What are the activities best suited to the child after school? After a day at school, won’t it be too tiring to also fill his afternoons with extra commitments? According to psychologist Anna Maria Roncoroni, psychologist and president of Aistap, it is necessary to let the child try out the various activities, take into account his nature and his age group. Below, here are all the activities suggested by age.
How to choose extracurricular activities
- Extracurricular activities are more suitable for primary school. The primary school years are the best to let the child know more activities possible in the various areas, not only sports but also scientific, artistic, musical, in order to offer him the opportunity to understand what are his interests. “It is the age in which they” absorb “the most, and for this reason, before enrolling them in a course, it is important to accompany them to exhibitions, theatrical performances, scientific festivals, computer or art workshops, so they understand what makes them curious and he is more passionate about them, “said psychologist Roncoroni. As for physical activity, it is important that the child, before choosing, has the opportunity to try different types and different types of sports, both individual and group. Moreover, for the choice of sport, it is appropriate to listen to his preferences, which must be respected because the extracurricular activity must be pleasant.
- The most appropriate extracurricular activities for middle school. During middle school, in general, the interests expressed in previous years are consolidated, so it is perfect if the child continues to attend the activity he has already chosen, just as there may also be that he asks to change courses. In both cases, it is important to support the child so that he does not abandon the activity, but to encourage him to carry on what interests him most. “At the end of the average cycle, the boy is the right age to go abroad to attend a language course. If this is not possible, a good alternative is to let them attend summer camps where English activities take place, “explained the expert.
- Extracurricular activities indicated for high school. With the beginnings of high school, there is a very high percentage of abandonment of the activities attended in previous years, because the time devoted to study increases, tastes change and the desire to go out and be with the companions grows. “But if it succeeds, it would be good not to stop, because the sport is a protective factor against so many typical temptations of age (small hours, smoking, consumption of alcohol), obliges us to abide by rules and keep the body as healthy as possible », Clarified Roncoroni.
Sports and children, which to choose
Generally, parents start having their children play sports around the age of three or six. But what are the best disciplines? «At the beginning, it is better to opt for an activity as generic as possible, such as swimming or gymnastics, in order to favor a harmonious development of the whole body. Activities that are too specific, such as football or tennis, are contraindicated because the child has not yet acquired neither adequate dexterity nor physical development », explained Armando Calzolari, Head of the Complex Operational Unit of Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Sport of the Bambino Gesù Hospital Rome.
In this regard, the instructor Giuseppe Gangemi, Coordinator of the Scuola Nuoto FIN (Italian Swimming Federation) of the ‘Villaggio Dello Sport Parco Caserta’ in Reggio Calabria, said: «It is also true, however, that in this age group there is no it is a lot of difference between the various sports, because in all the cases the approach is ludic and the specific discipline of the sport is not entered. Until the age of six, in fact, one cannot talk about real sport, but more about the experience of one’s body, at an age when the individual is very receptive to learning new things ».
Only over the years, the child through sporting practice will have the possibility to gradually develop the various skills up to adolescence when certain potentials can be perfected with training and according to one’s individual talent.
After six years there is progressive development of both the physical and the coordination of movements, which allows the approach to new sports, such as athletics or basketball.