The Meaning of Hobby:
By a hobby we lean a pursuit or occupation which is not directly connected with one’s duties or business. This pursuit r occupation is pursued generally in spare time and or the sake of pleasure and joy which it provides. Profit motive is completely absent in such a pursuit. Enjoy ability and creativeness’s are the two chief characteristics of a hobby.
Value of Hobbies:
The present machine age has placed enough leisure time at the disposal of man. Every prudent man would like to make the best use of this in opportunity. Hobbies provide a good opportunity to make use of leisure time. Childhood is the best time to choose a hobby and a good selection always brings happiness and joy to an individual.
There being differences in tastes, temperaments and interests, no single hobby can suit everybody. We pick up a hobby which has a special appeal for us.
Hobbies give scope to the development of the [mate tendencies of children. A man’s inner self is expressed during hobby hours. To some, these help in preparing for a vocation like painting and photography.
Some of the hobbies like stamp collecting, writing and gardening, etc., supplement class work. These ‘ lobbies introduce an element of ‘play’ in class work
To some, hobbies help in providing mental relief from the worries of life.
Different Types of Hobbies:
(a) Collections of all sorts, e.g., pictures, stamps, coins, feathers, nature collections, objects, minerals etc.
(b) Handwork of various types such as paper- mache, card-board, clay modeling, toy making, printing, cookery, knitting, spinning and weaving, book-binding, flower-making etc.
(c) Skills such as electrical and mechanical repairs, carpentry, plaster work, cane weaving etc.
(d) Gardening, keeping of domestic pets and birds, tree planting etc.
The Selection of a Hobby: The following points should be observed in selecting leisure time hobbies:
(i) They should provide recreation.
(ii) They should have a good effect upon the personality of an individual.
(iii) They should cater to the needs of adolescent nature.
(iv) They should provide for the development of mentally healthy attitude.
(v) They should conform to the accepted social tenets.
(vi) They should be closely connected with environment and past traditions of the community.
(vii) They should be inexpensive as far as possible.