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As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of hobbies, from painting to pottery, macrame to poetry, dance to music — I’ve dedicated my whole life to learning random whatevers my mind happens to land on at any given day. This has created an IKEA shelf I dubbed “Hobby Things”, where one can find anything from clay, ropes and crystal beads to a long abandoned ukulele.
Having a hobby that allows you to use your hands are a great way to engage your brain. Based on what neurologists suggest, adults tend to cease cumulative learning as we age. As a young person, we spent most of our time learning, but that decreases as our knowledge and assumptions grow, especially when we leave the workforce. However, research says that if we continue to engage in learning, we can sharpen memory, sequential ordering, problem solving and language.
Basically, if you want to keep your mind sharp, you just got to keep learning. Luckily, hobbies are really fun ways to learn something new! Here are some easy DIY kits to get you started.
Latticework is slow-going yet satisfying. This kit allows you to dip your toes into the world of woodworking!