While we were browsing though the bookstore shelves looking for skateboarding books for kids, this suddenly passed my mind: When did such sport really start? From my readings, it started sometime in the 1950s, with boards made of old wood as the very first of its kind. Skateboarding made its way in the market when surfing was also at its peak. Hence, most skateboarders were surfers as well. And the rest is history, so they say.

But skateboarding is more than just an activity or a sport, because it boasts of numerous benefits to kids and adults alike, including the following:

1. It can be considered as an alternative exercise for kids who find exercise boring. Fact is, when you’re on board and your adrenaline is kicking up high, you won’t even realize the time spent doing the activity. Like a traditional exercise, this is a good way to fight obesity and diabetes that are now starting to hit children because of lack of physical exertion.

2. It can be a way to meet new friends and build new relationships. It is more fun if you share the sport with other kids on the block, since a lot of kids today are pretty much into it, anyway. Through this, you can even share tips and tricks on how to enhance your skills in this sport.

3. It teaches your kid the value of discipline, patience, concentration, balance, and sportsmanship. Since to master the art of skateboarding you will need to learn the basics and practice a lot, doing so in turn teaches your kid important values that are essential in succeeding against life’s challenges.

4. According to studies, it helps in balancing some conditions in children like attention disorders, instead of simply taking medications for it. As we have earlier mentioned, skateboarding teaches kids to focus or concentrate.

5. It is one of the cheapest pleasures to have, because all you need to do is buy a skateboard. Skateboard is not as expensive as one thinks. Prices depend on size and quality of the board. Besides, your kid doesn’t need to go too far to enjoy the sport. Kids can always play around your neighborhood to enjoy the activity.

But what if your kid is not a sport fanatic? Easy. Introduce the sport to them by buying fun and friendly skateboarding books. Okay, I know what you’re thinking: What if your kids are not book fanatics as well? Fact is, your kid doesn’t have to be a bookworm as well to enjoy the book. These book authors understand that kids have short attention span, so they’ve made it sure that the book is certified page-turner for the young ones.

Most skateboarding books for kids are designed to be colorful and fun, filled with more graphics than text, to teach the ins and outs of the sport. That said, one thing’s for sure- they will be rooting for the sport once they turn the last page.

For another great book for kids – check out Skateboard Sam at a great price on Amazon.com!