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4 Ideas of Creative Hobbies for Teenagers

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published May 19th 2013
How to help a teenager develop creativity
The teenage years not only define a child's personality, they are also the most creative period of one's life. This is that phase of our existence when we turn from being a child into a fully fledged adult. This stage of a person's life is extremely important because it is during these years that major shapings determine who we really are as a person.

When it comes to a teenager's spare time, a whole lot of parents are concerned with helping their kids find an interesting hobby that would suit their personality and boost their creativity. Here are some of the hobbies teenagers can take up, as a temporary pastime or as a firm base for their future professional life.

photography hobby


Photography is all about being creative and having an eye for beauty. It's about the way we see the outside world through the lens of a camera, which can capture the most amazing shots and even turn an ugly reality into art. Photography takes time and a lot of practise, but it can eventually be very rewarding. Before buying an expensive camera, it is advisable teenagers patiently practise on the one they already own, in order to hone their photographic skills.


If you think that your kid has his/her way with words, then you should know that writing is the hobby with most chances of self expression and professional growth. Writing means weaving thoughts and turning them into beautiful words. All the material such a creative teenager needs is a computer or a tablet nowadays. Plus, the internet has opened a wide array of writing profession. Hence, this hobby could be your kid's chance for a prolific profession, as he/she can write reviews and articles for newspapers or websites and earn money out of them. Combined with some marketing skills, writing can be the key to a prosperous online business.


Drawing reflects one's creativity at its best. Having artistic drawing skills means being able to see and judge a picture and transferring it on paper. Drawing is mainly artistry and talent, but there are several technical aspects to be learned and then fine tuned through practise. Very good guides are easily available either online or in a specialised shop, and they help improve accuracy and expressivity. A major decision to make is whether you prefer oil, pastel or water, and later on you can pick a specific style to work upon such as landscapes, portraits, etc.


If your teenager is good at doing things with his/her hands, it would be a good idea to encourage him/her into taking on a crafting hobby. This is a great way of driving their energy into something creative, which (with some talent and perseverance) can turn into a nice source of extra income. Taking into consideration the child's preferences, you can orient him/her towards jewelry making, decorative items crafting, paper quilting, sewing, etc.
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