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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!
With the Japanese art of fixing broken things with gold, you can give old things a new lease of life.
We know, self-love and all right? Instead of buying one off the shelf, there's satisfaction in burning something you made yourself, like candles!
If you cannot stop buying earrings, maybe make your own, so you'll always be spoilt for choices.
Make cute tiny decorations, earrings or more with these flexible polymer clay that can be baked in the oven.
Now you can make your own soap, and smell good after! Perhaps infuse it with some crystals to heighten the feel-good effect?
If you're (still) a proud plant parent after all these months, perhaps think about moving your plants to a new fancy habitat in the form of a macrame plant hanger?
This 1-line embroidery kit is a great introduction to this age-old form of art.
Combine your love for crystal and jewelry making with this natural crystal chips set!