More to come, need to collect my emotions first.”

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ended the Pyeongchang Games as the most decorated skaters in the history of Olympic with three gold and two silver medals and then were named The Canadian Press team of the year 2018. Meanwhile, the Barbie website calls Virtue “one-half of a team known for their legendary elegance, athleticism, innovation, and their unparalleled ability to skate in unison.”

“The Barbie role model program is Mattel’s way of honoring women who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Tessa, like other honorees, was chosen because through hard work, determination, and dedication, she shows girls every day that you can be anything,” brand manager for Mattel Canada, Lisa Perry, said in a statement.

The “Role Model” dolls are part of the 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day of the brand Barbie to inspire the next generation by shining a light on women that are breaking boundaries in a variety of different career fields. Barbie will honor more than 20 women from various continents and countries, ranging from 19 to 85 years old and speaking 13 different languages.

Other women who have been a part of the series include aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, model Ashley Graham, tennis player Naomi Osaka, journalist Ita Buttrose, movie director Ava Duvernay, world-renowned chef Hélène Darroze, and gold-winning Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim.