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Hobbies for Kids - Juggling

 

What is Juggling ?

The most well known form of juggling is toss juggling.  This is the art of keeping two or more objects in the air, for a certain amount of time, by alternately tossing and catching them.  There are two types of jugglers: Hobbyists and entertainers.  Entertainers are those who juggle for a living and their goal is to amuse their audience.  Hobbyists are those who juggle for fun.   Appropriate items for hobbyist jugglers to use include: balls, clubs, beanbags, rings, apples, and scarves. 

Why is Juggling a good Hobby?

Juggling is a great past time for kids and it can be turned into a great hobby.  It inspires imagination, and creativity and it helps improve eye-hand coordination.  Juggling is a physical activity that requires concentration and focus as well as commitment and dedication.  It is a great deal of fun and it can be done anywhere.  It is a challenge to learn the technique and there is always room for improvement.  Lastly, juggling is very inexpensive.

Tips for the Amateur Juggler...

  • Start by selecting a location that is safe to juggle.  You need to be an outstretched arms distance from people and valuable objects.

  • Remember to keep things slow and steady and to stand with your knees slightly bent.

  • The object should be thrown from hand to hand in an arc at about eye level.  Do not look at your hands, keep your eyes where the ball reaches its peak in the air.

  • Throw the object using your elbow instead of your wrist or shoulder.

  • It is best to start with something that is slow moving and soft.  For example scarves, pieces of material, or plastic grocery bags are ideal for a beginner.  You want to stay away from anything that will bounce or roll.

  • You must set short term goals for improvement.  Once you have mastered the scarves test your skills by moving on to beanbags.

  • After beanbags it is time to move on to small balls.  Remember, they need to be about the same size and weight.  Classic juggling balls for kids can be purchased at hobby shops, toy stores or on the internet for approximately $10. 

  • Frequent small practice sessions, twenty minutes once a day, is more beneficial than long sessions once a week.

  • Remember that practice makes perfect!

There are local juggling clubs where individuals go to watch, learn or juggle just for fun.  The levels of the members range from amateur to professional.  It is a great place to go to learn how to juggle or to improve existing skills.  A resource for locating clubs is the Internet Juggling Database.

Click here for Beginner Instruction Video

Click here for Instructions on How to Make Juggling Balls