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Giddyuphorsey Sun 11-Jan-15 22:30:43

My dd is 10, I am trying to think of a club or organised hobby she can get involved in.
She has done ballet, gym, an archaeology club, riding lessons, an athletics club and currently has piano lessons and swimming lessons. Slightly worried that she doesn't seem able to stick at anything but that's another issue!
She likes drawing and crafting but I want her do develop skills and be with other people...have tried googling for this type of club but no further.
What is you 10/11 year old girl into??
Thanks in advance!

CrystalQueen Sun 11-Jan-15 22:36:58


PollyannaWhittier Sun 11-Jan-15 22:38:12

I don't have one, but when I was a 10 / 11 year old girl I loved going to Guides. All sorts of activities, and a big focus on teamwork and other skills.

eae123 Sun 11-Jan-15 22:38:28

Guides, it would be great for her!

Lots of different crafts/badges and lots of other people.
Everybody is always lovely as well grin

Giddyuphorsey Sun 11-Jan-15 22:39:44

She did Rainbows and didn't want to do Brownies, so don't think she'll go for guides smile

KiaOraOAotearoa Sun 11-Jan-15 22:42:31

Mine hated the guides! The whole 'girly-girly' and badges for serving tea and baking cakes really annoyed her. We don't have scouts around here, she'd probably been more suited for that.

Try drama? Chess?

Gautami Sun 11-Jan-15 22:49:28

My daughter's guides is definitely not girly girly. They do a whole range of activities and she has a ball. Rainbows was very boring and she nearly left, but brownies was fantastic. It's very much hit and miss with each group, but It would be worth re-visiting with her, especially as she likes to chop and change.

Otherwise my 10 yr old does gymnastics, trampolining, street dance, guitar, youthclub (local church), ice skating and drama camp. (some of these things are in the holidays rather than weekly.

Giddyuphorsey Sun 11-Jan-15 22:50:01

I'll keep searching. Need a nice children's art club or a kids sewing club...she'd love that, but I can't see that this exists!

Gautami Sun 11-Jan-15 22:52:59

Two of our local theatre's have regular children/family art clubs and quite often have more art 'days' or events.

Maybe have a look there.

Gautami Sun 11-Jan-15 22:54:17

Oops, posted too soon.

I also know of a 2 craft galleries that do sewing/craft/art clubs,

What area are you in?

IAlreadyToldSanta Sun 11-Jan-15 22:58:20

Our local art gallery has lots of events/days for children in the school holidays. A lotdof them are aimed at your dd's age and up. My dd is 11 and has been to where a cartoonist came along and another where they had to go over to the nearby beach and collect things to make into a piece of art. Might be worth checking your local one and seeing if they have anything similar.

otherwise, are you any good at art yourself? What about setting up your own club? Maybe the school would let you do it in the hall aafter school finishes.

Giddyuphorsey Sun 11-Jan-15 22:59:09

Hello in Wiltshire/Somerset area.

BackforGood Sun 11-Jan-15 23:00:43

Scouts - brilliant organisation. All my dc have got so much out of it.

Giddyuphorsey Sun 11-Jan-15 23:01:50

Rubbish at art myself! Also work FT so not a lot of spare time. I live in a fairly rural area so not many art galleries...but I will start thinking out the box a bit and keep my eyes open for opportunities.
Thanks everyone.

clary Sun 11-Jan-15 23:11:32

band (at a secondary school, bands at all levels for all abilities from across the area)
am dram eg local panto

My dd (she is 13 now) also does some things yr DD has not liked - ballet, gym, athletics.

Gautami Sun 11-Jan-15 23:15:49

Ah, nowhere near me - we're up north.

good luck with the search.

DontCallMeBaby Sun 11-Jan-15 23:30:13

DD is ten, does three different drama things (an after school club, a group that meets over the summer, and the youth branch of the am dram society), trampolining, string group and orchestra (she plays cello). Gymnastics as well, though you say that's been tried and discarded, and is starting Guides this week - which I hope will be better than Rainbows and Brownies, which she enjoyed but I thought were rubbish!

I have the opposite problem with her - she never wants to give anything up. grin

If Guides or Scouts is out, you could go hippy or militaristic - Woodcraft Folk or a forces cadet corps (I did both as a child/teen, although not at the same time, that would have been REALLY weird).

For art and craft activities you might be better off looking at notice boards in local venues - they're not always online.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 11-Jan-15 23:36:15

My just turned 11 year old is into music in a big way, but apart from this which takes up much of her time she likes youth club type of activities.

If your dd does lots of organised stuff already, is there not a club that's more of a drop in chill out with friends type of place. Activities to sign up to if you want or you can just play table tennis, climb a wall, or play pool etc.

Mistigri Mon 12-Jan-15 06:22:22

If she likes trying lots of different activities then I'd have thought guides would be ideal.

Maybe she doesn't stick to things because she's not given the opportunity to choose her activities herself?

JulieMichelleRobinson Mon 12-Jan-15 12:58:13

When I was a Guide it was definitely a girly-girly company (suited me fine)... but my brother was a Sea-Scout which was fantastic. Check out what's in the area for Guides/Scouts as they can vary a lot depending who is running it.

St. John's Ambulance Cadets? Learning first aid skills etc. is a really useful thing to do and I loved it as a 6yo 'Badger'.

See if anyone local offers the Arts Award, which is a nationally recognised qualification for 'exploring' all areas of the arts. If you can find somewhere, it would mean that your DD's skills are encouraged and developed in a structured way and the accreditation is a bonus.

At 11 I did:
Orchestra (violin lessons at school)
Drama (I mainly did lots of prose reading stuff, weirdly)
Sign Language club at school

I think that's it.

artforartsake Mon 12-Jan-15 13:04:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MomOfTwoGirls2 Mon 12-Jan-15 16:36:14

I have 2 DDs, age 10 and 12.
How about trying different style of dance other than ballet? Ballet is very structured and not a lot of fun (DD2 loves it, DD1 hates it). Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz...

Or Cheer Leading seems to be getting pretty popular where we live.

Lots of kids enjoy Drama or Musical Theatre. Both are very sociable, and end of term/end of year shows are often a very bonding experience for the children involved.

Ferguson Mon 12-Jan-15 20:40:44

When I did voluntary work in schools, supporting pupils who might get into trouble in the playground after lunch, so we had a 'drop in' resource room.

I was surprised when a Yr6 girl, who teachers found 'difficult', told me she was a St John's Ambulance Junior Cadet, and loved helping people.

nonicknameseemsavailable Mon 12-Jan-15 21:22:31

hmm I would suggest considering cheerleading, teamgym, St John Ambulance (I did a lunchtime club at school - useful skill and we had great fun making fake cuts etc), drama, glee club etc, any sciencey or history type interest? ask at museums. or nature places, they might have some sort of young ranger type groups. languages? ask at local craft shops or adult groups if they might consider setting up a children's group? nothing to lose.

nonicknameseemsavailable Mon 12-Jan-15 21:30:53

a book club of some sort? do you have an art shop near you? you could ask them about art groups/lessons.

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