Nearly two thirds of children have turned to music to boost their mood in the past year, new research claims.
A study of 1,000 pre-teens aged 5 to12 found that when choosing a new activity, 18 per cent said it’s important that it involves music, while 31 per cent want to be creative.
Three in 10 have enjoyed more opportunities to be creative in the last 12 months, such as writing songs (10 per cent), dancing (19 per cent) and filming and sharing videos.
And 64 per cent said these music-related activities have positively impacted their overall mood.
More than four in 10 have discovered new ways to play in the past year, with a third finding new hobbies with their friends virtually.
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In fact, 32 per cent of activities have been online during this time.
It also emerged that more than half of children have been discovering outlets for self-expression and learning via positive mood-boosting activities.
The most enjoyable pastimes were found to revolve around tech, including watching YouTube, playing on apps (37 per cent) and taking and editing photos (15 per cent).
Other new hobbies children have explored include baking (40 per cent), drawing (37 per cent), playing with building blocks, e.g. LEGO (29 per cent), and learning a musical instrument (14 per cent).
The research was…