Starchild: Hobbies bring out the best in Malaysian children


Jodie Tan Li Juen, 11

Hobbies are fun activities that you do when you have free time. Some children enjoy collecting coins and stamps, while other kids may like outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and playing badminton or football.

Hobbies are enjoyable and fun because they can help you meet new people and experience new things. Here’s what Starchild readers had to say on the topic: Hobbies.

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, eight, writes: My hobbies are playing football and cycling. Both these activities can help my physical development. During my free time, I will cycle in the field near my house with my sisters. We enjoy cycling together.”

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8

Jodie Tan Li Juen, 11, says: “My hobbies are drawing and painting. They can improve my creative skills. I love to draw and paint with different colours, which always make me happy and calm.”

Astrid Bek-Nielsen, 11Astrid Bek-Nielsen, 11

“Two of my many hobbies are karate and gymnastics. I like karate because it’s about being disciplined and being able to defend myself if necessary. I like gymnastics because it makes me flexible, it is a good workout and it makes me feel good afterwards, ” says Astrid Bek-Nielsen, 11.

Claire Yap Jyn Wei, 5Claire Yap Jyn Wei, 5

“My hobbies are cycling, reading books, drawing and playing toys. I usually cycle towards late evening because that’s when Daddy is free to cycle with us. Drawing is also one of my favourite hobbies, ” writes Claire Yap Jyn Wei, five.

Sophie Yap Jyn Qing, 8Sophie Yap Jyn Qing, 8

Sophie Yap Jyn Qing, eight, says: “My hobbies are reading, swimming, cycling and drawing. I like to read the best because it fills more new adventures in my head.”

Chuah Seng Yew, 11, enjoys reading because it helps to calm him and improves his English. “I have read many books by authors like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, and J.K. Rowling. But my favourite author is Jeff Kinney who wrote The Diary Of The Wimpy Kid series of books. His books motivate me to explore the imaginative world. Reading helps to calm me and it helps to improve my English.”

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 6Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 6

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, six, loves to read too. “Reading is very enjoyable. Some books are informative and increase my knowledge, while other books are filled with adventures or funny tales that make me laugh so loud. Reading also gives me helpful ideas to draw better because sometimes I draw out what I read in books.”

Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 3Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 3

Younger sibling Asher Wang Qi Chuen, three, writes: “One of my hobbies is to draw and colour for Starchild. This is something I enjoy doing every week. Because of Starchild, I have improved my colouring skills.“

Esther Ling Sze Rong, 7Esther Ling Sze Rong, 7

Esther Ling Sze Rong, seven, writes; I love to paint, collect stamps and bake with Mummy. I started to read when I was four years old and Mummy says my reading is good. I think Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton are great writers. – Compiled by Sheela Chandran

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ITEM: It’s National Pencil Day on March 30. A pencil is the first tool we all use to learn to write and draw. What are your favourite pencils?

Draw us a picture of your favourite pencils and tell us something interesting about them. But, please make sure you do not write your story on the same sheet of paper as your drawing.

E-mail your contributions to lifestyle@thestar.com.my by March 19. Please put “STARCHILD: Pencils” in the subject line of your e-mail. Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200 dpi.

Your contributions must carry your full name, age (open to children aged 12 and below only), gender, phone contact, and address.

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