Your child may not a team sports player; he may just not want to engage in team sports and may never show interest in them. And that’s completely fine. But do you wonder if there is something else that you could encourage him to participate in? Because we know of all the skills that children can learn through engaging in kids camps, kids activities and kids holiday programmes, it really is worth taking the time to find that particular thing that floats his boat!
In the past few blogs we have written about decision-making skills, confidence and self-esteem, social skills, developing friendships, teamwork… and now to strategic thinking.
If you search, you will find other kids activities and kids camps and kids programmes that he may feel more comfortable in. Have you thought about creative writing? Or coding?
So, if your child doesn’t want to play soccer or netball, don’t despair, there are lots of other ways to develop these fundamental life skills. If your child is more of a ‘thinker’ than a sports player, then there are some great kids programmes and activities that you can access to help stretch the minds and develop those all-important critical thinking skills. There are several more introvert-friendly activities that are amazing at developing strategic thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills.
Creative writing is great for developing critical thinking and also strengthens memory, concentration and mental endurance. Lego clubs are fantastic at developing critical thinking, mental precision and communication skills. How about debating? Or literature clubs?
And if your child is a team sports player, then this too can help in the development of strategic thinking, “[team sports] are also good at helping kids develop some strategic thinking: ‘What’s the other team good at? How will we defend against that?” says Katherine Firestone, founder of Fireborn Institute, a nonprofit that provides parents with clear, practical and easy-to-remember strategies to help their children thrive in school.
So, on the pitch playing soccer, or in the classroom playing chess… your little one will be developing his or her strategic thinking!