When I sat down to consider hobbies that begin with the letter ‘B’ I realized that my children participate in at least five different ‘B’ hobbies. We enjoy biking together as a family, bird watching, boating, bowling, and baking! My favorite is spending time at the beach but I don’t know if that counts as a hobby!
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While my children enjoy going out on their grandfather’s motorboat, they mostly use our kayaks. My older two children share a Walker Bay 10 which is a small boat that can be powered via oars, a sail, or a small trolling motor. This ten-foot boat is absolutely perfect for them because it is small enough for them to manage independently and allows them to learn and experience a variety of activities. My eldest son has also taken a free boaters safety class to help him learn to safely operate a boat and to qualify for his NC boating license when he gets a little older. In addition to being fun boating can be great exercise, a good avenue for nature study, and a great way to enjoy time together as a family.
Baking is one of my daughter’s favorite hobbies and we all enjoy testing out her projects! She bakes a variety of different breads, cakes, cookies, and other desserts. She first started baking bread using the recipes in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day but has also been blessed with family recipes from several other folks. She uses a variety of cookbooks and internet sites for her dessert recipes. She has earned her cake decorating badge for American Heritage Girls and also taken a cookie decorating class through 4-H. In addition to providing us with tasty treats, we are able to use her baking to bless other people through holiday gifts, treats for volunteers, and meals for families that are dealing with sickness or loss. Like many hobbies, this hobby is also a great life skill that will benefit her throughout her life.
Bike riding is one of the ways that our family can enjoy time spent together while also meeting our health and fitness goals. My husband doesn’t enjoy riding but the children all love it. We found this great baby/toddler bike seat and a fun jungle themed infant helmet so that even the baby could join us for bike rides. We get to enjoy time outdoors, exercise and have fun together. We happen to live on a private road that dead ends down at the river, so we can ride together down to the river and back, sometimes stopping to enjoy a picnic or nature time down at the river. If you live on a busier road, there are often parks with bike paths that you can use.
If you want more information about bird watching be sure to check out Nature Study: Birds. I would love for you to share your favorite ‘B’ hobby resources in the comments! Don’t forget to check out all of the other ‘B’ posts over at the link party!
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