Moms know how hard it can be to find a little me time. Between cooking, cleaning, working, and shuttling the kids to and from school, there’s barely enough time to take a shower, let alone enough time to do something fun!

No matter how much time you have, it’s important for you to take a little bit of time each day to do something you enjoy. The five fun hobby ideas on this list are great for busy moms, because they are easy to start, and they don’t demand a lot of your time.


Chances are, you’re already taking pictures of your little ones. Why not turn it into a hobby?

This hobby can require quite a bit of money upfront, but once you have a good camera, the right lens for portrait photography, and a tripod, it costs nothing to take pictures.

You can practice your skills on your kids and family members, but don’t be afraid to branch out and try photographing other things.

Other subjects that are popular with photographers include:

  • Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Animals
  • Flowers and plants

Many moms find that taking pictures of things besides the kids is a great way to relax and unwind away from the demands of motherhood.

Scrapbooking and Papercrafts

Many hobby photographers get into scrapbooking, but it can also be a lot of fun for moms who take quick snaps of the family with a cell phone.

One of the best things about scrapbooking is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to get started, and there are some really great beginner projects that will make it look like you have been scrapbooking your whole life!

Don’t think papercrafts have to start and end at scrapbooking. Consider scrapbooking a picture frame or other artwork to hang on the wall. Flowers and other home décor can also be made out of paper!


If your idea of relaxing and unwinding means getting a little fresh air, consider gardening as a hobby. Planting flowers, weeding flower beds, and harvesting vegetables are all great ways to get outside, enjoy the weather, and do something that allows you to relax your mind.

Gardening can be a great individual activity, but it’s a great activity for moms who want to get the kids involved in their hobby. Gardening is a great activity for kids, and if you decide to grow vegetables, it can be a great way to get them to eat healthy too!

Knitting or Sewing

Having a hobby with very young children around can be a huge challenge. They get into everything! If you’re looking for a minimalist hobby, consider knitting. With just a ball of yarn and a couple of needles, you can knit socks, sweaters, blankets, and much more, all without worrying about all the materials that are needed with other hobbies.

Sewing is a great option too! It can be done sitting on the couch, or at a sewing machine. Some moms really enjoy needlepoint because it can feel meditative, while others prefer the creativity of designing clothing.

They are also the perfect hobbies if you want to reach out and get to know other women in your community. There are a lot of knitting, sewing, and quilting clubs that meet regularly, providing you with the ability to get away from the kids and socialize with other women your own age.

Painting, Drawing, or Coloring

Nearly all of us grow up painting, drawing, and coloring, but as we get older, we stop. Get in touch with your inner child and bring out the pencil and paints once again!

Doodling can be a soothing way to spend a few moments, while painting is the perfect option for the mom who wants to unleash her creativity.

Adult coloring books have gotten very popular over the last few years, and it requires very few materials to get started. If you have kids at home, you probably already have everything you need. Studies are showing that it can reduce stress and anxiety, making it a great choice for the mom who needs to relax after a busy day.

Every mom deserves a hobby! It can help you get back in touch with who you were before you were a mom, and it’s a great way to be a role model for your kids by showing them everyone needs a little time to get away and do something they love. With the ideas on this list, you can get started with a fun new hobby, no matter how much time you have.