Kids who have a hard time coming out of their shells sometimes need a little extra support. Luckily, extracurricular activities can provide this. Extracurricular activities can help children to meet other people who share their interests and build confidence in their skills. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some great activities for kids.
Sports are a natural choice when it comes to extracurricular activities. Soccer, baseball, and swimming allow kids to work on a team while working to achieve their personal best. Teaching children to have a growth mindset will help kids appreciate all the progress she is making in a sport, even if they are still learning the rules. Sports such as football are a great activity for children to be involved in, but there are certain risks athletes face, so make sure they have the proper safety equipment and wear it as recommended. It’s also important to let your children know that there are a variety of sports in the world. If the first try isn’t a fit, try something else. Along the way, they will make friends and hopefully develop social skills that make life easier.
The benefits of learning an instrument are profound. Kids who play an instrument build their intellect, expand their social circles and learn how to be disciplined at an early age. All of these benefits can lead to more confidence that helps kids to be more comfortable in their skin. This is very helpful when children are learning to come out of their shell and interact with others. Singing is also a great way for children to grow emotionally and expand outside of their comfort zone. Though it seems like a child who is shy or introverted wouldn’t want to sing, kids who are passionate about music do come outside of their shells to share their gifts.
Nature or Scouting Clubs
For a child who wants to be outdoors learning about the natural world while interacting with others, a nature club or scouting group could be a great choice. Though kids often earn badges, they are competing against themselves as much as anyone else. This can make scouting clubs less intimidating. Being outside may also help kids relax enough to engage more with their peers. The great outdoors, where a child can see green and roam, can help calm anxiety and offer overall feelings of wellbeing to those who wander. For a child who is already having a hard time loosening up, being outside could serve as an extra nudge in the right direction since the environment is built to help with nerves.
Even children who resist being involved in extracurricular activities can benefit from them. In fact, the kids who resist may benefit the most because they can find others will similar interests. Talk to your kids about what they like and find the right activity to help them flourish and grow socially while surrounded by peers. You may even find that their academic performance improves as well.