Do you have a hobby you share with your child? If so, let us know what it is and at what age kids can start participating, and links to a picture we can use if you have one!

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When is a child old enough to learn to knit? I've tried a few times and my five and a half year old daughter, Maya, has finally taken to it! We started on some scrap yarn but it just wasn't right. I wanted bigger needles and thicker yarn so she would see the progress to keep her motivated. We went to Loop in Philly, one of the shops I frequented when we lived there. I used to take Maya there when she was a baby and, to my surprise, they remembered us! I just love local yarn shops...

We got started that night. She sat on my lap and I cast on ten stitches. She watched me do a few stitches, we did a few with her hands on mine and then I watched and coached her while she finished the row. She did amazing for a beginner! It was so hard to let her make mistakes because I knew how to fix them but she really seemed to get it. We are now trying to knit together when we have down time and she has dubbed it her "favorite thing". She even brought it in for show and tell!

http://www.mammagranate.com/2013/06/little-knitter.html

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I *love* music. I can remember being little and my parents playing all sorts of music from The Righteous Brothers, to Janis Joplin, to Hank Williams Jr. Certain songs bring me back to fond memories. I wanted the same for my son, so I started playing lots of different types of music for him early on. He obviously has his kiddie favorites ("The Wheels on the Bus" & "Itsy Bitsy Spider"), but people are amazed that at four he loves listening to John Lennon and Bob Marley :)

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My daughters and I do crafts all the time and particular enjoy playing with herbal crafts especially when it comes to making gifts for special people in our lives!

http://mamarosemary.com/blog/2011/12/14/lovely-teacher-gifts

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I am lucky in that my relationship with my daughter is an extremely close one. We take road trips all the time. We also love going to Disneyland spontaneously! Discovering new places, learning about culture and other people is a hobby of ours. We also volunteer together often. We've been doing that since she was very little.

My daughter and I LOVE music & sports. We go to concerts & sporting events together all the time. Local free sporting events in your community and art festivals with live bands are great hobbies that can be shared.

I think it's never to young to engage our children in hobbies, but it's important to not force our likes on them.

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My son is 15 almost 16 months. While we haven't really gotten much interaction going on there are many hobbies I hope we can participate in together! He already helps us in the garden, sometimes he pulls more then weeds, but we don't mind! One thing we did do is make his halloween costume, this is something we will do every year together rather then buying something at the store!

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The super little ones love textures and anything with their hands. You could have him fingerpaint on a large piece of canvas (outside is way less of a mess at cleanup time) or work with homemade clay. At 16 months, helping carry tools for your hobbies might be an option or be a cheerleader for your sports or fitness activities. Kids have super short attention spans but they can do so much! :)

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Dancing. I'm not totally sure if it's a hobby but I turn on the music and my daughter gets so excited. I just spin around and act like a goof in my room and she cracks up :) She loves it! Dancing is a great thing to do with our kids because it helps wear them out. Well sometimes.

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As a child, my mother taught me to crochet and cook (among other things). I'm working on passing down these same skills to my daughters. They are picking up cooking faster than crocheting. I think 5 or 6 years old is about the youngest age to start with either, though it would have to be simple things - crocheted chain stitches and rolling cookie dough.
Here's a blog post about our three generations cooking dinner together.

http://slackermomof4.blogspot.com/2012/11/family-cooking-making-mandoo-korean.html

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My daughter loves making beaded jewelry, and decided to sell her work and donate the proceeds to a charity. We shop together for the beads, pendants and findings, and she's learning entrepreneurial skills from the process. You can see more of her work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DoriJewelry. Of course almost any age can string beads - the pieces get more complex as the child gets older. We've taken mother/daughter beading classes at the local bead store.

http://www.doriproject.blogspot.com/

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I love to bake and make cakes and cookies for family and friends for special occasions. My boys, especially my 2 oldest, love to create in the kitchen as well. They've been helping as long as they've been able to stand on a bench at the counter and now at 9 and 11 are pretty independent bakers. Even my 2 yr old daughter insists on stirring batters and mixing in eggs.

I have many posts about their baking. I'll share just a couple though:

http://allboyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2012/03/kids-in-kitchen-weekly-wrap-up.html
http://allboyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2011/09/tn-valley-fair-culinary-arts-wrap-up.html

http://sadie423.hubpages.com/hub/Giving-kids-responsibility-in-the-kitchen

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My daughter and I love to make jam together. We started making jam when she was 3. It's a wonderful activity for children -- most love all the mashing, pouring and stirring and the "kitchen science" aspect that occurs when fruit becomes jam. It's also a great activity for family bonding and sharing long afternoons in the kitchen, making things together. (And, of course, the jam itself tastes fantastic!) My daughter's a teen now and we still make jam together whenever we can.

http://www.slowfamilyonline.com/2012/08/stir-up-some-triple-berry-jam/

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