Types of Leisure Activities - Vocational


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Definition: Leisure Activities are activities chosen for fun or relaxation, usually after one’s responsibilities are taken care of.

Key Terms:

  1. Cognitive Leisure Activities - Activities that require a person to think.
  2. Spiritual Leisure Activities - Activities that emphasize the well being of body, mind and spirit.
  3. Physical Leisure Activities - Activities that require body movement.
  4. Relaxation Leisure Activities - Activities a person does to feel calm.
  5. Creative Leisure Activities - Activities that involve making something.
  6. Social Leisure Activities - Activities you do with other people.

Discussion Points

  • People should participate in leisure activities, once they complete their daily responsibilities.
  • Leisure Activities are very beneficial because they:
    1. Can increase and improve social relationships/friendships
    2. Can improve both physical and mental health and well being
    3. Help to reduce stress
    4. Adds satisfaction, enjoyment and happiness to life
    5. Increases personal development
    6. Helps to expand knowledge of new things

Activity 1: Leisure Charades

Teacher will cut apart activity blocks from Student Activity Sheet A and put into a basket, hat, plastic container, etc. Divide class in half and have the two groups come up with a team name. Write the name of the two teams on a dry erase board. Flip a coin to see which group goes first. One student in that group will draw a “leisure activity” out of the basket and try to act out that activity to their own group members to guess. Student and team have 2 minutes to act out/guess the correct leisure activity. If they come up with the correct answer, the teacher will put one tally mark under that team’s name on the board. If they do not guess the right answer, the other team has a chance to steal that point. Repeat this process until all leisure activities are acted out, then total points.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A cut into activity blocks
  • basket or plastic container
  • dry erase board and markers.

Activity 2: Leisure Categories

Teacher will pass out a copy of Student Activity Sheet A and a pair of scissors to each student. Students will cut apart the blocks of leisure activities acted out in Activity 1. Teacher will write the 6 categories of leisure activities on the dry erase board. Students will take turns coming up to the board one at a time with one activity of choice from their pile, and tape it under the correct category. (Teacher will hand the student a piece of tape when they come up to the board) Teacher will discuss with the class if that is the correct category or not. Some leisure activities can fall under more than one category, which should be noted. Each leisure activity should only be used once. (Students must choose a new leisure activity each time)

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A
  • scissors
  • tape
  • dry erase board and markers.

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Have students work independently to create a video of them participating in their favorite leisure activity. Once completed, students can share their movie with the class, and have their classmates decide which of the types of leisure activities categories the activity they chose falls under. Students should name and record their scripts using SiLAS software, and save the final movie.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student


Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheets A

Directions: Use the link below to open the Student Activity Sheet A.

Student Activity Sheet A

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: To check your understanding of the lesson, answer the following questions.

  1. What are your favorite types of creative leisure activities?
  2. What are your favorite types of cognitive leisure activities?
  3. What are your favorite types of physical leisure activities?
  4. What are your favorite types of recreational leisure activities?
  5. What are your favorite types of social leisure activities?
  6. Do you participate in any type of spiritual leisure activities? If so, which are your favorite?