18 Fun Outdoor Summer Recreational Activities For Kids

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We all know how addicting Playstations and Xboxes can be for kids. In a technological world, the idea of going outside to a child seems about as foreign as visitors from another planet (although, that would be cool, right?)

With spring time fast approaching, we thought we’d take the liberty of getting together some of our own favorite outdoor pastimes, as well as some new ideas that you can use to help get your kids outdoors and away from the TV, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. The more time kids spend outside, the less likely they are to succumb to childhood obesity and the side effects associated with it.

Outdoor Activities for Toddlers

Alphabet Bugs

This idea comes from a blog called Toddler Toddler and is one of the cutest ideas we’ve seen in a while. The basic premise of the project is to print out their “Alphabet Bugs,” which are simply pieces of paper with the letters of the alphabet printed on them. Each letter is shaped like a bug. Parents then head out into the yard and hide the letters on chairs, around trees, and even in the grass, and proceed to walk around the yard with their toddler helping them find all of the letters of the alphabet. If they are already familiar with their ABC’s, encourage them to make a checklist as they walk around the yard to ensure that they get all of the different letters of the alphabet. If you want to add a bit of a challenge, try to spell out words with the letters in the yard and see if your little ones can piece together the different letters to make the word that you left out for them. You can find all of the materials you need for the project here:

Alphabet Learning

No Mess Painting

Another great idea from Toddler Toddler is one involving painting. Painting with a child is simply asking for a mess. Luckily, there’s an easy way you can get your kids outside and reduce the amount of mess you encounter to zero. Basically, you’re going to need some type of old cylindrical container. An old oatmeal container works the best, as it’s long enough to fit a full-sized sheet of paper, and big enough inside to let the paint fly around. With an empty container available, tuck a sheet of paper inside of it. Next, find some rocks or old crayons that you can dip in child’s paint to toss into the container as well. Don’t dunk the crayons in paint, as you only want a little bit of paint to go around. Next seal the lid of the oatmeal container and let your kids have at it. Let them run around outside, tossing the container around, or kicking it along the grass. As the container tumbles, the paint covered crayons are going to splatter paint onto the piece of paper inside the cylinder and make a painting.

No Mess Painting

Peek A Boo

Because toddler’s don’t have what’s known as object permanence, or the ability to understand why you haven’t actually disappeared when you cover your face with your hands, peek a boo is a great way to keep them entertained while you’re outside. Plop your toddler down onto the grass in the middle of the garden and hide behind trees or other things in your yard. You can sneak up behind them and tickle them or giggle in their ears. Peek a boo only works on toddlers for so long, so be sure to take full advantage of this adorable activity before they grow too old for it!

Learning New Words

If you’d just like to get out of the house for a few hours and get away from things like the TV, as we mentioned in the intro paragraphs, why not just go for a walk? Because your toddler still has a lot of learning to do, when you’re on the walk, why not introduce your little one to new words that you may not have said to them before. Because the number of words in nature are almost endless, start by pointing out things like flowers, trees, and birds.

While your young one may not remember everything you tell them, every little bit helps. And when your toddler can finally walk by themselves, try taking them to different parks and nature trails that are bound to be found in your city. Different environments stimulate young minds, so introducing your little one to different places that they probably haven’t ever seen before is a good way to get their imagination working and moving.

Mapping Where You Live

As much as we’d like to get away from modern technology, many of the tools at our finger tips are practically invaluable. Google Maps for instance can help your toddler learn their way around the neighborhood, or even through the downtown area of your city. To do this activity, we recommend printing out a map of your local area and sitting down with your toddler to show them how maps work. Have them pick out something like a lake or cul-de-sac and walk with them to that area.

By guiding them through the map and showing them how they get to each new place, they’ll be able to better understand navigation when you go on bigger journeys. Although navigational skills are seemingly becoming a thing of the past with GPSes becoming as commonplace as a new pair of shoes, giving your toddlers the skills they need to be able to figure out where they are in the future is not only good for safety reasons, it’s a good practical skill to have.

Outdoor Activities for Pre-Schoolers

Once you get past the awkward stages of your little guy or gal not being able to really walk or talk too much, a whole new world of outdoor activities opens up. Pre-Schoolers are by far the easiest to entertain. They’re at a point where they finally have an idea of what’s going on around them and aren’t completely addicted to the TV or video games that have become an issue for much of the world’s youth. Below are a few things you can do with your kids to get them outside and playing instead of being “bored” inside all day. Some of these activities require adult supervision, so remember to keep an eye on your children as they play in the yard.

Treasure Hunt

As a kid, I vividly remember a treasure hunt that we had at a friend’s birthday party one year. I had wished that my parents were able to throw a treasure hunt for me as well, but because our yard wasn’t big enough, it never got to happen. If you’ve got the space, take a few minutes to draw up a map and some clues for your little ones to follow. Remember to make the clues pretty simple to follow, as your little ones probably won’t be able to solve Sherlock Holmes type riddles just yet. Hide a small reward or other activity at the end of the treasure hunt for them to find. You can make this as simple or as complex as you’d like, as there are an endless number of possibilities you can investigate when setting up a treasure hunt for your preschoolers. If you’d like to incorporate spelling and learning into the mix, you can have your child find hidden letters or numbers around the yard to help solve puzzles that will lead them to new clues.

Shapes Hopscotch

We found this idea online a long time ago and wish we could remember where, as we thought it was pretty genius. Shapes are an important part of any pre-schoolers education, however they’re often tough to identify by young ones. If you have some sidewalk chalk lying around, head outside and draw multiple versions of different shapes on the sidewalk so that you have a few triangles, squares, circles, rectangles, etc drawn in the shape of a hopscotch board. Then, play hopscotch as you would normally, but instead of using numbers as the basis for how to move forward, use the shapes that you’ve drawn to help your pre-schooler understand which shapes are which. If they haven’t learned shapes yet, you can substitute the shapes for things like colors or letters of the alphabet to help them learn.

Go to the Park

Believe it or not, parks still exist! Have a look online to find the best city parks for kids (to check if they have things like swings, trails, playsets) and make an afternoon of the trip. You can pack a picnic and have your pre-school aged child help you pack the lunch you want to bring. Going to the park is an easy way to get out of the house without having to design an activity beforehand. There are often plenty of things to do at the park, and even other kids that your young one may get to meet and get along with.

New Mailbox

While this one is an indoor activity, the implementation is for outside use. This one will require a few materials from your local hardware store, but is definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon with your little one. If your mailbox is getting a little old or you’re looking for a change, why not have your pre-schooler help you out with building a new one? All you need to do is either buy a premade mailbox from a hardware store to get started, or figure out how to build one out of aluminum or plastic. With your new mailbox ready to go, buy a pack of outdoor paints that are child-safe and let help your child paint a new mailbox for the house. Unless you have restrictions in your neighborhood, the sky is the limit on what you can paint onto your mailbox and still have your mail delivered. You can even add stencils to the mix to get cool shapes and colors for your mail delivery unit.

Sidewalk Chalk

You probably won’t find this idea on any other websites, as this was something my friends and I came up with when I was pretty young. I got a big box of sidewalk chalk one year for a birthday of mine and at the time, I thought it would be a great idea to turn the cul-de-sac we lived in into a fully fledged soccer field. My dad helped me trace out the lines around the road so that I’d have something to play in between, and with some old traffic cones we had lying around, we were able to set up a soccer field that my friends and I could play on. Sidewalk chalk is pretty cheap, so the only real investment in this one is the time to both draw a few straight lines down a street, as well as the supervising of your kids.

Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

We’re going to define kids as a very broad term that covers a big range of ages. Depending on the maturity of your child and how much you trust him or her to play by themselves, some of these ideas may work for you and some may not. We always recommend exercising supervision over your kids just in case something is to go wrong. Many of these aren’t new ideas, but you may not have thought of some of them in a while (since you were a kid!) We hope that you find something that your children can enjoy during the hot summer months, as it’s the best time to be outside.

Sprinkler

Who doesn’t remember running through the sprinkler as a kid? If you have a hose pipe and a sprinkler available in your yard, send your kids outside in their bathing suits to run through the cool water for an hour or two. As an added bonus, you also get to water your yard in the process. It’s easy to get setup, and if your kids are the right age, they’ll probably run through the water until they’re soaked and tired.

Lemonade Stand

Kids love the idea of setting up a business for themselves, and what better way to help them get started than with a lemonade stand. All you need is a packet of lemonade from your local grocery store and a cardboard box or wooden stand that you can build for them to set up on the street corner with. As with all child-run business ventures, it’s best to keep an eye on your kids as they interact with customers. Although you trust your neighbors, there may be people driving by who aren’t as friendly or as safe as you’d like to hope they are. Set up a stand with your kids one afternoon while you’re mowing the lawn or working in the garden so that you can keep an eye on them.

Water Balloon Fights

Another great idea to cool off during the hot summer months is to buy some water balloons for a big water balloon fight. You can often pick up a few hundred water balloons at the dollar store, which is where I normally buy mine. If you don’t already have the adapter for your outside faucet, these can be found in water balloon kits or at party stores. The nozzle helps you fill the balloons faster and with a lower breakage rate. When my kids fight outside with water balloons, I try to get an old bucket or basin that we can fill up with pre-filled water balloons and then let them run around the yard grabbing more balloons as they see fit. They take a while to fill up, but water balloon fights are definitely a blast.

Fishing

Ah, fishing. I remember the days of father-son fishing bonding when I was a kid. Fishing is a very cheap way to kill an afternoon, as all it requires is some leftover food in your fridge for bait and a fishing rod. If you don’t already have fishing rods, you can either buy a fancy one from the store or make one out of some twine and a stick you find in the back yard. You can buy hooks from just about any hardware store or superstore (like Walmart or Target) for a dollar or two. Before you head out fishing though, be sure to have an idea of where it is you’d like to go. Some states and lakes require a permit to fish, while others allow free reign over fishing. Do your homework before you head to a public lake or fish sanctuary without a license. You get nailed with a hefty fine.

Volunteering

If there are any homeless shelters in your area, consider taking your kids to volunteer for an afternoon. Weekends are generally the busiest time of the week and any extra hands the organization can get are more than welcomed. Bring your kids down for a few hours to get some sunshine and to either help serve food to the homeless people in your community or to clean up around the grounds.

Beach

This one obviously depends on where you live in the country. If you live close to a beach, this one shouldn’t be any trouble to get into. The beach is always full of different ways to have fun. A neat thing you could try is take your kids to the beach for a day on the weekend along with some of your small gardening tools. My mother always had small shovels and buckets lying around from when she’d plant new things in the garden, and they were very easy to repurpose into beach toys for myself and my brother. If you’re going to do this though, be careful which shovels and tools you pick. Some are sharper than others and can hurt little hands if you’re not careful. As mentioned in one of the above tips, you can always pack a picnic to draw out the afternoon with some food and snacks in between swimming in the ocean.

Summer Camp

Movies have really made summer camp out to be the devil’s hideout: a place that kids not only dread, but are tortured over the course of the summer. Luckily, summer camps aren’t at all like this and are actually an amazing way for your kids to spend the summer. Summer camps come in two primary varieties. There’s one type where you send your child away for a few weeks at a time and have them enjoy a number of different activities while they’re away from home, and some that are only day camps. Day camps are places where your kids can go during the day while you’re at work and you can pick them up later in the afternoon when you finish up. Day camps are relatively inexpensive and provide a variety of different activities for your kids to do every day they go. Everything from swimming to group field trips can be found at summer camps. If you can convince their friends’ parents to send their children as well, your little one will have someone they know when they start at camp as well.

Build a Bird Feeder

This one may need the help of a parent to follow through with, as you probably don’t want your son or daughter playing with power tools all by themselves. This design is courtesy of the Martha Stewart website and is really a great idea for how you can make an easy birdfeeder without power tools. Basically, all you need is a mesh bag (you can probably get one of these from the next bag of oranges you buy) and some basic ingredients aren’t the kitchen. Take some peanut butter and vegetable shortening and put it in a small cup that you can put into the microwave. When the peanut butter has been melted, quickly stir in some flour and quick cooking breakfast oats and make a thick mixture within the cup. Let the whole thing cool and settle and take the newly formed peanut butter mold out of the cup it was sitting in. Plop it into the mesh bag you have and hang it from a tree. All of the flavor in the peanut butter mixture will attract birds faster than ever! Be sure to hang this from a tree that isn’t too high to reach, as you don’t want to have to get the ladder back out again when all of the food has been eaten.

Being Involved as a Parent

So, up to this point we’ve been listing off a number of different activities that you can suggest to your kids to prevent them from being bored inside during their summer vacation months. But as a parent, should you be outside with your kids while they have fun with their friends, or should you let them explore on their own and only watch from inside the house to make sure they’re not lighting the grass on fire?

Being a successful parent is a mixture of both things. First of all, you have to be aware of what your kids are up to at all times. As much as we’d like (I know, I’ve had the same thoughts myself) to just watch TV in a lethargic position on the couch after a hard week at work, there’s an unspoken obligation to also spend time with your kids as well. As pesky as they may seem, always wanting juice and cookies right before dinner, spending time with your children is just as important as having cool ideas for them to try out when they go out to play with their friends as well.

If you’re super busy like I am, don’t think that you have to spend every waking moment with your kids to help them develop their football throwing arm or their painting skills. I take 3 or 4 hours out of my day every Saturday or Sunday to go to the park or to play in the yard with my little ones. It’s tough to do sometimes when you have a pile of work to do just calling your name, but you’ll feel a lot better about your relationship with your children if you take the time to play with them and try out some new activities (like the ones listed above).

Additional Ideas

While we think we’ve covered quite a few ideas in the above sections, if you’re looking for additional ways to get your kids outside and playing with their friends as opposed to sitting in front of a computer or television screen, try the following websites. Whether your child is aged 3 or 10, each of these sites has different ideas about what you can do with your child either on the weekend or during summer vacation when there’s not much else going on in the neighborhood. And who knows, maybe if you don’t end up picking one of the ideas you find here or on these sites, you could end up coming up with your own quirky or wild activity that you’d like to share. If that’s the case, feel free to share it in the comments below.

We tried to make all of these ideas cost effective so you’re not out of pocket thousands of dollars erecting a life-size rocket to the moon in the backyard just to get your kids interested in playing outdoors, so if you have something to share, please try to remember that most of us aren’t terribly rich.

Further Reading

Fun Outdoor Games from Go Family
Simple Outdoor Play From Wired.com
Family Education on Outdoor Activities

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26 Awesome and Enjoyable Hobbies For Women To Kill Boredom

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Everyone and their mother seems to have a hobby to go to these days, so why not you too? If you’ve dropped the kids off to school and have already gotten the chores done for the day, why not take some time to start learning something new or taking up a hobby. If you’re stuck for ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve compiled the best lists from all around the Internet to create the ultimate hobbies for women guide around. For your ease (of navigation), I have included a table of content below –

Hobbies for Women – 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s

The importance of hobbies often goes overlooked. Although we’d all like to think of ourselves as productivity machines 24 hours a day, it simply can’t be done. Everyone, including women, need downtime to relax and enjoy the world and to learn new skills. By taking your mind away from work or family, you’ll be able to clear your mind and do those things even better when you need to. Hobbies not only give you a sense of relaxation though. They’re also a great way to pursue something that you’re passionate about.

Just because you’ve started a family or are pursuing professional goals doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have time to focus on the things that you’re most passionate about. By engaging in lighthearted and fun activities you can relieve stress (which is good for both mental and physical well being), and learn new skills and techniques that can be applied to other areas of your life.

Out-of-Comfort-Zone Hobbies for Women

If you’re still early on in your years, you may not be tied down to a family or commitments just yet. You can use this extra free time that you have to invest in something you’re passionate about. Instead of trying to separate all of the different age groups into different “demographics” to insinuate that some women can do things that other women can’t because of their age, we’ve compiled all of the hobbies we could into an easy to navigate list. We want to mention that, some of them will push you out of your “daily life” zone. Good luck!

Although some of these hobbies are a little dated, we’ve thrown in some “21st century” ones that can only be done with the use of that expensive computer you just bought.

Blogging

Writing has typically been a hobby for women throughout the ages. In this day and age, the trend is no different. Although, now instead of writing by hand, we all have access to the internet where our thoughts can be shared with the entire world instead of just the leather covers of a bound book. If you have thoughts that you’d like to share with the world, all you have to do is set up a free blog at either wordpress.com or blogger.com to get started! Share the blog with your friends and family and watch them spread the word as your thoughts become more and more in depth. Blogging helps improve your writing and analytical skills, which are both useful in the professional world as well!

Jewelry Making

This hobby shows up a lot on hobby blogs, but rarely do women actually get into it. Making jewelry is as easy as heading down to your local craft stores and picking up some beads or precious stones and making necklaces or bracelets out of them. If you really like the final product that you come out with, you can set up a store on your blog or on eBay to sell your crafty creations. There are quite a few women who do this already, which means that the competition is pretty steep online, but if your product is good enough, people will come.

Belly Dancing

Here’s one you probably don’t see every day. Belly dancing is both a great workout and a sexy way to impress your man. Don’t worry if you’re uncoordinated and rough on the dance floor. Belly dancing is different from regular dancing and anyone can learn. Sign up for some belly dancing classes at your local gym or fitness center to see if you like it. You can even sign up for the classes with your friends so the embarrassment can be shared by everyone.

Hobbies for Young Women

If you’re still young enough to be able to stretch, contort, and use your body in unusual ways, these hobbies may be for you. Some of these hobbies for women in their 20’s aren’t typically thought of as “hobbies,” but instead workouts. However, a hobby doesn’t necessarily have to be something that you do at your kitchen table while the husband is away.

Hobbies are anything that make you feel good about yourself and better you in some way, be it hobbies for women at home or outdoors, these few suggestions do all of the above.

Modeling

Modeling may seem a bit farfetched, but many women do it to raise a bit of extra cash to either pay for school or for a night on the town. Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable in front of the camera and are willing to put in the hard work required to make yourself into a decent model. While it may seem easy on television, being a model requires a lot of skill and discipline and generally isn’t something that happens overnight. To get started, all you have to do is browse through Craiglist or the local paper to see if there are any easy modeling jobs nearby. Give them a call, send in a headshot, and who knows, maybe you’ll land your first modeling gig!

Singing

Singing is a pretty universal hobby for both women young and old. However, if you’d like to make some money doing it or turn your hobby and passion into a career, being young gives you an advantage. If you don’t have much experience singing, we suggest enrolling in some vocal lessons at a local studio. Voice lessons aren’t terribly cheap, but you can often get a discount if you order a few lessons at a time. Take 5 or 6 lessons to see how you feel about your singing endeavors, and if you don’t like where they’re headed, try something new.

Photography

Photography is often thought to have high startup costs, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Photography is one of the best cheap hobbies for women that you can find. If you have a cell phone with a decent camera, you’re ready to get started. Look up a few photography lessons online to see where to get started. If you’re really passionate about your new hobby, consider saving up for a nice DSLR camera or something similar to take your passion to the next level.

Hobbies for Older Women

Hobbies for elderly women often involve playing some type of board game or putting together a puzzle. Just because you’re getting on in your life doesn’t mean that your hobbies have to be boring and uninteresting. Hopefully these tips and ideas light a fire within your creative spirit and you too can engage in some of these top hobbies for women.

Canning Fruit and Vegetables

If you’re retired, chances are you have quite a bit of extra time on your hands. You can invest this time into growing a fruit or vegetable garden where you can take the fruit and can it to give or sell to your friends. If you don’t think you have the time to grow a garden, consider buying some fruit or vegetables from the local store and canning those instead. Canned fruit and vegetables are still popular these days, and there’s no reason why you can’t join in the fun with this easy and inexpensive hobby.

Book Clubs

If you’re an avid reader, why not team up with others in the community and start a book club. Book clubs are a great way to not only share a few laughs with friends, but to also enjoy more books that you probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. Book clubs inspire creativity by getting all of the members to step outside of their comfort zone and read things that may not have ordinarily interested them.

Art Classes

Before you shoot the idea down, art classes are welcoming of people of any age. If you’re not sure of your artistic abilities, that’s all the more reason to join an art class or club to meet new people and try something new. Art classes are generally held at local community colleges or at libraries. Have a look online to see where art classes are held in your community and give something new a try!

Unusual Hobbies for Women

While the hobbies themselves may not be unusual, these interesting hobbies for women could get you excited about something you may never thought of yourself doing. While these hobbies are obviously universal, some of them are better suited for younger women. These aren’t necessarily hobbies for women over 50, but if you’re willing to give anything a try at least once, you may surprise yourself with your ability to do some of these.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing, both indoor and outdoor, has become one of the most popular hobbies for women in the past few years. Not only is it relatively inexpensive to get started, it’s also extremely engaging and challenging for both men and women alike. Although you may not think of yourself as strong or athletic, rock climbing is more of a strategic sport than anything else. While muscles can help, they’re not necessarily going to make you good at the sport. Many cities have indoor rock climbing gyms where you can get the basics down and move on to an outdoor setting down the road.

Flying

No, we’re not talking about getting on board a Delta flight to head out to Las Vegas. We’re talking about taking flying lessons to obtain your personal pilot’s license. Being a pilot is much easier than people think and can be accomplished within just a few months. With your license in hand, you can rent or fly planes as you want to fly all over the country or just around your state. Flying is a bit expensive, but once you get the hang of it, your lessons will pay for themselves when you can rent your services out to other people.

Parkour

This one may best be left to those in tip top physical shape, but if you’re bold enough to try new things, this could be for you as well. Parkour is the act of using unusual city landscapes to move around. Sound confusing? Think of it more as a run through the city and using the buildings as a way to dance through your run as you go. A video would be the best way to show what parkour actually is. It’s not only a physical workout, it’s also a great way to get a better idea of the city you know and love.

Top 10 Hobbies for Women

We’ve covered a lot of ground so far in these hobby listings, but what are the top 10? Hobbies stretch far and wide in the world, but we’ve whittled things down into the top hobbies for women at the moment. They range from physical exercise all the way down to curling up in bed and enjoying a little R&R. Let us know if we hit the mark with these or if there are other great hobbies for women that we missed.

Cooking

It may sound stereotypical to say that cooking is a woman’s hobby, but hear us out. Cooking is a great hobby for just about anyone. Not only do you get to play around with different types of flavors and textures, you’ll learn some great meal ideas while you’re at it. We recommend picking up some cookbooks to get some ideas for when you start, but once you have the basics down, the sky is the limit. Experiment however you’d like and we’re sure you’ll come up with great ideas.

Running/Jogging

This hobby is sure to get you into shape fast. If you don’t already exercise regularly, now may be the time to start something new. Running and jogging don’t just have to be about getting fit, but instead could be sued as a way to clear your head. Going for a jog for at least half an hour a day is sure to not only get your legs looking nice, but also clear your head from all of the stress of the day.

Sports

While sports in general are the point of this part of the list, we’d like to draw attention to one sport in particular: golf. Golf often goes overlooked by women as a “guy’s game.” Although the acronym, golf, excludes women from playing, getting out onto the course with your boyfriend or significant other can be a real bonding experience. It gets you away from the house for a while and helps you get a bit of fresh air. Plus, drinking is generally encouraged on the golf course, and who doesn’t like a beer or two during the afternoon?

Gardening

Starting a small garden in your back yard or outside the front porch can be a lot of fun. You’ll add some aesthetic value to your home and you can have all of the joy of taking care of something as well. Gardening isn’t for the impatient though. If you’re going to get started with planting different flowers and trees, remember that everything takes time to grow. It may take a few weeks or months before you see any of the fruits of your labor, but when it does sprout through the ground, you can be that much more proud of it.

Music

We mentioned learning to sing in one of the subsections, but music as a whole can be a lot of fun. If you don’t already know how to play an instrument, it can be a great way to let off some steam and unleash your creative side. Creativity has been shown to boost happiness and longevity, so what are you waiting for? Strum out a few chords on that guitar you’ve had sitting in your attic for all these years.

Reading

If you’re the type that likes to read a lot, why don’t you check out joining a book club or a group that introduces new books to each other. If you’re stuck for ideas, you can always check out the best sellers’ list at your local bookstore to figure out something new to read that way. Reading is a good way to kill time and get lost in different worlds. Reading is also linked to helping creativity, so why not give it a shot in conjunction with playing music or something similar?

Trip Planning

Although some may call it a vacation, one of the most fun hobbies for women is planning miniature trips. Be they to the beach for a weekend or across the country for a week off, planning a few trips a year can really keep the monotony of a job or life broken up. You’ll always have something to look forward to. Try to make the trips as cheap as possible so you’re not breaking the bank every time you decide to go somewhere. You can use sites like expedia.com to book last minute deals if you want to just get away for a weekend once in a while as well.

Learning a Language

Knowing a second language is often considered sexy by many men. If you’re not sure where to begin with learning a language, you can always check out books from the local library that can help you get started. If those aren’t cutting it, consider enrolling in some basic language classes at your local college or university until you get the hang of basic phrases or ideas and build from there. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect to be fluent in just a few hours. Learning a foreign language takes practice, and what better way to practice than to talk to your boyfriend with your new words?

Video Games

Believe it or not, girl gamers are on the rise (big time) and more and more games are coming out every day. If you’ve never taken the time to try your hand at playing video games, why not start now? There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of entry level games that can help you get on your way to dominating Xbox live. If you’re looking to get your boyfriend involved, chances are he’d be more than happy to play with you while you learn the ropes of his favorite games. Hobbies don’t just have to be personal!

Scrap Booking

This one is a timeless classic that has been around since your grandmother’s were born. Scrap booking is the art of making a book or packet out of all of the photos you have around your house. Be they from your sister’s wedding or from your last vacation, a scrap book is a great way to remember all of the things you did that you took photos of. There are plenty of scrapbooking blogs online these days too, and you’re sure to find some great ideas for your own projects from them.

Money Making Hobbies for Women

We all like to make a bit of extra cash on the side, right? Just because a hobby is relaxing doesn’t mean it can’t earn you some extra money on the side. These easy hobbies for women are designed to not only bring some fun into your life, but also give you a bit of money to play around with to buy birthday presents or have fun with when you hit the town this weekend.

eBay

The most well known money making method on the Internet is the art of finding things around your house that you no longer want or need and selling them on the internet. eBay is rife with buyers looking to buy everything from that old computer you have tucked under your bed to that silverware set your grandmother gave you. Take a few hours (or days) to inventory all of the junk it is you have at home and figure out what you can sell online and what belongs in the trash. Setting up an eBay account is easy and once you’ve gotten your things listed online, it’s time to sit back and watch the money roll in.

Freelance Writing

If you did well in English during your college years, chances are you’re ready to be a freelance writer. Freelance writing involves writing product reviews and informational articles for websites. Content providers pay pretty well when it comes to the articles you can write for them. If you’re good enough at what you do, you can easily make $15-$20 an hour by working full time. The work can get a bit boring if you’re not careful, but for those that only want to write for an hour or two each day, the extra cash it can bring in can help out quite a bit.

Website Creation

We talked about blogging elsewhere in this article, but blogging about a hobby you’re passionate about can bring in some cash as well. Although breaking into the blog arena is difficult these days, making a website about your hobby or passion can bring in a few extra dollars each month. By updating your site with tips and tricks for other enthusiasts, you can make money off of ad revenue on your website each time someone visits your site. Generating traffic is difficult, but if you provide informative enough articles, people will find you eventually.

Photography

Lastly, photography is a great way to bring in some extra dough. If you’re good enough at taking pictures, why not consider hiring yourself out to your friends or coworkers to take photos at their wedding. You don’t have to charge huge sums of money like the pros do to start off, but when you get good, a free weekend you have taking photos could bring in some awesome cash. One thing to watch out for when considering photography though is the high cost involved with purchasing new equipment all the time.

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